Photo credit: Leslie the Pony Lion and Amy. Photo © Sara Muskulus


Here at FirePony Creative Society,* we strive to attract, inspire, and nurture a diverse community to celebrate and encourage experiments in the creation of art, a culture of play, and the collective sharing of ideas and skills. We do this by building an interactive, experiential, sustainable environment that encourages a culture of play, artistic creativity and freedom of expression. Join us!

*FirePony Creative Society is the trade name for Playa del Fuego, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Maryland.


Playa del Fuego logo.

   May 26, 2002 – May 30, 2022
   Tamaqua, PA
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Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Constellation logo.

Cancelled for 2021
Elkins, WV
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Mid-Atlantic Leadership Conference logo.

April 20-21, 2018
The Creative Labs, Baltimore, MD
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Playa del Fuego 2022

Constellation Burn logo.



COVID Vaccination Policy

For PDF 2022, ALL PARTICIPANTS will be required to show PROOF OF UP-TO-DATE COVID VACCINATION at the gate.

 For full details, see the Playa del Fuego 2022 COVID Policy.


Ticket Sales

Tickets for PDF 2022 will cost $90- a bit of an increase to FUND MORE ART!
AND we’re expanding the event and selling 1100 tickets total!

Sale Dates:

  • General Sales Round 1: Sunday, February 27th at Noon ET
  • Reserves and Redemptions*: March 13th thru 27th
  • General Sales Round 2: Wednesday, March 30th at 9pm ET

What about those folks who bought a 2020 ticket and didn’t get a refund?

  • IF you would like a REFUND, information will be emailed to the address associated with the ticket soon on how to relinquish your pre-sold ticket and request a refund before Round 1 of general sales.
  • IF you want to REDEEM your previously purchased ticket for the 2022 event, a coupon code will be sent to the email associated with the 2020 ticket to allow for “purchase” of a ticket during the Reserves and Redemptions round of sales at the price of zero dollars. This code must be redeemed and an online waiver completed, so watch your email for the code!
  • IF you don’t ask for a refund or redeem the ticket, it will be forfeit after March 27 and added to Round 2 tickets availability as we cannot keep tracking this shit forever.

*Reserves and Redemptions round tickets are for: art grant recipients, volunteer reserves, 2020 ticket carry-overs, event coordinators and FPCS Board Members. Maximum 1 reserved ticket per person.

Playa del Fuego 2022 is ON!

Get ready- PDF will be:

Memorial Day Weekend
Thursday, May 26th thru Monday May 30th, 2022
Tamaqua, PA

Community Art and Civic Engagement Grant Program

Photo Credit: Temple of Transformus by Michael Verdon, 2015  Photo © Wil Etheredge

Congratulations Grant winners Bardia Saeedi for their project Quilted Stores and Cristina Fletcher for the Park Place Community Rain Garden!

Quilted Stories is a travelling museum of artifacts and personal stores exhibited through puppet shows, performance art, and interactive art.  To learn more about this project (and participate!) check out

The Park Place Community Rain Garden is a native plant rain garden with signage. Volunteers will create native rain garden to mitigate drainage issues and beautify the Park Place neighborhood in Norfolk, VA.

The FirePony Community Art and Civic Engagement Program strives to support artists and organizations around the mid-Atlantic region year-round in their efforts to develop innovative, collaborative, community-focused art and civic engagement projects. See the CACE Overview.

We encourage artists and organizations that share a passion for the burner ethos and demonstrate a commitment to bringing participatory, interactive art, or forward-thinking collaborative projects to their communities to apply. Learn more about the CACE Grant Program here

The next round of CACE Grant Applications is tentatively set for Fall 2021. 

Finally, we’re actively recruiting for the CACE Program. Contact the CACE team if you’d like to be a part of this exciting project: caceprogram (at) firepony (dot) org.


Upcoming Important Dates

R.I.D.E. FirePony
Wed February 9, 2022 7:00 pm
Wed March 9, 2022 7:00 pm
Wed April 13, 2022 7:00 pm
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Burner Banter Hour
Wednesday February 16, 2022 7:00 pm
Wednesday March 16, 2022 7:00 pm
Wednesday April, 2022 7:00 pm
Zoom ID 750 660 4772


PDF Planning Committee
Thursday February 24, 2022 7:00 pm
Thursday March 31, 2022 7:00 pm
Sunday April 10, 2022 7:00 pm
Zoom ID 666 258 919

Photo Credit : Photophrenzy Fall PDF 2014 Photo © Paige Burger

Opportunities to Participate

Photo Credit: Another Way, Fall PDF 2014, by Samantha Simmonds. Photo © Sara Muskulus

FirePony Creative Society is a volunteer-run organization. Together we build and strengthen our amazing community through collaborative efforts, in which we celebrate and encourage experiments in the creation of art and develop a culture of play. All of our events, community activities, and grant programs happen because incredible volunteers like you step forward and help make them a reality. Whether you want to help out by volunteering at an event or to join an artist’s team, or would like to stretch your leadership legs by joining a planning team or the organization’s board of directors, we invite you to reach out! Our community is large and growing, and we can help point you in the right direction. Check out current opportunities to participate here.

Interested in partnering? Submit your interest here:

Explore Opportunities to Participate across FirePony Events and Programming!

There are many ways to participate in the FirePony community beyond a ticket purchase, from signing up for a volunteer shift to running an entire event, but also by joining a committee, applying for art grants when available, hosting a Webinar, and more!

Please indicate your interest by filling out the form below and get connected to the right person, department, or program.

Participation Interest Form

Join R.I.D.E. FirePony

FirePony is committed to upholding the principal of Radical Inclusion by increasing Diversity and promoting Equity in our leadership and at our events, and rooting out residual systemic racism in our organization. We invite community members (that’s YOU!) to join us in making that happen. R.I.D.E. FirePony meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Express interest at

Join the FPCS Conduct Committee!

The Conduct Committee is guided by the FirePony Creative Society Code of Conduct, as established by the Board of Directors. The Conduct Committee goals are to help foster a safer environment for community members at all FPCS-sponsored events, limit FPCS’s liability and ensure the sustainability of sponsoring community events. We are looking to grow our team!

Learn more here.

Join the Connections Committee!

The mission of the Connections Committee is to explore new ways to engage, support, and grow the FirePony community outside of our burn events and is a tool to create connections and enhance community in ways that are fun and meaningful for YOU!

Join our monthly Zoom meet up – the Burner Banter Hour

Join the monthly Burner Banter Hour, an informal monthly meetup that takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 PM ET at Zoom meeting ID 750 660 4772