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:


South Africa[edit]

Revelers at Afrika Burns




South Korea[edit]



New Zealand[edit]












United Kingdom[edit]

North America[edit]



British Columbia[edit]



Northwest Territories[edit]







United States of America[edit]


Event was held in 2009, 2012 and 2013



Northern California

Likely, California

Lake Tahoe

  • LunarBurn


  • The Last Best Burn [2]



  • Sacramento Decompression

San Francisco:

  • 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

San Jose:

Formerly called Soulstance, Soulfire is the annual regional 3-day campout in mid-June just outside of Los Gatos.

Santa Cruz:

Central California

San Luis Obispo:

  • Junk Mail Man (2001-2005)
  • OtterRatherBeOnFire (forming)

Southern California

Los Angeles:

San Diego:




  • Preheat (fundraiser event for Burnt Oranges Inc.) (official site) - Mid/Late April
  • AfterBurn (fundraiser event for Burnt Oranges Inc.) (official site) - Early November
  • LoveBurn (official site) - February





  • deCOMP







New Orleans:


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.[3] 600 tickets were sold for 2011 (capped).[4]


  • Lakes of Fire (official site) is a collaborative celebration of art and community, steeped in friendship, fire, and wonder.



Kansas City:

  • 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 TLA (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)
  • Orphanrium
  • Burning Down The River

Saint Louis:

  • 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.


Las Vegas


New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

  • 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. 2284 tickets sold in 2013 (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) Mosaic Experiment brings the artistry and energy of Black Rock City to the Midwestern region. Held in October at Reclaim, a repurposed strip-mine near Rutland, Ohio, Mosaic is a four day event (Thursday through Sunday) of collaborative expression on a backdrop of brisk evenings and changing leaves. Participants from 13 different US states attended the first event in October 2013. It is the first and only Ohio regional burn to be all-ages, and is Ohio's second regional burn officially sanctioned by the Burning Man Project.






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). For the next two years, Frostburn was held Camp Kevin, further north near Brookville, PA, before moving south to Marvin's Mountaintop outside of Masontown, WV for 2015. Frostburn happens yearly during Presidents Day weekend in February.



  • Serendipity (official site) will be held at the Funny Farm over Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Serendipity is Tennessee's officially-sanctioned regional burn.
  • Scare-N-Dipity (official site) will be held at the Funny Farm over Halloween weekend in 2015.



  • 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.

North Texas:

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.

Central Texas:

FreezerBurn began in 2009. It is a local arts and music festival located in Flatonia, TX where art, music, food, self-expression and entertainment are brought by the participants, where volunteers come together to create art, performances and to experiment in temporary communities. It is a private camping event held on private property. Much like the Burning Man or any regional Burn, a theme is chosen each year around which participants can creatively interact. The theme for 2014 was Scorched Snowflakes, with a snowflake temple effigy.


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 Stargazer Ranch, in Utah (coordinates: 41.58075 -113.37162). 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).




Critical Northwest (or CNW), formerly Critical Massive, is an annual alternative arts and performance festival staged in the greater Puget Sound region of Washington. Critical Northwest 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. Attendance has been variable over the years, with almost 1000 people in 2013. 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,, 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.

Past Events[edit]

Events no-longer happening.



San Diego:



  • Sunburn Event was held twice. Once in Nov 2004 and once in Nov 2005. It was replaced with AfterBurn in 2006.


Sun Valley:


  • Dark Skies June 2004 - 2009
  • Singularity - Event was held twice, on May 11-14, 2006 and May 17-20, 2007, on Roach Dry Lake in Nevada, just over the California state line. Singularity replaced the 2006 Spring season Dark Skies event, as it was a collaboration between the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Burning Man regions.

New Hampshire[edit]



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