Regional Community

Hello, and may we welcome you to the amazing Seattle burner community!

Seattle has a vibrant and active burner community with activities throughout the year. Weekly potlucks provide a regular opportunity for gathering, and newbie gatherings provide fun and informative gateways to the larger community. Larger gatherings like our week-long camping and art event, Critical Northwest and our decompression party, SeaCompression provide a focus for community members to really demonstrate the burner spirit at home. Numerous other smaller gatherings and events happen throughout the year, so there’s never a lack of fun events to get your burn on. The Seattle burner community is represented by Ignition Northwest, or INW. INW produces and supports many of the local events, and also provides art scholarships, grants and other support of local artists and organizers. ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄

Large events

►Crtical Northwest

Critical Northwest is our regional week-long burn event. Currently held late in July in Mount Vernon, Washington, Critical Northwest has evolved since its humble beginnings in 2003 as a small weekend camping trip into a world-class week-long event that hosts original art, numerous theme camps, workshops, music, dance and just about everything else you might expect. Website:


SeaCompression brings Burning Man to Seattle by recreating the Esplanade experience for one night at our decompression party. Held every year in November, the event attracts over a thousand people – veterans and newbies alike. Website:  ▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄


Ignition Northwest is a nonprofit organization that produces the larger events and provides support and grants to artists and the community.  Website:

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Get involved and find out about local happenings by signing up on our Announcement list, chat with other Burners on our Discussion lists, or follow us via your social media of choice - but definitely come out and get involved!

Announcement List:

The Seattle! Announce list is a moderated announcements-only list for events of interest to local Burners. Recipients get regular updates, event listings, and Burning Man news from this list.

To subscribe, send a blank email to:

Discussion List:

This list is pretty high-traffic, but its a great place to connect with people about things like ride share, tickets, joining a camp, or just to wax philosophic about things burnery and sometimes not-so-burnery.

You can subscribe here:  or send a blank email to

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Regional Contacts:

Kay Morrison
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What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. --Kurt Vonnegut
Michael Holden
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