What is Critical Northwest, anyways?

Critical is an official Burning Man regional event, and a program of Ignition Northwest.

For sixteen years Critical Northwest has been dedicated to championing the spirit and principles of Burning Man in the Pacific Northwest. Every July we gather together to embrace the spirit and vision of the playa as we build something new right here in the woods and mountains of home.

This year our theme, Lost Cities and Civilizations, will explore mythology from around the world. From the depths of Atlantis to the meadows of Tir na nÓg, the sands of Zerzura to the frost of Valhalla, we’ll delve into the commonalities and differences in the stories shaped by human imagination for as long as we’ve had the language to share our dreams.

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With a local twist.


Let’s be awesome together.

Conduct is expected to be of the highest standards and must at all times be appropriate for a family setting. The following are strictly prohibited and may result in expulsion from the grounds and/or revocation of ticket:

  • Unwanted, harassing or inappropriately lewd behavior or language
  • Over-intoxication
  • Use of illegal substances
  • Any conduct that is criminal
  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening injury or damage of another person or their property
  • Use of firearms or fireworks
  • Photography or video camera use without permission
  • Transphobic, Homophobic, Sexist, Ableist, Racist, or Hateful actions/threats/acts against any person

Ignition Northwest / Critical Northwest, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to revoke the ticket of and/or require any person to vacate the premises for reasons of nuisance, improper conduct or other rule violations, without refund of ticket fees.

Don’t forget to check out Ignition NW’s Code of Conduct as well.


All the ticketing info you need.
Ticket sales began on April 15th, 2019 at 6 PM.  Note that you MUST be a member of Ignition Northwest to purchase tickets to Critical.  If you are purchasing multiple tickets at once you will need to provide the legal names for all attendees at the time of the transaction.  Anyone over 18 will also need to be a member of Ignition in order to attend.


Questions frequently asked.


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2019 Map

The 2019 map is now available!  Take a look and start planning your route.  Figure out where your old friends are camped, and get a sneak preview of where you’ll meet new friends.Take a Look »


No matter what your talent, there’s a place for your skills in the expedition to Lost Cities and Civilizations. Volunteering is also a great way to make new friends, or a fun team building event when done together by a theme camp or art project.Sign Ups Are Now Open »


You don’t need to wait for the Field Guide to be in hand, event listings are available to check out now.  Plan your week, add items to your calendar, and start getting costumes ready!View Events »

Theme Camps

Running a theme camp? Interested in forming one down the road? We’ve put together a guide of the important details – as well as some tips and tricks to make the process a lot easier!Theme Camp Guide »

Fire Performers

We are lucky to have a safe space within such a heavily wooded venue to allow for fire performances and open spins!

Our permit requires all fire artists to perform only in designated areas and to register in advance.  A safety meeting will be required on site before you can light up.

Survival Guide

Traveling to lost civilizations can be treacherous. Read up on everything now, so you’re prepared with all you need to know long before you hit the road.Read the Survival Guide »


Meet the folks who help make it happen.


Haven’t found what you’re looking for?

You can find the contact details for specific departments here.  For the answers to many common questions see our FAQ.  Otherwise, reach out to producers and communications with the form below.

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