Playa del Fuego, also known as PDF, is a Mid-Atlantic Regional Burning Man Event.
Playa del Fuego is an experiment in collaborative community building, featuring art, music, and a culture of play. 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.
PDF 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 included in your ticket price. 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.
PDF began with about 20 east coast residents who had been to 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 Labor Day 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. In 2018, Playa del Fugeo found a new home in Tamaqua PA where it remains today. PDF is a 100% volunteer-run event, with volunteers administering art grants, managing parking, facilitating workshops, handling ticket sales, and so much more.