Theme Camp / Art Placement Extension

The Imperial Fleet has taken control of your Theme Camp and you've forgotten to get your Theme Camp / Sound camp / Art application in, and now the deadline has passed!

Just like Luke, City planning has come to the rescue and extended the deadline until this Friday.  It's only a couple days away, so remember to get those applications in!



PDF 2018 Wristband Design Contest!

Artists! Want to radically express yourself to every single person at PDF, whether they like it or not? Why not design our wristbands?!

Submit a design that meets our specifications to before May 1st to have a chance to become part of PDF history!  The chosen design will get the number of their choice reserved for them (you'll still have to have bought a ticket to redeem it, though) and will have the satisfaction of seeing their art on the wrist of every person on the playa!

Here's the details:

  • Completed image must be provided as a scalable vector graphic (SVG)
  • Image dimensions should be 350mm x 16mm
    • Can be reduced to 180mm x 16mm with tileable background
  • Wristband must say "Playa Del Fuego" or "PDF" along with the current year (2018)
  • Wristband must have space for optional numbering at least 25mm x 10mm
  • Image palettes should contain no more than 8 colors
  • 3 variations should be possible for 21+, 18+, and Minors
  • Color variations must be clearly identifiable from a distance
  • Finished artwork must be kept secret until Monday, May 28th at 12pm EST
  • The email subject line should contain "PDF WRISTBAND DESIGN"

We look forward to seeing your designs!

Tickets Sales and Transfers are Closed!

Ticket sales and transfers are locked and loaded!  Time to pack all the things!

When arriving at the gate:

You MUST show up with VALID LEGAL PHOTO ID that matches the info on the waiver you signed for your ticket, and your ticket alone.

If you have more than one adult ticket associated with your ticket account, you’re did it wrong, and your friend(s) will be sad.

No print outs or other forms of ticketing will be accepted at the gate.

Your ID is the only acceptable means of entry. Have it handy when you come to the gate. The gate entry is a single-lane road. Don’t be "that guy" who has to tell the gate crew, "oh, my ID is my bag in the trunk."

Did we mention that you need your ID?




Congratulations to these Art Grant Recipients!!!

Wine Man, Scott Crum

Sticks, I, Quentin Davis

It's a Trap!!!, Stilted Saint

Authentic Souvenir PdF Relic, Miss Fidget

Harmonic Temple Lotus, Nataraj

Eleven, Kailah

Water on Fire, Balance

Megaphone Typewriter Love Letter, Juniper Bunny

Points of Contention, bxiie

Playatel, Rechner

Voyage of the Maiden, Ikatz

Wish!, Cidkid


The Pony, Sean Pietras


Congratulations to all Art Grant Winners!


Round 2 of Art Grants Now Open!!


Art Grants open until April 30th or the budget runs out!


Suggested Art Projects Include:

* Street signs/area signs (be part of the team that names them!)

* City beautification (whatever that means to you)

* Principles/education

* Decorate a Port-a-potty!  (up to $30)

* Anything you were thinking about doing, but missed the deadline!


A second round of Art Grants is open through April 30th, or until the budget limit is reached.

Your options for the second round are:
- Street signs/area signs (join a PC call to get names being used, and to suggest a name!)
- City beautification (whatever that means to you)
- Principles/education
- Adopt-a-potty! Decorate a Port-a-potty! (budget limit is $30 for this)
- Something you had in mind, but you missed the deadline, so here's your second chance


Apply here:


We know that everyone is super excited about Ticket Sales tonight.  Right below this article is a bunch of information on Ticket Sales, please be sure to read it so you don't miss out.

Also, we've opened up several of our applications just in time for ticket sales, but we're still working on a few of them.  Check out what's new and what's ready to go below.

NEW SITE FAQ:  Why'd we move?  What's going on with this "new" pdf site?  Inquiring minds what to know.  Click on over to the New Site FAQ to get some information about our new home.

TICKETING INFORMATION: In addition to some of the awesome information in the post below.  You can find out even more by going to our Ticketing Information Page.



Theme Camps and Theme Camp Placement

Art Placement

On Site Parking



What Where When

Sound Camp Applications

Volunteer Schedules



Ticket Sale Date: April 4th, 9pm EST

Ticket Sale Link:


  • Adult tickets, and minors 13-18: $65
  • Minors 12 and under - free

Payment Method:

  • To purchase tickets to Playa del Fuego, you must have a PayPal account. We recommend that you log into your PayPal account before joining the ticket queue.

# Available to Purchase:

  • A total of 750 tickets will be available in Round 1.
  • Each adult may purchase up to 4 adult / minor (13-18) tickets at once.
  • Each adult may select as many minor (12 and under) tickets as needed.

Addition Details:

  • You'll need to sign a waiver to claim your ticket
  • Depending on the performance of this sale, a second round at $80 a ticket might be added
  • ALL participants who have earned a reserved ticket are encouraged to go into this sale
  • More information is included on the Ticketing FAQ
  • You will be required to have a valid ID which matches the name on your ticket to gain entry into PDF this year.

Art Grants are Closed - But Pony Applications are still live!

We're sorry that you missed your chance for an Art Grant this year, however if you are interested in building our Pony applications for the Pony Builder are still open!

Head over to the Build Art (Link is under Participate at the top) page to read more about our application process and fill in our Grant Forms.

As always, you must be signed in to access the forms!



Change begets more change.

Please pardon our dust.  Over the course of the next few months you may find things moving around, or straight up missing as we update page information for our new site and processes.  We'd also love to hear your feedback, so please reach out to us HERE with any thoughts or suggestions on the new site!



Save the date for Playa del Fuego 2019 on Memorial Day weekend, Thursday May 23 at 5pm - Monday May 27 at noon. We're excited to returnto the 2018 site in Tamaqua, PA.  Check back soon for additional details.  Information on ticket sale dates and art grant dates will be posted as soon as key leadership positions are filled and dates are set. 


Playa del Fuego has a unique culture known as the Planning Committee, which radically includes everyone in the community. To participate in the Planning Committee, one simply decides to - by joining the Planning Committee calls.  At PDF, it really is that simple to be a part the group of people who plan, produce, and create a sanctioned Burning Man Regional burn.  PdF presents a unique opportunity for burners to develop leadership skills and become involved in the Burning Man community with various levels of involvement. 

The Planning Committee for Playa del Fuego 2019 is seeking Self-Motivated, Self-Organized, Collaborative, Burn-Loving DOERS. Is that you?  

To learn more about the responsibilities of a coordinator or co-coordinator, or about different teams, take a look here:


Not sure you want to help at the leadership level, but want to contribute in a big way?  Fill out the leadership form and select "Volunteer."  We can connect you with you with the department of your choice and you can decide if it's a great fit. If not, no worries, there are MANY ways to get involved! 


Winter 2018 PC Meeting Dates

Join in on the discussion and planning of our events.

Upcoming PC Meetings: 

  • Tuesday, June 12th from 7:30-9pm 

Call-in information: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,666258919#  or +14086380968,,666258919# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 646 876 9923 

Meeting ID: 666 258 919

Link to view proposals or make your own:

Two Important Announcements

Fall 2017 Playa del Fuego has been cancelled.
FAQ re. the Decision to Cancel Fall 2017 Playa del Fuego can be found here:

Playa del Fuego is proud to announce a new event, Contsellation, which will be held on SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 2, 2017 at Pegasus Farm Campground in Elkins, WV.
Today, we invite you to visit the event website to learn more:
The website is a work in progress, and we hope you’ll return frequently for updates.
Interested in taking on a leadership role? Apply here!
We invite you join the Constellation Mailing List here: ----->
and like the Facebook group: ----->

Upcoming PC Meetings

Time for spring wrap-up and fall planning.  Join in on the fun by participating in our monthly PC meetings!

Upcoming PC Meetings: 



Due to a continued decline in late night volunteers for parking & ticketing the Ticketing lead has decided to further reduce the entry hours for this burn.  
As of spring 2017 the new gate hours will be:
Thursday 5:00 PM - Friday 12:00 AM
Friday 9:00 AM - Saturday 12:00 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM - Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - Sunday 6:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE: This means there will be no entry for anyone without a wristband.  Those who already have a wristband are still able to come and go as normal, however there will also be no cars allowed on site for loadin/loadout while ticketing is closed.

Multiple positions now available

TL;DR:  Playa del Fuego is recruiting a Safety Coordinator, Ranger Leads, an Inventory Lead, a Treasurer, and a whole bunch of people who want to help us fulfill a larger vision for Playa del Fuego. Please send all nominations, questions, concerns, or words of support to
Please click 'read me' below for the April 6th letter to the Community from the Board of Directors, including additional information about these positions.
April 6, 2017
Dear PDF Community,

For many of us, the world as we know it was turned on its head on November 9th, leading many of us to question and readjust our priorities. As artists, activists, and changemakers in our own communities, so many of us were already involved in a high level of day-to-day civic engagement, but now we’ve seen those levels rise even more. We’re tired, but we’re fired up. We know that many of the fights that we see ourselves fighting for the next few years for equality and justice are only just getting started.

In the midst of this new social dynamic, Playa del Fuego, as an organization and as an event, is facing its own set of challenges. In comparison to the threats to our civil rights that we’re facing on a national level, many of these challenges may seem minor or even entirely unimportant. But they’re real and they’re having an impact on our ability to move forward. We’re reaching out to you today because we need your help in overcoming them.

For 15 years, Playa del Fuego has welcomed burners from up and down the mid-Atlantic region, and from around the country. The event has been a growing and ever changing family gathering. But just like in any family, tensions flare up and enthusiasm for even the most sacred traditions fade as time passes.  

As an organization, Playa del Fuego is working to improve and formalize some of our policies, including those around safety, purchasing, and even art grants. In many ways, we are trying to put into writing the very processes that we’ve all known by heart, or made up as we went, and in doing so, we’re finding the gaps and getting a lot of pushback. Why change things if they’re not broken? Well, unfortunately, we’re finding that some of the processes are broken. And that’s okay, so long as we’re able to work together to fix them.

When PDF first started, we didn’t have other Regional events to learn from. Our Founding Members, including a handful of whom are still actively involved today, formed a framework of an organization in which an event could blossom. They founded Playa del Fuego, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and established a Board of Directors to oversee the organization.

Many of those early Board members were also the ones who initially handled the day-to-day coordination of the event. Even before there was an official Board of Directors, they created the Planning Committee, which remains a place where anyone from the community can participate in monthly calls to help plan and plot the details of the event’s structure. Departments started coming together out of the PC to oversee things like ticket sales, art grants, parking, public works, fire safety, and Rangering. Members of the community who had an affiliation for a particular part of the event would volunteer to help coordinate a department’s functions. Members of the Planning Committee would create new Departments whenever the workload for a particular Coordinator became too much, or they identified a way they could help make the event even better.  

The Board of Directors has also evolved over the past decade. It has gone from a small group of individuals who made all operational decisions about the event to a team that strives to exist as an oversight body for the event itself, while overseeing the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the organization and working to pursue broader community goals, such as identifying land and growing our community arts and civic responsibility grants program.

In 2007, the Board of Directors decided that the organization would start saving money with the intention of someday purchasing its own plot of land. This decision was made with the best of intentions, but has proven to be one of the biggest sticking points and causes of contention within the Playa del Fuego community over the years. Repeated failed attempts to find land have fueled rising levels of frustration from within the Community.

And it seems as though this frustration has filtered into other areas of the Community, breeding distrust and dissatisfaction.

Increasingly, members of the mid-Atlantic burner community have associated their frustrations with the muddy field in Delaware with the organization itself, and have abandoned all interest in assisting with the event or the vision of the organization. The Planning Committee meetings are now attended almost entirely by Coordinators only. Despite selling out in a matter of seconds, PDF struggles to recruit and retain volunteers, including Coordinators and members of the Board of Directors. This is not only disheartening, but it also puts at risk the future of the organization.

Where we are today:

THE PLAYA DEL FUEGO BOARD OF DIRECTORS currently has six directors. After what has proven to be an extremely unusual and stressful few months, three of the five directors we recruited last year have resigned since the beginning of 2017. And Ben Sargard, a founding member of Playa del Fuego who has been a member of the Board on and off for the past few years, has chosen to put his energy toward helping us establish our Advisory Team while also continuing to support our ticket purchase system.  

After 14 years, Dave Diller is transitioning out of his role as President, passing off his responsibilities to Patty Simonton, PDF’s current Treasurer. This transition has been slowed by the fact that the Board has been unable to recruit a new director with the interest, the financial management skills, and the demonstrated commitment to the organization needed to fulfill the Treasurer’s responsibilities.

*** If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer or nominate someone who would be a good fit as Treasurer, please contact us here:  

You can also complete this Board Nomination Form:

Additionally, the Board has instituted term limits for all directors. This means that once Patty officially replaces Dave, she will begin a two year term and then rotate out. Dave may remain on the Board for a few months before moving to a newly constructed Advisory Team. Damian has indicated that he is completing his term this November to focus his energy on raising little burners. Lizard, who has also been on the Board for many years, has committed to staying on through at least the Spring event. Both Monster and Gandhi are just over halfway through the first year of a three year term, and both will have the opportunity to re-up that term should they choose to.  

As a team we have big dreams for the event and the organization. At the same time, we’ve acknowledged our individual capacity restraints, and know that we do not have the ability to do it all by ourselves. We’ve sorted ourselves into the following Committees, and are actively recruiting members of the Community to help support each of these teams:

   * Governance and Finance
   * Land Purchase
   * New Event Planning
   * Current Event Management
   * Community Art Grants and Civic Responsibility
   * Communications and Technology
   * Consent

Participants may apply to join the Board if they have an interest and feel it is a good fit. But more realistically, we envision working to facilitate larger teams of volunteers who are able to give what they can when they can, and work collaboratively, creating the event and the organization we want to see.

THE COORDINATORS have also seen a shake-up in the past few months. In particular, the entire Ranger leadership team has resigned for reasons that reflect the challenges the organization has faced addressing, formalizing, and writing down policies where once there were none. At this time, the Board is actively recruiting individuals from around the mid-Atlantic region and the world to help us fill these gaps. Simply put: Without a Ranger team, there will be no Spring 2017 event.

*** If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer or nominate someone who would be a good fit as a leader on the RANGER team, please contact us here: ***

In late 2016, the Board removed the MASH coordinator. This was the first time in the history of the organization where the Board was forced to step in to make a decision like this, and we did not take it lightly. At this time, we are working to finalize details around our new on and off-site MASH Coordinators. We are not currently recruiting for these roles, but seek to ensure that we have a large group of volunteers who can support this team.

As a result of the shake-up within the Playa del Fuego Safety Team of MASH, Rangers, Fire, and Sanctuary, the Board is recruiting a SAFETY LEAD to help us fill these leadership roles and assist with intra-Department communications.  

*** If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer or nominate someone who would be a good fit for the Safety Lead, please contact us here: ***

Finally, the Board is also actively recruiting an INVENTORY LEAD who can help the Coordinators and the Board lay the groundwork to ensure a smooth transition should the organization identify a new plot of land on which to hold our Fall 2017 event. At this time, a bulk of our inventory is  stored in a shed on the property at the VVMC, as well as in the homes of our Coordinators around the region. We understand that while this has worked fine in the past, it could make for a challenging transition.

Position Description - Inventory Lead

*** If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer or nominate someone who would be a good fit for the Inventory Lead, please contact us here: ***

None of this is easy.

But those of us who have continued to give our time and our energy to the organization believe in the collective strength of our Community to be the force of change we need to clear the hurdles we face.

Today we’re asking for you to join us and prove us right.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
The Playa del Fuego Board of Directors

Spring 2017 Art Grants Recipients Announced

Dear PDF Community,

The Playa Del Fuego Art Grants Committee would like to announce and extend our congratulations to the art grant recipients for Playa Del Fuego Spring 2017! They are as follows:

Fire Jenga - by Michele Christiana

World Peace & Universal Love - by Christey Marie Curran

Pieces of My Heart: A Puzzle for Everyone - by Jamilah Dalton

LuminUS - by Anatoliy Kaverin

Sounds of the Rainbow - by La'Quita Denson

Humble Origins: Keeping PDF Great Again - by Enrique Pina

Shadow puppet crankie performances and exhibit - by Katherine Fahey

Tetrahedron Tower - by Nathan Dawley

Burning Cube - by Alan Silverman

Flower of Life - by Jessica Fleming

Offering to Our AI Overlord (O.toO.AI.O) - by Quentin Davis

Solar System Walk - by Theresa Dower

Swirls - by James Payne (Bxiie)

Connect Far - by Chris Feineis

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Rex - by Asha Veeraswamy



We look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition at the upcoming PDF, and hope that all of you in attendance will enjoy them as well!

St. Greg & Ursula

Playa Del Fuego Art Grants Co-Coordinators