Thousands of revelers attend the post-apocalyptic Mad Max festival in the Mojave Desert

Thousands of festival-goers descended on the Mojave Desert this week to attend a post-apocalyptic gathering showcasing decorated cars, weapons and outfits inspired by the dystopian Mad Max film series.

The festival features a variety of zany events, including ‘fight to the death under thunderdome’, burlesque shows and drinking games, but everyone who attends must wear a costume, including staff, journalists and volunteers.

Images show creative costumes full of nods to dystopian films and themes, with many opting to bare it all while partying under the sun.

According to the website, the festival features “makeovers at the event-sponsored post-apocalyptic beauty salon.”

The festival includes other post-apocalyptic activities, including'Jugger', shown here, from another 1980s cult film

The festival includes other post-apocalyptic activities, including'Jugger', shown here, from another 1980s cult film

The festival includes other post-apocalyptic activities, including ‘Jugger’, shown here, from another 1980s cult film

The festival features a variety of crazy events including

The festival features a variety of crazy events including

The festival features a variety of wacky events including ‘Fight to the Death Under Thunderdome’, a homage to the famous Mad Max scene

All festival participants must appear in full costume and this includes staff, volunteers and journalists

All festival participants must appear in full costume and this includes staff, volunteers and journalists

All festival participants must appear in full costume and this includes staff, volunteers and journalists

The carnival in Edwards, California was created in 2010 and received media attention for its homage to the Mad Max franchise

The carnival in Edwards, California was created in 2010 and received media attention for its homage to the Mad Max franchise

The carnival in Edwards, California was created in 2010 and received media attention for its homage to the Mad Max franchise

Revelers are encouraged to check out the various events

Revelers are encouraged to check out the various events

Revelers are encouraged to join different “tribes” at the event, who compete against each other and have exclusive hangouts

The festival grew from hundreds of attendees to thousands and met with growing enthusiasm

The festival grew from hundreds of attendees to thousands and met with growing enthusiasm

The festival grew from hundreds of attendees to thousands and met with growing enthusiasm

Other activities include car rides, costume contests, a film festival, a post-apocalyptic swimsuit contest, and a bounty hunter role-playing game.

Launched in 2010, the Edwards, California carnival garnered media attention for its homage to the Mad Max franchise, even earning a video salute from director George Miller, along with a preview of pre-production.

Mad Max – the film that made Mel Gibson famous – was released in 1979. Max Max 2 followed in 1981, with Mad Max Thunderdome ending the series in 1985. The character was then rebooted in 2015, starring Tom Hardy as Max alongside Charlize Theron, who played Furiosa.

The first films were set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, where gangs of murderous criminals roam the countryside stealing fuel from unsuspecting victims.

The event’s founders, Karol Bartoszynski, Jared Butler and James Howard, wanted to create a “fully immersive fan event that really feels like living in a movie”.

And the trio thrived as the festival grew from hundreds of attendees to thousands, and met with growing enthusiasm as fans flocked to the desert from across the country.

Her set includes the “iconic” Wasteland Gates that greet everyone arriving at the five-day event, and beyond that is a fully themed Wasteland City that resembles the patchwork villages common in Miller’s films.

Revelers are encouraged to split into “tribes” who compete in wasteland-themed games including Jugger, a “post-apocalyptic take on gunplay football/rugby based on a cult ’80s film.”

The party includes a fully themed Wasteland City that resembles the villages that are common in Miller's films

The party includes a fully themed Wasteland City that resembles the villages that are common in Miller's films

The party includes a fully themed Wasteland City that resembles the villages that are common in Miller’s films

Many of the events involve role-playing games that mimic the scenes or events that appear in media depictions of post-apocalyptic society

Many of the events involve role-playing games that mimic the scenes or events that appear in media depictions of post-apocalyptic society

Many of the events involve role-playing games that mimic the scenes or events that appear in media depictions of post-apocalyptic society

Party-goers adorn a variety of wacky outfits including studded glasses, spiked boots and a plethora of leathers

Party-goers adorn a variety of wacky outfits including studded glasses, spiked boots and a plethora of leathers

Party-goers adorn a variety of wacky outfits including studded glasses, spiked boots and a plethora of leathers

While the festival's core theme is Mad Max, it pays homage to other dystopias and inspires festival-goers with many different things

While the festival's core theme is Mad Max, it pays homage to other dystopias and inspires festival-goers with many different things

While the festival’s core theme is Mad Max, it pays homage to other dystopias and inspires festival-goers with many different things

According to the website, the festival features

According to the website, the festival features

According to the website, the festival features “makeovers at the event-sponsored post-apocalyptic beauty salon.”

Musicians and DJs fly in from around the world for the event to provide a soundtrack for the celebrations, and organizers have brought set and prop designers from Hollywood to lead workshops.

Mad Max was George Miller’s first film, released in 1979 to critical acclaim, as audiences around the world flocked to see Miller’s visionary take on societal collapse.

The film was so popular that it was at times considered the highest-grossing film of all time, shooting on a budget of $400,000 but grossing $100 million worldwide.

Three sequels followed in the 1980s, until Miller decided to continue the story of protagonist Max Rockatansky with his 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, which also received rave reviews for its practical effects, set design, and storytelling.

The release of Fury Road only boosted Wasteland Weekend’s popularity as attendees now had more inspiration – many showed up in makeup inspired by the film’s leading lady, Imperator Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron.

Contestants wear an outfit inspired by Emperor Furiosa from George Miller's 2015 revival of his Mad Max: Fury Road franchise

Contestants wear an outfit inspired by Emperor Furiosa from George Miller's 2015 revival of his Mad Max: Fury Road franchise

Contestants wear an outfit inspired by Emperor Furiosa from George Miller’s 2015 revival of his Mad Max: Fury Road franchise

The original 1979 Mad Max film was so popular that it was at times considered the highest-grossing film of all time

The original 1979 Mad Max film was so popular that it was at times considered the highest-grossing film of all time

The original 1979 Mad Max film was so popular that it was at times considered the highest-grossing film of all time

The festival's creators wanted attendees to feel like they were in a Mad Max movie

The festival's creators wanted attendees to feel like they were in a Mad Max movie

The festival’s creators wanted attendees to feel like they were in a Mad Max movie

While many of the props and sets contain weapons, no firearms are allowed at the festival and any displayed are replica or disabled

While many of the props and sets contain weapons, no firearms are allowed at the festival and any displayed are replica or disabled

While many of the props and sets contain weapons, no firearms are allowed at the festival and any displayed are replica or disabled


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