Burning Man was just canceled for the first time ever. Here's how much people are willing to spend on the 'commerce-free' festival, from $425 tickets to $14,000 private planes.

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Burning Man has been canceled for the first time ever due to

the coronavirus pandemic

At the end of every August, everyone from “hippies” to
billionaires — who all call themselves Burners — gather in the
middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert known as “the playa.”

But Black Rock City, the temporary city of Burning Man, won’t be
there this year. Instead, Black Rock City will be build inThe
, meaning it will be held virtually, according to
Burning Man’s
official website

“That’s the theme for 2020 so we’re going to lean into it,” it
reads. “Who’d have believed it would come true? We look forward to
welcoming you to Virtual Black Rock City 2020. We’re not sure how
it’s going to come out; it will likely be messy and awkward with
mistakes. It will also likely be engaging, connective, and

The organization behind Burning Man is offering refunds, but is
recommending that those who already bought their passes consider
donating the money to the Burning Man Foundation.

Burning Man is a free community inside — instead of booking
entertainment, it encourages participants to perform for the
community free of charge. It also doesn’t sell goods. But the cost
of attending
Burning Man
can come to thousands of dollars between tickets,
transportation, accommodations, supplies, and costumes.

Here’s how much it really costs to attend Burning Man.

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Revenue numbers for 2019 weren’t available, but Burning Man earned
about $46 million in revenue in 2018, according to its federal tax

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The cost of admission to Burning Man depends on when you buy
tickets. Pre-sale tickets cost $1,400, main sale tickets run for
$425, and late registration tickets cost $550. Kids 12 and under
can attend for free.

Source: Burning Man

Burning Man also offers a low-income ticket program — approved
applicants can purchase tickets for $210 each.

Source: Burning Man

Vehicle passes cost $100 for each car you drive in.

Source: Burning Man

There are also transportation costs. Bus tickets can average from
$75 to $107, plus fees for luggage or bikes. Plane tickets can
range anywhere from $384 to $1,195 depending on where you’re flying
from. Some rich attendees fly in on private planes, which can cost
upwards of $14,000.


Many burners fly into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Here,
the cost of a rental car for the first four days of Burning Man in
2019 cost anywhere from $25 to $58 a day in August 2019.


However, some rental companies charge a $100 to $150 cleaning fee
since the cars get dusty from festival grounds.

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For those looking to stay in an RV, CNBC estimates a 22-foot RV to
cost $7,460 to rent for the week. One Burner said on a Quora forum
an RV rental cost them $4,000 back in 2014.

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There are also costumes. One Burner told CNBC she spent $108 on
costumes, which typically involve goggles, boots, and dust masks.
On Etsy, attendees can grab light-up leg warmers for $70 or tie-dye
faux fur coats for $350.

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The cost to attend Burning Man overall varies greatly. CNBC
estimated the total cost of attending could range from $1,300 to
camp in a tent to $20,000 to glamp in an RV. That also includes
transportation, food, camp fees, costumes, and gifts.


Money estimated a four-day trip to cost $2,218. That includes $227
for camping, $360 for toys and camp decor, $226 for survival
supplies, $318 for food and drinks, and $1,087 to get there.


But it’s a little different if you’re a billionaire — some of
Silicon Valley’s biggest names have attended. In 2014, a Bay Area
venture capitalist created a festival within Black Rock City that
featured air-conditioned tents, showers, WiFi, and attendants —
for $16,500 a week.


No matter who you are, once inside Burning Man, there are no prices
with the exception of coffee and ice (the latter is $3). Burning
Man is based on a sharing community and is “commerce-free.”

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Burning Man was just canceled for the first time ever.
Here's how much people are willing to spend on the 'commerce-free'
festival, from 5 tickets to ,000 private planes.