San Diego Oddities & Curiosities Expo Returns January 14

The San Diego Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases hand selected vendors, dealers, artists and small businesses with all things weird. You’ll find items such as: taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, odd jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles & much more.

There is something weird for everyone. All items you see are legal to own and sustainably sourced.

San Diego Oddities & Curiosities Expo provides a safe place for anyone to come and discover new artists, meet new friends and be surrounded by an amazing community of like-minded people. This is a completely “DIY” ran show from start to finish. A place where you can feel at home surrounded by others that share the same interests.

This is the first and original traveling event exclusively showcasing oddities vendors and dark artists in the country.

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo Museum presents:

The Cryptic Collection of a Mad Clown

Advance Price: $5 (must also have expo admission ticket)
Day Of: $7 (must also have expo admission ticket)
Kids 5 and under free

Imagine the end of a day at the carnival: you’ve had your fill of laughter, lights, and cotton candy. You wander to the quiet outskirts, looking for a place to be alone. As you leave the lights and enter the shadows, you encounter the remnants of a sideshow tent from years gone by. Weathered wood boxes cling to the perimeter of the tent. The ratty old entrance flap hangs, torn in the ghostly breeze. Skepticism takes a back seat to curiosity, and you take a step inside.

Inside, is dimly lit by lanterns and candles. Your eyes slowly begin to adjust, and you cautiously look around. You discover the cast away remains of a clown and his unique collection. It seems that because of his unsavory interests, the clown was ostracized by the very carnival he loved.

He was sentenced to a life of solitude, alone with only his hoard of cryptic creations. He burned in his own personal hell, a prisoner of his own making. His was a life of horror that gladly welcomed death… May peace come to this mad clown.

Bear witness to bizarre pieces of agony, magical powers, folklore, and preserved death. Behold a collection of taxidermied pets, the remains of carnival animals (and patrons), and the remnants of a happy place now turned gray.

Encounter terrifying beasts, like a Real Mermaid, a Six-Foot Man-Eating Chicken, and genetically engineered monsters. Be mesmerized by the old-school Freak Show… and experience the terror of a mad clown’s cryptic collection.

CAUTION: The specimens in this year’s museum may not be appropriate for younger patrons or those with weak stomachs. Kids 5 and under free.

Full Mount Rabbit Taxidermy Class

Price: $235 (includes expo entry)
Class Time: 10AM – 4PM
No sharing, each person in class must have a ticket.

Get ready for a start to finish full body rabbit mount in the 2023 taxidermy class! Get to experiment with powdered pigments on white fur, students could have a pink or green rabbit! The full spectrum of powdered pigment colors will be available to get creative with. Fun patterns can be achieved in this class on mounts too.

Choose to make antlers or not – they could even be baby jackalopes! Habitat build outs will be an option with fun foliage and elements from nature. Return students will learn a whole new set of mounting skills. In this particular class, the full body mount techniques can be carried over to a wide variety of small mammals.

Class is from 10AM-4PM with multiple breaks.

Class price and ticketing are per person, no sharing is allowed. Each person in class must have a ticket.

STUDENTS 18+ RECOMMENDED AND PREFERRED. 16 OR OLDER WITH PARENTAL CONSENT. NO EXCEPTIONS.

For more info, visit the San Diego Oddities & Curiosities Expo website here and follow along Instagram and Facebook.

See you there, San Diego!

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Event Details
  • Start Date
    January 14, 2023 10:00 am
  • End Date
    January 14, 2023 6:00 pm
  • Status
    All done
  • Location
  • Venue
    • Del Mar Fairgrounds
    • O’Brien Hall – Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Address
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
  • Tickets
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