Center Camp

Center Camp rises each year as one of the biggest and brightest stars in the Vault of Heaven that is Black Rock City. Center Camp offers an acre of art in the cool shade, tons of benches, couches, cushions, and carpets to kick-back on, and some of the finest entertainment available. This beautifully decorated structure is the largest intergalactic convergence at Burning Man. A favorite stop for every participant, parade, mutant vehicle, marching band, and green alien, a visit to Center Camp is a great initiation to the event as a participant or a volunteer.

Located in the middle of Ring Road, Center Camp is the largest temporary freestanding tensile shade structure in the world. With almost an acre of shade, two stages, a community-use area for pop-up events, and interactive art installations, Center Camp is one exhibit you won’t want to miss. The fabulously lighted, entertainment-filled structure is a required stop on every evening stroll through the city.

Center Camp is a venue that bursts with a universe of art and entertainment. A musical stage features participants playing world and instrumental music during the day with thematic performances in the evening. A spoken word stage features poetry readings, comedy, and theatrical productions.

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You can view more Center Camp photos of previous years’ structure, decor, art installations, performances and personalities in the Image Gallery.

Center Camp has one of the most dynamic volunteer communities on the playa. The construction, event production, clean up, art, decor and lighting of this amazing space rely on the devoted efforts from hundreds of volunteers. Take a look at the many Center Camp volunteer opportunities to find out how you can participate before, during, or after the event and get involved in this diverse community. If you already know what you want to do, go straight to the Volunteer Questionnaire.