Ways to Participate

People new to Burning Man often assume that it’s a regular “festival” as they’ve come to know them, a mostly passive experience where everything is planned, orchestrated and pre-packaged by the event producers, and attendees just come and enjoy the show. In fact, the exact opposite is true. The people who attend Burning Man are no mere “attendees,” but rather active participants in every sense of the word: they create the city, the interaction, the art, the performance and ultimately the “experience.” Participation is at the very core of Burning Man, and there are many ways to participate. Here are just a few to start with.

Make Something

YOU are Burning Man. Create your own form of participation! Create an art installation, a theme camp, a mutant vehicle, or performance. You can connect with an existing project through Spark.


Volunteer to help build the infrastructure of Black Rock City. First-time Burners can learn the ropes here.

Get Inspired

Browse the Art of Burning Man and our historical timeline and get yourself inspired!

Participation Videos

These videos are designed to entertain, enlighten and educate about our culture. Watch them or make your own.


“Whether you make a cup of coffee for the folks camped next door or help someone you hardly know unzip the back of their costume in preparation to use the port-a-potty, you can be a participant of Burning Man. If you reach inside yourself and figure out that part of you that can be shared with others around you, chances are you will enjoy Burning Man. The only way to avoid having fun is to bring nothing of yourself to the event. If you just try to take everything in, you won’t ‘get’ anything.”

— Anonymous