About FZB

FreezerBurn Texas is a Central Texas winter regional arts event and community experiment. We have decided to move forward with FreezerBurn 2022: Weird Science. See below for more details. 

Nov. 30 update:

Upcoming Deadlines

Volunteers

Here’s where we are for volunteers for the event: 

Remember: When we reassess in December, we’ll be relying on strong volunteerism to proceed with the event. You can help two ways:

Volunteering does not guarantee a Volunteer Ticket. However, if you volunteer, you’ve got a better chance of getting one! The requirements vary by Team and Department. Inquire within. 

The Communications Team is looking for designers! Email comms@fzbtx.com if you want to help with the following:

  • Team and Department Logos
  • Survival Guide – experience with print layout preferred (InDesign, booklets, newspapers, etc)
  • Artified City Map 
  • Volunteer Badges

Minor Tickets

Want to bring your kid to FreezerBurn? If you have adult tickets, you can add Child and Minor Tickets by going through this process. 

  • The first step for both Minor Tickets (age 5-17) or Child Tickets (age 0-4) is to email tickets@fzbtx.com by Jan. 3.
  • For Minor Tickets (age 5-17), your kid must be fully vaccinated–with medical exceptions. We’ll walk you through the vaccine verification process.
  • For both Minor Tickets (age 5-17) or Child Tickets (age 0-4), you’ll need to fill out some basic legal paperwork.

Have questions or concerns? We’re happy to talk. Email board@fzbtx.com to set up a time.

Vaccinations

With COVID vaccine boosters now approved for all adults, we’ve been getting some questions. We will maintain the original vaccination requirements for “fully vaccinated.” Boosters are encouraged but not required. 

Vehicle and RV Passes

We are doing away with Vehicle Passes, but you must purchase an RV Pass for any vehicles over 25 feet. If you need to add an RV Pass to your ticket purchase, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://qkt.io/FZB2022 
  2. Click the green TICKETS button.
  3. Select Art Fund or General Fund and enter $1 to continue.
  4. This will take you to the next page, where you can purchase the RV Pass.

Upcoming Event

Where the Fuck is Actual?

Well, at Little Darlin at 1pm on Saturday, Dec. 18. Got something you want to talk to the FZB Board or Leadership about? Just want to come get to know folks better? Join us for a food and/or drink and/or chat. Vaccinated folks only please.

Can’t make this one? We’ll do these sporadically around town.

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/4gyNWDZi4.

Nov. 18 update:

Work Weekend

FreezerBurn is entirely volunteer driven! Help make it go by coming to our Work Weekend, Dec. 3-5. Get to know the land, and prepare it for the event. Camping is encouraged, but you’re also welcome to come out for just a few hours on Saturday. Our main objective this weekend is road repair and some light land clearing/maintenance. Hypothermia is the same weekend in the same place. Please register for one event only so we have an accurate headcount. To be included in meals, register by Nov. 19: https://bit.ly/FZB22ww 

Facebook event: https://bit.ly/FZB22wwfb 

Art

The Effigy Build is underway as of this week! Sign up for a Build Day and learn more here: https://fzbtx.com/art/. Build day events are on Facebook: https://bit.ly/FZB22buildwed and https://bit.ly/FZB22buildsun

Sticker Contest

Calling artists, designers, doodlers for “The Next FreezerBurn” official sticker contest!

Would you like to be the only person in the universe to get a free ticket to the next FreezerBurn? Do you have a desire to see your design stuck to cups and beakers? If your design reigns supreme with our panel of esteemed judges, then you will be rewarded with the only golden ticket.

Your design should be 2-3″ wide and 2-3″ tall at 300 dpi. A vector file also works great. Include the text “FreezerBurn” and “Weird Science” somewhere in the design. (Please do not include the year, as we will make a decision whether or not to proceed with the 2022 event in December based on the rate of volunteerism as well as the pandemic status.)

It should be delivered by email to comms@fzbtx.com by Monday, Nov. 29!

Volunteer

Lots of folks have already signed up to volunteer–We appreciate you! We need adequate volunteers to make our “go/no-go” decision a “go” in December, so please sign up: Volunteer for FreezerBurn 2022.

Theme Camps

Theme Camp leads, where’s the best place to communicate with you? Take our super short survey now: https://forms.gle/r5Dw2qhkktZCeyth7. We’ll be launching a new channel next week.

Oct. 21 update: 

Registration for Hypothermia (Dec. 3-5) is now open! Hypothermia has been the interdepartmental Safety Training for FreezerBurn. Many Safety departments require training in order to volunteer. While this event’s primary objective is to facilitate those Safety Trainings, this year we hope to provide relevant trainings from the other volunteer teams and departments that make this event possible. Register by Oct. 31 at bit.ly/FZB22hypo.

Oct. 20 update: 

Art Placement and Grants

Whether you’re bringing big art you want on the event map, or looking for help funding the creation of your art piece, we’ll ask you to fill out our Art Intake Form here. Art Grants close Nov. 8.

You can also join the Art Facebook group here.

Effigy Proposals

We’re accepting effigy proposals through Nov. 1. Selection will be made by Nov. 6 so that our amazing effigy team can get to building.We have experienced Build Leads, which means if you have a great idea but aren’t quite sure how to implement it, we have resources for you! Capslock and Neato are both excellent at making ideas into 3D plans and then sound wooden structures. They are here to help you learn to manage a build project and team in order to bring your ideas to fruition.

For an example of what a previous proposal looks like, check out this document.

To submit your proposal, please email  and include:

  • Theme relation (may or may not affect final vote)
  • Calculated and thought out budget of supplies needed
  • Detailed drawn out build plan (including overall size)
  • Build schedule with 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% build goals
  • Safety plan including burn plan
  • MOOP plan
  • Transportation arrangement (to and from the city) plan
  • Interactivity
  • Plausibility (Can your design ACTUALLY work? Gravity is real!)

For questions, or to be added to our Slack, email .

Effigy Build Team

Interested in building and/or following effigy progress? Interested in helping with temple build? Always wanted to get into making big art but at a loss how? Want to learn how to use power tools? We want you too, as well! Everyone starts somewhere, and being part of a community build is a great way to learn. You can put in as little or as much time as you like.

Email  with the email address that you would prefer to use for Slack, and indicate if you are interested in helping with building the effigy, the temple, or both.

For the latest, check out the Art page.

Oct. 19 update:

The lottery is now closed. We had requests for 847 tickets and we’re releasing 380 tickets in this window.

If you entered the lottery, be sure you’re already vaccine-verified through VaxYes (https://bit.ly/FZBvax) to avoid missing out on any tickets offered to you. You need a vax-verified email address for each ticket you purchase.

If you entered the lottery and were randomly assigned a spot near the top of the queue, you’ll receive an email tomorrow morning from Quicket. You’ll have 48 hours to purchase your tickets.

If you entered the lottery and do not receive an email from Quicket tomorrow morning, continue to keep an eye on your email. If folks don’t purchase their tickets for whatever reason within the allotted 48 hours, Quicket will offer the tickets to the next folks in the queue. (Based on the numbers of vaccine-verified folks vs the number of folks who entered the lottery, this is likely to happen.)

If you do not receive tickets from this lottery, but you still want to attend the event, your best bet is volunteering with a department offering access to Volunteer Tickets, buying a ticket from someone who is reselling one, or if we decide to do a December ticket release. (Based on the rate of volunteerism as well as the pandemic status, we will make a decision whether or not to proceed with the event in December. If both conditions are looking good, we could potentially decide to sell more tickets.)

Oct. 3 update:

Hey, folks. Here’s more information about the items we covered during our virtual Town Hall. 

First of all, we are moving forward with trying to hold a January 2022 FreezerBurn. It would be held Jan. 14-17 on Valkyrie Ranch in Paige. 

Thank you to the 400 of y’all who participated in the community survey, here’s what we learned: 

  • 47% support waiting until 2024 or later to resume FreezerBurn. 
  • 68% support temporarily scaling back the number of tickets as a safety measure. 
  • 80% support requiring testing at gate. 
  • 80% support requiring proof of vaccination to purchase tickets. 

Based on y’all’s feedback, we are requiring that participants are fully vaccinated (two doses plus two weeks) before they can purchase tickets–with medical exceptions. Participants in in-person pre-event activities (like work weekends, build days, or Hypothermia) will also need to be fully vaccinated. For medical exceptions, email board@fzbtx.com. More on vaccine verification below.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Town Hall and helped us select the theme for “the next FreezerBurn!” Without further ado, it is: Weird Science!

Tickets

Due to the large demand indicated by the community survey, we will institute a lottery for General Tickets this event cycle. The General Ticket lottery is now open. You may enter it until midnight on Sunday, Oct. 17. To enter the lottery, go to https://bit.ly/FZB22lottery.

If selected in the lottery, you will need a vaccine-verified email address for each ticket you purchase. We recommend starting the VaxYes verification process no later than Thursday, Oct. 14, to ensure you are verified in time to purchase tickets.

Art Tickets are sold out.

There will be some changes to the cost of tickets this year. General Tickets will be $125, and Art Tickets will be $200. We are doing away with Vehicle Passes, but you will need a $25 RV Pass to bring any vehicle over 25 feet into the event.

For Minor Tickets (age 5-17) or Child Tickets (age 0-4), email tickets@fzbtx.com

Vaccine Verification

We are using VaxYes for vaccine verification. Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Have your CDC vaccine card and a photo ID ready
    • We recommend you take pictures first and crop them. Size limits apply.
  • On your mobile device, go to https://bit.ly/FZBvax. (If you plan on going to an in-person, pre-event activity, please use https://bit.ly/FZBvolvax.) This process only takes a few minutes.
  • You’ll receive an email from tickets@fzbtx.com confirming you are verified and with a link to the Quicket ticketing site. Use the same email address for VaxYes as your Quicket ticket purchase so we can verify your status. You will need a verified email address for each ticket you purchase. (These are batched each day, so stay tuned! If you aren’t finding the email, be sure to check your spam folder.)

Need help? 

Important Note 

In December, we will reevaluate conditions, both in terms of the status of the pandemic and how we’re looking in terms of the volunteer base and volunteer signups. We’ll meet with our volunteer leaders and decide whether to proceed with the event. Other reasons why we might cancel in December include if we’re at Stage 4 or 5 in Austin or other major Texas metro areas, local/state/federal prohibitions on large gatherings, etc.

If we’re moving forward, we’ll also decide whether or not to sell any additional tickets. This decision will depend heavily on volunteerism, so please spread the word! Nominate yourself or others for leadership roles: https://bit.ly/FZB22noms. Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/FZB22vol.

If we do cancel, we will not refund tickets but rather roll them over to our next event. You are able to sell and transfer your ticket. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us at board@fzbtx.com.

September update:

Mark your calendars! We’re having a Virtual Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1 pm.

We had an incredible response to our community survey—more than 400 submissions! Thank you for your feedback. We listened to what you had to say, and we’re going to announce the results of the survey at the meeting—as well as the path we’re charting because of it. 

We’ll also pick a theme for “the next FreezerBurn” during Town Hall. Got an idea you want to present? Email news@fzbtx.com and let us know to help us plan.

You can join the virtual town hall here.

August update:

We know you’re anxiously awaiting news about FreezerBurn 2022, and the answer is we’re still continuing to monitor conditions. We also need to hear from you, our community, before we make a final decision. 

It is important for us to get a pulse on how we can all work together to make everyone feel safe at future burns. FreezerBurn doesn’t happen without you.

Please take five minutes to complete our anonymous survey at fzbtx.com/community-survey. We will use your feedback to figure out next steps. Look for an announcement around the first of October.

In the meantime, we’re continuing to work behind the scenes to organize and plan so we can return even stronger. One way we’re doing this is reevaluating our communications channels. (We now have a Twitter, @fzbtx_news!)

Thank you for being part of our community, and for your continued support.

Also: Our hearts are with the Louisiana community. If you’re looking to volunteer, reach out to Burners Without Borders Austin at facebook.com/atxbwb.

Contact us: board@fzbtx

Facebook: FreezerBurn Texas

Twitter: @fzbtx_news

Oh, and if you happen to be looking for the FreezerBurn Alberta, a Canadian Regional Burn: Their website is at http://www.freezerburn.org. We are not associated with that event, but we have common values and names. It’s a small world, after all.