Normally the month of August means that the roads through Reno begin to fill with motorhomes, vans and other vehicles piled high with bicycles and gear, all bound for the Black Rock Desert where tens of thousands of people gather for Burning Man and transform the desert landscape into Black Rock City. Since Reno is the last stop before making the trek north to the playa, the spirit of Burning Man is a big part of the Biggest Little City so we’re here to help you experience the magic that is Burning Man, all year round.
The artwork you find on the playa is larger-than-life and describing it as unique is an understatement. Many of those pieces have found their second home in downtown Reno and surrounding neighborhoods. Take a walk in the newest arts district, the Neon Line District, which is home to the 49-foot tall Desert Guard, the kinetic Rearing Horse and other jaw-dropping pieces. A trip to Reno isn’t complete without a photo at the BELIEVE sign at City Plaza. This sculpture appeared on the playa in 2013 and has since become one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The art experience doesn’t stop there! Find even more must-see Burning Man artwork in Reno.
Whether you’re pedaling your bike through Black Rock City or just want to show off your unique style any other day of the year, Reno’s boutiques and thrift shops know how to cater to Burners and Burners-at-heart. Find your perfect style, no matter if it’s bedecked in fur from head to toe, steampunk with a twist or vintage with a side of punk. There are plenty of stores in Reno to check out if you’re in search of the perfect costume.
Craving an escape? We don’t blame you. Answer the call of the open road with a trip down the Burner Byway. This road trip guide is inspired by all-things Burning Man, including a stop at Planet X Pottery just outside Gerlach and a drive-through art exhibit on Guru Road. Your destination is the Black Rock Desert but we guarantee the journey will be just as memorable.
The beauty of Burning Man is that it truly is a place for everyone to gather and express themselves and it’s no secret that a number of celebrities have made the trip to the desert for this annual event. Check out what your favorite musicians, actors and models have been wearing and doing in Black Rock City.
While this year’s Burning Man looks a lot different, there are still ways to connect to fellow Burners through the Burning Man Multiverse. One art installation that can be experienced virtually through the Multiverse will also be available to experience in-person in downtown Reno. The Empathy Co-op’s art installation will be at City Plaza from August 30 – September 6. The project enables people to engage and connect to a deeper, intrinsic understanding of empathy, self-awareness and belonging within communities.
Even though we can’t gather in the desert this year, there are still a number of ways to stay connected to each other and embrace and celebrate the energy of Burning Man now and every day of the year.
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