Artwork by Emily Poole, featuring strawberries and cream (Hydnellum peckii) and Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)

Thanks for joining us at the 2023 Mushroom Festival! We’ll be back next year on October 27th!

Check out the last Festival below!

In partnership with Lane Community College and Cascade Mycological Society, Mount Pisgah Arboretum presents the Mushroom Festival

The Mushroom Festival is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Ticket sales and purchases at the festival support our work in native habitat stewardship and outdoor environmental education.

Festival Activities:

  1. A huge mushroom exhibit where you can learn about hundreds of local species!
  2. Edible and poisonous mushrooms display
  3. Live music
  4. Guided nature walks by local naturalists
  5. Mushroom vendors
  6. Local foods, arts, and crafts
  7. Kids’ crafts and activities
  8. Cider pressing, scarecrow contest, and hay rides!

Scarecrow Contest!

The scarecrow contest is a beloved tradition at the Mushroom Festival! Prizes are awarded for Outstanding in its Field (best of show), Too Ghoul for School (best youth entry), Classically Corny (funniest), and Most Likely to Scare a Crow (scariest), with all voting by Festival attendees. Are you interested in participating in the Scarecrow Contest? Email Education Manager Sara Spoden for more information.

iNaturalist Mycoblitz!

The iNaturalist mycoblitz is a complementary event to our in-person Mushroom Festival. From October 19th through October 28th, all mushroom and lichen observations in Lane County that are uploaded to iNaturalist will be added to the project. A big thanks to Lane Community College and Cascade Mycological Society for facilitating the event! Check out the project webpage for more information!

Kids’ Activities:

Featuring children’s author, Melany Kahn!

12pm – Discussion of foraging fungi for families with full mushroom ID table

1:15pm – Mushroom Cooking Demo for kids and their adults, in collaboration with The Mushroomery

2:30pm – An animated read aloud of Mason Goes Mushrooming, and Q & A with author, Melany Kahn

Performance Schedule

10:00AM – To The Stars

11:15AM – Jen Sennett

12:30PM – Bake Club

1:45PM – Ballet Folklórico Colibrí

3:00PM – Molasses

4:15PM – Satori Bob

Guided Nature Walks

11:15am – David Wagner

12:30pm – August Jackson

1:45pm – Bruce Newhouse and Peg Boulay

3pm – Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer




Check out what our festival partners are up to!

The Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) hosts and attends events around the Pacific Northwest, most notably community classes and forays, member forays, seasonal member potlucks, and the Mushroom Festival in October. For information about the mushroom experts that will be at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival, click here.

Lane is a local community college that provides, “comprehensive, accessible, quality, learning-centered educational opportunities that promote student success”. For a calendar of upcoming Lane Community College events and educational opportunities, visit LCC’s website.