Approximately 100 miles north-northeast of Reno, Nev., Black Rock City is a full-fledged, thriving city erected anew every year in the Black Rock Desert. Described by organizers as "a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance," it is the site of Burning Man, a gathering attended by tens of thousands in late August and early September. Although it is much more than a music festival, it has featured music by prominent DJs and some live performances. Burning Man, which began on a San Francisco beach in 1986 and moved to the Nevada desert in 1991, gets its name from the huge wooden effigy - the tallest ones have risen over 100 feet - that goes up in flames toward the end of each event. Black Rock City provides a steady stream of entertainment for visitors throughout the eight days and nights of Burning Man. Grab your Black Rock City tickets at StubHub now so you won't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.
What is the Black Rock City seating layout?
Black Rock City seating has no layout since the temporary town is rebuilt annually to serve as the venue for Burning Man. However, the city is laid out to help loads of fans move quickly through the camps and villages of Black Rock City to get incredible views of art installations and performers.
Is Black Rock City accessible by public transportation?
No, but privately arranged Black Rock City transportation is available to get attendees to and from Burning Man. The Burner Express, a service managed by Burning Man, began operating in 2013 to reduce traffic and limit the environmental impact of the event. It transports participants from the San Francisco and Reno-Tahoe international airports to Black Rock City and back. Since its inception, the Burner Express Bus program has successfully transported thousands of festival goers. For those who prefer to travel by airplane, the Burner Express Air program also flies participants to Black Rock City from Reno, Southern California, and the San Francisco Bay Area. These services, which let you skip the traffic on your way to Burning Man, also offer faster arrival, speedier entrance, reserved camping and quicker departures.
What are the food and drink offerings?
Burning Man is very different from other events. Attendees need to do a lot of preparation since there are no vendors at the event. Since you cannot purchase food or supplies in Black Rock City, it is vital to bring everything you may need, including water, food, shelter and materials that provide shade, so you can weather the sometimes harsh and unpredictable desert environment for the duration of the stay.
Should I call a sitter, or can I bring the young ones along?
Kids 12 and under get in for free with their ticketed parents or legal guardians, but each child needs to show his or her individual Kids Ticket, which is free to print before leaving home.
Can I show up early, before the event gate opens?
No, participants may not enter the grounds before the gate opens. The only people allowed onto the land before the event starts are involved in setting up and building the city, and their construction sites and heavy machinery can be dangerous.Back to Top