Burn In The Forest has a rich history of fire performances, live music, acting, spoken word, improv, and other wonderful human spectacles to behold!

Please note that the information on this page has not been updated for the next Burn in the Forest event. Check back in early 2022 for updates!

Fire Performances

Friday Night

Free For All

Friday night is an open session where anyone who is experienced enough to safely spin fire may come down and jam. Performers will go on 3 at a time from 9pm – late.

Some fuel will be provided, but please bring extra if you can.

Please fill out the form below and check off that you would like to participate in “Friday Free for All

Saturday Night

Choreographed Fire Show Finale

Before the effigy burn each year, a team of awesome citizen fire performers put together a show which the entire event will witness!

You don’t have to be a God of Fire (whatever that means), but you do you have to be able to spin comfortably and safely for 1-3 full burns.

Please fill out the form below indicating that you are interested in performing in the finale so our Fire Performance Lead can get in touch.

To participate in a fire performance at BitF, you MUST be an experienced fire performer. That means BitF isn’t your first (or preferably second) time wielding a flaming tool.

To perform
  • You will be expected to tech if you are performing on Friday.
  • All fire safety gear and fuel dump area will be provided.
  • Some fuel will be provided for these two nights but if you want to ensure your opportunity to spin fire, please bring a can with you
  • A sound system and music will be provided.
  • Sobriety is a must. If the performer or tech lead think you aren’t, you are out.
  • Things will kick off round sundown (9pm) both nights.

Live Performance & DJs

All DJs and live performers at BITF are volunteers who generally participate in the creation of a sound camps or theme camp hosting an event. BITF is not a festival where the event producers hire or schedule performers. It is up to the sound camps and theme camps to recruit and schedule performers for their events. Here are some suggestions on how to perform at BITF:

  • Join a theme camp hosting an event or join a sound camp.  All theme and sound camps hosting events will also appear in the what/where/when guide. You are welcome to contact camps and offer to perform. TIP: If this is your first BITF, it’s a good idea to attend the event, get to know the people, and offer to get involved the following year. Making a personal connection with people running theme or sound camps is best.
  • Start your own theme camp and host an event.
  • Apply to create a sound stage. Sound stages can operate between 10am and 4am daily. There are a limited number of sound stages at the event so the application process is competitive.

There are a lot of opportunities to perform at BITF so don’t be shy! If you don’t line anything up ahead of time, just come ready to participate and start meeting people. We are an inclusive community and welcome new additions with open arms!

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