The gates at Burning Man, the week-long bacchanal art orgy held 110 miles north of Reno on a (usually) dry lake called the playa, were closed Monday and possibly Tuesday due to rain, according to a festival spokesman.
BRC is closed thru tonight & possibly into tomorrow a.m. Cars being turned back @ Wadsworth. Cars also being turned around @ event entrance.
— Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014
The event, which draws tens of thousands of festival-goers known as “burners” to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, was slated to open at 10 a.m. Monday, but those who were not inside were being tuned around at the entrance.
Tickets to Burning Man were hard to come by. Prices started at $380 but quickly shot up to well over $1,000 on third-party sites as the party drew near.
“Black Rock City has shut down following rainstorms that left standing water on the playa, leaving it un-drivable,” Jim Graham, a festival spokesman, said in a statement Monday.
Rain continuing. Please do not come to Burning Man until you hear otherwise from official channels.
— Burning Man Traffic (@bmantraffic) August 25, 2014
Law enforcement officials were denying vehicles at the event entrance on Highway 34 northeast of Gerlach, Nev.
“Organizers expect the rain to dissipate and the playa surface to dry out by midday Tuesday and participants will be allowed to enter the event again,” Graham said.
The festival, which started in 1986 as a small gathering of friends burning a wooden man on San Francisco’s Baker Beach, ballooned over the years into a cult-like phenomenon, attracting wild crowds who practice “radical self-expression.”
More recently, the event, where money is supposedly not allowed, has lured Silicon Valley’s super-rich, many of whom treat the event as a mixer to network with other wealthy techies.
Those heading to the festival from Reno were asked to stay put until the rain let up. Hotels were using social media to lure stranded visitors Monday.
— Reno Tahoe USA (@renotahoe) August 25, 2014