Registration is closed for 2017.


Fire Sale!

Please see below

UPDATE June 3:

The OMG FIRE SALE: http://lakesoffire2017.brownpapertickets.com/

Sale begins promptly at 11 am EST / 10 am CST Saturday, June 3. 

– You will need the attendee details from your ticketing registration. Their first name, last name, and date of birth from their government issued photo ID and their registration code with the ticketing system.

– We have approximately 150 tickets up for grabs.

– You will need a payment card or PayPal account to make the purchase.

– These tickets have no refund.

– These tickets have no transferability.

– These tickets are will call. You’ll need your government-issued photo ID to get in.

– One ticket per person/per transaction.

– You don’t need to have a Brown Paper Tickets account to buy your ticket.

– Good luck, we can’t wait to burn with you!

Ticketing Overview


In our perpetual search for A Better Way, Lakes of Fire’s Ticket program has changed for 2017.

This year’s updated system allows families and groups to join together in a “do or die” allotment. Everyone buys an individual ticket, but by grouping together, you know that the people who you wouldn’t attend Lakes without will be in line right next to you.

As a consequence, registrants will no longer be able to assign tickets to two additional registrants at the time of purchase.


  • Ticket Population Increase – We are growing by 10% this year, up to a total population of 2,200 attendees!
  • One ticket per person – When you are selected in the drawing, you will only be able to purchase one ticket for yourself.
  • Group registration – Families, theme camps and any other groups of 10 or less can register in the ticketing system together. If that group is selected in the drawing, they will be placed in line together.  The individuals will have to purchase their own tickets within the purchase window.
  • Tickets sold faster – The new system allows almost all of the tickets to be made available immediately, in the initial registration window. This should give attendees more time to prepare for Lakes.  There will still be a wait list, but it will be much smaller.
  • Revised Service Animal policyNo animals, regardless of accreditation, will be allowed entry into the Lakes of Fire event. By purchasing a ticket to this event, the ticket holder agrees to and accepts this event’s policies and guidelines. Please see the policy page for details.




Everyone will be required to register in order to get a ticket, regardless of whether you have attended Lakes of Fire in the past. After the initial registration period ends, a randomized drawing will provide a chance to buy a ticket to those who are selected.

All remaining registrants will be placed on a waiting list. You can register for Lakes of Fire after the drawing is held if you didn’t already, which will place you after previous registrants.

Based on expected demand from previous years, more LoFers will register for the drawing than there are tickets available. 

Please see our Ticketing Process page for more information, including a timeline of ticket sales.


Tickets will cost $100 general admission + ~$X in Stripe fees.* The money from your ticket purchase pays for event expenses and for the Great Lakes Experimental Arts (G.L.E.A.) year-round presence.

Children 12 and under as of the Friday of the event weekend are free.

*Volunteers who qualified for a discounted ticket by working the required number of shifts/hours in the previous year are offered their ticket at a special price of $50 (+$X in Stripe fees). Please see volunteer section below for more details.



To combat people scalping tickets or creating false identities to buy tickets, tickets may be refunded and will return to the waiting list but are otherwise completely non-transferable.

May 31st, 2017 is the deadline for guaranteed ticket refunds for Lakes of Fire 2017. After that time, anyone who clicks their refund button will forfeit their ticket. Tickets released in this way are then released to the waiting list to be sold.

Remember, once you push that button, the ticket is no longer available to you. That action can not be undone and you cannot show up at the gate to claim a ticket that you have asked to have refunded.

Please see our Refunds page for details