25th Annual Burning Man Expected to Draw up to 50,000 People to Nevada's Black Rock Desert

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Burning Man 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the event, set to be its largest ever with up to 50,000 people converging on Black Rock Desert in Nevada from Aug. 29 – Sept. 5.

No clue what Burning Man is? Well, it literally is a giant wooden man set on fire at night. But more than just a festival for pyromaniacs, it’s a week-long bonfire ritual in celebration of community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, and revelry.

The result? Lots of music, lots of art and lots of nudity. Pretty sweet. More importantly, Burning Man is an experiment in a temporary, self-sustaining society known as Black Rock City. The entire site is shaped like a “C” and is visible from the sky, featuring newly designed pedestrian streets for walking and bicycling.

It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, and there are lots of rules to Burning Man. If you haven’t been, do your research before even considering it. It’s guaranteed you’ve never experienced anything else in the world like it.

For more information, check out the official Burning Man website.

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If Star Wars and Van Damme had a baby, it would be me.