EVENT OVERVIEW: SOAK is the official Regional Burning Man gathering for Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas. It is a multi-day interactive arts festival and family reunion-style camping event in Oregon with sprawling grassy lawns, picturesque river canyons, colorful camps, and diverse activities. This is a place to meet your fellow Burners and get a taste of Burning Man Northwest style. SOAK features fire performances, art, DJs and live music, a pageant, theme camps, workshops, and ceremonial burns including a temple and a Major Burnable Structure (MBS). The event is meant to bring the principles and energy from the Burning Man event to our region. It provides local burners with the opportunity to celebrate our community and culture, while providing a creative and interactive space for them to network and build connections with other like-minded people in our region.  Anyone can participate.

SOAK LEADERSHIP: While the event was owned by SOAK LLC since 2005, the event itself has always been run entirely by volunteers. Burning Man Regional Contacts (RCs) managed the event until 2015, when the first volunteer Event Producers were “hired”. Since then, a team of Event Producers are selected each year who take on the monumental task of spearheading the actual work of planning and executing the event, including hiring, managing, and training Department Leads, working with vendors, ensuring permits are secured, and a myriad of other things.

Beginning in 2018, Precipitation Northwest assumed all legal and financial responsibility for managing the event, and gained full ownership of the event’s assets as of early 2019.


SOAK*2017 was held again at the beautiful Justesen Ranch in Tygh Valley. We had 66 official art pieces, 71 theme camps, and our biggest population to date – 1,566 attendees. Additionally, Precipitation Northwest administered the 2017 Artist Reimbursement program for the second year in a row. Thanks to a generous donation from SOAK LLC and an anonymous Portland-area donor, our $6,000 budget funded 28 projects.

View a slideshow of SOAK*2017 Funded Art Grant Awardees (Slideshow created by our 2017 Artist Liasion Sepia).