Your guide to buying Burning Man tickets

In this Aug. 27, 2014 photo, participants enjoy the Burning Man festival on the Black Rock Desert in Gerlach, Nev. Organizers call Burning Man the largest outdoor arts festival in North America, with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerrilla theatrics and colorful theme camps.
AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron

With registration for the first tier of Burning Man ticket sales beginning on January 14, it’s time for prospective attendees to get their ducks in a row and prepare for what is bound to be a sold-out event, taking place August 30 to September 7 at the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada.

On Wednesday at noon, burners who want to leave nothing to chance can begin registration for the Pre-Sale, which purposely limits ticket availability to 4,000 and bumps the standard price up to $800 per person. Registration ends January 17 at noon and the actual Pre-Sale begins January 21 at noon, on a first-come, first-served basis, where buyers can buy up to six tickets and three vehicle passes ($50 each). They are the only buyers who may also purchase tickets during other onsales.

February 4 marks the start of the 20,000-ticket Directed Group sale, which caters to earmarked groups officially involved with the Burning Man community and requires an invitation. Chances are you’d know if you qualify, but more information can be found on the ticketing site.

2014 Burning Man

Most people will be attempting to purchase through the bigger Individual Sale, which starts February 18 at noon. They will have to pre-register during February 11 to 14. The Individual Sale allows for a 40,000 ticket availability and a two-ticket (and one vehicle pass) limit per purchase. Tickets are $390 each.

The Low Income Ticket Program starts on March 4, with 4,000 tickets going for $190 each to those who fill out an application and qualify.

If you don’t nail down a ticket during those onsales, an OMG Sale begins on August 5 at noon, after a July 29 to August 1 registration period. A thousand tickets will be available for $390 each, though buyers can only purchase a maximum of two (plus one of 1,250 vehicle passes). Certain shipping/will call requirements apply.

And burners may also want to check out the Secure Ticket Exchange Program, which is the official ticket resale platform for Burning Man and only allows face-value sales. Sellers can post their ticket ads to STEP starting on March 11, with buyers able to participate the next day. Note: STEP is the safest way to go, as Burning Man can void out tickets for any reason, including evidence of scalping.

The 2014 edition drew an all-time high attendance at 66,000. This year’s theme is Carnival of Mirrors. For more information, visit tickets.burningman.org.

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