Black Rock City
From San Francisco
Burning Man Travel Options
Note: organizers encourage participants to make getting to BRC part of the Burning Man experience.
Camping included, Low-income tickets
Prices in the table are quoted in USD
Burning Man Tickets
Burning Man Registration
Burning Man Low Income Tickets
Black Rock Desert, USA
type of festival
psychodelic, rituals & traditions, beach party, for kids
music: electronic, ambient & downtempo, blues, jazz, pop, latin, rock, metal, folk, country, indie & underground, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, techno / house / garage, avant-garde & experimental, trance & psychedelic, hip-hop & rap, reggae & dub, r&b / soul / funk, rock & roll, acoustic & instrumental; dance: dancing; art: creative, visual arts & installations; theatre: street performance, circus & acrobatics, experimental
start Sun, 27 August 2017
end Mon, 04 September 2017
Burning Man: Life Altering Experience
Burning Man is YOU. And 60,000 other YOUs who, at the end of August / start of September, take their creativity, technology & fantastic absurdities to The Playa, a dry lake in the Nevada desert, and occupy the annually erected metropolis called Black Rock City (BRC) 200 km from Reno. It’s 7 days of non-stop, madcap, participant-generated events, colossal-bizarre art, improvised music/theatre/comedy and uninhibited revelry + nudity, amidst a spirit of self-expression and tribal-like camaraderie. Burning Man Festival is one of the most extraordinary event-experiences on the planet! No sponsors. No headline acts. It’s radical self-reliance & hands-on involvement in a gift-giving community founded on Larry Harvey’s 10 principles of Burning Man.
Burning Man Festival is 7 intense, sweltering-hot, freezing-cold, calm-windy, wet-muddy, dry-dusty days of uninhibited creative liberty, unreserved self-expression, radical self-reliance (without money) and extreme partying for over 60,000 burners who seek a life-altering experience. Burning man is one of the planet’s most ingeniously bizarre participant-produced events (without commerce/sponsors) on an otherwise uninhabited dried-up lake (The Playa) in the Nevada dessert (3.5 hrs. from Reno) where a utopian, phantasmagoric, gargantuan metropolis called Black Rock City (BRC) appears for a single week at the end of August…then vanishes without a trace.
At the heart of Black Rock City is The Man, a giant effigy that’s burnt, and The Temple, which also goes up in flames. But Burning Man events are spread throughout the desert in participant-organized art exhibits, music performances and high-tech, whimsical and absurd acts. There’s space for self-reflection & debauchery on The Playa’s more than 8 kilometers of sand; a blanc canvas to celebrate, create, innovate and introspect in an uninhibited atmosphere of camaraderie. Each year the organizers propose a theme, from heavenly-extraterrestrial to hellish-human. In keeping with these themes, burners design Burning Man costumes, some as simple as bare skin & paint, others as sophisticated as full-feathered winged creatures.
Burning Man is more than a festival, it’s a life altering experience!
To explain why more than 60,000 diehard attendees go through great pains to reach the middle of nowhere to participate in an anti-capitalist gathering, and to describe the allure that draws them to a burning man, and to create giant art installations and elaborate sound camps and stage productions, and to seek life-transforming experiences, it’s necessary to know the Burning Man principles.
It’s a place where you create the entertainment. It’s an ongoing cultural experiment that’s lead to a movement with supporters on five continents. Cultish as this sounds, the Burning Man 10 principles are just simple ideas that imbue men & women with a spirit of rebirth after a Burning Man journey.
Yes, there’s a burning man man: a giant effigy 12+ meters tall, situated at the centre of Black Rock City that’s consumed in a spectacular inferno, one of the most dramatic final nights of the festival. It’s also when The Temple, an elaborate architectural masterpiece with names like ‘Temple of the Mind’ or ‘Basura Sagrada’, is set ablaze.
Discover upcoming themes, projects, art instalations & Burning Man community year-round events by subscribing to the Burning Man Newsletter: Jack Rabbit Speaks (JRS).
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Burning Man Camping
There are no campsites as per say, but instead The Playa is divided into plots where tents and creative living structures can be erected, where your car can be parked, and RVs, Campervans, Caravans can be set-up (on the condition that they remain absolutely stationary for the entire week), without water, electricity, sewage disposal or a single onsite service or amenity (apart from portable toilets). The plots are arranged in a semi circle, divided by roads, in an expanding radius out from The Man and Centre Camp, which is the heart of Burning Man and where Centre Camp Café is situated.
Burning Man Map
Since The Playa is immense, and Theme Camps and participant events are spread throughout almost 9 km of desert, it’s essential to have an official BRC Burning Man Map.
Survival at Burning Man
Going to Burning Man and setting up camp is no small task or something to be undertaken by the faint-hearted. It requires a extensive planning and effort to prepare in advance. The information a burner requires to make the Burning Man experience possible is massive. The official Burning Man Website offers extensive info including:
Theme Camps & Villages
Eats & Drinks: no
Fresh & Clean: no
Cash & Shops: no
Zone In & Out: no
There’s only ONE amenity at Burning Man: Porta-potties.
Two things for Sale
There are only TWO items for sale in Black Rock City:
Aside from the above, there are no amenities, no services, no shops, nothing for sale, not even water, so you must bring absolutely everything that’s essential for survival. And everything to express your creativity + gifts for friends yet unknown.
Datesstart Sun, 27 August 2017
end Mon, 04 September 2017
Burning Man Dates
The Burning Man Festival is held annually during the last week of August and first day(s) of September.
Burning The Man
The culminating event involves burning The Man (which during six days is the iconic effigy at the centre of the semi-circle Black Rock City encampment), as well as burning The Temple and various other structures and temporary art installations. This fiery extravaganza takes place on the semifinal day of the festival, usually a Sunday, so that the last day allows burners to gather their belongings and depart without a trace.
Missed Burning Man?
The Burning Man Nevada desert festival is one of the most bizarre culture and music festivals on the planet, and for many burners it has had life-altering consequences. But, if you can’t make it to this year’s Nevada desert Bacchanal, or if Burning Man tickets are sold out, get in touch with Burning Man regional Burners who organize year-round events (especially in the San Francisco area). These events keep with the Burning Man festival spirit, and perhaps one of them could tide you over until next year. Check Burning Man Black Rock City Network for Year-Round Special Events.
While there are many excellent festivals patterned after the basic principles of Burning Man and Black Rock City, such events should be enjoyed for what they are and not as an alternative.
Season & Weather
Temperature: 12 to 33 °C
Burning Man Festival weather is very unpredictable. Temperatures range from freezing cold to burning hot, and conditions from dry and dusty to wet and muddy. Black Rock Desert daytime highs can reach close to 40°C and lows can be near freezing. Normally the area is calm and breezeless, but desert sandstorms can bring 65 - 112 km/hr. winds. Prepare for scorching sun, extreme heat, dryness, dust, windstorms, rain, mud and freezing cold nights.