Monday 12:00 PM Burning Man Festival - Gerlach Black Rock CityGerlach, NV tickets from $947

Tickets to the 2012 Burning Man Festival are now available! Get yours quick before the prices continue to rise. Right now, tickets to the 26th annual week-long community are going for a stunning average of $1043.85 and are starting at $947.

CityStateVenue NameDateAvg. Price

Gerlach NV Black Rock City 8/29/2011 $657.23
Gerlach NV Black Rock City 8/27/2012 $1043.85

What Is Burning Man?

According to the official site, at Burning Man “tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.” Last year, the event was capped at 50,000 attendees and tickets sold out in July. Burning Man likes to call its attendees “participants” rather than fans, as there are no standard acts and stages like at a typical festival. Instead, Burning Man considers itself a “city” where the participants create the content themselves. This year’s theme is Fertility 2.0. If you want to learn more, check out Burning Man’s First Timer’s Guide.

“The Burning Man”

The Burning Man Tickets 2012
Every year, a giant statue of the Burning Man is constructed at the festival. Last year, the man stood 104 feet or 32 m tall from top to ground. How tall with the Burning Man be this year?

Images courtesy of Flickr users TWITA2005 and danoday.


Burning Man Festival 2012

Burning Man Ticket Lottery Explained

Borrowing a page out of the BCS Championship Game tickets playbook and are implementing a ticket lottery system for the 2012 festival next summer.

Burning Man Lottery Phase 1

Start date: The 1st wave of The Burning Man lottery starts today on 11/28/2011
End Date: The 1st wave of the lottery ends on 12/11/2012
Available tickets: 3,000
Burning Man Ticket Prices: $420 each, up considerably from last year where the tiers ranged from $210 – $320. This price rise makes sense though considering tickets quickly sold out and ended up going for as high as $1,000 on the resale market.
Lottery Type: Random lottery
Notification Date: December 19, 2011

Burning Man Lottery Phase 2

This is where most people will get tickets.
Start date: Begins on 1/9/2012
End Date: The 2nd wave of the lottery ends on 1/22/2012
Available tickets: 43,000 ( 10,000 tickets for $240 each, 15,000 tickets for $320 each and 15,000 tickets for $390 each)
Burning Man Ticket Prices: $420 each, up considerably from last year where the tiers ranged from $210 – $320. This price rise makes sense though considering tickets quickly sold out and ended up going for as high as $1,000 on the resale market.
Lottery Type: Random lottery
Notification Date: February 1, 2012

For those that don’t get tickets in either of the two lotteries there will be an additional allotment of 10,000 tickets sold for $390 a piece on a first-come, first-serve basis starting in March.

Burning Man Festival Dates 2012

Festival Dates: The festival begins on 8/27/2012 and runs through 9/3/2012
Location: Block Rock Desert, in the desert north of Reno, Nevada

Old Information on Last Year’s Festival

Click here to get tickets to the sold out Burning Man Festival 2011!

Burning ManThe 25th annual Burning Man Festival has sold out for the first time since its inception in 1986. Burning Man is a week-long festival that takes place each year from the Monday before Labor Day until Labor Day in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. The event has been described by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as an “experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.” The event gets is name from the burning of a large wooden sculpture of a man, which takes place on Saturday evening.

The Burning Man website has stated the following as their reason for the event selling out:

“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area, requires us to manage growth in line with the previous year’s population in order to comply with our use permit. As a result, Burning Man has exercised its oft-stated right to cap ticket sales.”

They go on to tell people that tickets will not be sold at the gate, and not come to Black Rock City without an event ticket. Additionally, they state that Black Rock Desert is a “remote, inhospitable environment with limited resources, minimal facilities, and few camping opportunities in the vicinity.” Burning Man concludes its news post by stating that camping will not be permitted anywhere around the event site, and that the closest campgrounds are over an hour drive away.

Burning Man Festival 2011 will take place August 29 through September 5 this year. For those of you who are going, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, be safe, and have a blast!

Update – Burning Man Ticket Prices

Burning Man Festival Face Value Prices

Face Value Tiers

  • Tier 1 ($210)
  • Tier 2 ($240)
  • Tier 3 ($280)
  • Tier 4 ($320)

Burning Man Resale Ticket Prices

Summary as of 8/25/2011

  • Current Price low: $664.00
  • Average Price of ticket sales to-date: $658.66
  • Average Price before tickets sold-out: $350.60
  • Average Price after tickets sold-out: $700.93

Notes on Burning Man Ticket Prices

  • People buying the right to a ticket before they actually hit the market made out really well by paying only about $30 over tier 3 face value
  • Average tickets prices for Burning Man doubled on the re-sale market after tickets sold out, though they are down 50% from the $1,120 peak reached on 7/28
  • Ticket sales are up 70% in the weeks leading up to the festival, as compared to the 7 days ended 8/3/2011

Additional Discussion of Ticket Sales

Since selling out on July 25, ticket prices for Burning Man Festival 2011 have shot up in the secondary market. SeatGeek dug through its data and compiled some interesting information and graphics which depict the dramatic change in Burning Man ticket prices in the secondary market. The graph below shows the average ticket selling price per day from June 19 until July 27. The green line represents the overall average ticket price during this timeframe, which is $410. As you can see, there is a tremendous increase in average ticket price from July 24 to July 25.

Burning Man: Average Price Per Day

Next, SeatGeek thought it would be interesting to compare the average price of tickets before Burning Man 2011 sold out to the average price of tickets after the festival sold out. First, we computed the average selling price of tickets from June 19 until July  24 (before selling out) which is $354. Next, we computed the average price of tickets from July 25 until July 27, which is $764. We then graphed these average prices on a graph against the average price per day of transaction. This graph is shown below. From these calculations we were able to determine that the average ticket price for Burning Man tickets increased by about 216% when the festival sold out.

Average Ticket Price Before & After Selling Out


Finally, SeatGeek took a closer look at the change in ticket prices from July 24 to July 25. Previous to the festival selling out, the highest priced face value ticket for Burning Man 2011 was $320 for the fourth and final price tier. On July 24 (the day before tickets sold out), Burning Man tickets were already selling for more than the $320 face value, with the highest priced ticket being sold for $425, and the average ticket selling price being $386. When word got out that Burning Man sold out the next day, July 25, nearly six times as many tickets were sold on the secondary market as the previous day with the maximum price being $879, and the average being $614. This is about a 207% increase in the highest priced tickets sold, and a 160% increase in the average ticket price. This data can be seen in the graph below.

Ticket Prices Before and After Selling Out

Since Burning Man Festival 2011 has sold out, the highest selling price of a ticket  was $1,198, with the transaction occurring on July 27. As of July 28, there are no Burning Man tickets on sale in the secondary market that are less than $1,000. If you are trying to make it out to the playa of Black Rock for Burning Man, and you don’t already have a ticket, be sure to check out SeatGeek to find the cheapest tickets available online.

The Playa of Black Rock Desert

The Playa of Black Rock Desert During Burning Man (Photo Credit:WKHarmon via flickr)

Glowing Man

Glowing Man (Photo Credit: naturalturn via flickr)

Another Glowing Man

Another Glowing Man (Photo Credit:

Dr. Megavolt at Burning Man

Dr. Megavolt at Burning Man (Photo Credit: Tanais Fox via flickr)

Check out SeatGeek to find the best deals on Burning Man 2011 tickets.

*First Photo Credit: lightmatter via flickr

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