Theme Zone

Wasteland Weekend’s Theme Zone

Our goal is to provide an immersive experience for our attendees, and the Theme Zone is a large part of this experience.  This zone is not only inside the Gates of Wasteland City, but extends well beyond. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in for your Tribe, please read on. You’ll find the application at the bottom of this page.

While a themed campsite is not mandatory for all attendees the way costumes are, it IS mandatory for any tribes wanting a reserved spot on the map in the Theme Zone (circled in red).

What does that mean for your tribe? This is your chance to be in the thick of things, and a part of the action! Fully-themed camps need to submit an application for placement within the Theme Zone or Wasteland City. 


Read the entire FAQ and familiarize yourself with the event rules BEFORE filling out the application.

What’s required for placement in the Theme Zone?

Wasteland City is the hub for barter, entertainment, nightlife, and action. Simply having a themed camp is not enough. ‘City’ tribes must be interactive, provide some service, entertainment or function, and maintain the highest standards in theme and conduct. (All city tribes and vendors must arrive and be finished with setup up no later than Tuesday night.)

What theme requirements are considered for placement?

A fully-themed camp covers every visual aspect both up-close and from a distance. Themed vehicles are a plus, and non-themed cars/trucks/tents/structures must be hidden or camouflaged. Camp decoration, nighttime lighting, and interactivity with passing Wastelanders is highly encouraged. Your camp must fit within the accepted post-apocalyptic themes and rules, and provide a fully immersive atmosphere.

What other criteria go into the approval process?

Adherence to theme and rules, interactivity, great costumes, awesome vehicles, and of course a willingness to work with Wasteland management and staff. NO bright colors, neon, whites, pinks, or anything that makes you stand out in a bad way.

How big (small) does my tribe themed camp have to be?

We will consider all shapes and sizes. But please remember, from small to very large camps- you must create a 360* fully themed space, so plan accordingly.

Our camp isn’t done yet. Do we still have to send in pictures?

Yes. We need to see where you are in your build. Gather what you do have, and set it up. Take photos both daytime, and at night (as we need to see your lighting) and include the best clear and in focus shots in the application. There is also a spot in the application to insert your Tribe’s Facebook, Instagram, or website URL.

My tribe had a reserved space last year, so do we still need to apply?

Yes, every tribe must apply each year.

When is the deadline to apply?

APPLICATION DEADLINE is JULY 5th, 2024 at noon (PST). 

Tribes should expect to hear whether they have been accepted or not within a week or two of submitting their applications so that if accepted, they can have the most time possible to prepare.

What if we’re not really a tribe, just a group of “lone wolves” with a cool camp. Can we still get placement?

Sure (if your camp plans are approved), but for all practical purposes, that makes you a tribe (semantics….and you can’t pluralize lone wolf). We still have to put something down on the map, and “Joe’s camp” isn’t going to fly. Come up with something cool and remember that the hard work that tribes do all year to plan their camps is rewarded- as placement is a privilege.

Our friends in another camp got placed but our own tribe didn’t. Can we just combine our camps to get placement?

No. Camps need to stand on their own merit.

Can tribe members not listed on the application still camp with us in the theme area?

Yes, so long as theme is maintained, and you don’t exceed your allocated space.

What if we’re bringing something amazing that takes more than one day to set up?

All the more power to you. We love seeing tribes take the initiative, go the extra mile, and raise the bar. There are a few powerhouse Wasteland tribes that do just that. We’re always up to grant a little extra set up time for camps that truly bring something epic.

Does approved placement mean our camp gets to arrive before the event begins?

Yes, but only for the number of Early Work Access Passes that were approved. These are very limited, and will be strictly monitored.  Joining or being a member of an approved and placed tribe does not automatically grant early work access. If the day after your camp gets approved and placed, you suddenly sprout 30 new members begging to get in early, you could lose your camp placement, be subject to relocation, and lose Work Access status for everyone in your tribe. Early Work Access Passes will be emailed to the camp lead. It is up to the camp lead to distribute their allotment of EAs to their build crews. (You will not be able to use your EAs after 10pm on Tuesday, September 24th.)

Does every member of my tribe or camp get to arrive before the event starts?

No, only people with assigned Early Work Access Passes are allowed to arrive before the event starts to build and set up.

I’m in before the event starts, can I save extra space for my friends?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! LAND GRABBING IS NOT ALLOWED! That means no non-approved satellite camps (“reserving” space outside the theme zone), no non-themed “members”, or friends just wanting to use your approval status to get in early and party.

If we catch any members of your camp attempting to reserve space or setup outside the themed camping zone or designated satellite camping areas before the event is open on Wednesday, they will be ejected from the event, and your entire tribe will lose its placement and good standing. Choose the names on your Work Access Pass list wisely.


Does our camp have to arrive early, or can we still come in on Wednesday when the event officially opens?

Wasteland City Tribes need to be open and running by Gate Opening on Wednesday, September 25th. We cannot have holes in our layout after Wasteland begins, so plan your builds accordingly. Any unclaimed spaces may be allocated to new arrivals and camps on the waiting list. If we have to scramble to fill the void your tribe left, it can affect future placement.

My camp wants to vend at Wasteland, so do we need to fill out VENDOR’s Application?

Yes. Anyone who is vending (for currency transactions) needs to fill out an application. Trade and Bartering is allowed by anyone, but anyone selling items for money must be an approved vendor(with proper business licenses and permits). Due to California law; YOU CANNOT VEND WITHOUT A LICENSE! Check out our Vendors page. Make sure you have read and understand it all before doing anything. Anyone found vending without proper credentials may be escorted from the event without a refund.

We want to have a DJ, or a stage, or do Karaoke, or otherwise have amplified sound for our camp, is that ok?

Generally, no. Tribes should NOT have any audio amplification that violates our no rogue sound systems rule, and may not have a performance stage (even a small one) without prior approval.

My tribe has been coming to Wasteland for years. Do we still need to apply for placement?

Yes. ALL theme camps must submit an application to be considered for placement. Only the best themed tribes will be considered, regardless of years in attendance. If your tribe has been coming for five years and a first-year group of noobs kicks your ass in theme, it’s time to up your game.

When is the deadline to apply again?

JULY 5th, 2024 at noon (PST). No applications will be accepted after that date.


I’ve read the FAQ twice and familiarized myself with ALL of Wasteland’s rules and theme guidelines, but I still have some questions. Who do I talk to?

For information about Tribes, please contact
All other event-related inquiries should be directed to 


Theme Zone applications for Wasteland Weekend 2024 are closed.

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