Category Archives: Theme Camps

The Bubble Lounge

Since it was first conceived in 1999 by Esquire, Tomas Norvaisas and Pierre Vuilleumier, the Bubble Lounge has been located in Center Camp eight times including 2014 when we were located directly across the street from Artica on the  corner facing the cafe.
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Flattery Camp

Flattery Camp continues to be one of the oldest continuously operating theme camps on the playa. Showering participants with positive affirmations, performance art
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Swing City

Born in the Original Muscle Beach we bring the beach to the playa.  Monkeys galore! 2010 & beyond! If you'd like to learn more send an email to us at swingcityops -at
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Mystical Misfits

Come to the Atomik Cluster for the playa's best post-apocalyptic beverages, circus freaks who fuck like evolution is going out of style, animals in heat and the people who catch them, the Rainbow and Tetanus Society and a wee bit of combobulation.
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Infinite Community

"Matt Elson's "The Infinity Boxes" are an invitation to tantalize your perception of what's real. To look inside these beautifully designed works of color, light and mirrors is to give yourself up, if only for a few moments, to a dreamlike world that changes as you move, as you smile or even gasp in complete…
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Super Friends Synesthesia

Billowing white fabric surrounds our waterless pillow pools where the tired burner can take an afternoon nap. Learn new skills at one of our daytime workshops or groove to some tunes. My hand is holding your hand, but we’re such Super Friends, you feel my hand on your heart…or in your brain.  
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Steampunk Saloon

The Steampunk Saloon, a nomadic 1880s style watering hole showcasing DJs, live music, and performers of all kinds.
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Sunset trip

Take a journey down The Sunset Trip where 4 veteran camps join forces to represent the City of Angels on the playa. Hang out with us for the best live music and incredible DJs before taking a tour on one of the 7 art cars: The Boogaloo Bus, Jabba Barge, and Charlie the Unicorn and…
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Red Nose District

It's the return of the Red Nose District! Join us under the Big Top Tent for pedal-power bumper cars, high-wire hilarity, the Klownge, daily sunset themed costume cocktail parties at the stilt bar and low-rider minibar, fire sculptures, the notorious reclining esplanade peanut gallery, a performance stage for live music and all manner of carnival…
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The Crossroads is "a joyous musical oasis in an otherwise brutal aural landscape of merciless bleeps and treacherous glitches." We feature the funkiest, jazziest, most soulful and rocking live musical performances EVER with some of sexiest folks on the planet! Support the project here:    
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Black Rock Yearbook

Black Rock Yearbook Every year at Burning Man, we set up a Yearbook camp and over 1000 people come by to get their photo taken.  This book is a collection of that effort. In 2015, we will be located in Center Camp Circle at 3:00. Come in your playa best to get your official yearbook photo…
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Gigsville is not a place. It occupies no location and has no address. Though its citizens come from all walks of life, have jobs (at least most of them), eat regular food, keep pets, sleep and all the things that normal people do, they are essentially a community of like-spirited folk who like to dress weird and blow things up. They do this kind of thing on a decently regular basis. They came into existance in the bleak days before the 1998 Burning Man Festival.

Since that time their numbers have grown into the hundreds, adopted a Code Of Conduct and now have their dark little hearts set on world domination. But since they are a relatively unorganized bunch as a whole, that will probably not happen any time soon. In the meantime they are content with regular outings into the desert to perform improvised fire haikus over a B.A.F., race rocket cars made from Twinkies and occasionally some of them will breath fire and drink too much scotch.

But they are not all about peace and love. There is also art. Some of it is 2, 3 or 4 dimentional but mostly Gigsvillians are their own artform.

"We're not here to accomplish anything greater than creating opportunities to spend time together a few times a year and inspire each other from time to time. There is not now – nor has there ever been - any great cabal dictating what people can and can't do here, except for matters of obvious public safety, and even that has been a kangaroo court at best." - Buck Down, Mayor Emeritus

Gigsville's Code of Conduct


Playa Surfers found its home on the playa in 2006 when founder Donald Cassel claimed stake to a spot on the Esplanade that was actually part of Diva Boot Camp. The following year it became officially established on the Esplanade due to the nature of our theme which offers the experience to “surf the playa” so a “beach front” location would be moist suitable.

Today the camp has grown to over a hundred people and become a main stay theme camp at Burning Man. Besides providing great surfing we also construct a full size lifeguard tower, bring Tiki Island ,a giant mutant vehicle art car that is over 50ft wide and three levels high as well as creating an infrastructure including a TIki lounge, showers , kitchen, water and power.

We also throw an amazing sunset party. Our goal is to provide a fun camp with a laid back vibe associated with the surf culture. While laid back is our vibe, the approach is the opposite. To accomplish our contribution to Burning Man a motivated and organized effort must be taken.

This is a camp that requires participation not in the sense of singing Kumbaya but actual teams of volunteers to make all the stuff we offer happen. We need build crews, mechanics ,logistics , surf instructors, organizers, etc., along with people just willing fo contribute in some fashion. Remember Burning Man is a gifting society and this is our gift. In return, no words will justify the experience that awaits you…

Most camp-specific information is private and communicated to our members only through our Google Group.

If you wish to be a member of the camp please  Contact Us.

Thank you for stopping by! We hope you join us in the dust!

Black Rock French Quarter

The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in Black Rock City, established in 1718 when the Black Rock Desert was first colonized by the French Queen River Company.

Black Rock City was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carre ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then, but as the city is recreated at a different location each year, the relative location of the French Quarter to Center Camp and other landmarks sometimes moves. The French Quarter is situated on the highest ground in the Black Rock Desert, and is the only location on playa that is not underwater during the rainy season.

Camps in this village include: Black Rock Bakery, Broken Angel Bathhouse, and Golden Cafe.