El Pulpo mechanico at Burning Man 2015. Picture: Jess Hobbs

El Pulpo Mecanico at Burning Man 2015. Picture: Jess Hobbs

Burning Man is a lot of things. It is a celebration of art, culture, diversity, inclusion, and acceptance. It is a raging party. It is a place for solemn contemplation. Most poignantly, it is fleeting, happening only once a year.

Though the temporary Black Rock City will be bustling and full of people, there are many that can’t make it. The date is unfortunate for some, conflicting with school schedules and life in general. The location impossible for others due to distance or even the inability to live in the desert for a week. Tickets to get into the event can be another issue. Even though there are more than 40,000 tickets offered, they often sell out within the first few hours of availability.

Whatever your reason for missing the main event, you’re in luck. There’s a burn near you.

The Burning Man Regional Program

the world map of regional burns

The world map of regional burns

Find your regional burn on the official interactive map.

 It is often reported that upon leaving Burning Man, participants feel possessed of a desire to make their year-round world feel more like life in Black Rock City. Through the Burning Man Regional Network, these Burners can stay connected to the flame, and bring it into their local communities.

The regional program allows for people all over the world to hold mini events that mimic the ethos of Burning Man. In 1997, the first regional events began to pop up in the U.S. and Canada. Since then, they’ve grown steadily to encompass the entire world. Each event must adhere to the 10 principles of Burning Man :

  • Radical Inclusion
    Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
  • Gifting
    Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
  • Decommodification
    In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
  • Radical Self-reliance
    Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her inner resources.
  • Radical Self-expression
    Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
  • Communal Effort
    Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote, and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
  • Civic Responsibility
    We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.
  • Leaving No Trace
    Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
  • Participation
    Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
  • Immediacy
    Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.