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About Playa del Fuego and FirePony Creative Society


Playa del Fuego, also known as PDF, is a Mid-Atlantic Regional Burning Man Event.

Playa del Fuego is an experiment in collaborative community, featuring art and music. This community is created by volunteers working together utilizing the Ten Principles of Burning Man as our guide. There are no spectators at Playa del Fuego; everyone collaborates in some way to create the event. It's a place for radical self-expression, acceptance, inclusivity, and respect.

This is a sincere experiment in creating a gift economy. There are no concession stands. No cash transactions are permitted at Playa del Fuego. Even bartering is discouraged.  If you need something, ask for it. If you have something, gift it!   Note: Ice Sales and Re-Entry Passes are available to purchase onsite via credit or debit card sales only. 

Porta potties and firewood are available on site and are paid for with money raised by tickets sales. There are no garbage cans: everyone is responsible for packing out their garbage or throwing it into one of the handy dumpsters.  Leave No Trace is a Burning Man Principle. 

The event began with about 20 east coast residents who had been to the original Burning Man in the Nevada desert, and wanted to get together a little closer to home to celebrate the spirit of the event.  They joined together on the beach of Assateague Island on Maryland's coast in 1998 for a weekend. In 2003, Playa Del Fuego had grown so much that a new site was needed to accommodate all the participants and moved to Odessa DE at Fire Base Lloyd. In 2018, Playa del Fugeo found a new home in Tamaqua PA where it remains today. Now it has grown to over 750 participants,  with volunteers working on giving out art grants, arranging parking, various workshops, dealing with ticket sales, medical emergencies and so much more. 


About FirePony Creative Society

Playa del Fuego is managed by FirePony Creative Society.

FirePony Creative Society is the trade name of Playa del Fuego, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit registered in Maryland.  Learn more at: to learn more about: 

  • Additional FPCS Programming, including Constellation and the Community Arts and Civic Engagement program
  • The FPCS Board of Directors
  • FPCS financial reporting
  • Opportunities to participate

​FPCS Vision

Attract, inspire, and nurture a diverse community to celebrate and encourage experiments in the creation of art, a culture of play, and the collective sharing of ideas and skills.

 FPCS Mission

We build an interactive, experiential, sustainable environment that encourages a culture of play, artistic creativity and freedom of expression.