List of regional Burning Man events
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The following is a list of regional Burning Man events ordered alphabetically by geography. Not all of these events are affiliated with the Burning Man organization:
- 1 Africa
- 2 Asia
- 3 Australasia
- 4 Europe
- 5 North America
- 5.1 Canada
- 5.2 United States of America
- 5.2.1 Alaska
- 5.2.2 Arizona
- 5.2.3 California
- 5.2.4 Colorado
- 5.2.5 Delaware
- 5.2.6 Florida
- 5.2.7 Georgia
- 5.2.8 Hawai'i
- 5.2.9 Idaho
- 5.2.10 Illinois
- 5.2.11 Iowa
- 5.2.12 Kansas
- 5.2.13 Kentucky
- 5.2.14 Louisiana
- 5.2.15 Massachusetts
- 5.2.16 Michigan
- 5.2.17 Mississippi
- 5.2.18 Missouri
- 5.2.19 Nevada
- 5.2.20 New York
- 5.2.21 North Carolina
- 5.2.22 Ohio
- 5.2.23 Oregon
- 5.2.24 Pennsylvania
- 5.2.25 Tennessee
- 5.2.26 Texas
- 5.2.27 Utah
- 5.2.28 Washington
- 6 Past Events
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- MidBurn ( official site])
- Burning Japan (official site)
- Korea Burn (official site)
- Burning Seed (official site)
- Burning Mind (official site)
- Burners from Belgium [www.jean-charles.net/burningman Facebook group]
- Burning Night official site
- French Burning Week End
- Irish Burners (official site)
- Italian Burning Weekend (official site)
- Degantis Jonas (official site)
- The Borderland (official site)
- Freezer Burn (official site)
- Burn in the Forest: Official Burning Man Vancouver Regional Event, in association with the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society (Official BitF site) (GVIAS site) (Burning Man Vancouver site)
- Decompression: Official Burning Man Vancouver Regional Events, in association with the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society: Micropolis 2010 (micropolis.ca); Dust Off 2011 (thegreatdustoff.ca) AfterGlow 2012 (afterglowvancouver.org). More info: (burningvan.ca), (GVIAS site)
- Recompression: Official Burning Man Vancouver Regional Event, in association with the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society. Held for 10 years, ending in 2010. (Last Recompression site (2010)) (GVIAS site) (Burning Man Vancouver site)
- Otherworld (Official site)
- Ignition (Official Website)
Ignition celebrates similar principals as the original Burning Man, including radical self-reliance, participative art and culture and fire. The event is held in September and is put on by the Brûleurs de Montréal Burners.
- taBURNak! (taBURNak! decompression event)
- Holos (official site)
Event was held in 2009, 2012 and 2013
- LA Decompression (official site)
PermaBurn, Northern California
- Sacramento Decompression
- YouTopia (official site)
- Junk Mail Man (2001-2005)
- OtterRatherBeOnFire (forming)
- SF Burnal Equinox (official site)
- SF Precompression (official site)
- SF Decompression is an annual regional event held each October in San Francisco. With roots going back at least as far as 1999, it offers Burning Man participants a chance to decompress: to reconnect and to share artistic performances and installations.(official site)
- North Bay Regional Decompression
- Soulfire (official site)
Formerly called Soulstance, Soulfire is the annual regional 3-day campout in mid-June just outside of Los Gatos. * South Bay Burners decom (official site)
- Preheat (fundraiser event for Burnt Oranges Inc.) (official site) - Mid/Late April
- AfterBurn (fundraiser event for Burnt Oranges Inc.) (official site) - Early November
- Decompression (official site)
- HearthsOPhyre (official site)
- Resonance (official site)
- Reclaimation (official site)
- NOLA Burners (official site)
Firefly is considered the Massachusetts/New England regional burn and has been organized by a group of Boston Burners (official site) since its inception in 2003. It has moved around over the years, its first year being held in New Hampshire and has since settled in Vermont. It's still looking for a larger site than the ~60 acres used in 2009-2011. 600 tickets were sold for 2011 (capped).
- Boston Decompression (official site for the November 5, 2011 event)
Boston Decompression (or "Boston Decom") is an annual regional event held in the Boston area following Burning Man. Typically organized by a group of Boston Burners (official site), it offers Burning Man participants a chance to decompress: to reconnect and to share artistic performances and installations.
- Lakes of Fire (official site), is a collaborative celebration of art, fire, music, and friendship, built on the same 10 principles as the original Burning Man. The event is held near the end of June and includes outdoor camping - both in theme camps and in open camping settings, music, a glorious effigy, large and small-scale art both fiery and otherwise, a carnival atmosphere, and all of the creative energy and wild spirit that you and appropriate clique of friends from around the Great Lakes (and around the world) can bring! Envision the Great Lakes version of Black Rock City. Lakes of Fire will be smaller than Burning Man, less accessible, and with rolling hills, forests, and fields instead of open playa. You won’t get dust storms or temperature swings. But you’ll surely enjoy the mosquitoes, rain, and toxicodendrons-radicans.
Lakes of Fire sells out every year. This year's attendance (2013) capped at 1,600.
- InterFuse (official site), sponsored by the Midwest Burners, is an annual, multi-day, camping-oriented event that upholds the ideals of the Burning Man Festival. The goal of InterFuse is to unite the scattered Burners and pre-Burners of the Midwest in a celebration of art, fire, and life, further spreading the Burning Man Experience through the region. The event was initially held at Camp Ozark Avalon, located in Boonville, Missouri but the 2011 and 2012 events were moved to the Shriner's campground in Laquey to accomomdate growing attendance. Recent attendance averages around 1,000 people. The safety rangers of the event ("InterRangers") proudly offer Black Rock Ranger training and practical experience to those wishing to become BRC Rangers on the Playa free of charge. Instead of a Division of Public Works, or DPW, Interfuse's public works crew is known as the Leisure Army. Their motto, "All leisure, no army" is an inside joke that tells very little about all of the hard work they do in setting up the event infrastructure and keeping the essential services available and running.
- HullabalU (official site)
- Gateway (official site) - St Louis regional burn which has been occurring formally since 2008. Gateway takes place in mid-June and allows minors (under 18) to attend the event with their parent or guardian. This is in contrast to the larger Interfuse event, which does not allow persons under 18. Attendance is usually 200 participants. The 2011 and 2012 Gateway Burns took place near Eldridge, Missouri.
- The Forgotten City (official site)
- Reno Decompression (official site)
New York City: New York City no longer hosts an official Decompression, however there are many parties thrown by Burning Man camps such as Disorient, Kostume Kult, Bubbles & Bass, etc.. The Gratitude Party (official site) in early December has somewhat covered for Decom.
- Transformus Started in 2004. Originally the North Carolina Burn, it has had its regional status revoked by Burning Man organization but has been reinstated in 2010. 2000 tickets sold in 2011 (capped). (official site)
- Scorched Nuts (official site) Started in 2007, this Official Burning Man Regional is held at "Reclaim" outside Rutland (remote, private location in southern Ohio) annually over Memorial Day weekend. The site is a restored strip mine that provides a large, flat green space on the man-made plateau surrounded by beautiful woodland. The site is completely primitive but for a large stage open for performance and community.
- Mosaic Experiment (official site) Also held at the beautiful "Reclaim", this event's first annual Official Regional occurrence is the first weekend of October 2013. Burners and organizers alike are ramping up for a weekend of collaborative expression on a backdrop of brisk evenings and changing leaves.
- Recycled Rainbow ( official site) The last Recycled Rainbow was held in 2011, and further events may occur in the future.
- SOAK (official site)
Pittsburgh: Frostburn is a winter celebration of art and community in Western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. The regional burn promotes the Ten Principles of Burning Man in a harsh environment, highlighting the need for community members to collaborate against severe weather to create and install interactive art and theme camps. A gift economy is encouraged, while commercial activity is generally prohibited. Frostburn participants are expected to actively contribute to the spirit of the event in radically expressive (but socially responsible) ways, leaving no trace of their presence after the event has ended.
Frostburn took place for its first five years at Cooper's Lake Campground, which also serves as the site of the annual Pennsic War (the largest annual event of the Society for Creative Anachronism). Beginning in 2013, Frostburn is at a new venue, Camp Kevin, further north near Brookville, PA
Frostburn happens yearly during Presidents Day weekend in February.
Artemas: Wicker Man is a new burn located between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, PA at Four Quarters Farm, former location of the Gaian Mind summer festival. Established in 2008, it held its first event on Memorial Day weekend (the same weekend as Playa del Fuego less than three hours away). Wicker Man features designated "villages" for different activities, including Sound Town (for loud music) and Lust Vegas (for adult-themed camps). Set in the mountainous forests of Western Pennsylvania, its premier hosted about 350 participants and featured a spectacular main burn. Although the event hopes to become an official Burning Man regional burn, it is not yet formally recognized by the Burning Man Project.
Manheim Township, York County, Pennsylvania
Rise of the Phoenix - official site: is a Burn that has been in the Hills of Black Rock, Pennsylvania (south-central Pa.) held on Labor Day weekend for several years. It is not an official Burning Man regional burn, yet has become a place for some local burners, fire performers not heading west to still get together. It is also the location of a monthly Fire Performers' Meetup for local Fire Performers to meet and share the Fire Arts.
- Serendipity Burn (official site) will be held at the Funny Farm over Memorial Day weekend in 2014.
- Scare-N-Dipity (official site) will be held at the Funny Farm over Halloween weekend in 2014.
- Burning Flipside (official site) - Memorial Day Weekend - The event was first held in 1998 at a private campground in Dripping Springs, Texas. In 2010, the event moved to a more spacious area at Apache Pass to accommodate greater attendance. Flipside's location is generally in a private camp area in the wooded, grassy Texas Hill Country, unlike the stark, otherworldly feeling of the flat Black Rock Desert where Burning Man is held. The Texas Hill Country features creeks, swimming holes, and tree-covered groves that make camping a more pleasant experience than the harsh high Nevada desert. Burning Flipside is one of the "must see" burn events in North America.
- Decompression - There is no formal Decompression event, although there has often been an ad-hoc post-Flipside campout roughly 1 month after Flipside. Though still welcoming to newcomers, it has the charm of being very tight-knit because it's right after Flipside.
- FreezerBurn (official site) - MLK Day Weekend - A regional camping event inspired by Flipside and Burning Man, where art, music, food, self-expression and entertainment are brought by the participants, where volunteers come together to create art and performances, and to experiment in temporary community.
- OrFunner - Labor Day Weekend - The final OrFunner was held in 2012. OrFunner took place at the same time as the latter part of Burning Man, (a.k.a. "The Big Burn") and provided an alternative for Burning Man "orfuns" (like "orphans", but more fun) who were not able to attend Burning Man. It took place at a private campground near Dripping Springs, Texas where many previous Burning Flipside events had been.
Myschievia began in 2005, when approximately 200 participants attended a location about 2 hours west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since 2006, Myschievia has been held in East Texas near Hughes Springs, Texas. Much like the Burning Man or any regional Burn, a theme may be chosen around which participants can creatively interact, though Myschievians chose not to have a theme in 2006 and 2007. Activities range from water balloon fights, to morning yoga classes, to themed dinners, to the annual Miss Myschievia pageant. The theme for the first year was "Trial By Fire," an old west courtroom-styled theme. The effigy was a 25-foot (7.6 m) tall model of the Scales of Justice. In 2006 the effigy was of the Roman Coliseum and featured several nights of spontaneous wrestling, both staged and real. In 2007 a giant head was constructed with a movable mouth. Its wild "hair," made of individual lengths of 2x6 lumber, was decorated and donated by the participants, who called the effigy "Unruly Man." For 2008, the theme was "Burning Bridges," and the effigy for 2008 was a bridge. In 2009, Pyrosynthesis was the theme, with the effigy being a flowerpot that participants could fill with their own "flowers," individual works of art intended to burn.
- Element 11 (official site)
Element-11 is one of the many annual Regional Burningman Festivals conducted around the world. Element-11 is a Utah Regional and is held at Bonneville Seabase in Grantsville, UT. Seabase is in-land/desert, geothermally heated, salt water, high altitude mini-ocean with colorful marine tropical fish and is a year round diving and snorkeling facility. The Element-11 festival begins on the Thursday before the second weekend in July and ends on the Sunday of the same weekend. It is an 18yr + event and promotes Burningman's 10 Guiding Principles. It is a local community produced festival (Element-11 is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization) and encourages radical self-expression and participation and strictly adheres to its Leave No Trace policy (you bring it in, you bring it out).
- SeaCompression (official site)
- Critical Massive (official site)
Critical Massive (or CM) is an annual alternative arts and performance festival staged in the greater Puget Sound region of Washington. Critical Massive was started in 2002 by Burning Man participants from the Seattle area. The Massive organization became the Massive LLC in 2004 with a board of six members. In 2006, Ignition Northwest assumed producer responsibilities for the event, and is the current producer of the event. Currently lasting seven days during the last week of June, it is smaller than the largest regional burns, with attendance in 2006 limited to 500 participants and attendance in 2007 limited to 475. Critical Massive’s original board of six produced the event at a local clothing-optional resort, Lake Bronson, in Monroe, Washington before moving the event to Lake Recreation Associates Campground (or LARC) in Mount Vernon, Washington in 2006, and the privately held campground of River outside of Maple Valley, Washington in 2007. The event is attended primarily by participants of the Seattle Burning community, and relies heavily on large theme camps and individual participants to build the temporary village. Art grants are distributed through the local Burner-based nonprofit organization, IgnitionNW.org, which also is the current producer of the event. In 2007, approximately $7,500 was distributed to multiple art projects. Many of the core values of Critical Massive are borrowed from Burning Man, and the same short, memorable terms are used for them. Due to the fact that the event is held in the highest population density center of the Pacific Northwest region, including Idaho, Oregon, and portions of British Columbia, the event’s environment is significantly different than the Black Rock Desert. The event has been held on the west side of the Cascade mountain range in the pacific Northwest rain forest. Consequently, the size of the event with the number of participants has been limited significantly simply for the fact that there are few venues capable of holding up to seven hundred individuals for a week-long event in the Northwest. Additionally, unlike Burning Man where the central effigy of a glowing neon man stays essentially unaltered from year to year (with alteration to its base and other design elements), the Critical Massive event may not have a central effigy, or indeed a last-night event. Usually, fire performances and other exhibitions occur on the last night of the event, but are limited in scope and size due to fire restrictions, especially in the forest-fire prone mountains.
Events no-longer happening.
- WillowBurn (official site)
Event was held once in 2004
- Dark Skies June 2004 - 2009
- Singularity (official site)
Event was held once and replaced the 2006 Spring season Dark Skies event as it was produced by both Las Vegas and Los Angeles peoples.
- Granite Planet (archive of official site)
Event was held once in 2008.
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