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Burning Man 2012: Hitler & The Ticket “Lottery”–or do I get mine NOW?

November 30, 2011

Hitler and everybody else is a buzz and stressed about getting a ticket to this year’s Black Rock Arts Festival aka Burning Man  (you know that thing out in the desert that’s really hot and dusty during the day and can be cold and windy at night? where there’s a loud crazy parties going on 24/7 and where everyone gets around by art car or bicycle? yes, that Burning Man…)

Anyway, every year for about 10 years or more now people have been stressing about getting their ticket for Burning Man.

And every year there’s drama and crashes and people paying more than they want for their ticket adn some people buying them to sell them.

But 2011 was the first year Burning Man sold out. And what this meant was a whole new way to sell tickets had to be considered and invented.

What the Burning Man Organization came up with is a lottery. That’s not really a lottery because thousands of people will win, not just one person.

And what that means is newbie Burners, virgin Burners, and long-time Burners have been asking me what that means.They want to know whether they need to buy tickets NOW??

NO! You don’t have to get your ticket for $420 NOW!

Even if it’s your 10th Wedding Anniversary and you want to take your wife and leave the kids with your parents!

What this means is, if you have the $420, if you can afford it, or if you want to put something extra special in someone’s Christmas stocking (or thong or ?), you can buy your ticket NOW until December 9th at midnight (PST). So if you want to buy some tickets to gift folks for the holidays, this is your chance.

According to Jack Rabbit Speaks, Pre-Sale tickets are “the most expensive because we wanted to discourage people from using the Pre-Sale to “game the system” … we really do want to serve people who want to gift tickets for the holidays, and can afford to pay for more expensive tickets to subsidize our lower-cost tickets.”

Visit to register to buy up to 4 of 3,000 tickets at $420.

So what do you do if you’re not in a position to pay for the most expensive tickets at $420?

Will Burning Man 2012 sell out before I get my ticket?

Probably not! If you buy before the end of March you WILL get a ticket because there are AS MANY OR MORE tickets for sale in 2012 than in 2011.

Register at http://tickets.burningman.combetween January 9 and 22 to buy one or two of  40,000 tickets which will go on sale at various levels:

  • $240: 10,000 tickets
  • $320: 15,000 tickets
  • $390: 15,000 tickets

In March, another 10,000 or more will go on sale for $390. Yes, they will be more expensive. But you will have more time to save your money up and make plans to go. You can also buy up to 4 tickets.

Can’t afford it unless you can get a low-priced (subsidized) ticket? Watch for information about when, where, and how to apply for a low-income, scholarship tickets. I hear there will be more of these offered than before. But apply right away! Last year they ran out of all 3500 tickets months before the deadline.

What if I get a ticket and then can’t go?

Burning Man is working on a system that will help you buy and sell them more safely.

Take your questions or concerns to Ticket FAQ: or check out this ePlaya thread: .

Check out these Burning Man 2011 photos by LensCap aka S.N.Jacobson.

PS Happy Anniversary to Harmony & Mike! Have fun at Burning Man 2012! Yes, you WILL get tickets!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracey Devine permalink
    March 4, 2012 10:05 pm

    So it’s now Mar 2012. With the open sale cancelled did you get your ticket Harmony & Mike? I hope so, because I didn’t. I entered the $420.00 lottery & lost. I don’t have a theme camp, & tried the STEP program, but it closed by the time I got my resent email. Looks like after 22 yrs it will be the 1st yr I don’t make it. I’m glad because I no longer want to participate in such a Nazi way of distributing tickets, so now I am done. No craigslist for me or paying $1500. I think I’ll save my money & go to Hawaii instead this yr.

  2. March 5, 2012 3:48 am

    nope not ticket and none for Harmony and Mike and none for 75% of the Burners I know

    yep I was wrong…for now

    who knows how it will evolve

    but not knowing abot a ticket is messing with everyone…and too many feel the same as you do Tracey

    (PS thanks for dropping by and commenting)

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