burning man festival la times Burning Man sells out for first time in historyNow in its 25th year, the Burning Man festival — an annual eight-day experiment in community, art, self-expression and self-reliance — sold out for the first time.

Black Rock City, the temporary community that rises from the Nevada
desert every year to host the event, is expected to draw 50,000
attendees this year. That’s the limit the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
allows for the site — a dry lake bed two hours from Reno. Burning Man
2011 kicked off on Aug. 29 and wraps up on Monday (Sept. 5).

And on Saturday (Sept. 3), the Big Burn of the Man will take place at 9 p.m. ET. Don’t worry – if you didn’t make it to Nevada this year, you can watch in a live streaming webcast.

This year’s theme is “Rites of Passage.” From the event’s official site:

“[M]oving from one state of being into an unknown other obliges us to face our innermost insecurities, and it requires faith, a willingness to leap off the ladder of ordered existence.”

And it’s mainly up to attendees to figure out their own rite of passage. The event bills itself as purposefully unorganized — hence no big acts booked to play on stages. Instead, the events that transpire each year are created by the event’s “citizens.”

In case you missed it, here’s our guide to everything you need to know about Burning Man.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson