Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States.
The festival creates a temporary city with no specific lineup, instead there is a vast variety of music, stages, performances, art installations and other ways of free expressions and gatherings throughout the city.
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Pets are not permitted at Burning Man.
Commerce & Concessions
The sale of products and services is prohbitied, you should only bring what you need and are willing to trade with one another.
The only items sold are coffee drinks and ice at the Center Camp Cafe, with proceeds going towards the cafe construction as a public space for shade and gathering.
Food and drink
In a community where sharing is caring, there are only 2 locations that are allowed to officially sell items:
- The Burning Man store (All items are priced between $5-£8)
- The Burning Man Diner (selling food and drink meals for no more than $3.00).
Attendees must bring enough food and water for the weekend, as the festival does not provide water.
It is recommended that you bring 1.5 Gallons of water for drinking, washing and cleaning for each day of the festival.
For the most part, you can simply walk into a camp, sit and chat for a while, and for the most part, walk away with something. This type of kindness is hardly seen in everyday life.
If you want to keep in the spirit of the festival, when you see a fellow Burner offer them an act of kindness: anything from a trinket of some sort, to beer or burgers. But don’t over stay your welcome, an often crossed boundary between veterans and virgins.
Burning Man Layout
Two Civic Plazas are located on either side of the city they serve as mini civic centers designed to serve the same community purposes as Center Camp.
This including ice sales at Arctica, Emergency Service Stations and Black Rock Ranger Outposts. They are also public gathering spaces, inviting performances, art, installations and community interaction.
The two art plazas are where the Burning Man’s Art Department selects participant-created art pieces to feature.
There are many clusters of porta-potties throughout the city on radial streets and blocks. To help you find locate them, each bank is be marked by two solar-powered blue safety lights.
Volunteer or work
To volunteer at the event, visit the V-spot in Center Camp for informartion.
The event is 100% participant funded and staffed, so any help offered is much appreciated.
Drugs and security
Like many festivals, drug use is common, but it is illegal to sell.
You have to be careful how you go about acquiring drugs, you can juts go around shouting "who's got any", often locals and veterans will report people doing so.
Very much like BYOB, but BYOD.
The agencies that patrol the event is as follows:
Federal Bureau of Land Management / Pershing County Sheriff’s Office / Washoe County Sheriff’s Office / Nevada State Department of Investigations (NDI) / Nevada State Health Division / Nevada Highway Patrol / Drug Enforcement Administration
What is Illegal?
Even though Black Rock City is in a remote environment, Federal, State, and local laws remain in effect. The following are just some of the laws you should be aware of:
- The use and possession of illegal drugs are violations of the law.
- Medical marijuana cards are not recognized by the Federal Government, and the State of Nevada does not recognize medical marijuana cards from other states.
- The possession of any illegal drug with intent to distribute is a more serious felony offence in all jurisdictions.
- Giving illegal substances to someone else could rise to the level of drug trafficking. Serving alcohol to minors: if your theme camp has a “bar” where alcoholic drinks are gifted, the person serving alcohol should check that the person being served is over 21.
Laws specific to Burning Man
- Light your Mutant Vehicle: BLM regulations require that all motorized vehicles driven at night, including art cars, motor scooters and go-peds have front and rear lights.
- Defecation on the playa: This is not only disgusting, but is also a violation of federal regulations. You may be issued a ticket that will cost you $125 or more.
The celebration of Burning Man's annual fire ceremony began in August 1986, created by Larry Harvey and Jerry James. For the next four years, its annual fire party was held at Baker Beach in San Francisco.
In 1990, the Park police interceded to prevent the culminating conflagration of the statue. This was a transitional moment for Burning Man as the event evolved with a new location, a change of date, and the beginning of a new meaning for the celebration.
These people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one's day-to-day life. The result of this experiment is Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man event.
The impact of the Burning Man experience has been so profound that a culture has formed around it. This culture pushes the limits of Burning Man and has led to people banding together nation-wide, and putting on their own events, in attempt to rekindle that magic feeling that only being part of this community can provide.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation promotes interactive art by supporting public art that exists outside the event, and has a special interest in supporting art at regional events. Additionally, Burning Man has over two thousand volunteers who work before, during and after the event (many who work year-round) to make the event a reality.