Burning Man or bust: Pre-registration for individual sales opens

In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 photo, a band plays on top of a bus at Burning Man in Gerlach, Nev. Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather for Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance.
Photo: Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron / AP

Black Rock City or bust!

Pre-registration for individual sale tickets to Burning Man opened at noon yesterday, February 20, and is required for those wishing to attend the annual event in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

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The weeklong gathering, to be held from August 25 to September 1, is an “experiment in temporary community” where attendees more or less build a makeshift (and sixth-biggest Nevada) city on a five-square-mile playa 120 miles north of Reno. The project focuses on Burning Man’s 10 utopian principles, ranging from radical self-expression to civic responsibility to leaving no trace.

Hopeful burners have until noon this Sunday, February 23, to register, with the tickets actually going on sale at noon the following Wednesday, February 26. Priced at $380 each, 38,000 passes will be available, as will $40 vehicle passes, which are limited to 35,000 and required for any car or RV entering Black Rock City. Buyers are limited to two each.

Don’t have the dough this week? Burning Man will also offer tickets later in the summer during an “OMG” sale, with tickets available for purchase August 6 following a pre-registration period from July 31 to August 4. Burners opting for this route to Black Rock City will be taking a serious gamble, however, as only 1,000 tickets (also priced at $380) will be available.

And if the price is still too steep for you, Burning Man has set aside 4,000 tickets for its Low Income Ticket Program. Those interested in the discounted $190 pass have to apply (applications are out March 4) and must demonstrate financial need. Those who have already purchased a pass at the higher price point are not eligible for the discounted ticket.

For registration and more details, visit burningman.com.

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