EVENT OVERVIEW: SOAK is the official Regional Burning Man gathering for Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas. It is a multi-day interactive arts festival and family reunion-style camping event in Oregon with sprawling grassy lawns, picturesque river canyons, colorful camps, and diverse activities. This is a place to meet your fellow Burners and get a taste of Burning Man Northwest style. SOAK features fire performances, art, DJs and live music, a pageant, theme camps, workshops, and ceremonial burns including a temple and a Major Burnable Structure (MBS). The event is meant to bring the principles and energy from the Burning Man event to our region. It provides local burners with the opportunity to celebrate our community and culture, while providing a creative and interactive space for them to network and build connections with other like-minded people in our region. Anyone can participate.
SOAK LEADERSHIP: While the event was owned by SOAK LLC since 2005, the event itself has always been run entirely by volunteers. Burning Man Regional Contacts (RCs) managed the event until 2015, when the first volunteer Event Producers were “hired”. Since then, a team of Event Producers are selected each year who take on the monumental task of spearheading the actual work of planning and executing the event, including hiring, managing, and training Department Leads, working with vendors, ensuring permits are secured, and a myriad of other things.
Beginning in 2018, Precipitation Northwest assumed all legal and financial responsibility for managing the event, and gained full ownership of the event’s assets as of early 2019.
SOAK*2020, the 16th annual regional Burning Man gathering for Portland and western Oregon, is planned for May 21 – 25, 2020 (Memorial Day weekend) at the Justesen Ranch at White River Canyon in Tygh Valley, Oregon. SOAK is organized by an all-volunteer team and is a program of Precipitation NW.
SOAK Placement Team has been busy this fall working on new criteria for Theme Camps, Art Support Camps, and Work/Staff Support Camps, as well as what it means to be “in good standing” as a camp at SOAK. The art and camp application and placement timelines have also been updated. Forms for applications are coming soon!
- New timeline:
- Monday, February 3rd – Camp and Art applications open
- Monday, February 17th at 11:59pm – Camp and Art applications close
- March 1st – Town Hall meeting at TaborSpace 3:00 – 6:00 pm
- Early March – Camp and Art placement announced along with DGS numbers
- Mid March – Directed Group Sale Tickets
- Early to Late March – Camp Symposium to see the map
Thursday, May 21st:
Noon – Midnight
Friday, May 22nd:
9:00 am – Midnight
Saturday, May 23rd:
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 24th:
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday, May 25th:
Event ends. Have an exit plan and be gone by 3:00 pm — not packing, GONE.
*Times may need to be adjusted closer to the event. Stay tuned!