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FIRST-TIMER'S GUIDE

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert (also known as "the playa") to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

Even considering going to Burning Man for the first time can be daunting. And while it's true that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart, with some research, preparation, and planning, an experience -- and opportunity -- beyond your wildest dreams awaits you. In Black Rock City, you're guaranteed not to be the weirdest kid in the classroom. And you'll become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round, around the world ... ensuring that the fire of Burning Man culture never goes out.

What's the best way to learn about Burning Man? First, sign up for the Jack Rabbit Speaks email newsletter to receive periodic updates and important information about the event throughout the year. Second, take a tour of this website to get a better idea of what to expect and how to get involved. We suggest you follow the links below to the Survival Guide and list of Recommended Reading, and then branch out to see how you might contribute to a theme camp, art project, build your own sturdy shade structure, turn your car into a giant spider, or paint your body to look like ... well, that's up to you. You can participate as little or as much as you want, but it is said that you really must participate to truly enjoy the experience. Finally, find the Burning Man Regional Contact nearest you, and join in the community.

What is Burning Man?

What is Burning Man?
As have so many others who've struggled to answer that difficult question, this section offers a comprehensive overview of the event and its history.

Ten Principles
The 10 core guiding concepts of the Burning Man project.

Burning Man FAQ
Important answers to frequently asked questions.

 

The Burning Man Experience

Event Survival Guide
Mandatory reading for all Burning Man participants, this guide tells you everything you need to know about how to survive and enjoy the event. Read up and be prepared.

Participate!
Burning Man is the sum total of the activities of its participants, and the ways to participate are as unlimited as one's imagination.

Art Installations
Burning Man is a community centered around the creation and appreciation of art in all its forms. Learn how you can create art for the playa, and what installations you can expect to see this year. If you're not going to make art, then be art!

Theme Camps & Villages
Everything you need to know to bring your theme camp to the event, including what a theme camp is.

Playa Events This Year
Where to go, what to do in Black Rock City?

Leave No Trace
Q: Where are the trash cans at Burning Man? A: There aren't any. Learn more about our Leave No Trace ethic.

Environment
Learn how to reduce your environmental impact as you participate in Burning Man ... and beyond.

Maps and Travel Information
Finding your way to and around Black Rock City.

Connect with Spark!
Working on a project and looking for help? Got skills and resources and want to work on a project? Connect through Spark, our online system facilitating creative collaborations in our community.

Also be sure to check out the Afterburn Report, our annual post-event accounting of how the event is produced, and what happens along the way.