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2024 Burning Flipside: Cosmic Critter Carnival
Effigy photo by Charles Hueter
2024 Burning Flipside: Cosmic Critter Carnival Effigy photo by Charles Hueter

We know some of you took hot hot photos of the event, but please take extra care in posting and sharing them. Remember consent applies in this area as well. If someone is identifiable in a photo, video, or audio clip and you didn’t get permission to record them, do not post. Please respect take down, “blur my face,” and similar requests.

(And yes, I screamed into the effigy’s void for permission to take this one.)

Mid-May Announce: Almost time to head out!

Survival Guide – a MUST READ publication! Did you know you assume all risk by attending Flipside? It ain’t Dizzy-knee world, you know. Have you read your survival guide? If not, please do it now!!! You can find it here: 

LOAD-IN NEEDS YOU! It’s May 18th! Do you know where your children….er…..your event infrastructures are? I do. They’re in the warehouse, waiting for you to help load them onto the trucks and into Flipside. Come on out tomorrow to help load some effigy and all that other stuff needed to make Flipside go. Many hands make for lighter loads! Being prepared: Bring sunscreen, gloves, water, snacks, and a good attitude. Load in begins at 10 am at the warehouse and 12:00 on site out at Apache Pass-tures.

Packing up for the event? Pack a radio! (and bring a spare!) A message from camp: K-FLiP, The Voice of Pyropolis asks that you bring a working FM Radio to FS!  Jambox or counter top, plug in or battery-powered, all are needed. Please bring suitable batteries. That way, folks in far off locations (Hello Parking!) can enjoy the great shows planned for this year. Radios can be dropped off anytime at the K-FLiP studios. And keep it locked to 100.5FM campers! ~Thank J. Radio

VOLUNTEERING –a great way to participate!

GATE I.T. Our gate staff is friendly and efficient at getting us through the fate and into the event. We LOVE our gate staff! What they are not is IT techs, and sometimes the machines go blip up there. Available to help fix the techy stuff?  You just need a solid understanding of PCs and basic networking, and to be at gate for opening each day you volunteer. There’s an easy how-to doc tshowing what needs to happen. Please contact

SHAVEN APES Can you he’p ‘em? Shaven Apes help folx who need it, specifically the sort of thing like moving a thing, getting a thing upright that’s not, basic physical labor and support.  Most of that help is needed Thursday and Monday.

MEDICAL Do you have medical training? Do you like a nice shady spot to be during the day? Volunteer for PETS (Pyropolis Emergency Team) for a shift or two! Want to help, but not medically trained? I hear they have concierge spots, too. You can help take care of the people who take care of the people.

And more! Zone Czar, Parking, Echelon, Guardians, Greeters, and Meteorology are also looking for some help. Haven’t secured a ticket? Some of these positions will open up a ticket sale. You can use the contact form: contact form to reach who you need!


Theme camps and artists have been working hard to make Flipside, well, Flipside! What are you bringing? What is everyone else bringing? Here is a little taste!

Events at the Event You can find the Official alphabetical listing here: Registered Events. Click on each event for hours. A participant has created this handy grid here!. There will also be kiosks throughout the event for us non-pre-planners and those who drop their plans the second they make it through greeters.

More about Theme Camps The map is great! But you can learn a little more about each camp,here: Registered Camps.

Ogle Some Art! Just kidding, don’t just be a looky-loo! Again, yay for maps so you know where the art starts! Here is where you can find a bit more about what you’re looking at/participating in! Regsitered Art

Theme Camp, Art Project, and Fire Sale Deadlines

Hello, fellow taxpayer Flipizens! How are your eyes after the eclipse? We at Flipside Comms would love to say we stared too long at the celestial event and then made these typos, but no. They’ve been on the website long enough to need this heads up for everyone to be on the same page.

  • The deadline to register your theme camp or art project was officially April 15. Because the website had inconsistent dates, the deadline is now April 18. Now go be a cool kid who respects deadlines!
  • The deadline to participate in the secondary ticket sale is still midnight central standard time tonight. Go here to learn more: 

Sorry again for any confusion. We want all you lovely cosmic critters to come to this ridiculous carnival.

-Burning Flipside Comms

DATES and DEADLINES: An April Announce!

UPDATED (4/15/2024) The deadline for registering for theme camps and art projects has been pushed from April 15th to April 18th.

UPDATED (4/16/2024) Edited to remove the secondary sale link after the deadline.

Howdy Fuh…lipsidians…welcome to your friendly April Announce! If you’ve been reading along, this is mostly reminders, but keep reading, there’s new stuff too.

TICKETS The most important looming deadline is the FIREsale ticket window. It closes on April 15th. Haven’t got a ticket yet? Know someone who JUST HEARD ABOUT Burning Flipside? Will your mom be unexpectedly in the area at the end of May? After they create a profile, they can log in and register for tickets in our Secure site and complete the rest of our process by mailing a money order. Registration and postmark all must be complete by April 15th.

REGISTRATIONS are open across the board! Two of them close on APRIL 18th! Bringing art that you want someone to find on the map? REGISTER it! Bringing a theme camp and don’t want to camp in the lawlessness of the badlands? REGISTER IT! Holding an event at the event? You have until May 17th. Got a cool ride (an ART ride!)? Again, you have until May 17th for your DMV needs. All registrations happen by logging in and going to

SPEAKING OF ART – if you have an art project that needs some help, we have some help. When you register, please indicate if you need help with logistics. The Art Dept. will do their dangedest and so will the community. Let the Art dept. know what you need on your registration form ( Visit to find art to support (with time, art parts, or money) or to ask the community for some support for your art.

WORK WEEKENDS! (Don’t let the name fool you. It will be work, but it will also be fun! Come help make and maintain the canvas that the community paints this beautiful event upon. Please sign up on the Volunteer System if you plan to join! Bring a t-shirt to get your DIY Dirty Worker swag! For more info please email:

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION Did you know you could participate in community feedback! You can at the next Combustion Chamber meeting. It will be held on April 15th, and we are going to try to go virtual on Google Meet. Check out the calendar listing on Monday for the link. The meeting topic is “Review of the Interpersonal Incidents FAQ

EVENT VOLUNTEER Highlights This city was not, in fact, built on rock ‘n’ roll, but on the participation of people like you! Always wanted to help but not sure what to do? Watch for our upcoming VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHTS post. In the meantime, you can learn more at and sign up for shifts at


(aka second-round ticket window; same process, same price – plus tax*)

UPDATE (4/15/2024): There was a typo below that said the sale ends on April 16, 2024. That is incorrect, it ends TODAY at midnight, on April 15. We apologize for any confusion.

UPDATE (4/16/2024): Secondary sale closed yesterday.

Did you have a poorly-timed payday, an unplanned work trip, an unexpected snafu? Maybe you just learned about our little burn among the pecans yesterday. Whatever the reason, if you missed purchasing your Burning Flipside tickets during the regular ticket window, you may be pleased to learn that Burning Flipside is releasing a second round of tickets! No, it won’t be easier, and it will add sales tax*, but it will be a second chance! The ticket window opens TODAY. Tickets will be processed in the order in which they are received. The secondary ticket window (for registration and postmark) will CLOSE April 15 OR whenever we run out of tickets, whichever comes first. (Yep, April 15th happened first.)

  • If you have not already, create your Flipside Secure profile here.
  • Log in and access the sale registration in Secure.
  • Complete the registration, check your email, and print your form.
  • Get a money order for the total amount on your form. Make it out to “Burning Flipside”
  • Mail your form and money order to:

Burning Flipside, Ticket Request
P.O. Box 9987
Austin TX 78766

Got questions? Email if you cannot find the answer. Updates to the ticket page coming soon!

*PLEASE NOTE! As a nonprofit organization, Catalyst Collective can declare a tax free day on sales tax on goods we sell. We’ve already used that day for the main ticket sale. Therefore, for this sale we have to pass the sales tax along to the purchaser. So prices will look slightly higher, to incorporate that cost.

March Announce: Tickets, Art, Registrations, and Upcoming Events!

UPDATED (4/15/2024) The deadline for registering for theme camps and art projects has been pushed from April 15th to April 18th.

Work Weekend is coming at your face this weekend March 8-10. Please sign up on the Volunteer System if you plan to join! We will be gathering fallen branches and limbs. Bring gloves and appropriate tools if you has them. Bring a t-shirt to get your DIY Dirty Worker swag! For more info please email:

Tickets wants to thank the overwhelming supermajority of cosmic critters who submitted correct ticket paperwork and payment (no personal checks!) for 2024. We (you, me, and that carnival weirdo over there) created 1,354 ticket requests representing 2,154 possible tickets. As of March 5, our intrepid ticket team processed that into 1,917 actual going-to-Flipside tickets. Didn’t see your “you’re going to Flipside!” email, or curious about transferring yours to someone else, go here:

STickets wants more artwork submissions! The Art volunteers can’t have all of it, man. And we’re giving out free tickets to the winners. If you want awesome-looking ticket and sticker designs for 2024, click this link to participate:

Registrations! Theme Camp registration and Art registration opened on March 1 and close on April 18. Want to bring art or a theme camp? Want to see them on the map? Get ‘em registered! Speaking of art, we’ve got a ton of announcements from that area!

Disinfo! Are you throwing an awesome Event at the Event? Register with Disinfo by May 17, so a crowd of critters will crawl your way!

DMV If you want to drive that mutant vehicle around the city, you gotta register it! You’ve got til May 17 to do so – where? You guessed it:

DaFT Update!  DaFT is CRUSHING it (like, wow, things are moving!) but we’d always love to see new faces. Email to get connected.

Art Projects Seeking Support – whether it’s hands, help or $$$, projects looking for support can use this page as a bulletin board to ask for community involvement.

Art Blog! If you’re interested in workshops or other art gatherings, keep an eye on the FS calendar with more details published on the art blog. Check often!

Safety wants to announce this year’s SafetySide!  April 12-14 at Apache Pass Event Center! It’s time! We’re ready! Tell us you’re coming Sign up at 

Watch this space for more info soon. Got an idea for the Flipside Flame? Let us know at A Flame will come out in approximately 2 weeks and have more colorful, community content.

February: Learning Fire Through Art!

Photo by Charles Hueter

We had a lovely Spring Town Hall last weekend. Those who attended learned some of the arcane secrets of the Ice Team, observed live mass media training of Kidsville’s next generation, and learned that Work Weekends are coming soon. (You should really come join us sometime. Yeah, you: the one waaay in the back who doesn’t goof off with us enough.)

DaFT Likes Sharing Fire with You

Do you like bonfires, but always wish they were WAY bigger? Come help us build the craziest one in town, with the Design and Fabrication Team, DaFT!

There’s lots of wood to turn into scrap and sawdust, and if being covered in sawdust isn’t for you, there’s plenty of special projects that could cover you with glue or paint instead!  No prior experience necessary, if you want to learn something, we’re happy to teach.

Kickoff meeting will be TOMORROW at the Wherehouse: Tuesday, 2/6 and build days will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 PM, and Sundays from noon to 8.

Come when you can, don’t when you can’t. Let’s make some art about it! Questions? Email

Speaking of Art…

Come to and to learn more about upcoming art events. For example, the Spring Art Show on March 3rd:

Speaking of Fire…

Check out upcoming flame effects classes! One is happening the day after tomorrow, and we aren’t talking about disaster movies:

Tickets and Stickers Need Art, Too

It is time for everyone with an eye for the visual to create and send in art submissions for the official 2024 ticket and sticker! STicket season is here, and it’s once again a competition for a complimentary pair of tickets for each winner. DEADLINE IS APRIL 8! Get started here:

Until Next Time

Stay warm and dry, folks. We have a lot of heads-upping, deadline-dropping, and volunteering-ing rolling our way the next few months. Whether you’re in this for the carnival, the cosmic, or the critters, we’re all in this together.

-Burning Flipside Comms


Hello Flipsiders! We’ve all been on the edge of our camp chairs* waiting for a bit of info, and that bit of info is now here. Burning Flipside 2024: Cosmic Critter Carnival, will appear on our beloved pecan playa.  Read more about the event , including location, HERE.

Also note, you have 9 DAYS to register your ticket request and send in that money order! Find info and instructions HERE. Don’t delay!

*you know how difficult it is to be on the edge of a camp chair? I, for one, am happy to not be so precariously balanced)

(January Announce) Tickets and Art and More – but not much more

Hullo Pyropolers! It’s (near) the beginning of the month and it’s time to make some announcements, all official-like. Perk up and pay attention for some news you can use!


Detailed instructions and info can be found at

A note from your ticket lead:

No Personal Checks

It’s that time again, folks!!  That’s right!  It’s time to get your excuses for missing the Ticket Window ready!  No Personal Checks. Or, OR, maybe it’s time to plan to make the ticket window this year! (January 8 through January 29).

You will need a login to the system ( complete a ticket registration). You will need a Money Order or Cashier’s Check (you can get them AT the post office!) for the ticket price, any donation to Ignition Philter*, and survival guide (if you want a hard copy).  You will need an envelope addressed to Catalyst Collective. You will NOT need a personal check. If you do it right, it takes about an hour. 

A note on decorations:

There has been an increased rate of lost or significantly delayed envelopes recently.  Please ensure your decorations aren’t so good the machines can’t read the address.

No personal checks.

Love and tickets, Ste. Michelle, Patron Saint of NO PERSONAL CHECKS.

SUPPORT THE ART! *What is the Ignition Philter? It is an organization dedicated to inspiring the flames of creative expression through small grants for artists to bring art to Burning Flipside and other burns and burn-related events and communities. Want to see more art at Burning Flipside? Add a donation to your ticket purchase. Learn more about how Ignition Philter operates at and watch this space and that for details about how to further support and apply for artist grants.

MAKE ART NOW! Can’t wait to make art? No problem! Having just had a beautiful and successful art show at Lloyd The Warehouse, the Pyropolis Art Guild is busy planning for next one. March 3, 2024 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. This event is for ALL AGES!! Littles are encouraged to share their work.

No vending on site, but feel free to display/share your website/insta/store/etc for people to find you afterwards. Bringing art? Please sign up here: here. Have questions? Email See the event on the socials at here (and poste soon on a Flipside website near you)!

SPRING TOWN HALL Need more news? Come out in person to our “Spring” Town Hall, hosted by Burning Flipside’s Combustion Chamber on February 3rd! Tailgating begins at 12:00, the Meeting at 2:34.

Find out about volunteer opportunities. Meet people involved in this creative exercise we call Flipside. Get updates on this year’s event (maybe even an effigy design!) Theme camps are invited to set up for tailgating and show off show your magnificent selves! Just like Flipside, this is a Leave No Trace Event. You bring it, you pack it out. Find it on the socials here.

Art and flames (and art in flames!), Your content lead, Izzi B

Effigy Proposals – Deadline Extended

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the effigy proposal process thus far! The deadline for effigy proposal submission has been extended to this Thursday, November 30th, 11:59pm. If you have already submitted a proposal, you are welcome to use this time to flesh it out some more. If you have not yet submitted but you’re inspired to, get your proposal in ASAP! Find effigy and daft lead basics here: Learn about the proposal process here: Thanks again, happy designing!