Held every fall in California's Mojave Desert, Wasteland Weekend is a five-day post-apocalyptic celebration that attracts over three thousand people. Attendees escape their day-to-day lives to gather and camp on a compound decked out in a full-on "dieselpunk" aesthetic. People whiz around in cars that would've fit right in on the set of Fury Road, the landscape is dotted with haphazard sheet metal structures, and there's even a giant half-dome cage for would-be death matches (more on that in a minute).
Cosplay plays a big role in everything, too. In fact, crazy costumes aren't just encouraged, they're required. Many Wastelanders organize themselves into "tribes" by coordinating outfits, sharing a group identity, and maintaining a themed encampment.