This year's Burning Man festival has seen unprecedented weather, resulting in hazardous conditions for festival attendees. As with any possible attendance of festivals, especially crowded ones with limited shelter and food, please attend cautiously and practice as much safety as possible.
Long-time attendees (or “Burners”) may complain that this everything-goes celebration of creativity and self-expression has lost some of its radical weirdness over time, but there is no denying that the Burning Man festival reigns as one of the most unique festivals in the world. Thousands gather in the Black Rock Desert to form a temporary artistic community with fantastical installations, performances, and a general atmosphere of cooperation and inclusion that culminates in a ceremonial burning of a 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) wooden man—hence the name.
When to celebrate Burning Man: Held annually at the end of August and the beginnning of September, Burning Man runs for the nine days preceding and including Labor Day weekend.
How to visit Burning Man: If you’re planning to join in the festivities at Burning Man, bring lcamping gear, lots of extra food, and water. There are no hotels or other services in this remote canyon outpost located about four hours northeast of Reno.
This piece was originally published in January 2022 and has been recently updated by Luke Spacey.