Each year our sponsor, the non-profit Houston Art Collective, holds its Presidents’ Day Beginner Campout during the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend in February.
If you’d like to see photos and a recap of our 2019 Campout, please follow this link.
This event is designed for new burners to get their feet wet at a local camping event. One of our local theme camps that goes to Burning Man each year, Houpla, brings some of its camp infrastructure out so that new burners can see it in action.
The event features art, music, dancing, food, and burners providing a variety of other fun forms of entertainment. There’s even a small effigy that gets burned on the final night of the campout so that campers can have their first experience with this key element of burner culture.
What to Bring
The campout sticks to Burning Man’s Ten Principles, most importantly Radical Self-Reliance and Leaving No Trace. This means campers are expected to bring everything they need to be comfortable outside for a long weekend in February in Texas and that campers are expected to take everything they bring with them back home again, including their trash.
The Presidents’ Day Beginner Campout is a modestly-priced ticketed event, with proceeds used to fund the campout’s expenses and the non-profit’s other activities. Tickets can be purchased on the Houston Art Collective website in the months leading up to the event.