What Is The Gateway Burn?

Gateway Burn, what is it?

The Gateway Burn is an annual event which celebrates the Gateway Burners community.  In the spirit of Burning Man, attendees gather and camp together for four days to bring art, creativity, music, workshops, community activities, education, etc. and then end the weekend with an effigy burn (if you’re not familiar what what an effigy burn is, imagine an 18-25 foot sculpture representing the event theme that is set on fire and burned to the ground in a symbolic tradition).



New to the Gateway Burn and not sure what to expect?  Expect to see a lot of art – visual, performance, musical, etc.; expect to see a lot of wacky costumes; expect educational and informative workshops; expect to have a lot of fun!  Some things you might not expect, but could possibly experience include gifted tokens or delicious food, spontaneous dance parties, cooling off in the adjacent creek, waving glowsticks, a hug from a new friend, a shot of whiskey, learning sign language, or a fireside chat with interesting people.

You can also find a list of policies, procedures, and suggested items to help you prepare for the camping aspect of the event in our Survival Guide.



You might have heard the saying before: “It takes a whole village to raise a child”.  The Gateway Burn is no different!  The Gateway Burn event is organized & managed by Gateway Burners’ Executive Coordinators & Event Leads, executed by our hard-working Administrative Staff & Department Leads, and staffed on-site by volunteers from within the community.  The entire community works together to make the Gateway Burn a success!



How can you learn more about the Gateway Burn?  Feel free to contact a member of the Gateway Team – a Board Member, an Executive Coordinator, an Event Lead, the Adminstrative Staff or a Department Lead – via email or Facebook.



Want to get more involved?  VOLUNTEER!  Every community member is eligible (and hoped) to volunteer during the Gateway Burn event.  It takes a generous person like yourself to make the Gateway Burn flow and run smoothly.  We appreciate each and every community member for participating and donating their time to the event’s success!

So, now that you’ve volunteered, how can you help even more?  We are always in need of Department Leads! Let the Board of Directors or an Event Coordinator know that you are interested!  Once you have volunteered at a Gateway Burn, you are then eligible to apply for a Department Lead or Administrative Support position. Department Leads and Administrative Support are selected by the current season’s Board of Directors and Event Coordinator team.  If the Department you are interested in is filled, don’t be scared to try another department, or you can Co-Lead or shadow the current Lead/Co-Lead and be their Go-To guy/gal!

Once you have been a Department Lead, you are then eligible to apply for an Event Coordinator position.  Event Coordinators are voted in via secret ballot by the outgoing Department Leads.

The Gateway Burners Board of Directors was established during the organization’s incorporation with the State of Missouri.  Board members are voted in by public vote annually in August in person at Monthly meetings as well as online.