First-Timer’s Guide

Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement based on 10 practical principles.

We don’t book acts or provide entertainment. What happens here is up to you! There is no corporate sponsorship. You are entering a “decommodified” space that values who you are, not what you have. You are expected to collaborate, be inclusive, creative, connective and clean up after yourself. Participate actively as a citizen of Black Rock City.

Wondering where to begin? Here are some resources to help you get started.


Get Involved

The power of the Burning Man experience is held by each member of the community. It requires everyone to do their part.

Trojan Horse, Pull (Photo by Andy Pischalnikoff)

Ways to Participate

Burning Man is the sum total of the activities of its participants, and the ways to participate are as unlimited as one’s imagination.

Connect with Spark!
Working on a project and looking for help? Got skills and resources and want to work on a project? Connect through Spark, our online system facilitating creative collaborations in our community.


Survive and Thrive

Burning Man sets a high bar for creating community under extreme conditions. Learn how to meet it — or even raise it.

Event Survival Guide

Mandatory reading for all Burning Man participants, this guide tells you everything you need to know about how to survive and enjoy the event. Read up and be prepared.

Marque Cornblatt’s WaterBoy project, 2005

Staying Informed

Subscribe to the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter so you don’t miss out. The JRS is the primary mouthpiece of the community. As the event draws near, you’ll receive special editions about Health & Safety, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Greening Your Burn, and more hot topics.

You can also subscribe to the Burning Man Journal, which is the paper of record for all of Burning Man culture.

Leaving No Trace

Leaving No Trace and care for the environment are fundamental values of the Burning Man community. We have always believed deeply in leaving a place in better condition than we found it in.

  • Greening Your Burn
    Learn how to reduce your environmental impact at Burning Man and beyond.

Explore the Culture

Our values and principles set Burning Man apart from other events and communities.

Ten Principles – Radical Inclusion (Photo by Mario Covic)

The 10 Principles

The ten core guiding concepts of Burning Man.

Event FAQ

Important answers to frequently asked questions.

The Global Network

Looking to get involved with your local Burning Man community? Explore the Burning Man Regional Network and find out what’s going on right near you all year round. Your local community may host Burner meet-ups or newbie events that can help you learn the ropes.