Welcome to the unSCruz website

Join us as we bring the spirit of Burning Man to Santa Cruz County through radical self expression and radical inclusion. Get ready for three fun-filled DAYS of art, performance, music, costuming, DJs, mutant vehicles and more!

This event is driven by what YOU bring to it: volunteering, performing, theme camps, etc. unSCruz is an official Burning Man Regional Event. This means we are endorsed by Burning Man, but we receive NO money from them. We are NON-commercial in every way; we abide by the 10 principles. Everyone is a volunteer; no one is paid a penny.

It has also been important to us to keep our prices reasonable. The event barely sustains itself on a very SMALL budget. Therefore, participating at unSCruz does not automatically equate to getting a free ticket. Had we given free tickets to every performer, artist, theme camp & volunteer, unSCruz would NOT exist.


  • Read this: unSCruz FAQs
  • Bring everything you need into the event! There will be shuttles to help with haulin’ your stuff inside. Vehicles without passes will remain in the (very nearby) parking lot.
  • There are only a limited number of vehicles allowed inside; must have special pass.
  • Respect your neighbors, respect the staff, respect the Fairgrounds.
  • LASERS: Handheld lasers are not allowed at this event.
  • LEAVE NO TRACE! You are part of the Leave No Trace team. Pack out whatever you brought in. Please pick up any trash, paper, feathery bits.
  • Perform random acts of art, kindness, and giving.
  • NO renegade sound, firearms, fireworks, or unapproved fire performance or fire art.
  • Volunteer! This is a volunteer-driven event!
  • This is a PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT Event! Bring enough of your own food and water to survive for three days in a not-so-harsh coastal environment.

Check back periodically for the latest updated information about the 8th annual unSCruz.