Van Life Gatherings 2023 Edition

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Looking to attend a van life gathering or meetup? In this post, you’ll find a list of our favorite van life meetups along with a regularly updated list of van life gatherings 2023 edition. Keep in mind that all the van life events are based in the United States and Mexico, listed in chronological order.

Unlike RV Shows, there is more focus on the community aspect of the lifestyle at these van life gatherings. While these events are sponsored with vendor areas, attendees will have access to educational workshops, social events, outdoor activities and more.

Van Life Gatherings 2023 Edition

van life gatherings 2023

February 1-6 Escapar a la Baja

Location: Playa Tecolote – Baja California

Van life gathering 2023 will be kicking off in Baja California at Escapar a la Baja. This six day van life event is free to all and about 30 minutes outside the city of La Paz.

According to the event website “Playa El Tecolote features a dramatic white sand beach with breathtaking views of the Gulf of California and Isla Espiritu Santo, a perfect place to camp your van, truck, skoolie, or adventuremobile for a weekend.”

Cost: free, RSVP required

Website: https://www.escaparalabaja.com/

February 3-6 The Florida Vanlife Gathering

Location: Withlacoochee River Park – Dade City, Florida

The first Florida Van life gathering of the year will kick off in Dade City. According to the organizers of this van life event, vanlifers and nomands can expect to “connect with each other, learn from vendors and workshop leaders, and have just fun.”

For attendees looking to camp with a specific group, check the dropdown menu at checkout to find a list of dedicated camping options which includes an area for Storyteller Overland owners and community members.

Cost: $15 day pass, $75-$200 weekend pass with camping single day ticket (advance purchase), $10 pet pass

Website: https://www.floridavanlife.com/

Purchase tickets via https://www.eventbrite.com

March 11-12 TinyFest San Diego

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, California

TinyFest hosts a series of events throughout the year and will be hosting TinyFest San Diego 2023 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in California. The vision of TinyFest is to “create inspiring, educational gatherings that provide opportunities for meaningful connections to those who value relationships, experiences, sustainability, and the freedom to pursue their passions.” Attendees of this two day gathering can expect home tours, live music, and more. Keep scrolling to see dates for more TinyFest tour stops in 2023.

Cost: $20 weekend pass, $47-$87 VIP Tour pass, 15 and under Free

Website: https://www.tinyfest.events/

TBA – BuenaVantura

Location: Ventura, California

As we wait for information on BuenaVantura 2023, here’s what went down last year at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, California. The three day van life gathering included a wide range of activities from Emma Wood cleanup and interpretive hike with Ventura Land Trust to kiteboarding demonstrations and mountain biking through Harmon Canyon Reserve.

Cost: $30 ticket guarantees spot at Emma Wood State Park and will be refunded upon arrival

Website: https://www.buenavantura.com/

April 19-23 RendezVan Mt. Bachelor

Location: Mount Bachelor, Oregon

RendezVan is van life gathering to celebrate the growing camper community that visit Mt. Bachelor each spring. This five day event includes camping, skiing, live music, lawn games, local breweries and morning yoga.

Cost: TBA

Website: https://www.rendezvan.com/

April 20-23 Back to Baja

Location: Baja California, Mexico

Flarespace hosted a four day, three night van life gathering in Baja California for all outdoor enthusiast and Back to Baja 2023 should be just as epic. Check back for updates as more details are released. In the meantime, here is a recap of the Baja van life gathering below.

Cost: $299 general admission (per vehicle), $499 VIP admission (per vehicle)

Website: https://flarespace.com/products/back-to-baja/

April 20-24 – Weird Wild West

Location: Bisbee, Arizona

The second annual Weird Wild West van life meetup will be held in the historic mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. Check back for update information on this three day van life event in the Southwest.

Cost: Free to attend

Website: https://www.weirdwildwest.net/

April 29-30 Adventure Van Expo

Location: Mission Viejo Riding Center – San Juan Capistrano, California

Adventure Van Expo is a series of van life gatherings throughout the U.S. with several events planned for 2023. While this series has more of a vendor area focus, there is camping at these van life gatherings along with a DIY showcase area where vanlifers can show off their build. Keep scrolling to see dates for additional Adventure Van Expos throughout the year.

Cost: $20 general admission pass, $90 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

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

May 13-14 Adventure Van Expo NorCal

Location: Sonoma County Fairgrounds – Santa Rosa, California

This year’s two day van life gathering in Northern California will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Note the location change from last year’s show which will held at a different venue.

Cost: $10 general admission pass, $90 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

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

May 26-29 Descend on Lost Sierra

Location: 39°47’24.9″N 120°23’28.7″W – The Lost Sierra, California

This four day van life meetup includes private land access and camping, live music, daily yoga and more. Porta potties and hand washing stations will be on site for attendees.

Cost: $185.99 general admission (includes 3 nights private camp land access), 15 and under Free

Website: https://www.descendon.com/

June 10-11 Adventure Van Expo Wisconin

Location: Mt. Telemark Village – Cable, Wisconsin

This is the first time Adventure Van Expo is bringing their two day van life gathering to Wisconsin. We are definitely adding this van life gathering to our 2023 events list as Wisconsin one of our favorite states to visit.

Cost: TBA

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

June 22-25 Wind River Rally

Location: Hudson, Wyoming

Wind River Rally will be a four day even taking place in Hudson, Wyoming. This vanlife gathering will include live music, hot air balloon flights, rock climbing tours, and more.

Cost: TBA

Website: https://www.windriverrally.com/

June 17-18 Adventure Van Expo Hood River

Location: Hood River Fairgrounds – Hood River, Oregon

Two day van life gathering in Oregon at Hood River Fairgrounds. We had a great time at this event last year and look forward to attending Adventure Van Expo 2023.

Cost: $20 general admission pass, $90 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

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

July 8-9 Adventure Van Expo Colorado

Location: Buchanan Park Recreation Center – Evergreen, Colorado

Two day van life gathering in Colorado at Buchanan Park Recreation Center.

Cost: $10 general admission pass, $90 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

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

July 13-16 Holy Toledo!

Location: Toledo, Oregon

The Holy Toledo is a three day van life rendezvous held on the Yaquina River in Toledo, Oregon. This event is free and open to the public and will include yoga, morning coffee, vegetable tacos and even a margarita bar.

Cost: TBA

Website: https://www.holytoledogathering.com/

July 29-30 Adventure Van Expo Massachusetts

Location: Topsfield Fairgrounds – Topsfield, Massachusetts

Adventure Van Expo the all new Northeast van life gathering last year in New Hampshire. The 2023 van life expo will be held in Topsfield, Massachuseets.

Cost: $10 general admission pass, $40 one night camping pass, 18 and under Free

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

September 2-3 Adventure Van Expo Utah

Location: Golden Spike Event Center- Ogden, Utah

This year Adventure Van Expo is introducing a new van life gathering in Ogden, Utah at the Golden Spike Event Center.

Cost: $10 general admission pass, $50 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

September 30-October 1 Adventure Van Expo Bend

Location: Expo Center – Redmond, Oregon

Two day van life gathering near Bend, Oregon.

Cost: $10 general admission pass, $50 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

September 16-17 Adventure Van Expo Tahoe

Location: Palisades Tahoe – Olympic Valley, California

Two day van life expo in North Lake Tahoe area.

Cost: $10 general admission

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

Labor Day Weekend Descend on Bend

Location: Oregon

Descend on Bend is one of the most well known van life meetups in the U.S. and usually takes place around September. Details and dates for Descend on Bend 2023 have not been posted, but attendees can expect morning yoga, sponsor hosted dinners, live music, nature walks, and other fun activities.

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

TBA – VanFest USA

Location: Utah

This three day van festival in Utah will have quite a range of vans and other types of recreational vehicles on display. Expect live music, great food, workshops, yoga, outdoor movies, hundreds of vans, and much more!

Cost: n/a

Website: https://vanfestusa.com/

September 14-17 Van Wild Colorado

Location: Montrose, Colorado

“VanWILD is a three day immersive experience focusing on bringing together our amazing van community for a weekend of awesome outdoor action centered around USING your van!” Weekend activities include fly fishing, enduro moto rides, mountain biking, river surfing and more.

Cost: $500 general admission.

Website: https://vanwildcolorado.com/

September 22-24 Revel-Mode Van/Rocky Mountain Adventure Rally

Location: Moab, Utah

Previously known as the Revel-Mode Van Rally, the Rocky Mountain Adventure Rally will be held in Moab, Utah. More information to be released on this van life gathering.

Cost: $250-$350 per vehicle registration

Website: https://www.rockymountainadventurerally.com/

October 7-8 Adventure Van Expo Chattanooga

Location: 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Two day van life gathering at Camp Jordan in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is one of our favorite Adventure Van Expos and we look forward to attending in 2023.

Cost: $10 general admission pass, $90 weekend camping ticket, 18 and under Free

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

October 14-15 Adventure Van Expo Big Bear

Location: Palisades Tahoe – Olympic Valley, California

This two day van life expo in Big Bear California is free to attend.

Cost: RSVP online to attend for free

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

TBA – Moonlanding 1

Location: Sky View Park and Campground – Pinehill, New Mexico

This five day overlanding and gathering in Pinehill, New Mexico is part of the Lost Places events series. The schedule for this event has not been released. Be sure to check the event website for the most up to date information.

Cost: $80 general admission ticket will guarantee a spot at Moonlanding 1. The event organizers set a limit of 350 first come, first serve spots.

Website: https://moonlandinggathering.com

November 2-5 Vanarky Annual Fall Campout

Location: Byrd’s Adventure Center- Ozark, Arkansas

The 5th Annual Vanarky was held at Byrd’s Adventure Center along the Mulberry River. All types of campers are invited to this van life gathering including those who want to sleep in tents. Attendees can expect live music, workshops and even a community chili dinner.

Cost: TBA (2022 prices: $130-$220 camping pass, 12 and under Free)

Website: https://vanarky.com/fall-campout

December 3-4 TinyFest Phoenix

Location: WestWorld – Scottsdale, Arizona

The vision of TinyFest is to “create inspiring, educational gatherings that provide opportunities for meaningful connections to those who value relationships, experiences, sustainability, and the freedom to pursue their passions.” This two day tiny living festival will be held at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.

Cost: $20 weekend pass (advanced purchase), $15 single day ticket (advance purchase), 12 and under Free

Website: https://www.tinyfest.events/

Open Roads Fest (Postponed to 2024)

Location: Jug Mountain Ranch – McCall, Idaho

This three day van life gathering in Idaho is hosted by Kristen Bor of Bear Foot Theory and one of our favorite camper van events of the year. We had the opportunity to attend the first ever Open Roads Fest in 2019 with Storyteller Overland and loved the community and outdoor aspect of this van life festival. Attendees can expect “community-based events, educational workshops, live music, yoga classes, van tours, and more!”

Cost (2022): $184 driver weekend pass van camping, $139 passenger weekend pass van camping, $169 driver weekend pass tent camping, $139 passenger weekend pass tent camping, $29 youth ticket (11-17 years old), 10 and under Free

Website: https://openroadsfest.com/

Most of these van life gatherings do not require a Class B camper van to attend. Make sure to check the official event page for all the specifics, ticket/camping prices and any limitations or restrictions. We have attended several van life gatherings and meetups in a flatbed truck camper and have seen tent campers and just about every type of tiny dwelling on wheels. That’s one of the things we love about this community, everyone is welcome!

van life gatherings 2023

Hope to see you at one of these van life gatherings!

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2 thoughts on “Van Life Gatherings 2023 Edition”

  1. Really great resource. Thanks for putting this together. Great to meet you in Chatt at the Adventure Van Expo. Hope to see you at a few events this year. And if you are up near Brown County in the coming months, we’d love to host y’all at the shop!

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