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WHAT IS BURNING MAN?

Burning Man is an annual event and a thriving year-round culture. The event takes place the week leading up to and including Labor Day, in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The Burning Man organization (Black Rock City LLC) creates the infrastructure of Black Rock City, wherein attendees (or "participants") dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, leaving no trace. As simple as this may seem, trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. In this section you will find the peripheral definitions of what the event is as a whole, but to truly understand this event, one must participate.

Outside the event, Burning Man's vibrant year-round culture is growing through the non-profit Burning Man Project, including worldwide Regional Groups and associated non-profits who embody Burning Man's ethos out in the world.

Whether our activities take place in Black Rock City or around the world, Burning Man's Ten Principles provide a guiding social and cultural framework for our community.

What started out as a small event on San Francisco's Baker Beach and then migrated to the Black Rock Desert has now morphed into a vibrant global year-round culture of like-minded individuals who seek to live their lives in a more meaningful, powerful and self-expressed way. The Ten Principles are a reflection of the community's ethos and culture as it has organically developed since the event's inception.


The experience, our history, the quirky nomenclature, and answers to your frequently asked questions about Burning Man. It's all here.


The values shared by the Burning Man community are reflected in the Ten Principles and our Mission Statement. Learn more.


Burning Man's Event Archives and Afterburn Reports describe the activities and events that go into making Burning Man happen each year.


Meet the many dedicated people behind the scenes at Burning Man.