Tickets to the 26th annual Burning Man festival, which begins this year in late August, are once again proving to be a hot item. And because of problems last year, organizers are making every effort to end scalping and the sale of counterfeit tickets.

This year, Black Rock City LLC, which runs the festival held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, held two rounds of tickets lotteries, with the last ending this week. Tickets were scooped up quickly in each round. On March 28, 10,000 full-price tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, the event’s final round of ticket sales.

Organizers are working with InTicketing to create a Secure Ticket Exchange Program, that will allow people to buy and sell tickets at a central source. The system will go live on the Burning Man website later this month.

Tickets will not be available at the event’s box office this year as organizers are urging participants to plan ahead and purchase tickets prior to arriving at the playa.

Burning Man takes place from August 27 to September 3.



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