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Firefly 2023 Tickets

The Firefly 23 Ticket Process has not yet started!  Look for an announcement of the details in March.

TLDR:  The Real Short Version of what to do is here!

Here’s how ticketing for Firefly 2022 worked:

After two years off, there have been a lot of changes in the Firefly community and Firefly organizing committees!  Right now it looks like we’ll be somewhat smaller than 2018 and 2019’s size of 1300 participants.

Notable changes this year:

  • We’ve replaced the three off-site parking lots with a new lot right across the road; there’s no parking shuttle.
  • We’re not chartering bus service to and from the Boston area.

So what’s the recommended ticket contribution?

Firefly 2019 asked everyone to pay what they were willing and able to make Firefly happen, and Fireflies, collectively, covered the costs of art and event production!  We’re continuing the same way this year:  at registration for the ticket lottery, you will be asked to commit to how much you are willing to pay for a ticket. There are no changes to the lottery system. When you get a ticket, you’ll be asked to pay what you said you would. For Firefly to break even in 2022, the average ticket buyer would have to pay about $118. We hope that some people pay more than the recommended average contribution, to cover the costs of some people paying less.  If it looks like Firefly won’t be able to meet its financial obligations as a result, the Board may decide to set a flat ticket price.

We’re looking at our budget estimates, and if we changed nothing else, the ticket price would be $118/person.  For some of you, this is more than your finances can handle; for others, it’s remarkably little for an experience as important to you as Firefly.  

Firefly ended 2019 slightly in the black.  2020 and 2022 both gave Art Grants, but we had no ticket contributions from 2020.  In general, we expect Firefly 2022 to be more expensive than 2019, but not prohibitively so; we’re going to try to keep costs down to try to keep Firefly accessible to all our community members who need it. The cost is about $23 higher than 2019–if you can contribute more this year to help out Fireflies who can’t handle that increase, this is your chance!

Our budget estimates for 2022 and more information about how we ended up with $118 are here.

How will getting a ticket work?

The process of getting your Firefly ticket will change very little.  There’s a FAQ describing in detail how things work.

When you register for your ticket you’ll be asked what making Firefly happen is worth to you.  We’ll have a lottery and a waitlist, just like past years. When your name gets to the top of the list, you’ll receive a ticket offer and pay the amount you decided on at registration.  

How much you’re able to pay for your ticket does not affect the lottery.

We hope this goes without saying, but to be totally clear: when you register for the lottery and indicate how much you’re willing to pay for a ticket, that price has no bearing on your chance of getting a ticket. Every participant has the same chance of getting a ticket in the lottery, and groups are handled the same way they have been in the past.

What happens if the new pricing system raises too much money?

If Firefly has a revenue surplus, that money will roll over towards the next year’s budget and will reduce the recommended average ticket contribution next year, or fund more art programs.

Register for the Waitlist Now!

All Firefly tickets have been offered to participants, but if you register you’ll be added to the waitlist.  As plans change and others refund their tickets, current registrants will hopefully get ticket offers later in June.

Firefly Tickets!

Firefly 2022 happens Wednesday 29 June through Monday, 4 July, in Vermont.

Firefly has developed a ticket process which uses non-transferable refundable tickets, a lottery to allocate initial ticket offers, and an automated waitlist system.

The ticket process is entirely online.  Ticket registration for Firefly 2022 is now open;  Lottery registration will remain open 20 April through 4 May.

  1. Each participant seeking a ticket needs to sign up on the Firefly Ticketing website.  The link says “You have not yet registered for a ticket! Click here to register!”
  2. Participants registering now are added to the end of the waitlist in the order they register.
  3. If you have a ticket offer, pay for it within three days or the next person on the waitlist will get it!
  4. Tickets are non-transferable and tied to your name and birth date. If you can’t attend, you can–and should!–return your ticket for a refund so it can be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Information about all the details of the ticketing process is on the Omnibus Ticket Information Page.

As always, send your questions, comments, concerns, and thematically-appropriate dragon pictures (but please, no bribes) to

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