Van Life Gatherings 2022 Edition

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Looking to attend a van life gathering or meetup this year? In this post, you’ll find a list of our favorite van life meetups along with a regularly updated list of van life gatherings 2022 edition. Keep in mind that all the van life events are based in the United States and 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 2022 Edition

van life gatherings 2022

March 12-13 TinyFest San Diego

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, California

TinyFest hosts a series of events throughout the year and will be kicking off 2022 with TinyFest San Diego 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 2022.

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

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

March 25-27 BuenaVantura

Location: Emma Wood State Beach – Ventura, California

BuenaVantura 2022 will be held at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, California. This three day van life gathering will include 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 20-24 RendezVan Mt. Bachelor

Location: West Village Parking Lot – 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: Free to attend festival, 4 day camping passes are SOLD OUT

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

April 21-24 Back to Baja

Location: Baja California, Mexico

Flarespace is hosting a four day, three night van life gathering in Baja California for any outdoor enthusiast. All are welcome on this Back to Baja adventure including those in vans and motorcycles. As the event organizers point out on their website, “you can even bring a tent to camp & lay underneath the stars; the choice is yours.”

Cost: $199 general admission (per vehicle), $499 VIP admission (per vehicle)

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

April 22-24 Weird Wild West

Location: Bisbee, Arizona

The first annual Weird Wild West van life meetup will be held in the historic mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. This three day event is free and open to the public.

Cost: Free to attend

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

April 30-May 1 Adventure Van Expo

Location: San Juan Capistrano, California

Adventure Van Expo is a series of van life gatherings throughout the U.S. with eight events scheduled in 2022. 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 20-23 Descend on Lost Sierra

Location: The Lost Sierra, California

This four day van life meetup includes private land access and camping, live music, daily yoga and more. General admission tickets are $169.99 per attendee 16 years of age and older.

Cost: $169.99 general admission (includes 3 nights private camp land access), 15 and under Free

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

June 4-6 Adventure Van Expo NorCal

Location: El Dorado Fairgrounds – Placerville, California

Two day van life gathering in northern California at the El Dorado Fairgrounds.

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

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

June 23-26 Wind River Rally

Location: Hudson, Wyoming

Wind River Rally 2022 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: $30 general admission pass will guarantee a spot at Wind River Rally 2022. The event organizers set a limit of 200 first come, first serve spots.

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

June 25-26 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 in 2021 and look forward to attending this Adventure Van Expo in 2022.

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

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

July 15-18 Open Roads Fest 2022

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: $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/

July 15-18 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: Free to attend

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

July 16-17 Adventure Van Expo Colorado

Location: Eagle County Fairgrounds – Eagle, Colorado

Two day van life gathering in Colorado at Eagle County Fairgrounds.

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

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

August 26-29 Descend on Bend

Location: Oregon Outback 43.3937281,-121.2112945

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 2022 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/

September 3-4 Adventure Van Expo Bend

Location: Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon

Two day van life gathering near Bend, Oregon.

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

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

September 22-24 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: Tickets go on sale May 2nd.

Website: https://vanfestusa.com/

September 29-October 1 Revel-Mode Van Rally

Location: Moab, Utah

The 2022 Revel-Mode Van Rally will be held in Moab, Utah. The cost of a single van registration is $250 which will include demos and workshops including night time photography, van recovery, RV tool kit and how to stay connected on the road. This year’s rally will be joining forces with Moab Overland Experience. Check out our list of Overland Events and Expos for more information.

Cost: $250 single van registration

Website: https://revelvanrally.com/

October 1-2 Adventure Van Expo Chattanooga

Location: 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Two day van life gathering at Camp Jordan in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Joe and I enjoyed camping on site at this Adventure Van Expo last year and we look forward to attending in 2022.

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

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

November 3-6 Vanarky Annual Fall Campout

Location: Byrd’s Adventure Center – Ozark, Arkansas

The 4th Annual Fall Campout hosted by Vanarky will be held at Byrd’s Adventure Center along the Mulberry River. All types of campers 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: $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/

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!

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

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