Summer music festivals with RV camping are a great way to catch many of your favorite musicians in one spot and bring your home on wheels too. Although ticket prices to these multi-day concerts aren’t exactly cheap, they’re a fantastic deal if you consider how much you’d pay to see these musicians individually.
All types of genres are represented at these festivals, from bluegrass to electronic to metal and more. Some are family-friendly and others are mosh pits of mayhem. Many are paired with arts festivals, music workshops and even mountain expeditions. Wherever you live, there’s probably one you’ll like within a half-day’s driving distance.
Some Do’s and Don’ts of Festival Camping
You’ll find dozens of summer music festivals with RV camping that offer basic dry-camping spots. RV parking is always in addition to the cost of your festival pass, but the convenience is worth the price. Some concert campgrounds might have electric utility hookups or honey wagon servicing for extra fees.
As you start to plan your RVing festival excursion, here are some things to consider:
DO research RV parking before you go. Talk to other RVers who have been to the festival and can offer trip logistics tips and parking ideas, like where within the concert grounds you should camp. For example, many summer music festival campgrounds with RV parking have special zones for families, singles, musicians, early risers, etc.
DO leave Rover at home. Only a few festivals will allow you to bring a pet into the camping areas and probably none will allow pets into concert areas. Don’t stress your animal, leave pets at home.
DO remember your RV is subject to search. Purchasing a ticket means giving permission to festival security staff to search your vehicle, even if it is your home. Some festivals will even limit how much alcohol you can bring and confiscate extras revealed in a search.
DON’T depend on your cell phone. When everyone is trying to get on the wifi network at the same time, cell phones can’t connect. Have a designated meeting spot and action plan if you or your friends get lost.
DON’T get trashed. You paid good money for those concert tickets. Why would you want to get so blitzed that you can’t remember what you saw? Plus, your friends won’t want to hang out with an idiot.
Ready for your road trip? These are just a few great summer music festivals with RV parking in scenic spots around the west. You’ll find more by talking to other RVers in discussion forums.
Some Great Summer Music Festivals with RV Camping
You’ll find endless choices of music festivals with camping. Here are just a few western festivals to whet your appetite.
June: Colorado’s Country Jam
Located just west of Grand Junction in Western Colorado, Country Jam is an epic four day, five night hootenanny of hot country superstars, non-stop partying and camping. With summer temperatures just getting warm, it’s a great place to catch major acts like Brad Paisley, the Zac Brown Band and lots of up and coming musicians.
July: The Oregon Jamboree
Beat the heat at this family-friendly music weekend set in the foothills of the Cascades near the town of Sweet Home (just east of Corvallis). For the last 23 years the Oregon Jamboree has showcased everyone from Keith Urban to Wynonna and the Charlie Daniels band. An arts and crafts fair takes place during the festival.
August: Washington’s Summer Meltdown
There’s no better place to escape summer’s wrath than the four-day Summer Meltdown festival in the mountain town of Darrington, just south of Bellingham. This uniquely indie act showcase features bands out of the mainstream you probably haven’t heard of, but what makes it really cool are the activities paired with the event. Rock climbing, horseback riding and river rafting adventures depart right from the fairgrounds and a kid-centric “Little Sea Horse Music Academy” and fun zone gives the weekend a family-friendly vibe.
September: Telluride, Colorado’s Blues and Brews
Say goodbye to summer in the crisp cool air of Telluride Colorado with Blues and Brews Festival. The three-day, four-night music celebration of great music and beer features a mash-up of blues, funk, jam, gospel, soul and other great rock music. Colorado has many great summer music festivals but the best is saved for last here in this mountain town. RV parking for this event is limited to rigs under 30′ long. Camping is available nearby at a handful of public and private campgrounds.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.