Mark your calendar for June 16-19. The Teleport Art Car Festival has an obvious bias, but they still honor theme camps and art installations. This event is held near California City, CA on a dry lakebed that feels like the one at Black Rock Desert where Burning Man is held, but the site is superior to Burning Man for a number of reasons:
- Cheap tickets! In the $80 range. This basically covers human waste services.
- Closer to Los Angeles and San Francisco where the majority of the digital music festival patrons reside.
- Held on private land, which avoids all the restrictions that plague events that fall within the public lands jurisdiction of BLM.
- Site is near BLM land, so people can tour the public playa at will and retreat from it if federal operatives become problematic.
- Near two areas with ample access to groceries, hardware and other services (California City and Ridgecrest, less than 40 minute drive to either)
- Participants can come and go as they please, none of that lockdown nonsense you find at Burning Man and their regionals.
- Outside services are available. There’s more than one vendor available to rent porta potties from and have them serviced.
- No micromanagement. The rules are very loose. None of the extreme vetting required to participate in something like Burning Man or one of their regionals.