When: August 26–September 2
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Details: This weeklong mind-melding festival over a large, sprawling desert landscape isn’t for the faint of heart. Rules are thrown out the window at this fest, people are allowed to express themselves freely (nudity is a recurring theme), and everyone fends for themselves in this “commerce-free event,” as described on the Burning Man website. In a refreshing noncorporate environment, campers bring their own shelter and food, mutant vehicles and bikes for transportation, and barter for other necessities on site. The uniqueness and transformative nature of the event draws back droves of people from “burners” to conservative CEOs. A band or DJ lineup won’t be found anywhere on the website; musicians aren’t paid to play, so artists perform as they see fit. However, big-name DJs like Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, and Tiësto have been known to spin in the past.