Flipside is Austin’s Regional Burn, based largely on the principles of Burning Man. It’s pretty huge for a regional, with over 2,000 participants coming together for five days for a spectacular festival.
Through our friend Cara we ended up camping with the Time Traveler’s Tea House, which offered an “aloe-verium” for sunburns, body sushi*, and round-the-clock teas. Our camp was small, but it really felt like we were contributing to the city (“Pyropolis”) and we developed some great relationships with our campmates.
I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Flipside. It has pros and cons vis-a-vis Burning Man, but having attended the “real deal” doesn’t detract much from Flipside.
- Size: You can see everything, and if you meet someone you like you will see them again.
- Privacy: Flipside is held on private land and no law enforcement is visible on site. Regardless of whether a participant engages in sketchy activities, this radically changes the vibe for the better.
- Burn night: They do things right! For an event 25 times smaller than Burning Man, the Flipside burn night put on one hell of a show.
*Use your imagination, then use it a little more. It’s probably right.
posted by yair