Overland Expos and Events 2021 Edition

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Looking for an overland rally or event near you? This is a round up of all the 2021 overland expos, rallies and events going on in the United States and Canada. Be sure to read up on each event in detail to make sure you know what to expect.

Overland Expos and Rallies
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2021 Overland Expos & Rallies

All the expos and rallies are listed in chronological order. If you want to get an idea of what to expect at one of the large overland expos watch this video from Overland Expo East.

February 11-14 Truck Camper Adventure Rally

Location: Quartzsite, Arizona

This four day gathering of overland truck campers in the desert will be followed by a three day El Camino Del Diablo overland trip.

Website: https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/

February 13-14 MOORE Expo

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds – Springfield, Missouri

The Midwest Overlanding and Off-Road Expo includes two days of courses and seminars that range from overland navigation and radio communication to trauma kits and recovery techniques.

Website: https://mooreexpo.com

February 18-21 Mojave Road Overland Tour (Canceled)

Location: Mojave Road, California

Four day Mojave Road tour with Bob of Off Road Safety Academy. “The iconic Mojave Road is an overlanding adventure you simply must do at least once in your life.” Join fellow Four Wheel Camper owners on this tour through Mojave National Preserve.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/four-wheel-camper-tours

March 19-21 Sprinter Overland Trip – Death Valley

Location: Death Valley, California

This three day overland trip for Mercedes Sprinter vans is put on by Brian Lau of @more.van.ever on Instagram. The cost is $350 per vehicle with two adults and will include a guided tour, six catered gourmet meals, off-road recovery and saftey clinic along with a professional photographer and swag from sponsors.

Website: https://instagram.com/more.van.ever

March 26-28 Southeast Overland & Off-Road Expo

Location: Dade City, Florida

This three day overland and off-road expo is taking place at Pasco County Fair Association in Dade City, Florida. There will be event camping as well as instruction seminars including wilderness first aid, overlanding with a trailer, and traveling with pets.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southeast-overland-offroad-expo

April 23-25 Spring Overland Challenge

Location: Uwharrie, NC

A three day overland challenge on the East Coast consisting of 25 teams utilizing the Uwharrie National Forest OHV trail system. “The Overland Challenge will make you fight man, machine and nature in an epic 3 day adventure designed to push you further, harder and educate you for all of your Overland Adventures!”

Website: https://www.southernxpeditions.com/overland-challenge

April 30-May 2 Smoky Mountain Overland Rally

Location: Cosby, Tennesse

SMORally is a three day overland rally in Tennessee with classes and trail rides. This year, the organizers are introducing a new section all about van life.

Website: https://www.smorally.com

May 14-16 Big Iron Overland Rally

Location: West Mineral, Kansas

Big Iron is a three day weekend overland rally taking place in West Mineral, Kansas. From the organizers of MOORE, this rally will include camping, live music, vehicle awards, and even a self-guided tour of Big Brutus a.k.a. Bucyrus-Erie model 1850-B electric shovel.

Website: https://www.bigironoverlandrally.com/

May 18-21 Parashant National Monument

Location: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Four day overlanding tour through Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument with Bob of Off Road Safety Academy. The tour starts and ends in St. George, Utah.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/course-and-tour-schedule

May 27-30 The Applegate-Lassen Trail Overland Tour

Location: The Applegate-Lassen Trail

This overlanding tour offered by ORSA “travels through the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada, ending near California.” Included is a stop at Black Rock Playa where the well known Burning Man event takes place.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/course-and-tour-schedule

June 9-15 Baja California Guided Tour (Summer)

Location: Baja California, Mexico

This one week introductory tour of Baja California with Off Road Safety Academy will explore the Sea of Cortez side as well as the Pacific side. Areas visited include San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles, Guerrero Negro, and Ensenada.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/four-wheel-camper-tours

June 19-20 Adventure Van Expo Oregon

Location: Hood River Fairgrounds – Hood River, Oregon

The Adventure Van Expo series is mostly focused around overland travel in adventure vans, but there will be plenty of overland gear to check out and overland rigs to tour. Keep scrolling to see dates for additional locations throughout the summer.

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/hoodriver

June 25-27 Outside Adventure Expo

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Lodestone Events, producers of the Overland Expo series will be putting on the first annual Outside Adventure Expo at Utah State Fairpark. This event will include an education series around camping, off-roading and outdoor adventures.

Website: https://outsideadventureexpo.com/

June 25-27 Quigley 4×4 Meet-Up

Location: Burning Rock Off-Road Park – Sophia, West Virginia

The team at Quigley 4×4 are hosting a 3 day event at an off-road park complete with food, workshops and trails. Check out our test of a Quigley 4×4 Transit by Storyteller Overland below.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quigley-meet-up-2021

July 31-August 1 Adventure Van Expo Utah

Location: Cache County Fairgrounds – Logan, Utah

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/utah

August 10-12 Rimrocker Trail Overland Tour

Location: Montrose, Colorado to Moab, Utah

This three night Rimrocker trail starts in Montrose, Colorado and ends in Moab, Utah. “On this tour, you will be immersed in natural beauty as the trail guides them through a landscape of redrock canyons, winding rivers, desert vistas and alpine forests.”

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/four-wheel-camper-tours

TBA Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival

Location: Pennsylvania

MAOF is a popular overland event presented by Mainline Overland, a well established off-road and expedition vehicle outfitter. The overland festival will feature courses, giveaways and events for the whole family.

Website: http://www.overlandfestival.com

August 21-22 Adventure Van Expo Colorado

Location: Dillon, Colorado

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/

August 27-29 Overland Expo Mountain West

Location: The Ranch – Loveland, Colorado

Part of the popular Overland Expo series, the Mountain West version will be taking place in Loveland, Colorado. The three day event will be packed with seminars, off-road courses, vendors, and inspiration.

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/mtnwest

September 2-6 Descend on Bend

Location: Oregon Outback 43.3937281,-121.2112945

This five days and four nights gathering for overlanders, nomads and van lifers is taking place Labor Day weekend near Bend, Oregon. Tickets include camping on private land, activities such as morning yoga, workshops, and live music.

Website: https://www.descendonbend.com/

September 3-6 Alberta Outdoor Adventure Expo

Location: Medicine Lodge Rodeo Grounds – Yellowhead County, Alberta, Canada

This four day outdoor adventure expo in Alberta, Canada will include lake/river front camping, food trucks, activities from fishing, axe throwing to photography classes.

Website: https://www.aoaexpo.com/

September 4-5 Adventure Van Expo Oregon

Location: Deschutes Fair And Expo Center – Bend, Oregon

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/bend

September 10-12 Off-Grid Expo

Location: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds – Aurora, Colorado

This three day expo will feature products in the outdoor industry along with food trucks, educational seminars covering topics on being prepared and more self-sufficient.

Website: https://offgridexpo.com

September 16-19 Keweenaw Overland Adventure Retreat

Location: Michigan

KOAR is a basecamp style overland event that includes 4 days of camping, hiking, biking and paddling in Copper Country.

Website: https://keweenawoverlandadventureretreat.com/

September 18-19 Adventure Van Expo California

Location: Homewood Ski Resort – Lake Tahoe, California

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/lake-tahoe

September 24-26 Overland Expo West

Location: Ft. Tuthill County Park – Flagstaff, Arizona

One of our favorite overland events in the U.S. Overland Expo West is a three day event that will offer countless number of overland rigs on display including flatbed truck campers and adventure vans. When you’re not busy looking at adventure vehicles, you can take an off-road driving course, go for a motorcycle demo ride, attend one of many classes or watch an overland film for inspiration.

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/west

October 1-2 Texas Avid Outdoors Fall Expo

Location: Oxford Ranch Campground – Llano, Texas

This popular outdoors expo in Texas is also known as the Texas Overland Expo. The organizers have been putting on this even to courage attendees to get off the highway and explore the outdoors.

Website: http://www.texasavidoutdoors.com

October 1-3 Panhandle Overland Rally

Location: Bonners Ferry, Idaho

We attended the inaugural Panhandle Overland Rally in 2020 and it did not disappoint. For anyone looking for a fun, community driven overland rally in the Pacific Northwest, definitely check out this overland rally in Idaho. Expect wheeling, live music, raffles and a good time.

Website: https://panhandleoverlandrally.com/

October 2-3 Pomona Off-Road Expo

Location: Fairplex – Pomona, California

This off-road expo in California will bring together an array of manufacturers in the off-road and overlanding space.

Website: https://www.offroadexpo.com/

October 2-3 Adventure Van Expo Tennessee

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/chatt

October 8-10 Overland Expo East

Location: Infinity Downs – Arrington, Virginia

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/east

October 14-16 Rendezvous in the Ozarks

Location: Ozark National Forest – Arkansa

Join overland travel enthusiasts in the Ozarks for three days of adventure and camping in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansa.

Website: https://www.naturalstateoverland.org

October 15-17 Roof Top Tent Rally

Location: James River State Park – Gladstone, Virginia

This will be the 5th Annual RTTR organized by the folks over at Blue Ridge Overland Gear. This is a family-friendly event with access to fishing, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking. A roof top tent is not required to attend this overland rally.

Website: https://www.blueridgeoverlandgear.com/pages/roof-top-tent-rally

October 17-18 Adventure Van Expo Big Bear

Location: Big Bear Lake, California 

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/big-bear-lake

October 22-24 Red Clay Rally

Location: Lexington, KY to Johnson City, TN

This is a three day, 600 mile overland rally with one goal: finish.

Website: https://www.redclayrally.com

October 28-31 Death Valley National Park Tour

Location: Death Valley National Park

Four day Death Valley National Park tour with Bob of Off Road Safety Academy. “This tour visits Saline Valley, Hunter Mountain, Hidden Valley, Tea Kettle Junction, Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater, and portions of Panamint Valley.”

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/four-wheel-camper-tours

November 2-5 SEMA Show – Overland Experience

Location: Las Vegas, NV

While overland adventure travel is not the focus at SEMA, there is a dedicated area hosted by the folks that put on the Overland Expo series. Attend seminars on overland travel and check out some adventure rigs.

Website: https://www.semashow.com

November 11-14 San Rafael Swell

Location: Utah

Three night Southeastern Utah off-road adventure tour with Bob Wohlers and other FWC truck camper owners. “The Swell is located about 20 miles west of Green River and 150 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah…The area’s slot canyons, mesas, pinnacles, and arches are testament to the sculpting powers of wind and water.”

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/four-wheel-camper-tours

December 3-5 FWC 50th Anniversary Owner’s Rally & Campout

Location: Ocotillo Wells SVRA, California

A well known pop-up camper manufacturer in the overland community, Four Wheel Campers will be hosting their annual owner’s rally in the Anza Borrego desert.

Website: https://fourwheelcampers.com/events/

December 6-12 Baja California Tour (Winter)

Location: Baja California, Mexico

This one week introductory tour of Baja California with Off Road Safety Academy will explore the Sea of Cortez side as well as the Pacific side. Areas visited include San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles, Guerrero Negro, and Ensenada.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/four-wheel-camper-tours

BC Overland Rally (Canceled)

Location: Whistler Olympic Park – Whistler, British Colombia

BCOR is a popular overland event in British Colombia, Canada that draws a big crowd every summer. Enjoy camping, learning and community building at this overland rally.

Website: http://www.bcoverlandrally.com

Northwest Overland Rally (Canceled)

Location: Leavenworth, Washington

It doesn’t matter what type of adventure rig you have, all you have to do is show up and enjoy all that the NW Overland Rally has to offer. There will be welcome cocktails and wine tasting to advanced driving course taught by certified 4WD instructors.

Website: http://www.nwoverlandrally.com/

Rocky Mountain Overland Rally (Canceled)

Location: Colorado

Website: https://rockymountainoverlandrally.com

Part of the WA and BC overland rally series, this one is in Colorado.

Why Attend an Overland Event?

  • Learn something new. There is a wealth of knowledge at these events so get ready to soak up a lot of information. Whether it’s chatting with a fellow attendee or meeting a factory representative that makes one of your overland components, there is quite a bit you can learn at these events.
  • Tour overland vehicles. Maybe you’re in the market for a rig or looking to upgrade your own, there are always plenty of rigs to check out at an overland event.
  • Find cool gear. From window covering and coffee to lithium batteries and electric scooters, there is never a shortage of cool gear at these overland events. Sometimes the vendors run a show special so you can get a great deal on gear.
  • Connect with awesome folks. The overland community is made up of some pretty terrific human beings. So get ready to make a friend or two or ten.

Know of more overland events or rallies that should be included on this list? Leave a comment below.

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6 thoughts on “Overland Expos and Events 2021 Edition”

  1. You need to host a Overland Expo in the deep South like Biloxi MS / Mobile AL or Now Orleans LA. We like to overland down here.

  2. Do you two have any plans to attend an overland expo this year? The new one – Mountain West – is in Loveland, CO end of August.

  3. You guys are fantastic. My wife and I have been glued to our computer investigating vehicles and camping life; we love your videos, so informative but fun to watch. But in all your videos not once have I ever seen a package of Oreo cookies or Chips Ahoy. Don’t you ever once want to sink your teeth into a big fat juicy burger or hot dog? Keep up the great work–we love ya.


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