There’s nothing quite like an outdoor music festival. Summer is in the air and live music is being enjoyed by crowds of happy festival-goers. There’s no better time to round up your friends and jump in a campervan to enjoy one of America’s many amazing camping music festivals!
In this article, we will give you the lowdown of some of the best camping festivals you could be hitting this year, and how to best prepare for the camping experience.
Why should you hire a campervan?
So, you’ve hyped up your group of friends, bought your tickets, and you’re getting ready for an epic festival. Nice! Now it’s time for the logistics; how will you get there, what should you pack, and where will you sleep? Whether you’re a festival novice or veteran, undoubtedly, hiring a campervan will take a lot of the stress out the planning and make your experience overall more enjoyable.
Less packing and unpacking
If you have been to a camping festival where you’ve slept in a tent, you will understand the frustration of having to rush to secure a decent camping spot, lug in all your belongings, pitch a tent, blow up your air mattress, and the list goes on… When you hire a campervan, all the setup is done for you. Just drive in and pull up in your desired spot, and its time to get the party started.
Moreover, when camping you’ve got to think about all the other accessories you will need for your weekend. Towels, pillows, sheets, sleeping bags, chairs, crockery, and other kitchen equipment. When you rent a fully equipped campervan, you have the option to have all of this provided! For even more festival convenience, our campervans come with kitchens so you can cook your meals, a fridge to keep your drinks icy cold, and USB ports to keep your phones charged. There’s probably no electricity supplied at the festival, but luckily our Kuga Campervan has a rooftop solar panel to keep your power running.
Not only is a campervan more practical than camping, but it’s far more comfortably. You’ll appreciate a real mattress as well as walls to protect you from the elements after a long day of dancing to your favorite artists! Our Kuga Campervan easily sleeps 2-3 adults and is spacious enough to stand up in and store your belongings securely.
Best USA music festivals
With so many fantastic music festival options in the USA, the most difficult decision you’ll make is which one (or two, or three!) you will attend. We’ve shortlisted some of the best festivals for festival-goers of varied tastes and genre preferences. Best of all, all these festivals have the option to purchase overnight or weekend camping passes, so you can sleep right among the action.
If you haven’t heard of/been dreaming about Coachella Music Festival, where have you been?! Coachella is one of America’s – if not the world’s – largest music and arts festivals. Located in Palm Desert, California, the festival runs over two separate weekends annually in April.
Reggae on the Mountain
Southern California’s premier reggae festival brings a great atmosphere with food, wellness, yoga, and a talented lineup. Reggae on the Mountain is held in August annually right in Malibu, Los Angeles.
Stagecoach is California’s biggest outdoor country music festival, showcasing a three-day line up of various artists, ranging from folk, mainstream country, roots rock, and alternative country. The festival is held annually, just 2 hours away from LA.
Northern Nights is a festival created with pure intentions for all attendees and the environment. Each July, Northern Nights is located 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, Cook’s Valley is tucked along the Eel River, beneath the gorgeously lit roof of the Redwood trees.
Lightning in a Bottle
North America’s premier independent music and arts festival, Lightning in a Bottle is perfect for lovers of Electronic dance, experimental music, and devotional song. Held in May each year in Buena Vista Lake, California.
Joshua Tree Festival
Joshua Tree Festival is a family-friendly music, art, and yoga festival held twice annually (Spring and Fall) in the Mojave Desert, California. Camp under the spectacular clear skies and enjoy the laid back vibes at the festival that is all about nurturing your inner self.
4 Peaks Music Festival is Central Oregon’s premier outdoor festival, with a family-friendly atmosphere, 4 stages to enjoy a packed lineup, and exciting vendors. Held on the summer solstice annually just outside of Bend, Oregon, you’ll love this unique camping experience.
Dirty Birds Campout
The event that labels itself as Part Music Festival, Part Summer Camp, Dirty Birds Campout is an epic and unique festival experience. Combining an entertaining line up with games and activities such as dodgeball, potato sack races, kayaking, paddleboarding, and crafts, what’s not to love?! The festival is held in October in Modesto Reservoir, about 2 hours east of San Francisco.
Burning Man is a festival held annually in Black Rock City, California. Festival-goers, please be aware that sadly our campervans are not to be taken to this festival due to the harsh climate and unsuitable terrain on the Playa.
The camping festivals of USA list goes on and on, but these are some of the top experiences we think you should look out for. Ready to hit the road and experience one of the most memorable weekends of your life? Travellers Autobarn rents campervans out of three locations; Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
Get a quote on a campervan and start planning your epic festival experience today!
About the Author
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.