2018/07/09 10:00:00

Critical Northwest is an arts festival in the style of Nevada’s Burning Man festival, but with a decidedly Cascadian flavor. This year’s theme is A Trip to the Moon.
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Photo courtesy of Sam Grahn

We’ve always looked to the sky – dreaming of exploration, of discovery, of a chance to build something new. What would we do if we had the chance to start from nothing? What would we create?

For fifteen years, Critical Northwest has brought people of Seattle and beyond together to discover the answers to those very questions. Dedicated to championing the spirit and principles of Burning Man in the Pacific Northwest, we work every year to build something new right here in the woods and mountains of home.

This year, join us for a Trip to the Moon.

While we may be far from the harsh environment of the playa, our thriving community of dreamers and doers manage to create a bit of that magic in the forest. Fire shooting monkeys and light up dinosaurs cruise through grassy meadows as music from under the stars echoes in the distance. Wizards oversee contests of unusual skills and mer-people taunt those daring enough to brave the river. Take a walk and discover a coffee shop from outer space, or a paintbrush and canvas waiting for you to make your own mark. Cuddle with a friend to ward off the chill of the evening, or curl up beneath gilded tapestries and make a wish.

Critical is a participatory event. There are no spectators. All we have and do is possible only by coming together in the spirit of communal effort and gifting our time, talent, and skills. From sculptures and theme camps, to mutant vehicles and performances, to rangers and first aid, we are 100% volunteer driven.

We follow the 10 Principles, and practice consent in all things. We believe in radical inclusion. We believe in leaving no trace, since you don’t deserve to reach the moon if you can’t care for the planet you have now.

Critical Northwest is your official Burning Man regional.

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