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Check Out These Festival Alternatives to Burning Man

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 13, 2016

Check Out These Festival Alternatives to Burning Man

PHOTO: Lightning in a Bottle (Dianne Yee/

Are you over Burning Man or looking for an alternative experience that is equally as transformative? Gogobot’s Becky Mahan has some suggestions for those looking for a new festival experience and she writes about them on the Huffington Post

EDM enthusiasts should check out Boom in Portugal. 

“Once a trancey, mellow festival in Portugal, Boom has grown to a five-stage music, art, theater, and pyro celebration. Music is heavy on EDM, but there are also art galleries, sculpture gardens, and street theater performances, plus yoga, lectures, meditation circles, and film screenings that take places in the Liminal Village,” notes Mahan.

Electric Forest in Michigan is another good option — it has even been referred to as the “Burning Man in the Woods.” 

“Artists contribute by repurposing objects from nearby Sherwood Forest, and all manner of performers (think contortionists dressed as butterflies) walk the woods for your viewing and interactive pleasures,” she says. 

In Germany, festival fans can check out Fusion Festival. 

“The “collective” mindset encourages the idea of creating art with purpose, and integrating new habits, attitudes, and outlooks meaningfully into one’s life. It’s a cult event, with very devoted fans, and can be a bit intimidating for newbies - but the message is the same for everyone,” says Mahan.

Lightning in a Bottle in California started out as a birthday celebration in 2000 and is now an annual event. 

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“With visual and interactive art installations, lectures and guest speakers, yoga classes, and meditation groups (among others), the event seeks to spread the proverbial lightning in a bottle (a once-in-a-lifetime, by-chance feat.),” she says. 

These are just a few of the festivals that have captured a similar vibe to Burning Man. For more suggestions, go here


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