Spring Spark Drive-Thru, by Sacramento Valley Spark – Rancho Cordova, CA – May 21 & 22

Spring Spark Drive-Thru provides a unique in-car art experience allowing guests to drive through a multisensory experience inspired by the annual arts and cultural event Burning Man.

Set at Rancho Cordova’s “Mine Shaft” event center, this two-night event May 21 and 22 offers art installations, mutant vehicles, music, and flow art performances.

This unique arts experience was granted a Covid-exception making it the first and only drive-thru officially designated as an “official event” by The Burning Man Project.

Attendees are encouraged to wear unique costumes and decorate their vehicles in the spirit of “Radical Self-Expression.”

The drive-thru format, social distancing, and mask use will be employed to minimize health risks. This project is supported by the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund.

Vehicle tickets are $30 for the whole family. Tickets to a bike-only hour Saturday are $5. Tickets are on sale now.

The Burning Man Project is not a producer or organizer of the event, and accepts no liability arising out of or in connection with the event.

Frequently asked questions:
What is the cost? Tickets are $30 per vehicle. Bike tickets for a Saturday-only bike hour are $5.

How long is the experience? Plan to spend an hour or two with us. The experience begins once you enter the gate but intensifies before it finishes.

How do reservations work? All tickets are sold with your preferred arrival hour block. Please arrive 30 minutes before your time block.

Are we protected from Covid19? We’re taking all prescribed precautions to limit exposure to the virus. Mask use, the event format, and physical distancing help reduce the risks.

Can I get out and hug my friends? No, you’ll remain in your vehicle during the entire experience.

Can I bring my bike? On Saturday, we’ll be open for a bike-only hour. More info on that to come.

Can I ride my motorcycle? Uh, motorcycles are welcome. The stop-and-go nature of the event makes them less than ideal though.

Can I load my van full of the neighbors’ kids? Vans are welcome, but we’d discourage households that aren’t sheltering together from combining vehicles for this event. It could spread the virus.

Can I drive my RV? No. Height restrictions make this a bad idea.

Is this family-friendly? Maybe. It’s not Disney clean. Kids will see some amazing art, but may also see a boy dancing on a pole.

Where does the money go? Proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization “Sacramento Valley Spark” and our ongoing effort to bring large-scale art to the Sacramento region. Some proceeds will be donated to The Burning Man Project.

How is this different than Burning Man? While this event has been endorsed by the Burning Man Project, it’s hard to simulate the collective co-creation of Burning Man in a drive-thru format. People attending Burning Man share in creating the experience by hosting a theme camp, sharing gifts, and practicing communal effort. We retain some of the flavor, but the event format doesn’t allow for personal interactions and connections possible at Burning Man.

The event is finished.


May 21, 2021 - May 23, 2021

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 21, 2021 - May 23, 2021
  • Time: 11:00 pm - 4:00 am


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