Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Upstate New York Regional Burning Man Community! We are burners from all walks of life and experience levels, and we welcome the stranger. In fact, the stranger you are the better! Ha! See what we did there?
If you’re brand spankin’ new and you’re not even sure what a burner is or what Burning Man is all about, you can get lots more info at the Burning Man website or you can just stay here with us and we’ll do our best to bring you up to speed.
We encompass all of New York State, with the exception of the greater New York City area. Our Burning Man Regional Contact (RC) is Damian, and we have a fantastic community of volunteers who make things happen. And the best part is that you could be one of those volunteers!
A common myth is that you have to actually attend Burning Man to be a burner, but that’s just not true. Anybody can be a burner. You can get involved on the local, regional, national, or global level. A good place to start if you’re at the beginning of your journey is with the Burning Man 10 Principles. The principles inform our community and our events. They aren’t “rules” we need to follow but rather a reflection of the community we are and strive to be.
POrtalBurn is our Official Regional Burn. It takes place in New York State’s Southern Tier around the end of July or early August each year. POrtalBurn has an Official Website and a Facebook Discussion Group where you can get lots more details.
Speaking of the Book of Faces, there are a whole bunch of groups you can join to get connected with your local Burner community. Events, meet-ups, news, and volunteering opportunities are all announced in the Facebook groups. They are also a great place for newbies to meet more experienced burners.
Our Facebook groups are broken into the following smaller regional areas:
Capitol District: Albany/Saratoga area
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaratogaBurners/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/607703009279563/
Western and Central NY: Buffalo/Rochester/Syracuse
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wnyburners/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ROCburners/
In addition to all this you can join the Upstate New York Announce List, a moderated announcements-only list for events of interest to local Burners. Recipients get regular updates, event listings, and Burning Man news from this list. To subscribe, send a blank email to: