With Burning Man Canceled, A Stealth Festival Pops Up in the Desert

In mid-April of this year, the Burning Man Festival announced that it would be making a temporary move familiar to many observers of 2020: in lieu of a physical event, the festival would go the online route. An understandable decision, to be sure. But evidently, that decision didn’t stop a group. of particularly dedicated Burners from venturing into the desert this year for a festival of their own.

A new report from Rebecca Alter at Vulture notes that a few hundred people have showed up in Black Rock Desert for what is, essentially, an unsanctioned Burning Man Festival. Law enforcement — specifically, sheriff’s deputies and the Bureau of Land Management — is aware of their presence…

 

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