Denver DeCOmp

The official Regional Burning Man Decompression for Colorado, aka Denver DeCOmp, typically takes place in October, a few short weeks after the man burns. DeCOmp is an annual tradition that supports not only Denver but the entire Rocky Mountain Region. This event provides a space for the community to revel in the spirit of Burning Man whether their last trip to the playa was weeks or years ago. 

When: September 30th, 2017
Where: Exdo Event Center: 1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205

Tickets: See below for ticket purchase and volunteer information
Questions? Visit our FAQ page!

After-event Survey

The DeCOmp Steering Committee, along with the Denver Regional Fund, would like to thank all of our volunteers, performers, DJs, artists, and even you, the attendees, from the bottom of our collective hearts for participating at Denver DeCOmp. This event couldn’t happen without the dedication from you and the many, many, volunteers who work tirelessly before, during and after the event. As we finalize things, we wanted to send out an after-event survey to better gauge what was a success and what we could do better next time. Ultimately, this information will help not only next year’s event, but with the Colorado Burnal Equinox as well. This survey shouldn’t take too long. We appreciate your time and comments both positive AND negative. Please answer as truthfully as possible and if you’d like to elaborate, there is a section at the end for all your written comments. The survey results will not be posted publicly and you don’t have to give us your name. We will share the results with the entire planning committee so we can share in the joy of all that went right, and work on solutions for all that didn’t go as planned. It is helpful to know for which department you volunteered, so please do complete that section(if you volunteered). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly at Thank you, again, for joining us on this journey. We love our volunteers and our participants and couldn’t do this without all of you! Click on the link below for the survey.

DeCOmp After-event Survey


One of the keys to a successful event is a dedicated volunteer base. We can’t do this without YOU! Planning for the event typically starts in April, and we welcome anyone who wants to bring this community event to life. 

DeCOmp 2016 – photo by Sundrop

This is an all volunteer-run event; no volunteers are paid for their work. You can volunteer before, during or after the event. You can even help transport some of the big art we have planned for the outdoor area. ALL volunteers qualify for volunteer discounted tickets. For information on the discounted volunteer tickets, check out the Ticketing section below. 

For our DeCOmp volunteers, there will be a free Volunteer-Only Pre-Party the night before. This gives our Steering Committee a chance to review last-minute items with the entire volunteer team, volunteers time to help set up and check out the art, artists time to get help setting up their work, and artists, performers, and volunteers time to preview the venue prior to doors opening the next day. The only way to attend the volunteer party is to sign up for a shift! 

To sign up for a volunteer shift, click on the volunteer link below. You will be directed to our online volunteer scheduling system. Here, you will be able to select from the available volunteer shifts in real-time. If you have any questions, or need to change your volunteer shift(s), please email us.

> > Click here to volunteer
> > Email us at

> > Join the
Denver Regional DeCOmp Steering Committee

Art and Art Grants

Decomp 2016 – photo by Splat

DeCOmp is the perfect place to bring art that made it (or didn’t) out to the playa. There are many locations on site to perfectly showcase the amazing talent in our community. This includes fire art, interactive art, and traditional art. From small to large installations, Denver DeCOmp wants you to bring your art!

The Denver Regional Fund provides grants for each event specifically to support artists and the out-of-pocket costs of producing art. Additionally, participants have the option to donate directly to the art fund when they purchase their tickets.

If you have some art, or would like to inquire about available grants for art, click on the art and granted art link below. You will be directed to our online system where you will be able to send us info on your art and submit your art for available grants. If you have any questions, please email the Art Department directly at the link below. Deadline is July 31st, 2017!

>> Click here to apply for a 2017 Art Grant

>> Click here to apply to bring non-granted indoor or outdoor art

>>For more info email


DeCOmp 2016 – photo by Bri

We love to showcase the amazing performers in our community. Everything from burlesque to fire breathing, acrobats to tap dancers, we love all the amazing performers in our community!

In the past, we have had different locations for performers to show us their stuff at Denver DeCOmp. For stage time, a call for Performance Art will be announced well in advance of the event, usually via a link to our sign-up form. In the past, we have had the perfect balance of performers submitting forms to available performance time slots. In the future, depending on how many performers submit their form, we may have to create a selection process. We will, however, make sure the community is informed on the process well in advance. Once the performance link is available, performers will be directed to review important information specific to performers both fire and non-fire. If you have any questions, our performers leads are happy to chat! You can send an email directly to them at the address below.

>> Click here to apply to perform non-fire at DeCOmp 2017

>> Click here to apply to perform fire at DeCOmp 2017

>> For more info email us at


Music has been an integral part of DeCOmp for years and years. In the past, we have had some of the most melodic and dance-inspiring performances this side of the playa. From DJs to violin accompanists to bands, DeCOmp is a wonderful outlet for musicians.

DeCOmp 2016 – photo by Splat

As in years past, those interested in playing music will complete a submission form (see link below). All entries received by the deadline are eligible to play. The sound committee selects musicians at random from the eligible entries until the number of planned slots are full, then assigns each one selected to a time slot on a specific stage. To ensure maximum distribution of participation, a musician will not be scheduled to perform on the main stage in consecutive years.

All types of musicians are welcome! DJs, bands, vocalists, accompanists, kazoos…if you can play it, and want to showcase your music, complete the form below.

>> The application deadline has passed –
please email with any questions.

> > Email us at


This year we are hosting a number of workshops throughout the day/night at DeCOmp. Click on the link below to submit your idea for a workshop. Check out the schedule from this year’s Colorado Burnal Equinox for past examples.

>> Click here to submit your workshop.


Like taking photos? Want to be one of this year’s event photographers? Use the link below to tell us about your setup and experience!

>> Click here to be like John Fielder of DeCOmp


To participate in Denver deCOmp, you must have a ticket. Whether it be a General Sales Ticket, or Discounted Volunteer Ticket, everyone participating in Denver deCOmp will need a ticket. Please assist our community members that can’t afford a higher priced ticket by supporting our event at the most comfortable ticket level you can afford. Community participation is necessary for sustainability of these events.

DeCOmp 2016 – photo by Steve

Volunteers receive a discount on their ticket using a unique code given to them by ticketing after signing up and scheduling a shift (or shifts) with the volunteer lead. You must use this code to receive your discount. If you would like to volunteer, check out our volunteer section above.

As a family friendly event, 17 and under is FREE until 9pm with a parent or guardian. Wristbands are available only at door. Everyone under the age of 18 will need to leave by 9pm. 18+ regular ticket price with ID.

For entry you must print out your scannable ticket or bring your mobile device with the scannable ticket as sent by Ticketfly.

Please note that to gift or resell your ticket simply provide the scannable ticket from Ticketfly to the purchaser.


Tier One: $15 tickets available until this tier is sold out or 11:59pm July 23th , 2017 (which ever comes first)

Tier Two: $20 tickets available until this tier is sold out or 11:59pm August 13th, 2017 (which ever comes first)

Tier Three: $25 – tickets available until this tier is sold out or 11:59pm August 27th, 2017 (which ever comes first)

Tier Four: $30 – tickets available until this tier is sold out or 11:59pm September 22th (which ever comes first)

All tickets purchased online will be delivered from Ticketfly via email to print at home or on your mobile device.



Door Sales: A limited number of $35 tickets will also be available at the door starting at 2pm, via credit card only, no cash. There are no physical tickets available at the door. You must be present to purchase your ticket, with a valid ID. Door sales end at 12am although you may still enter with a previously purchased ticket.

> > Check Out Our Ticket Policy

Venue Information

DeCOmp 2016 – photo by Steve

Exdo Events Center is not a new location for Denver-area Burners, but it is for DeCOmp. As with other venues we’ve previously used, Exdo has a few rules we need to take into consideration. Please review the list below for specific “do’s and do not’s”.

• Bags will be checked. If you were thinking about smuggling in your last fifth of playa whiskey, please leave that at home. The venue’s security will be asking DeCOmp’ers to open bags for visual checking.
• Speaking of Playa Whiskey, no outside beverages nor food allowed inside the event. While you can purchase food outside at the food trucks/vendors, you’ll need to hang outside while you eat. Remember: there will be some AMAZING artwork, performers, and DJs on the closed-off street!
• DO bring your best playa-wear or better yet, compile a theme-specific costume.

• As with almost every burner-type event, please leave your weapons and drugs at home. That pea-shooter you bought in Winnemucca is included, too! Don’t bring it-it’ll be confiscated and you might be kicked out.
• Do bring empty water bottles or Nalgenes. There will be water available to fill them.
• As per Colorado law, it’s legal to smoke marijuana in your private residence, not in public spaces. Exdo has rules against smoking marijuana inside the venue. Please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please email us at If you know of a venue that would be perfect for DeCOmp, please complete the form below.

> > Venue Suggestion Form