Black Rock City 2022 Ticketing Info Is Here

The past two seasons without Black Rock City have provided Burning Man Project time to reflect and assess. This pause in the event cycle, challenging as it’s been, has been an opportunity to focus our intentions; you will see some of this in our 2022 ticketing strategy. We’re excited to share news of the updated ticket sale design and recalibration, as well as the renaming of some existing programs to better reflect the larger social purpose they serve within the community. 

Each year, the ticketing strategy is designed in service of the community as a whole, with each sale and program built for a specific facet of the community. Like the 10 Principles of Burning Man, each sale and program exists in relation to the others, and all work together holistically to support the community ecosystem. It is equal parts practical and aspirational. 

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO…

The Black Rock City 2022 ticket sales cycle will start with the FOMO Sale on February 2, 2022. The FOMO Sale is intended to allow Burners to support the broader community by purchasing tickets at the highest price they are able. These higher-priced tickets support the existence of lower-priced tickets for Burners in need, art grants, and other important programs. You will be able to register for this sale directly in your Burner Profile between January 26-29. The sale will be accessible in your Burner Profile. Two ticket prices will be available in this sale: $1,500 and $2,500.

Our longstanding Low-Income Ticket Program is being renamed the Ticket Aid Program and will continue to provide access to reduced-priced tickets for applicants whose applications demonstrate that their circumstances merit financial assistance and convey their intended engagement in Black Rock City is a meaningful contribution to the community. We are also excited to be increasing the size of this program to offer 5,000 tickets for 2022, an increase of more than 10% from 2019. The goal of the program is to ease the way for those of lesser financial means to bring their unique gifts to the playa, thereby enhancing the richness of BRC’s diversity for all. Full information about the program and process can be found on tickets.burningman.org. The link to the 2022 Ticket Aid Program will be posted on the ticket page beginning March 16, 2022. Tickets will be $225.

In order to better represent the role of the people for whom the sale is designed, the all-important Directed Group Sale will now be called the Stewards Sale, with tickets priced at $475. Functionally it will not change, but we felt this shift was important to convey that the intention of this sale is not simply to serve groups. Instead, the intention is to facilitate the engagement of many of the most consistently engaged builders and doers who continue to gift their unique creative offerings to all BRC participants.

The Main Sale will take place in late March and will also have registration through Burner Profiles. Tickets will be $575.

New for 2022: over the spring and summer, several thousand tickets will be dedicated to Community Action & Initiatives. These tickets are being set aside to support a wide group of amazing people and projects focused on important work in the areas of environmental sustainability and diversifying our community to nourish its vibrance and ensure its continued evolution.

The full details of all our planned 2022 Black Rock City ticket sales and programs can be found on the official ticket page.

A note to the generous supporters of the future of Burning Man who were able to purchase an Invitation to the Future in 2021: Thank you, and you will be receiving direct communication, in March, with details about how to use your reservations.

Box Office at Black Rock City, 2015 (Photo by SN Jacobson)

DOING BLACK ROCK CITY SAFELY

It is important for all potential BRC 2022 participants to understand that a valid ticket is not all you will need to access the event. As the community’s safety and wellbeing remain our top priority, everyone working and playing in BRC will be required to undergo a COVID-19 health check process before entering the event site. As of this time, we expect that the health check requirements will be satisfied with proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test results. We will share more information and answer questions about the mechanics of the health check process as we finalize our operations in the coming months. Sign up for the Jackrabbit Speaks and subscribe to the Burning Man Journal to stay up to date. 

WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS

Because it’s been a while since we have all been on this ride together, a friendly reminder: stay vigilant and educate your friends so they don’t fall prey to predatory speculative BRC ticket listings, scalpers, and scams. No tickets have been sold to BRC 2022, so any listings you see on resale sites are 100% speculative, which means the seller does not actually have the tickets they’ve listed for sale. These sellers are looking to exploit and capitalize on the desire of our community to reconvene. Please do not buy tickets from Viagogo, Stubhub, or other anonymous resale sites — they exist solely to take advantage of your desire to return to BRC and line the pockets of the sellers. Another red flag to look for are package deals which include Black Rock City tickets — we never sanction the use of tickets as part of a tour package, so any tickets you may see offered in these circumstances are liable to be canceled for violating our terms. The only tickets that are guaranteed authentic and not marked up above face-value are tickets bought directly from Burning Man Project or our official Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). For a refresher, please revisit this helpful post. If you find yourself with a ticket you no longer need, we encourage you to use STEP to keep that ticket circulating in the community at face-value!

DRATS! WE CAN’T ALL BE IN BRC 2022!

We know that there are many reasons why you might not make it to Black Rock City this year. Demand for tickets exceeds availability every year, and the logistics of pulling off a week (or more) away from work, family, commitments, etc., introduce other challenges. We also recognize that maybe it’s just not the right year for you to go. Please know you’re not alone! We love you to pieces and are grateful for your participation and support from wherever you are in the world. Even if you’re not in BRC in 2022, you can stay connected and feel the warmth of the Burning Man fire by checking out our guide on how to Burn anywhere and everywhere

GETTING EXCITED…

When we gather again in the dust, it will have been three long years since we were all together. To say we’re excited about going back Home with the Black Rock City community is the understatement of the year. But, we’ll say it: We can’t wait to see your dusty faces again. This extended pause has been tough on so many in the global Burning Man community. But Burners are resilient, and we know that the world needs Burning Man and Black Rock City more than ever. Take care of one another over the next few months, and we’ll see you in August! The Man Burns in 225 Days!

To stay in the loop about ticket and event information, subscribe to the Jackrabbit Speaks and the Burning Man Journal. To help prepare for your time in the desert, read the First Timer’s Guide and the most recent Survival Guide.

With Gratitude,

nimbus and the Ticketing team


FAQs

Where can I get 2022 ticket information?
Head to tickets.burningman.org for all 2022 ticket information.

Where do I register for the FOMO Sale?
Head to your Burner Profile between January 26-29 to register for FOMO. The sale will take place on February 2, 2022.

How do I know if I’m getting Stewards Sale (formerly Directed Group Sale) tickets?
Your camp or project lead will be contacted by the respective department they interact with (Placement, Art, DMV, etc.). 

Where do I apply for the Ticket Aid Program (formerly Low-Income Ticket Program)?
The application will be linked from tickets.burningman.org.

When is the Main Sale?
The Main Sale will take place on March 30. Registration for the Main Sale is March 23-25. Head to tickets.burningman.org for all 2022 ticket information.

You’re selling tickets. So…is the event definitely happening?
Our intention is to produce Black Rock City in 2022. All of our time, energy, and funds are going towards that goal. Check out this post for more information.

Yeah but if the event gets canceled, will my ticket purchase be refunded?
Tickets to Black Rock City have always been nonrefundable. That’s because we use ticket revenue to produce the event, and a lot of that spending has to start right around the time ticket sales happen. Your ticket money helps defray the costs of our permits from the government, staffing, equipment maintenance and repair, and more. Income from ticket revenue is what allows us to flip the switch and get cracking on making the event happen. We don’t offer refunds because we would not be able to move forward with our production timelines and hiring if we were not secure in our source of funding.

When the pandemic started in 2020 and we were forced to cancel the event, we made an exception to this policy and offered ticket buyers the opportunity to receive a full or partial refund. This was the right thing to do in a unique moment of collective need. The community graciously gave Burning Man Project about $3 million to help us keep the lights on. (THANK YOU AGAIN!) Frankly we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the community. We marvel every day at how your support is making BRC 2022 happen!

Though we have our sights set on a return to Black Rock City this year, we are still in the midst of an unpredictable pandemic. Should circumstance prevent us from bringing our city back this year, and force us to cancel the event before early May, we intend to make a one-time exception to our “no refunds” policy and offer partial refunds of up to 50% of your ticket purchase. If we have to cancel the event later than early May, we will be unable to make any exception to our policy, as a large amount of our necessary spending will already have taken place. 

Please note that tickets will not be refundable in any amount for any other reason, including if you find yourself unable to attend BRC after you buy a ticket. Rest assured, transferrable tickets can be transferred via the Burning Man Tickets platform directly, or sold back into STEP.

We want you to know all of this ahead of time so you can make the most informed decisions about your ticket purchases. 

I see BRC 2022 tickets available online. Should I buy them? Are they real?
No and no. As of this writing, there have been no ticket sales to Black Rock City 2022, and there are therefore no tickets available for you to purchase.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Who can I contact?
Email ticketsupport@burningman.org if you have further questions about tickets. You can also check out this helpful FAQ.


Cover image of the Man through branches of “Fan Coral” by artist Bryson Allen, 2019  (Photo by Daniel F. Booth)

About the author: Rebecca Throne

Rebecca Throne

Rebecca has been Burning Man’s head of Ticketing since 2007. She creates and implements ticketing strategy and operations each year. She first attended Burning Man in 1999 and began working with the organization as a volunteer in 2001 with the Center Camp Café. Seeing firsthand the need to foster community and organize to support the 500+ volunteer base of the Café, she pioneered the role of Volunteer Community Manager. She continues to focus on ticketing strategies that support community, as well as facilitating critical communications to the Burning Man community through producing the annual printed Survival Guide and What, Where, When handbook of participant events. Prior to her experience with Burning Man, Rebecca worked in branding and creative direction, business innovation strategy, retail management, and dabbled in finance, although at her core she has always been an artist. When not working on Burning Man projects, she is happily raising two young Burners in her native San Francisco.

83 Comments on “Black Rock City 2022 Ticketing Info Is Here

  • Burning Man Project Communications says:

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  • Varsenik says:

    Will Burner Express Plus tickets be available this year?

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    • Luxaeterna says:

      That’s a great question! Glad you asked. BxB helps with the carbon/sustainability goals, too. I hope they support it with tickets like they have in the past.

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  • Cranston Snord says:

    What is the reasoning behind the main sale tickets being $100 more than the “steward” tickets? (and $100 more than in 2020)?

    And I suppose it’s almost stupid to ask if that paying the below fees will ensure ticket sales proceed smoothly this year? “All tickets and vehicle passes are subject to a $4 fee per item. In addition to the $4 fee, there will be a payment processing fee of 3% of each purchase subtotal. “

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    • Old-Timer says:

      It appears to me that the general trend of BM.org is to gradually reduce the number of Main Sale tickets offered for sale every year while promoting the creation of Theme Camps and providing increasing numbers of back-door tickets controlled by a “select” few via the DGS. This is about power and control. It’s no mystery that the dirty little secret behind forming a Theme Camp is that it’s become the easiest way to obtain tickets in lieu of competing with tens of thousands of people for Main Sale tickets, (although lately the bar has been set higher for Theme Camps wishing to be placed). This has contributed to the explosion of Theme Camp applications and Placed Camps over the past few years. I find it disturbing that this year approximately 1200 Theme Camp leads are in complete control of distributing approximately 35,000 tickets, WHILE independent spirits who prefer to camp on their own are restricted to 10,000 Main Sale tickets and 3000 OMG tickets, (both at a significantly-higher price than the Stewards Sale tickets), or to the 4000 obscenely-priced FOMO tickets. This indicates that BM.org is using the ticket selling process to indirectly control who attends BM via their “agents”, i.e. Theme Camp leads. I posit that BM.org ultimately wants to eliminate free-spirited and non-conformist individuals from attending BRC although they will NEVER admit this. Is this what BM was all about when it was created? I say no, and it has become increasingly obvious to me that BM is taking on characteristics of societies it once scoffed at. To wit, I know for a FACT that there are Theme Camps this year that are making no secret of their intentions to offer plug-and-play services to high-paying clients, which BM.org publicly decries but yet still places them and offers them plenty of Theme Camp tickets. Why is this happening? The success of the 2021 Renegade Burn should be a wake-up call to the demi-gods at BM.org.

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      • Robin Beitman says:

        well said

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      • Trancer says:

        As a fellow independent spirit, I totally get your post. Having attended the event for 10 years in the ’00s & teens, I always either volunteered or worked on staff, and did my best to work with all participants in the creation of novel interactions ie radical self-expression. Each of which seems to me an essential function. Wow, remember when there were only two principles to rule them all? Radical self-reliance and radical self-expression. What happened? The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend, blowing in the dusty wind.

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      • The Hustler says:

        This is … interesting. Burning Man Project controls tickets to the event, that’s a given.

        Read both this blog post and its predecessor, you may find some useful information and clarification.

        You do realize that you don’t need to go to Burning Man, right? Maybe Coachella or Disney are more your thing.

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      • Kieran says:

        Sounds like the ticketing scheme is working. It moderately preferences those who contribute art, infrastructure, and community spaces while still leaving many tickets left over for those who wish to find their own paths. Like you, I am someone who has always moved through Burning Man on my own clock, but I have never taken for granted those who create the space for me to brIng precisely who I am.

        Consider what special thing you are giving and whether it presents an avenue for securing a ticket. There are grants for artists, collectives for performers, professional and vocational volunteer opportunities and, ultimately, if what you are able to give is money, then do that.

        I think letting in some hangers-on as a consequence of group sales is a reasonable risk to accept against the benefits those groups provide. It’s not like the lottery system is perfect either. It sure lets in some dicks.

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      • Allen says:

        You are spot on.

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  • David says:

    Show proof of vaccination / negative test at entry. $575 main sale. 50% refund if the event is canceled before May, possibly no refund if after. Sounds okay to me. Thank you for your good work!

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    • Captn Wade says:

      Vaccination “proof”/recent negative test can be faked on any laptop or printer. How are they going to prevent that? How are they going to solve that problem to be able to get the permit from BLM? if they fail to meet that requirement, (which means no permit, so, event canceled) then you just blew a huge wad of money on a ticket for an event that was never gonna happen this year anyway.

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      • Mansoon says:

        When I went to get a booster shot, I didn’t have my vax card. The pharmacist was able to just get my ID information, hook into a system, and knew exactly what shots I had gotten and when. Even printed me out a new card with all the old information and the new on it. Not only is duplicating those things a federal crime, if someone’s dumb enough to risk of that, but it’s very good chance it won’t work and you’ll blow your shot at getting in (if the Org just employs a few medical professionals, which seems like something you do early on). I’m going to go ahead and advise against that

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      • Luxaeterna says:

        That’s all true. It’s also true that if you’re vaccinated you can still get infected, etc., etc. It’s all a matter of probability, really, and risk management.

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    • Kjetil Larsen says:

      Don’t believe I have to say this and tired of the whole discussion (and the pandemic, aren’t we all?), but it makes absolutely ZERO sense if vaccinated people DON’T need to show a negative test if the unvaccinated do, as we now KNOW that vaccinated people can just as well be positive, especially after 2-3 months

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      • Mansoon says:

        It actually makes plenty of sense to me. Not only are vaccinated people usually less infectious (with some variants, for a shorter period of time), but it’s the unvaccinated who tend to clog up the medical system. You’re in the middle of nowhere with very limited medical capabilities, and even a limited ability to get significant numbers off-Playa if we’re talking numbers in the hundreds who fall ill.
        So, for every few infected vaccinated people who might require medical attention, Playa medical might see dozens and dozens more, proportionally, who are unvaccinated. If you had 30k vaccinated, 30k unvaccinated, the numbers with severe covid complications would look very different.
        Being unvaccinated (without a recent infection serious enough to boost your antibody levels) and having enough covid in your system to show up on a test at the gate means you much more likely within the week will be very severely ill, whereas a vaccinated person, boosted in maybe the last few months, who had the same kind of viral load in their system might be able to just ride it out for a day or two in their tent, or might not feel it all all.
        I prefer an all-vaccinated event, but I do realize that there’s just going to be some you can’t talk sense into and some people with special needs, kids, etc.

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  • Dr. Kegels says:

    Can’t wait :)

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  • Frosty says:

    Thank you for the clarity of this communication. Exactly what the community needed to know. Also appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the changes you’ve made to the tiers and allocations.

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  • Chess says:

    “We’re counting on YOU to steward this precious community for the outrageous cost of $475 plus extra fees! Don’t worry, a portion of that goes to important programs like funding the frivolous bay area lives of our bm.org team.”

    Yall are ridiculous. If last year’s burn taught us anything, it’s that your extremely bloated sense of self-importance is more a hindrance than a help. 12 years later, I’m out.

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    • Trancer says:

      Yeah, I’m out and don’t see any way back in! Going to try, though! G, wish I’d gone last year!

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    • Piko says:

      I hear ya. With ticket prices thru the roof, way too many people, can’t find an affordable school bus to rehab for the trip, high camp dues, and after a 7-year break (2015, w/SunGuardians) from the playa, I’ve lost my will to participate. Maybe the playa’s lost its magic for me?
      Remember when you brought all your own shit in a van or bus, and packed out your trash? There were only 40,000 participants, and plug n play wasn’t even a thing? A ticket was just $225. Hippies were still manifesting or praying to the universe for a freebie?

      Remember when having a prehensile tail was cool?

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  • anonymous says:

    NO DOG TAX THIS YEAR! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? AFTER TWO YEARS OF A PANDEMIC, DO WE NOT DESERVE TO SEE THAT CUTEST LIL’ PUP? THIS IS ALL I WANT AND NEED FROM A TICKETING POST. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS THIS. EVEN THE CENTER CAMP ACROYOGA PEOPLE NEED THIS. THIS IS WHAT DESTROYED BURNING MAN–THE COMPLETE AND UTTER LACK OF COMPASSION. PLEASE REVISE THIS POST TO ADD YOUR DOG SO NOONE GETS HURT!

    please?

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  • Kevin Beals (Bubbles) says:

    I’m concerned about the Covid safety statement “proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test results.” With Omicron, we now know that folks who are vaccinated can still get and pass on Covid to others, though less likely than unvaccinated folks. The CDC also says that Omicron can be undetected by tests for 1-2 days. From this statement, it seems like the policy is not enough to prevent Covid from running amok in our gathering, as folks let down their guards to party and connect in BRC.

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  • Monday says:

    Rebecca has a hard ass job. Thanks for doing the tough work!

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  • Too Much says:

    And so it begins

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  • Papa Penguin says:

    Can we change the word ‘ticket’ too? Maybe call them boarding passes or playa visas?

    Thank you for all the information, it makes prep and planning seem real now!

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    • Mark Clark says:

      I like “ante”. You wanna come into the game? There’s an ante. No, you don’t get it back. “Ticket” seems to infer something. No: be humble. Be a big burner. Offer your ante in an abundant spirit. You decry the spiritual erosion of Burning Man? Bring it!

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    • Punky says:

      I like Playa Visa. Sounds very important!

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  • Robin says:

    Lots of positive changes announced, but I do feel having a difference in pricing between the Stewards Sale tickets and the Main Sale tickets is a mistake.

    It sends the message that newcomers are not as important, or equal, as veterans. They have to pay extra just to go, and maybe, if they’re lucky make it to the class of people being offered a discount because they’re special.

    I know that’s not the intention but it can be interpreted that way. And that’s not even mentioning the many camps who do offer a lot to the community yet haven’t been rewarded with the Directed Group Sale tickets in the past. They will now be penalized with costlier tickets as well (it used to be they were penalized with having to be luck enough to get tickets in the Main Sale, but now it costs them financially, too.)

    I’m all for rewarding some camps that feel fundamental to the community with tickets for purchase in advance to make sure enough people from their camp can attend, but charging everyone else more (with a significant price hike) seems to run against the idea of radical inclusion. It makes burner compete with burner rather than foster community, and leaves a sour taste.

    I hope you’ll reconsider the idea before the sales.

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    • Tom says:

      Agreed. Also Steward tickets are bloated. Many camps need a certain number of people to actually setup and function , but get the liberty to bring along way more people through the back door. Beyond minimum staffing required, their affiliates should have to compete the same as others.

      I appreciate the contributions of larger camps but I don’t appreciate how the best way not to stress about tickets is to be part of one. There are many great people doing smaller things who have to rely on luck each year.

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    • Captn Wade says:

      I suppose it’s because the folks that have done so much and absorbed the massive cost for years to bring massive infrastructure to the Playa, kinda need a break, whereas folks who come in a car with a tent to enjoy all that is provided, and only pay an extra hundred buck to come without having to buy it, cart it, build it, run it, fix it if someone breaks it, then pack it up, truck it home, clean it up, and pay to store it for another year, and all the hundreds of hours and multiple thousands of dollars that entails.
      I run logistics for my village’s camp-mates, and believe me when I say, it isn’t cheap nor easy. (our typical expenses total well over $10,000 each year) If I could just buy my way for an extra $100…..I’d be the best kind of grateful.
      All our camp-mates bleed massive cash to bring our contribution to the Playa. Trust me when I say, that the folks who only have to pay an extra hundred to get in, scored big time.

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  • Jennifer Raiser says:

    ” It is equal parts practical and aspirational.” Thank you for all of the effort that has gone into this carefully calibrated set of ticket offerings. There are so many variables at play which strike a reasonable balance in our beloved City. You know them much better than we do. We truly appreciate you, Ticketing Team!

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  • The NCAA just included natural immunity from recovering from C-19 and it’s variants. Quoting from their site: “A person who has had a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days is considered the equivalent of “fully vaccinated.””

    https://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2022-01-06/ncaa-releases-updated-covid-19-guidance-winter-sports

    This seems logical. I hope Burning Man comes to the same conclusion.

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    • Glendo says:

      Well, that is dubious, since I know two folks that had Covid in November and then got it again on NYE. Both were unvaxxed, not that that matters, but natural immunity does not help different variants.

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    • Captn wade says:

      It’s not up to Burning Man. It’s up to the BLM.
      BLM says, “No Proof, No Permit”
      If they(BMORG) cannot find a way to satisfy the BLM’s demand for proof, (that cannot be easily faked, like Vax cards, or recent test results) then, they aren’t gonna issue that permit. end of story.

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    • Mansoon says:

      Only problem is, it depends on which variant, how severe your infection was, etc. A completely asymptomatic infection Omicron infection 3 months ago only discovered by accident is NOT going to give you the same kind of antibody response as a Delta one where you feel like you got hit by several deliberately targeted trucks and barely made it back to your feet 2 weeks before. With all those people out there, you not only have to do your best to keep out there severely ill, but those likely to become severely ill on-playa and require treatment there or transport to Reno, which is likely to be super expensive.

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  • Phillip K says:

    Thank you Rebecca and Team for all you do. So excited! C ya on the playa! Hugs are waiting.

    How many tickets will be made available for the Main Sale?

    What improvements are being made to the ticket delivery system? 2019 was a challenge in receiving tickets. Mine was an empty UPS envelope and I was not alone. The Box Office/Will Call cannot be the answer after we already wait long enough and crawl our way to gate.

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  • Exceptional says:

    Thanks for this! I counted approximately 57,000 tickets would be available and if that’s true I certainly welcome a less crowded city. I also very much appreciate your move towards targeting tickets towards the doers. Do-ocracy! Burning Man 2022 will be the best ever!

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    • cfzsx says:

      That means that they will CHARGE for 57 000 tickets. You need to add the tickets which will be given away for free

      This is highly disturbing that only 3mUSD was donated from ticket sales in 2020. There we go – this time, no pay back.

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      • Mansoon says:

        You guys DO realize that if you donate to a 501c3 (not gonna do the parenthesis thing. Except here, obviously. D’oh!), you can write it off on your taxes, if you itemize. And people who can FOMO are more likely to write it off and get it back from the gubbernment?

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  • Jon says:

    And word on tickets for those that made a donation of $2500 or more at the end of last year in the special fundraising sale??

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    • kbot says:

      It’s in there.
      “A note to the generous supporters of the future of Burning Man who were able to purchase an Invitation to the Future in 2021: Thank you, and you will be receiving direct communication, in March, with details about how to use your reservations.”

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  • Doc Wilder says:

    Feels SO GOOD to have concrete dates! Thank you BRC team!!!

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  • Dorothy c Tecklenburg says:

    I did buy one of those Invitations to the Future. But you’re saying I have to wait until March, let all those ticket-buying options pass me by, and then trust that I will receive an email in March? Really?

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  • Toryjane says:

    Yay! Tickets!

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  • Valen1260 says:

    Will you be running the burner express this year?

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  • Salvo says:

    What are the numbers of Steward and Main sale tickets. As someone who participated in over 10 BRC NV events and numerous regional events either with art or bringing a small camp it’s disheartening to see the main sale and all the spontaneously creative energy it contributes diminishing and being “taxed” compared to other tickets. Gentrification, class, here we are, I’d say just open the whole thing back up and see what happens -Radical Inclusion

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    • Trancer says:

      My first year at Burning Man, 2003, the chatter was about whether theme camps were even necessary or desirable. ” The world’s so changed , one shape into another, it is a wise child now knows her own mother.” –Cyril Tourneur

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    • Exceptional says:

      FOMO Sale: Approximately 4,000 tickets available, 1,000 at $2,500 each, and 3,000 at $1,500.
      Stewards Sale (formerly the Directed Group Sale): Approximately 35,000 $475 tickets.
      Ticket Aid Program: 5,000 $225 tickets.
      Main Sale: Approximately 10,000 tickets at $575 each.
      Kid Tickets: Unknown.
      OMG Sale: Approximately 3,000 tickets at $575 each.
      Total: Approximately 57,000 tickets.

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      • Great Grey says:

        Thanks for adding up all the buckets to get 57,000 tickets … interesting … isn’t that quite a bit lower than the actual number of 2019 people on playa at ~70,000? Am I missing something or will this year’s event be purposefully smaller???

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      • Exceptional says:

        Sorry I missed this:

        Several thousand tickets to support work in important areas of environmental sustainability and various forms of community diversification (including R.I.D.E., under-represented art forms, and international inclusion, etc.) $475 tickets.

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      • Old-Timer says:

        The BLM July 2019 Record of Decision for the Special Recreation Permit (SRP) allowed a maximum of 80,000 attendees, including participants, BRC staff and BRC volunteers, and a maximum of 33,000 vehicle passes for participants, BRC staff and BRC volunteers. The intent was to edit the SRP annually, dependent on “monitoring and necessary adaptive management measures”.

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      • Old-Timer says:

        The BLM posted a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 119 / Wednesday, June 20, 2018, which indicated at the time that BM was comprised of a “paid population of 70,000 and up to 10,000 volunteers and paid staff”. So if we assume these numbers still apply for 2022, then at least 10,000 tickets are allocated to BRC staff and volunteers. There would also have to be an allocation for those who purchased reservations during the COVID pandemic, an amount that is unknown (for the moment anyways).

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  • Thanks for doing the hard work. Really think we will want/need proof of vax AND a negative test at the gate, not either/or. At least, that is the latest science, which could change by then.

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    • Bubbles says:

      Agree that we need both vaccines and negative test. I’ve been to events that have done this (one was 300 folks), we had an amazingly free and fun time, and no one contracted Covid. That was before Omicron though.

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  • The Hustler says:

    In true Burning Man fashion this is a solid probably, which makes me pretty happy.

    I was looking forward to 2020 to have a little redemption for some dumb things I did in 2019, but … well.

    So much has happened, both good and bad (we’re going to need a big temple) so it will be joyous to gather in the dust to mourn and celebrate.

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  • Gilad Paz says:

    5-time Burner here, and I’m wondering if the numbers on the sales page are accurate.

    Stewards Sale:
    35,000 tickets and 15,000 vehicle passes

    OMG Sale:
    3,000 tickets and 1,500 vehicle passes

    Main Sale:
    10,000 tickets and 10,000 vehicle passes?!

    It doesn’t make sense that there are the same number of vehicle passes as there are tickets in the main sale, while in the other sales it’s about half.

    I’m hoping that maybe the numbers are wrong and that the main sale has more than 10,000 tickets, because as it stands this will significantly reduce the chance for the many thousands of burners who are not affiliated with large camps to attend the event.

    Any insight on this?

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    • David says:

      You have a really good point here.

      I used the wayback machine to look at numbers on previous sales.

      2019 23,000 tix 10,000 passes
      2020 20,000 tix 10,000 passes

      my understanding is that the ORG is mandated to reduce the vehicle percentage each successive year. This data seems weird

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      • Gilad Paz says:

        Right?
        Something’s seems off here. Also, as someone who isn’t affiliated with a theme camp, I feel that those of us who go to BM as a way to escape our structured lives in the default world are getting totally shunned this year with only half (or less) the amount of tickets available at the Main Sale.

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      • Old-Timer says:

        Adding some fact-checking from some of my old records on ticketing: 29,000 tickets were offered for sale in the DGS in 2016.

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  • Karen says:

    Every volunteer, staff and attendee needs to submit to a Covid Rapid Test every 24 hours if they’re not vaccinated. This is going to be a humanitarian disaster super spreader event without this control. People are going to die! Either make it vaccinated-only or cancel it. There will be children there!

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    • Punky says:

      I would love to see them make a vaccine mandate. You are really hitting the point here when talking about the children. There is no vaccine for kids under 5.
      Can’t radically include everyone if everyone isn’t doing their part to be radically included. No one should have to leave their kids home because someone else doesn’t want to be told what to do.

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    • Mary Leary says:

      Where is it that vaccinated don’t spread it?
      No Where.
      If you’re that afraid, it would seem an event like BM would be no fun for you.

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  • Captn Wade says:

    I’m concerned that the reason the “No refund if cancelled” language, rather than the usual “no Refund if you decide you can’t attend” in the ticket info is there because the BORG actually don’t know if BLM is going to issue a permit. The fact that they know there is a slim to no chance of getting a permit this year, and that they cannot survive another year on donations alone, makes me wonder if it’s just an “ass-covered money grab”.
    BLM knows how easy it is to make a fake vax card, or a fake “recent negative Covid test” like has been seen all across the US, used to get into places that require you to show it to enter.
    If they cannot figure out a way to satisfy BLM’s requirements for Public Health and Safety, then
    No Permit=No event=No refund and think about it….
    there’s NO WAY that the BORG doesn’t already know this.
    This is the third time I have tried to post this. I’m copy-pasting this message in other places now, because for some reason, it’s not being posted, even though it is perfectly withing the posting guidelines.

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    • Jannice says:

      Considering that last year’s event went off without a hitch. BLM and other law enforcement agencies prefer the event to be like that. They’re tired of the adversarial role of BMorg. And Burners have shown they can produce the event in decentralized fashion, as they did before BMorg wrestled for the Ring and turned it into a cash-cow.

      Since 1996, this has always been about exploiting the creative arts community for profit & power – to give high paying jobs to people who would struggle to survive as PAs in Hollywood.

      The only thing BLM has to say is, ‘Last year was better. Do it that way again.’ and it’s ALL over for BMorg.

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    • ca`xz says:

      I agree with you, looks like a cash grab to me as well. They may be also concerned with obvious success of Renegade last year – which proved, in fact, that BMOrg is useless

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  • joseph stewart says:

    Would like some info on BxB and BxB plus.

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  • tony says:

    Returning to Burning Man after experiencing the Free Burn …. is like an addict pretending he likes his drug dealer.

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    • Mansoon says:

      I don’t know if you KNOW any addicts, but they pretty much ALWAYS “pretend to like” their drug dealer ;)

      But think about what it says if one says, “we’ll give it to you free! (even though you’ll have to pay more for other things)” and only a fraction show up on a year when lots of people are just sitting around at home. Could been many times the usual, but, NOPE.

      And then you have tons of people this year already posting the “Shut up and take my money!” meme. So you gotta conclude the baby powder you were trying to pass off just was barely tolerated. In fact, it’s almost like you were advertising “Think how much better this COULD be if it was more ORGanized.”

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  • Lumen-Osity says:

    Scalpers destroy the event by taking tickets out of the hands of dedicated participants (there were over 3000 tickets on StubHub the day of the main sale in 2019). There is a solution – named non-transferable tickets – but the Org hasn’t taken that step. Many other large events (Glastonbury!) have figured that out. Telling people not to buy scalped tickets does zero, sorry.
    Tickets have the buyers name on them, and big “non-transferable – buyer must be present with ID for admittance”. STEP is open through the event, tickets can be returned for refund (minus like $50), buyers join the STEP queue and get tickets as/if returned.
    Yeah, it adds work for Gate. Yeah, will be huge hassle for people who don’t read the big warning printed on the ticket – they can turn in the ticket for a refund and hope for a STEP ticket.

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    • Mansoon says:

      And here we have, gentlefolk, Exhibit A on why this is not “a festival” and whenever people try to say “well,this other one…” it fails. To compare a gathering of people like Glastonbury to Black Rock City makes no sense. Glastonbury’s what, 3 or 4 days? If you do pre-build and stay for cleanup, you can be at Black Rock City for 15-16 days. Some volunteers, staff are out there much longer. The leader in my old camp was usually happy I stayed for cleanup, but a little annoyed that I would only spend 9 days out there.

      You’re not a concert attendee like you are in Glastonbury, which I believe doesn’t go 24 hours a day, either. And that intense environment, with many different things needed to do, not just attend, or just party, but actually survive, you actually have to carry a lot more and may NEED to spend more than you would in Glastonbury. There’s a reason why so many people have RVs and campers in Black Rock City, why people organize into camps to share resources.

      I always tent, but I understand WELL why more people, percentage-wise, feel it necessary to have an RV or camper in BRC. Just practical, because you’re not camping in a green field in decent temperatures — that don’t vary as much as 40°+ Fahrenheit difference some days down to where you can get snow flurries– with a concession stand nearby, like you can in Glas.

      As expensive as tickets can be, they’re almost never the biggest part of the money that I spend surrounding the event, and when you have that many barriers to attending — a very long time away, out of touch, a harsh environment, where the ground and air itself can cause serious problems to people and equipment, increased expenses to deal with everything, as well as helping build and clean part of the city, not just show up in a tent — there’s a lot more chance that people will drop out, change their mind, need to transfer a ticket.

      And if you have a lot of tickets that aren’t transferable, you can basically end up with not only thousands of tickets that never get used, but they can’t even be transferred to people who could use them and fill in whatever roles that person might have taken up.

      In Glastonbury, if you don’t show up, maybe your friends might care, but that’s about it. In Black Rock City, maybe someone who’s going to be a cook and help serve a few hundred strangers wandering by a night can’t go, but the other person is going to show up and become part of that or another camp. That can easily happen hundreds or thousands of times in Black Rock City and it’s normally okay, because new people step in, but that’s because they can use other people’s tickets.

      I actually got to witness this happen with someone who gave me a ride in one year, a DJ playing at a camp, who had a low income ticket but then, in line at about 2 a.m. (people arrive 24 hours a day there), found the tix he had bought for face value from someone else wasn’t transferable, and he was very lucky able to contact the person who “booked” him in Germany, who was able to reach out to the sound camp person who happened to have a satellite phone, make a bunch of phone calls that took hours to straighten it out and get an exception made.

      I think maybe or someone paid the ticket difference, and he got in eventually. But even just simply contacting someone who can talk to the right people (and the idea that those people are around, have their phones on, and would be paying any attention to help straighten this out is a real shot in the dark) would be a very rare kind of event. You even just try to contact somebody on a regular cell out there and you might be waiting outside in D-lot for days, seems like.

      And then factor in the idea that nearby Gerlach, with a pop of something like 125 and hours in the desert from any place with a population large enough to fill a decent movie theater, has anywhere NEAR the same cell service as someplace like Glastonbury — with a population of around 9,000, surrounded by a bunch of other small places within miles and Bristol within about 23 MI — well, that’s the reason I usually shut my phone off when I go to BRC, because it can use its entire battery supply just searching in vain to make a connection. I don’t assume I’m still in regular civilization and all the options are the same in all places or have consequences that just apply to me.

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  • Kishri says:

    Since the Main Sale has been so severely gutted so that it doesn’t constitute the bulk of the tickets anymore, by a large margin, can we stop calling it the Main Sale? Especially given how the other tickets have been renamed.

    I submit that they should call the former Main Sale tickets “Rabble” tickets, as in “For the common rabble of whom we really don’t want at our event.”

    OK, maybe I am being over the top, but as I watch how ticketing plays out each year, I truly feel Burning Man doesn’t want us “average” folks to attend, like we’re some kind of pariah.

    It’s almost like they are trying to make this event by Invite only, with the option of getting an invite (AKA ticket) via a large donation if you aren’t part of the “in crowd.”

    I truly feel this direction is very bad for the event, not just for the very real danger of creative stagnation, but also for how the event will be viewed by average Nevadans who now have almost no chance of attending.

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    • Old-Timer says:

      In my opinion you’re not being “over the top”. I agree that BRC is fast becoming a private invite-only event by design. To say that it is a “public” event with “radical inclusion” is an overstatement. I’m a Nevadan who’s been attending since 2003 and I believe this year will be the worst ever for those wanting to buy a ticket without begging to be a member of a theme camp.

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    • DF says:

      Main sale hasn’t been the bulk of the tickets for a long long long time.

      You’re ill informed pal o-mine.

      Also frankly the notion that camps are all good and have all the tickets they want is total nonsense. There’s thousands of camps.

      My camp needs 36 people to be able to set up and kind of do what we do. You get super overworked though. We really need 40-50 people to make it work.

      DGS was 26 tickets in 2019 reduced to 13 in 2020… we’re reliant on the main sale as well. A bunch of us do a crap load of volunteering and get tickets that way but at least half the people that come buy from main sale.

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  • Aztec says:

    Total number of all categories tickets only equals 57,000, unless BIPOC rides DEI tickets add 3,000, = 60,000. Is that max capacity attendance now? It was 80,000 previously. How does someone qualify for diversity equity inclusion RIDES BIPOC? can I send in a photo or self attestation? Or I need to join a BIPOC diversity inclusion group? Which one? Why are independent non placed theme camp members discriminated against by getting less then one third to tickets that fees and dues PAYING commercial camp members get? How does running a dance camp or bar help the city as a whole?

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  • Java says:

    I am curious why shipping is $25. Seems pretty excessive. They could have bought a ton of flat rate boxes and shipped rocks for less.

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  • ARTHUR WALSH says:

    Seems like the DGS went pretty smoothly.
    There seems to have been a few minor glitches which have been posted on Reddit.
    Might want to investigate so don’t have same glitches in main sale.

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