The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to think carefully about how and when we can bring Black Rock City back. As you know, it takes months to plan for the Burning Man event. We have to move forward to get things ready, just in case the stars align. Though we are planning for a return to Black Rock City in 2021, it’s impossible to say right now if the event can happen this year. Please bear in mind the following: 1) We do not yet know if we will be able to proceed with Black Rock City 2021 planning, and 2) We will only inhabit Black Rock City with the appropriate safety protocols and permits in place. You can stay up to date with the latest info about Black Rock City by subscribing to the Burning Man Journal and signing up for the Jackrabbit Speaks e-newsletter.

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.


Burning Man Project’s mission is to produce the annual event known as Burning Man and to guide, nurture and protect the more permanent community created by its culture. Our intention is to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society.

We believe that the experience of Burning Man can produce positive spiritual change in the world. To this end, it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise. Burning Man is radically inclusive, and its meaning is potentially accessible to anyone.

The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, embodied support before sponsorship. Finally, in order to accomplish these ends, Burning Man must endure as a self-supporting enterprise that is capable of sustaining the lives of those who dedicate themselves to its work. From this devotion spring those duties that we owe to one another.

We will always burn the Man.

Burning Man isn’t your usual event. It’s a vibrant participatory metropolis generated by its citizens.