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POrtalBurn is the official Upstate NY Regional Burn! It's a weekend-long event. The Ten Principles of Burning Man are our guiding principles. Please learn them and take them to heart before your arrival. Thursday July 28th 3pm - Monday, August 1st 12pm

This year the event will be held at Hummingbird Hill in Almond, NY. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Do not show up without a ticket!
The event space is a natural area that consists of a mowed field and wooded areas, with a stream that runs throughout. Practice Radical Self-Reliance. Bring your bug spray, spf and personal first aid needs. Be aware of ticks, and do daily tick checks. Learn what poison ivy looks like, and don't touch the fuzzy vines. Much of the space may be rugged paths in the woods. Stable shoes are your best friend. Bring clothing appropriate for warmth and protection. Bring whatever water, food, and necessities you need for the duration of your stay.

If you are in open camping or placed in a wooded area, we suggest bringing a rake. It is likely you will want/need to clear space for your tent and surroundings. We will have rakes on site you can borrow, but if you can bring one to share with others it would be appreciated."
You will be greeted warmly by our Greeters at the Gate. They will acculturate you on the Ten Principles to help you make the best of your experience. Get involved, and don't be afraid to ask questions on the POrtalBurn Facebook Discussion Group. Since you're reading this, you're off to a great start!

Tickets

Tickets are $80 per attendee (plus a small service fee). Tickets are be sold using Burner Tickets. The link will be posted on the homepage.

Apply for Ticket Aid here.
Yes. The ticket cap will be announced once it is decided. Two (2) per buyer. Each Ticket must be transfered to an individual! There are no comp tickets. Every attendee, including Board members and Leads, will pay for their ticket.

There will be a limited number of reserve tickets held to ensure individuals who are critical to making the event happen are able to attend. This will include, but may not be limited to, BOD, Leads, Art Grant Recipients, and the Effigy Builder. If you are a recipient of a reserve ticket, a reserve ticket link and password will be provided to you to purchase your personal ticket.
A Government Issued ID is your ticket, it must match the gate list. There is no will-call. You need to manage your own ticket sale and transfer. You can transfer tickets through Burner Tickets. If you need assistance, contact Burner Tickets. When arriving at POrtalBurn, we will only need your ticket number. We do not track based on the name on the ticket.

TO TRANSFER A TICKET

If you have purchased a ticket and wish to transfer it, click on “My Events/Transfers” on the top menu. Find the ticket you wish to transfer, and click the transfer button Fill out the email address of the user you wish to transfer to, and click “Transfer” You should see the transfer as “Pending”. The person you are transferring to should receive an email within 30 minutes. The email will contain a link to accept the transfer. Once the transfer is complete, the ticket will no longer display on your “My Events” page.

TO RECEIVE A TICKET

You will receive an email to accept/deny the ticket transfer. Click “Accept/Deny” in the email. Log into your BurnerTickets account. If you do not have one, create one (using the same email). You will be taken to the accept/deny page. Verify the name on file for your Burner Tickets, click “Accept”. You should now see it on your “My Events” page. You will need that ticket for entry. No exceptions.

Any tickets sold must be at face value. Profiting from a ticket sale is strictly forbidden. This cannot be emphasized enough. If someone attempts to sell you a ticket for a profit, please email portalburnny@gmail.com immediately with the subject line 'Ticket Sale Alert'.

You cannot leave gift tickets at the gate; any ticket you cannot use must be transferred via the process above.
No, pets are not allowed. Go here for information about service animals. Yes, kids are allowed! Children 12 and under do not require a ticket. Minors 13 - 20 will require a ticket and will be provided an underage wristband. Participants 21 and over require ID and a ticket, and will be provided an adult wristband. POrtalBurn is a family event that welcomes participants of all ages.

People under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a 21+ parent or guardian, both at entry, and at all times during the event. Accept that YOU are responsible for the welfare of minors in your care. You should know where your minors are at all times, and be aware that some activities are adult-specific. At the very least, non-sexual nudity will happen, and it's your responsibility to determine what your minors are exposed to.

For the protection of minors at POrtalBurn, all parents and guardians are required to register each minor in their care at the Gate. Please also write your name on the wristbands of the minors in your care. Failing to adequately supervise minors in your care is your fastest ticket out of POrtalBurn, as you may be immediately ejected without exception or recourse.
Glad you asked! Volunteer sign-ups will be posted HERE. Once on-site you can also visit the TIT – The Information Tent, to see the volunteer schedule and sign up for open shifts. This event cannot happen without volunteers! Repeat: POrtalBurn is a Volunteer driven event. Without YOU, POrtalBurn cannot happen. Just do it. You know you want to. C'mon… click it and sign up!

Getting There and Back

Yes! An awesome member of our POrtalBurn community created a rideshare group on FaceBook. And thank you for ridesharing! We are asking everyone to carpool! There will be limited gate hours. New arrivals will be permitted entry only during Gate hours. Seriously - don't arrive outside of Gate hours. Gate hours for 2022 are as follows.

Thursday: 3 pm through Midnight
Friday: 8am through Midnight
Saturday: 8am through 8pm
Sunday: Gate is closed to new arrivals. Gate is open from Noon - 6pm for ticketed participants to depart and return in case of an emergency.
Monday: Gate is closed

Departure and re-entry will be limited to emergencies only. There will be no traffic movement in or out of the event site during the Saturday and Sunday night burns; you can depart only after the burn is deemed 'safe' by our Fire Team. You may exit and enter on Sunday but there will be no entry for first arrivals. Plan your arrival accordingly.

You can arrive earlier than 3 pm on Thursday only if you have prior authorization. If you are not approved for early arrival, do not show up before Noon on Thursday. Early Arrival will be permitted for authorized individuals who are critical to making the event happen. This will include, but may not be limited to Board members, Leads, Art Grant recipients and the Effigy Builder. Theme Camps may request early arrival if it's critical for their setup.
We will follow NYS guidelines. If the guidelines change, we will update our policy accordingly.

We encourage all participants to exercise good common sense when it comes to public health… as we believe it is our Civic Responsibility. With all we are learning regarding Covid variants, getting vaccinated is good common sense, and we hope everyone who is able to will get vaccinated prior to arrival. If you are unable or unwilling to get vaccinated, we suggest you wear a mask while in close proximity to others for your own safety, and for the good of the community. If you are unvaccinated, it would also be prudent to ensure you test negative for Covid prior to coming.

When we gather, we must all respect that every person has a different level of comfort, and their own unique circumstances. As always consent is key. Please ask permission to be in others personal bubbles, and be aware if someone is wearing a mask and honor their boundaries.
Yes. Everyone attending POrtalBurn will be given a wristband that must be worn at all times during the event. If your wristband is lost or damaged, go to the Gate for assistance. Anyone found without a wristband may be ejected from the event.

When you are given your wristband at Ticketing, you will be instructed to write: (1) Your real name, (2) Where you are camping, and, if applicable, (3) The name of the parent or guardian that is with you at the event. This information will help our MASH or Ranger volunteers immensely if emergency assistance is needed.
Primary parking is on-site, not far from open camping. You may be allowed to drive into parts of the event site to unload, then move your car to a parking area. If you arrive after dark, please use flashlights or headlamps while walking back to the event site. When you arrive, Parking volunteers will guide you. Parking will be tight - please carpool! Most of the open camping does not have vehicle access, so it will be 'walk in' with a load/unload zone not far away. We will have some wagons available to help make it easier, but you are encouraged to bring your own wagons and handcarts as well.

Most placed Theme Camps will have vehicle access for loading and unloading. Parking Volunteers will manage the number of vehicles permitted in the theme camp space at any given time. Once unloaded, theme camp vehicles will need to be moved out of the event space to the primary parking area, unless they have been granted permission by our Placement Lead to park onsite.
Yes, but there is limited space. All RV, camper, and sleeping vehicle placement must be requested and pre-approved (theme camp or not). If you do not have pre-approved on-site parking, you will need to park your vehicle in one of the main event parking lots. Do not bring an on-site vehicle (camper, van, RV, etc) without prior authorization, and do not anticipate sleeping in your vehicle in the parking lot. Onsite sleeping vehicles will be in designated areas only and will be provided with an 'On Site' parking pass at the Gate.

ON-SITE PARKING REQUEST FORM



Email our Placement Lead here if you have questions portalburnplacement@gmail.com.

Site Resources

There is electricity in pavilion, however it will not be available for general camp use. We anticipate the electricity will be used for activities in the pavilion, and our Safety Core volunteers. Yes, and it's awesome! It is central to the event space and can be reserved for events. The form to check availability and book the pavilion will be found here. Yes. Please do whatever you can to mitigate sound, and be considerate of your neighbors. If a neighbor is bothered by your generator, be graceful and work it out. Do not run generator/power cords across walking/driving paths, and be conscious of positioning your generator safely if it's in a wooded area. If you're able to share gennie power with neighbors, it's a beautiful thing. We recommend bringing your own potable water for personal consumption and camp needs. There will be a communal shower shelter in a central area using potable water provided by our hosts. In keeping with POrtalBurn tradition, it will be fucking cold! If you choose to set up your own shower system near your camp you are welcome to do so. Please be cognizant of any water run off and how it may affect the environment and other participants.

Reminder: This is a Leave No Trace event. Any soaps or shampoos MUST be environmentally friendly, biodegradable and non-toxic. Please do not leave your shower supplies behind as a 'gift'. That's just gross.
Hummingbird Hill has a pond, and yes you may swim in it. Don't forget your floaties. Do not use waterways for dumping waste. This is a Leave No Trace event. And beware of beavers. They are territorial. If you encounter them, give them their space and do not engage. And hide your shoes… we hear they like to steal shoes.

NO SWIMMING AFTER DARK, THOSE IN VIOLATION WILL BE REMOVED.

Ice will be available on-site from Thursday afternoon through most of the weekend. There will be a freezer near the pavilion stocked with bags. Recommended minimum donation is $3 per bag. Please avoid driving to town, and restock your ice on site. Any extra proceeds will benefit POrtalBurn Art Grants for 2023!

Other than ice, no amenities or supplies will be sold at POrtalBurn. On-site vending is prohibited. There are a variety of stores within 15 minutes of the event site. Google is your friend, plan accordingly.
We are super excited about returning to this site! We will have designated areas for theme camps, open camping, and some 'quieter' space. If you want really, really quiet, you should probably bring ear plugs. The majority of open camping will be on the hill, and there is a main field that will be used mostly for theme camps and big art. A site map will be posted prior to the event showing designated areas.

If you are open camping, be prepared to clear some ground space for your tent, and bring a tarp. We will have rakes on-site you can borrow, but if you can bring one to share it would be grand. If you want to set up a shelter within your camp, it is totally doable… but the bigger the shelter, the more challenging it may be to find adequate space.

We highly encourage you to bring the bling and light up your camp to make it magical. Illuminating pathways invites participation!
No. This is a 100% LNT (Leave No Trace) event. So, pack it in, pack it out. You are responsible for every piece of trash you generate. It is our Civic Responsibility to ensure our event does not negatively impact the community around us. DO NOT dump your trash at local businesses. It jeopardizes the future of our event.

Have a 'camp trash plan'. Discard product packaging prior to arrival. Bring trash bags. Embrace reusable supplies. Burn your burnables. Avoid glass containers. Collect your recycles. Bring your own portable ashtray. Keep trash and food in your camp covered and closed to avoid attracting wildlife. LNT means you pack it out with you. Do not leave your trash bagged up expecting POrtalBurn volunteers to deal with it. Camps who fail to LNT may not be granted placement at future POrtalBurns. Open campers… we see you too. DPW will conduct a final moop sweep and publish a moop map. Please make our moop map pretty!
From what we've experienced, it's spotty at best. It's mostly dead zones, but if you walk around the site there are some spots where you can get service.

Fire!

Yes, you can have a burn barrel or elevated fire pit. All fire pits, flame effects, fire circles, and propane/gas powered flames will be checked by our Fire Team. If there are any safety concerns, you must address them. Period.

Campfires must be at your campsite, raised off the ground, in a contained barrel or elevated fire pit, and must be monitored at all times. Do not leave any fire unattended. Period.

Camps with fire must have a fire extinguisher (5 pounds, ABC type) or 5-gallon filled water bucket readily available.

DO NOT bring outside firewood. This region is highly sensitive to the Emerald Ash Borer (a disastrous invasive species that is tightly monitored) and wood from outside of the immediate area is prohibited. As part of your ticket price, POrtalBurn will provide locally obtained wood for the effigy burn, camp burn barrels, and fire pits.

There will be a designated ash dump at the main burn pad. When you leave, you must dispose of any ashes from your burn barrel or fire pit responsibly. Do not discard any ashes or embers anyplace other than the designated ash dump.
Only fountain-type fireworks may be used, and ONLY in burnable art. YOU MUST request approval BEFORE the event by emailing portalburnfire@gmail.com If you are unsure if your effects fall into this category, contact portalburnfire@gmail.com. Our Fire Team should know about any pyrotechnics you have planned, and depending on the nature of your project, you may require placement. All burnable art will be inspected by the Fire Lead BEFORE it is set ablaze. Any pyrotechnic devices NOT previously approved by the Fire lead will be confiscated, and disposed of. You may be subject to expulsion from the event at the BODs discretion. Yes, but you'll need request placement using the Theme Camp/Placement form here. Your project must follow Fire Safety Guidelines (under development for 2022). The bottom line - if you're bringing flame effects, you need to be placed. Hell yes! Fire spinning is encouraged in open, safe, and designated areas. Do NOT spin fire in the woods. If theme camps wish to host a fire circle they must make sure the area has been cleared of debris and flammable objects. Fuel should be stored in an appropriate fuel dump safely outside the fire circle. Every fire performer is expected to have a designated safety, fire blanket and fire extinguisher. We hope so! We love our fire spinners and hope you organize yourselves on site so we can make this happen! If someone wants to assume a leadership role in this, we encourage you to do it. Contact our Fire Lead to get the fire ball rolling portalburnfire@gmail.com! The art grant application can be found here! If you have questions please contact our Art Lead here: portalburnarts@gmail.com The art grant application can be found here! If you don't need a grant and just want to burn your art, contact Fire Leads (portalburnfire@gmail.com). Our leads will help you make sure your project meets fire safety guidelines as well. You'll find guidelines for Fire Safety, Inspections, and Burn Barrels here.

Art

THE ART GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2022 HAS CLOSED!

THE DEADLINE FOR PLACEMENT REQUESTS FOR 2022 WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

All flaming art must be placed, either through the Art Grant process, or through a Placement request. It can be part of your Theme Camp application, or you can request placement just for your project.

All Artist's are asked to provide an 'Artist's Statement' for any placed art. All Artists should review the POrtalBurn Art Practices (PAP), located here, to learn more about art at POrtalBurn.

If you have any questions about bringing your art to POrtalBurn, please contact our Art Leads at portalburnarts@gmail.com.
If you want to know the finer details about selection and funding for projects, please see the Art Grant FAQs here. We have an Art Committee comprised of awesome volunteers from the POrtalBurn community! If you are interested in being on the Art Committee, please email portalburnarts@gmail.com with the subject 'Art Committee'. Yes, though vehicle traffic throughout the event site is limited, and weather dependent. If you would like to bring an art car, please email the POrtalBurn BOD at POrtalBurnny@gmail.com with the subject 'Art Car' and your project name. We'll need to understand the nature of your art car, and talk about safety and stuff. Yes there will! If it didn't come out of your body, don't put it in the potty. Single ply TP only. Please use them responsibly. Wanna decorate one to make the potty experience better for everyone? Apply for a grant HERE! Yes! It's a burn. Any camp with amplified sound must apply for Theme Camp Placement. Go here to apply (coming soon). Sound camps are expected to honor the following guidelines:

Position speakers and adjust levels so the sound is contained to your camp and doesn't bleed into other camps or open camping. Consult with your neighboring camps when positioning speakers to avoid conflict. Bass often travels farther than the event. If there is a neighbor complaint, we will ask you to turn down your bass at night, or possibly turn off your subs. If you are asked by a neighboring camp to lower your sound, we expect you to resolve the issue amicably. If you are not able to resolve it, find the BOD on Call for assistance. During the event, the sound will be monitored by event volunteers. If you are asked to adjust your sound by someone in an official capacity, you are expected to comply. Find the BOD on Call if assistance is needed.

Sound turndown is between 2 am and 10 am (74 decibels measured at 50' from the sound source). The BOD on Call has db meters available if you need help gauging an appropriate sound level. This is just a guideline. Even if you are within the decibel range, you may still be asked to turn it down if the situation warrants it. Sound carries in unpredictable ways, so on-site judgement calls may happen. Let's work together!

The full Sound Policy is here. The POrtalBurn Sound Policy may be updated as the event unfolds, as deemed necessary. Sound Camps will be informed if changes arise, and will be expected to comply. Failure to comply with sound management requests may result in the camp losing sound privileges for the remainder of the event and possibly losing future sound privileges. Don't be that person… we want your sound! Any questions about Sound Policy, please email portalburnny@gmail.com to discuss.
When you apply to be a Theme Camp you can also requesting placement, which means you will have a designated space and be included on the site map. You can still be a Theme Camp and not request placement… you'll just need to find space in open camping, and won't be on the site map, but will be listed in our online HELP Guide.

Camps, and camps with flaming art projects. RV's, Campers and sleeping vehicles must request placement also, even if they are not associated with a Theme Camp.

THE DEADLINE FOR THEME CAMP APPLICATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Deadline TBA

Email our Placement Lead here if you have questions at portalburnplacement@gmail.com.
EVENT SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN! Go Here to submit your event. The deadline is July 24.

If you need the Pavilion, the form to reserve it is there too! It has a sound system! Details are on the Event page.

For a multitude of reasons, we will not be printing an Event listing this year. It will be made available prior to POrtalBurn so you can print it yourself. An Event listing will be posted at the TIT during POrtalBurn. You can add last minute events while on-site too!

Rules

Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring minors in their care at all times. If you or your camp is serving alcohol, you are responsible for checking wristbands of anyone you are serving to be sure that they are of legal age. This is worth repeating: If you are serving alcohol, you MUST check wristbands. Do not serve minors. Period. Yes. Nudity is allowed within the event space only. Nudity is not allowed at the Gate, entrance road, parking area, or any area that is visible to the general public outside of event attendees. Yes. All New York State laws including those regarding drugs and alcohol apply. Upstate New York POrtalBurn Arts, Inc. (UNYPA) does not condone ANY illegal activity. While we are creating a temporary community with its own rules, this community coexists within an area of real laws. Participants understand they may be photographed at POrtalBurn, and that consent must be obtained for all photography, film, or video at the event. Any person identifiable in the image or video must express consent to be photographed or filmed, and photographers must destroy any image or video at the subject's request, even if prior consent had been granted.

Participants understand that it is prohibited to take photos or videos of a camp or person if a 'No Photos' sign is posted, or at an event where a 'No Photos' policy has been announced.

Participants understand and accept that no use other than personal use of images, film, or video obtained at the event may be made without prior written permission from Upstate New York POrtalBurn Arts, Inc (UNYPA) and the written permission of any persons identifiable in the images, film or video.
Somewhat, but we cannot assure it. The event site does not have paved roads. The main theme camp field and RV space is pretty flat and accessible, weather permitting. There are some established paths through the woods, but most are fairly rugged, with inclines. Open camping will be in the wooded areas, and will all be walk in camping. We welcome all participants, however we cannot assure accessibility to all areas of the venue. We will have at least one wheelchair accessible porta potty, and will do our very best to accommodate needs. If you have a need or concern, please contact us for additional information at POrtalBurnny@gmail.com. All POrtalBurners are expected to be self reliant. This includes bringing any and all supplies you might need, such as OTC medication, first aid supplies, sunscreen, etc. We will not have a staffed MASH camp. No medical services will be available. There will be a radio located in the self-serve First-Aid station. Rangers will be on duty and can help facilitate getting medical assistance if needed.

The nearest hospital facility is approximately 16 minutes away: Oswego Hospital, 110 W 6th St, Oswego, NY 13126
Rangers are helpful, clear-headed participants and non-confrontational volunteer mediators. They are not cops and not your mom, but good people to find if you need help! You can spot them in their super swanky khaki clothing. The TIT (The Information Tent) can radio a Ranger if one is needed. Please visit our webpages for an updated list of Who's Who for POrtalBurn and Leadership. You are responsible for your own health, safety, and well-being at all times before, during, and after the event. You will be asked to sign a waiver on arrival clarifying any liabilities.