Frostburn 2019: Thursday Feb 14 - Monday Feb 18
Tickets: Available at the Gate Early Arrival: See Registration Page!
- When is the last time you updated this FAQ
- Before Frostburn 2017.
- Can I visit the event site?
- No, Frostburn is held on private property. Visting the site may jeopardize
our ability to hold the event or your ability to attend.
- Am I allowed to camp in an RV?
- Yes, you're welcome to camp in an RV, which will be placed in an specific
area. We have a level gravel packed parking lot near Gate that we recommend
you use, but if you are experienced with your vehicle and feel that you can
safely drive and park it in the main area we won't stop you, unless site
conditions are preventing traffic flow inside the event (DPW, Gate Lead or
Staff Members have the discretionary power to stop traffic flow at any time
during the event.)
- Are electric campsites available and/or required for RV camping?
- There are no hook-ups or electricity. Remember though propane can
freeze!!!!! Bring space heaters and/or heated blankets for your RV in the
event that temperatures get so low that the propane heat cannot be used.
- Are fireworks permitted? How about flamethrowers?
- Fireworks and firearms are prohibited. There are no event or campground
regulations prohibiting the use of flamethrowers or other fire-based devices
for artistic purposes. Keep in mind that you alone are completely
responsible for the safe operation, storage and installation of your
dangerous art projects and devices. As in any community, Frostburn
participants must obey all local, state and federal laws, including laws
applicable to materials and devices used in your art projects. If you have
any questions, seek qualified legal counsel.
- Are there any age restrictions? Any discounts for children or seniors?
- Although participants of any age are welcome at Frostburn, please use the
utmost discretion before you decide to bring children to the event: "radical
self-expression" means that somebody might choose to express themselves in a
way that your offspring might not be ready to confront! Campground
regulations specify that minors are not permitted without a parent or legal
(court-appointed) guardian (parental consent to attend is not enough). Do
not let your child out of your sight; you alone are responsible for you
child''s safety and behavior at all times! Sorry, but there are no age-based
- Are there restrooms? Showers?
- There are porta-johns located throughout the campsite. No showers or other
facilities unless you bring them. You may want to bring wet-wipes for a
quick cleanup; just remember you need to keep them from freezing.
- Can I bring my dog? Cat? Hamster? (Pets)
- No, Pets are not allowed at Frostburn. Leave you furry (or not so furry)
family members at home. Please contact us in advance if you have a
registered service animal.
- Can I bring my own burn barrel?
- Absolutely! We''d love to see more decorative burn barrels make an
appearance at the event. Keeping your barrel off the ground or using
portable fire pits are also recommended to reduce burn scars on the Tundra.
- Can I park near the camping area if I sleep in my car?
- Only 4-wheel drive vehicles may drive on the site and park in the main
camping area. There will be a non-amplified sound car and RV camping area
down by the car park.
- Can we have our own fires? Can I bring firewood? Will firewood be available?
- Yes, you may have campfires at your camp! Larger fires may be erected on
grassy areas but must not be constructed on paved roadways and parking
areas. Be sure to keep your fire a safe distance from people, trees and
other objects. You must use wood from the county we are in, due to the
Emerald Ash Borer firewood quarantine and our obligation to protect the
environment. Note, that lumber and other building materials are not included
in the quarantine, only firewood.
- Do I need a ticket?
- Yes, tickets are required. All tickets are physical delivery or print at
home. At the event when you check-in at the gate you will be given a site
token or ticket which you must have with you at all times.
- How can I help?
- Well, how do you want to help? Frostburn is an all-volunteer,
community-sponsored event, so we can use pretty much any assistance you'd
like to provide. To make a big impact, bring an art project, art car, theme
camp, performance or seminar that encourages others to interact and
participate. We need greeters to welcome people to the event, a DPW crew to
help with set-up and tear-down, experienced EMTs, Rangers and Fire Safety
personnel, gophers and folks to help with logistical matters. When you
purchase your ticket we give you the opportunity to volunteer. Want to
contribute in another way? Just let us know!
- How will we stay warm?
- There are also theme camps which provide heated spaces and have fires for
people to gather around. We are also asking attendees and especially theme
camps to think of creative solutions on how we will keep each other warm. Of
course for sleeping, your best friend is a good quality sleeping bag rated
-20 or better. There is also one heated space for emergencies, but is not to
be used as a social or gathering spot for attendees.
- I can only attend Frostburn one day. Is a per-day rate available?
- No, prices are the same regardless of how many days you participate. We
keep ticket prices as low as possible; ticket prices go up January 1st.
- I would like to create a theme camp, but I am afraid of duplicating someone else's idea. How can I be sure not to step on someone else's toes?
- Firstly, don't worry too much about it! This isn't the senior prom, where
everyone has to show up in a different gown. What's important is that you
express yourself at the event, even if someone else feels the same way. That
said, you can follow the Art, Theme Camps and Events links on our website to
see what others are planning, and please submit any plans of your own. Feel
free to collaborate with like-minded others, to create a project that is
greater than the sum of its parts!
- I'm new to the "burn" concept. What should I expect?
- It might sound cliché, but expect the unexpected! What happens to you at a
burn depends largely on what you bring to the event. Unlike your typical
festival, the features of a burn are defined by its attendees, which is why
we call ourselves "participants." The burner community has a "NO SPECTATORS"
rule, which means that, in a nutshell, if you come to the event expecting to
be entertained, you will probably be disappointed. At a burn, you are the
entertainer! You are the artist! You are the performer! If you don't have
something to offer to the event, you arguably shouldn't be there. Bring an
open mind, a willingness to try something new, and a desire to "share the
warmth" with some of the most creative people on the planet!
- Is alcohol permitted?
- Certainly! What would a burn be without booze? Remember, though, that the
legal drinking age in West Virginia is twenty-one (21) years. You are
responsible for keeping any alcohol you bring out of the hands (and bellies)
- Is vending permitted, Will there be food and drink sales?
- No. All vending, advertising and other commercial activity is
prohibited at Frostburn. Please support our gift economy by sharing, not
selling. Violators will be ejected without refund.
- I've been to Burning Man plenty of times. Other than Frostburn's winter theme, what are the major cultural, legal or artistic differences?
- Frostburn was envisioned to give artists the opportunity to experiment with
materials and themes that simply aren't feasible in the desert or during the
warmer months. We do support the same Ten Principles as Burning Man and
other regional burns, so expect our culture to be similar. As at Burning
Man, all Frostburn participants are expected to obey all applicable laws and
event regulations. Campground regulations must also be followed.
- May I trade a service or something tangible in exchange for admission?
- Sorry, but there's no way we could afford to host this year's event without
everyone's financial commitment. Each and every person involved must
purchase his or her own admission, regardless of other contributions. Quite
frankly, it would help a lot if you could contribute even more than your
admission price... so please donate as much time, money and effort to
Frostburn as your heart, schedule and pocket can afford!
- What forms of art are welcome or encouraged?
- All works of art are welcome at Frostburn, but participants tend to most
appreciate interactive items: those that are animated or can be climbed,
drawn upon or moved. You do not have to be an established artist; everyone
at a burn is encouraged to express themselves artistically—and radically, at
that! If you're an experienced artist, try a medium that you've never used
before. Don't be afraid of failure; the important thing is that you try.
Unlike other burns, Frostburn does not have an abstract "art theme." If you
need inspiration, think about such concepts as communal warmth, winter
adversity or the juxtaposition of hot and cold. Participants will gather
around installations that provide comfort and protection from the elements!
- When does the gate open / close?
- Generally the Gate will be open from Noon on Tursday - Saturday Night. The
Gate may not be open 24h/day please see the current event details for
specific dates and times.
- What do I do if I need more time to setup or teardown my camp?
- Limited early access passes will be available. Please see the current
event details for specific requirements. In the case of inclement
weather safety always comes first. There is no unauthorised access to
- Where can I cook? Where can I eat?
- You can cook anywhere that you will not pose a health or safety hazard
(including, but not limited to, oxygen depletion, pollution or unwanted
fire). There are no restrictions on where you can eat, but if you eat in
front of anyone else, be sure you have enough to share!
There is no potable water on site, you need to bring everything with you. Do
not drink, cook, clean, or bathe in any water you may find.
- Where do I go when I arrive?
- You will all enter on main road for the venue. You must stop and check-in
at the Gate. Our friendly volunteers will welcome you and point you in the
- Who's running this thing?
- This is an all-volunteer, community sponsored event. The Pittsburgh-area
burner community, lead by a core group we call the Frostburn Planning
Team, has rented or donated the infrastructure to provide the basic
framework. However, as Frostburn community members, all participants are
expected to contribute to the event's success by donating time, money and
effort, and honoring our Ten Principles.
- Will security be present?
- Non-confrontational community mediators called "Rangers" will be in
attendance, to help resolve disputes and assist participants with health and
safety issues. In addition to Rangers, Frostburn and campground staff can be
approached with any concerns about public safety and security. Event staff
reserves the right to evict anyone who violates regulations or poses a
threat to our participants or venue. Before calling the police (yes, most
cell phones will work at our venue), please try to resolve problems yourself
or with our help, unless there is an emergency.
- Will there be a main/central stage for performances?
- Short answer? Nope! This is a full participation event, if you would like
to build and curate a stage for other participants to use we would love to
see it happen!
- Will there be amplified sound? 24/7? Is there a quiet area?
- Amplified sound is permitted during the event and we will do our best to
make it 24/7. No large sound systems will be permitted during the early
arrival period. There is no designated "quiet area," so bring earplugs or an
RV if you're concerned about quiet time. Any sound camp that creates a
disturbance for our neighbors may be relocated. As a last resort, we'll have
no choice but to shut down repeat offenders.
- Will there be nudity?
- If you're crazy enough to strip down in the middle of February, then we'll
have a zone for you. As long as you're not visible to neighbors or
passers-by, there shouldn't be a problem. You will definitely see nudity at
Polar Bear Club swim in the creek (stream!)
- How can I hook up with an existing Theme Camp?
- The whole camp? Depending on your personal preferences and the size of the
camp one may just want to surreptitiously lick parts of the camp and attempt
to claim them, Frostburn suggests no less than 95% coverage before
attempting to make a claim. Otherwise we suggest checking out the Unofficial
Frostburn Discussion Group on Facebook (see the contacts page for details).
- Where is Frostburn (Marvin's Mountaintop) Located?
Greens Run-Long Hollow Masontown,
Approximate travel time:
0:45 from Morgantown, WV
1:45 from Pittsburgh, PA
3:15 from Cleveland, OH
3:45 from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
5:00 from Richmond, VA and Philadelphia, PA
6:45from Toronto, ON, Canada
GPS directions are not the best once you are nearby we recommend these Printable
Directions from Masontown, WV to site
- What is the weather like?
- Variable. It's winter time, it has been as warm as shorts and tee shirt
weather in the sun when working and as cold as -18 without windchill. Come
prepared for mild temperatures, freezing temperatures, rain, snow, blizzard,
- What one thing should I worry about?
- Only one?
For structures; wind. Frostburn is on top of a mountain on a river valley.
Wind, particularly in the evenings can be strong, sustained, and
For you; staying warm, dry, fed, and hydrated.