It happens every year like clockwork. At first it’s a murmur, whispers of Robot Heart, pre-sale tickets, camps, and art cars. Slowly, with each passing day of summer, it gets closer and closer to that mystical week, until people from across the globe flock to this mesmerizing temporary city. At the end of August, deep in the middle of the Nevada desert lies the dusty plain that is Black Rock City. From the depths of the silt comes an ephemeral city, built by the people, to eventually be taken down and rebuilt the following year. Truthfully, Burning Man will change your life in a way that’s hard to expect, control, or fully explain.
I remember the first time I decided to go to Burning Man, I got little to no information about what actually went on, how it would affect me, or what I would see. (Nada, zippo, zilch.) While there is something to be said for going in with zero expectations, I would’ve loved to have known just what I was getting myself into. From the music and art cars, to the MOOP map and the Temple, below is a list of how these wonderful elements of Burning Man will change your life as you know it.