More than just a music and arts festival, Burning Man is an experience designed to uplift the human spirit, address social issues, and inspire a sense of culture and community. After the last two years were canceled due to the pandemic, the event is now scheduled to take place from August 28 to September 5 in Black Rock Desert, home of the festival since 1991.
Considering their ten principles of ethos and culture, it's no surprise that organizers announced they've updated their ticketing design to reflect their core values. In order to allow for more variety within the playa, tickets will not be sold all at once, but in different stages over many months. The predominant stages are FOMO Sale, Stewards Sale, Ticket Aide Program, Main Sale and OMG Sale. To purchase tickets for each level, you must create a Burner profile and complete registration before they go on sale.
The FOMO sale starts on February 2nd and is the most expensive. At $1500 and $2500 per pass, it supports the existence of budget Burner in Need tickets. Next is the Stewards Sale (formerly Directed Group Sale) for the crews offering camps, art installations, sustainability and more. This window is set at $475 per ticket for March 9-11.
Applications for the Ticket Aide Program (formerly Low Income Ticket Program) begin March 16th and run through May 18th. Accepted applicants must pay $225 each for their passports from July 25 through July 28. Burning Man has increased the scope of this program to 5,000 passes for 2022, a more than 10% increase from 2019.
At the end of March, the grand sale will take place for $575 per card. These sell out quickly, so as a second chance, Burning Man is also offering the OMG Sale for the same price starting August 3rd.
One ticket isn't all you need to access Playa. They must also undergo a COVID-19 health check procedure. Burners must present either proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the venue. To avoid scammers, the organizers also offer a Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP.)
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