Tickets to Wasteland Weekend 2020 go on sale March 12th, 2020!




Wednesday, Sept 23 – Sunday, Sept 27

That’s FIVE days of post-apocalyptic mayhem!

*If you are interested in volunteering, read below

(TICKET LINK WILL BE LIVE ON 3.12.20 at 9am Pacific)

Major credit cards accepted.

Continuing a tradition, the first 300 ticket buyers get the exclusive Vanguard patch (see below). 

And this year, we have a special discount available! If you buy a ticket to BOTH of our events, Neotropolis and Wasteland Weekend, you save $30 off of your Wasteland Weekend ticket (see below). 

Tickets are $225. 

That includes parking, camping, and unlimited ins and outs.

This ticket link will go live at 9am Pacific on Thursday, March 12th, 2020.

If you want to go to BOTH of our events (Neotropolis and Wasteland) we will give you $30 off. Here’s how it works:

On March 11th, 2020 we will email a unique coupon code to everyone who had bought a ticket to Neotropolis that will give them $30 off their Wasteland ticket. After that, we will email new Neotropolis ticket buyers every two weeks with their WW discount code (up until right after Neotropolis ends, so that all Neotropolis ticket buyers are covered).

You MUST use this coupon code to buy your WW ticket, discounts will not be given after the fact. The code will be sent to whatever email you used to purchase your Neotropolis ticket.

NOTE: Discount codes are sent out to individual emails that purchased Neotropolis tickets, so if you have purchased multiple tickets under the same email, we recommend you open the ticket email you received from Eventbrite and click “view and manage order online”. Then you can edit each ticket to have an individual email.

* VOLUNTEER APPLICANTS AND PERFORMERS – Performer applications are now open and volunteer applications will open in a few weeks. We recommend you wait to hear back about your volunteer or performer status before purchasing a ticket. Volunteer and performer selections will be completed before tickets sell out. If for some reason tickets were to sell out before you have your status confirmed, and you are not offered a volunteer performer position, you WILL be allowed to purchase a ticket, even if they are sold out (provided we received an application from you before the sell out date)


Continuing a tradition, the first 300 ticket buyers this year will receive a free exclusive patch. Patches MUST be picked up on site at the event.

This year’s patch will have a 2020 crescent shaped patch (rocker) beneath it. You receive the patch and the rocker if it is your first time receiving the vanguard patch. If you already have the vanguard patch from previous years, you will just receive the 2020 rocker.

Please note, if you end up volunteering rather than paying for a ticket, you will not receive a patch. Patches are meant for early ticket buyers only, as volunteers already get an exclusive volunteer dog tag.

First 300 patches go to the first 300 ticket buyers. If a ticket is later sold or transferred to someone else, the original buyer still gets the patch. Patch owners will be determined by the names currently listed for each ticket at the time the 300 number is reached – most likely on the first day of ticket sales. Patch winners will be notified within a couple days of ticket sales that they are on the list, with instructions for on-site pickup.


Volunteer recruitment and performer applications will start very soon, which means volunteer positions and performers will be confirmed well before tickets sell out. So please do NOT purchase a ticket if you plan to volunteer or perform. On the off-chance that you are not picked as a volunteer or performer, you WILL still have time to purchase a ticket before the event.


Our location is the same as last year. For more details, including important travel instructions, please see our MAPS page here.



We highly recommend you only purchase your tickets to Wasteland Weekend through our official ticket portal on our website or directly on the website. We cannot guarantee that tickets purchased any other way will be valid. However, we do not prohibit ticket buyers from giving or selling their tickets on to others (provided that they sell them for no more than what they paid – see the info on scams and scalping below).

What to know before you purchase a third-party ticket: 

1. YOU BUY THIRD-PARTY TICKETS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Wasteland is a non-refundable event. 

Ticket scams online have gotten worse and worse, especially on Facebook event pages and we highly recommend you only buy tickets through this site or through Eventbrite, and if you do choose to buy a second-hand/third-party ticket, make sure you KNOW the seller. If you don’t have any mutual friends with that person, and they don’t appear to be from the Wasteland community, we STRONGLY suggest you do not purchase from them. In fact, even if you DO have mutual friends with a seller, use caution. Again, if your ticket is determined to be invalid for any reason, and you did not buy it directly from us/Eventbrite, we can’t help you.
You do NOT want to be the person who drives 2,000 miles 
ready for a 5-day campout, only to find out at the gate that their ticket is no good.
All of that said, we do not prohibit buyers from selling or giving their ticket on to someone else. However, you are buying and selling third party tickets at your own risk. Wasteland cannot check to see if third party tickets are legitimate, cannot verify them for you, cannot help change the name on the ticket online, or mediate between parties who have a disagreement over a ticket sale.

2. The original ticket buyer maintains control over the ticket until it is used. 

This means that the original ticket buyer is the only one that can change the name on the ticket – ever (think of them as the “admin” of that ticket). No matter how many times the original ticket email with QR and bar code is passed around, the original buyer can still change the name on the ticket in the Eventbrite system. There is nothing to prevent a ticket buyer from “selling” you their ticket and then showing up at the event and using the ticket themselves (provided the QR code has not been scanned yet). So make sure you TRUST the person selling you their ticket.

3. The QR code IS the ticket.

Each ticket has a unique bar code and QR code. The QR code is the part we actually scan. Once the QR code for that ticket has been scanned, that ticket CANNOT be used again. We highly recommend you have a ticket with your correct name on it, as it will make the check-in process that much faster, but ultimately, if someone has a ticket with a working QR code, they can get in to the event whether or not their name is on the ticket. Each QR code can only be used once. Never share a photo of your ticket online with the QR code visible. This would make it easy for someone to counterfeit your ticket.

Regardless of what name is on your ticket, make sure that you have your own valid, government-issued photo ID with you when you arrive. You will not get in without one (this is for age verification and liability, not because it has to match your ticket). You will NOT be allowed in without a valid, government-issued photo ID (drivers license, passport, military ID). If you just drove 3,000 miles without it, you’re driving 3,000 miles back. Sorry.

If this is confusing, we’ll give you an example. Let’s say John buys a ticket and later sells it it to Jane. He goes into the Eventbrite system and puts Jane’s name on the ticket. Later, Jane can’t get off work and wants to give her ticket to her friend Sam instead. Jane asks John to change the name on the ticket again, this time, to “Sam”. John doesn’t respond but Jane emails Sam a copy of her ticket so he can use it anyway. 

Let’s assume all three of these people decide, for whatever reason, to show up to Wasteland and try to use the ticket they they all now have a copy of. Who gets to use the ticket? Who gets in to the event? 

The answer: The first person who gets that unique QR code scanned. After that, the ticket cannot be used again.

Please know that Wasteland Weekend would like there to be a better system for transferring tickets among attendees and we are working with Eventbrite to hopefully have a better system in the future, but for now, there is no other way to do it. And frankly, this is how pretty much every other large festival or concert operates.

Even with all of the above you should know that we have had many people give tickets to others to use with no issue, and we hope that, if you choose to go the third-party route (which may be very common once the event sells out) you will probably not have any issues whatsoever. We do believe most of our attendees are trustworthy sellers of tickets. But unfortunately, if for some reason your ticket does not work out for you when you arrive, we will not be able to help you if you were not the original purchaser.

Finally, if anyone out there thinks that this may present an opportunity to scam someone, be aware that it is VERY easy for us to track fraud like that within the Eventbrite system, and there will be consequences if it ever happens.

A note about SCALPING: Selling a ticket for more than its value (scalping) is illegal in the state of California and it is definitely frowned upon by the Wasteland community. Anyone known to have sold a ticket to Wasteland Weekend for more than the face value of a ticket plus fees may find themselves banned from future Wasteland events.