Your Burning Man Festival 2017 Guide

Burning Man Festival
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Burning Man Festival, set in the Nevada desert, is one hell of a ride!

Once a year, tens of thousands of people descend on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to create the temporary Black Rock City, which disappears without a trace once the festival has finished. This city is a metropolis filled with creative people exploring self-expression and having fun. There is no official music lineup, and the festival focuses on art installations, performances and expressive group classes.

The crazy, eclectic world of Burning Man is like something you have never seen before and for regulars, it’s a way to escape the every day. Anything goes at Burning Man. You’ll find people dressed in every type of costume — or not dressed at all.

Here is your ultimate guide to Burning Man 2017.

Burning Man Festival Basics

Burning Man Festival is held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada on August 27 – September 4, 2017.

Burning Man Festival
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Burning Man Activities

Burning Man is an arts and culture festival, so there is no official music line-up.

Every year there is a new selection of incredible art installations for you to view. These giant, ‘trippy’ installations are great fun to view and interact with. See past installations.

Beyond Burning Man’s art installations, there are tons of activities to really let your hair down from yoga and dance classes through to an adult zone, which includes sex parties and spanking classes.

The festival’s grand finale is on the final Saturday night, when an enormous sculpture of the Burning Man is set alight, creating a magical atmosphere in the desert.

Check out the complete Burning Man activities

Burning Man Tickets

There is only one type of ticket for Burning Man.

Full passes cost $425 and include access to Black Rock City for the weeklong festival.

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Burning Man Festival
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How to Get to and From Burning Man

Air – The nearest airports to Burning Man are San Francisco and  Reno airports. From there you need to travel to the site by car or taxi to Black Rock City. Take a look at the Black Rock City map.

Car – With over 60,000 people attending, it is recommended you use Burning Man’s official ride-share board to link-up with other festival-goers and help beat traffic.

Shuttle – There is a Burner Express shuttle goes between San Francisco and Reno to Black Rock City.

First time at the festival? Read the Burning Man Survival Guide.

Getting Around Black Rock City

Getting around the enormous festival site is best done by bike. So bring your bike, or buy a cheap one beforehand.

Burning Man Festival
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Where to Stay for Burning Man

Most festival-goers sleep in tents or RVs on the festival grounds. Black Rock City is divided into different villages, and each village has its own theme. Festival-goers are advised to research which village they like the most beforehand, and pitch-up their tent in their favorite village. Explore the different Burning Man villages.

Camping is including as part of your festival pass and is part of the whole Burning Man experience. That said, if you’d rather get a break from the festival for some shuteye, you can find accommodations near Burning Man in Reno, Nevada.

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