Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

Burning Man, The Black Rock Desert, Nevada, 2024

25 August - 2 September

Held in the Nevada Dessert, Burning Man is much more than a festival

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So, you’ve been to some music festivals and now want to go to Burning Man? Throw away all your previous perceptions as this is considered a city, rather than a festival, with an intriguing philosophy behind it.

At the opening of Cory Doctorow’s dystopian novel, Homeland, the protagonist, Marcus Yallow is giving away cold-brewed coffee and partying at Burning Man when he receives crucial, hacked information on an increasingly autocratic and corrupt US government. The action comes on quickly and the beginning of the novel gives a vivid taste of being a participant in the dust of the Black Rock Desert.

Don’t expect announcements of line-ups; the event itself is focused on creativity and community-living. Different groups contribute the art, drama, exhibitions, spectacles or music events that bring everything to life.

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The best way to get to the essence of what is to come is to look at the 10 Principles that underpin everything. These emphasise radical inclusion and community sharing; it is about barter and giving, money is not accepted; the focus is on self-expression and immediate experience, as opposed to consumption; be self-reliant and leave your part of the desert as it was before it all began.

The event is spread over several days and the culmination is the burning of the structures that have been created.

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History of Burning Man

It all began in 1986 on a San Francisco beach with about 20 people. In 2017 it attracted almost 70,000 participants. 1990 was the first year in the Black Rock Desert.

What else is there to do around Black Rock City?

Sand, rocks and views of the landscape.

Black Rock City is designed to be away from modern life. The idea is to switch off your phone and fully interact with the people and the art around you, as per the 10 Principles mentioned above.

See below for more on elsewhere in the State of Nevada.

When is Burning Man 2024?

The festival is from 25 August to 2 September.

Burning Man Accommodation and Flights

Burning Man is a bring your own tent/accommodation type of place. Toilets, or porta-potties with solar lighting, are available. See the website for more on this. You will see the Street Plan of Black Rock City and you pitch your tent by connecting to a theme, or group of people. Check out here if you need a VPN for your trip.

Despite its name, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport overwhelmingly handles domestic flights. It has flights from Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco and many other cities across the USA. If you are flying from UK, you will obviously need to stop over at one of those airports. Also, most importantly, you will need to apply for an ESTA before departure.

From the airport, you will still need ground transport to get to Black Rock City, which you will need to organise beforehand. If you want to do this from the airport click here. However, you should also check this page and make appropriate plans before setting out.

For more on Burning Man

Click here.

For more on things to do in Nevada


Cover photo by Theresa Lord Jenkin


25 August
2 September


Black Rock Dessert
NVUnited States
Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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