2016 Camping Music Festivals
Your 2016 camping music festivals can be found right here! Yes folks, the daffodils are peaking out of the earth and spring is in the air. Music Festival planning is upon us and we here at Lost Campers are pumped up to get you on the road for an epic music festival experience. The following is the 2016 Camping Music Festivals schedule for the western U.S.A. to make your planning easy street. This post will be regularly updated as we move into summer, so keep chomping at the bit for more 2016 camping music festivals updates!
I mentioned these three major festivals in a previous blog post as well, but they are some big ones and definitely deserve extra attention. Go go gadget campervans!
Country Thunder- Arizona
Get your boots on and cowboy up! Head south to the desert for some country music fun. Florence, AZ is a 7 hour drive from our Los Angeles location. Joshua Tree National Park is a great place to camp along the way.
When: April 7-10
Where: Florence, AZ
Camping available: Yes!
This is one of the biggest music and art festivals in the U.S. and this year is going to be epic. Coachella Valley is only 3 hours drive from our Los Angeles depot , 9 hours drive from our San Francisco depot and 10 hours from our Salt Lake City Depot. There are loads of great places to camp along the way from any of these locations. Why not make a week or two of your trip? Our LA depot is already nearly booked out so we recommend acting quickly if you would like to travel from LA!
When: Two Weekends April 15-17 and April 22-24
Where: Coachella Valley, CA
Camping available: Yes!
Bottle Rock- California
Amazing live music in wine country, who could ask for more? Napa Valley is only a 2 hour drive from our San Francisco depot. Booking early is recommended to assure availability-early bird gets the campervan!
When: May 27-29
Where: Napa Valley, CA
Camping: CampCarneros at Skyline Wilderness Park, located just 7 miles from BottleRock, offers RV and tent camping options
One of my favorite bands is playing this festival this year- the Alabama Shakes (lead singer Brittany Howard just won herself a Grammy)! Check out the line up with the festival website link below. George, WA is approximately 13-14 hrs. drive from our San Fran location, there is loads of great places to camp along the way through Northern California and Oregon to break up the trip. www.reserveamerica.com is a great site to research and book campgrounds.
When: May 27-30
Where: George, Washington
Camping: There are several different types of festival camping passes offered at Sasquatch, check out the website for more details.
Lightning in a Bottle- California
This Music Festival is fantastic and is known for being the most environmentally friendly festival out there. There are loads of opportunities for education on green living and energy conservation. Lightening in a Bottle is a great example of how all music festivals should be in regard to their environmentally friendly approach. Bradley, CA is roughly 3 hours drive from our San Fran location, and 4 hours drive from our LA location. We are booking up quickly for memorial day weekend, so booking your campervan early is recommended.
When: May 25-30
Where: Bradley, CA
Camping: Be sure to purchase a car camping pass in addition to your festival pass to campervan camp- all standard camping with out a car camping pass is tent only. Check out the website for further information and pricing.
Ogden Music Festival- Utah
This is the 9th annual Ogden Music Festival and it is going to be fantastic! This festival features a wonderful variety of bluegrass artists. This is a family friendly festival where youth under 16 years and under are invited to attend the festival for free. OFOAM strives to encourage music interest and education for people of all ages. There is even an instrument “petting zoo” where kids and adults alike can fuel their curiosity with a hands on experience with various musical instruments. At OFOAM, music is love and love is music! (I have already booked my campervan for this one!)
When: June 3-5
Where: Ogden, Utah
Camping: On site in Buenaventura State Park
Telluride Bluegrass Festival- Colorado
This is the 43rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Welcome the summer solstice with 4 days of bluegrass music and magic in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. This legendary festival offers an amazing line up of a
rtists like Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Emmylou Harris. This festival should be on your list every year if bluegrass is your thing!
When: June 16-19
Where: Telluride, Colorado
Camping: Yes! Several campgrounds within 0-7 miles of the festival
Country Jam- Colorado
Dust off your cowboy hat and get ready to jam! With an amazing line up of country stars you can’t go wrong with Country Jam! This is one of the largest country music festivals in the U.S. so get geared up and book your campsite early as they fill up quickly!
When: June 16-19
Where: Grand Junction, CO
Camping: Yes, book soon as they are nearly sold out!
High Sierra Music Festival- California
Can I just say one thing? Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals in the beautiful High Sierras….okay I know that is more than one thing, but need I say more? I think not.
When: June 30-July 3
Where: Quincy, CA
Camping: Yes, it is booking up quickly so act fast!
The Ride Festival- Colorado
Pearl Jam is one of many greats playing this year!
When: July 9-10
Where: Telluride, Colorado
Camping: Yes, several options nearby-check out website for more info
Website: www. ridefestival.com/
Northwest String Summit- Oregon
When: July 14th-17th
Where: North Plains and Horning’s Hide Out, Oregon
Camping: Yes! At Horning’s Hide Out
Red Ants Pants- Montana
When: July 28-31
Where: White Sulfur Springs, Montana
Camping: Yes! Lots of it!
Oregon Jamboree- Oregon
When: July 29-31
Where: Sweet Home Oregon
Camping: Yes, but it very limited!
When: August 5-7
Where: Happy Valley Oregon
Rockin the Rivers- Montana
Dust off your leather pants and get ready to rock!
When: August 12th-14th
Where: Cardwell, Montana
Camping: Yes, on site, but spots sell out, so book soon!
Burning Man- Nevada
Burning Man is an arts and community gathering in a remote area of the Nevada desert. Participant build a temporary city on the desert playa and the event is host to various artists in all forms.
When: August 28th- September 5th
Where: Black Rock City, NV
Check the official website for ticket and vehicle pass info: http://tickets.burningman.org/
Strawberry Music Festival- California
When: September 1-4
Where: Tuolumne, CA
When: September 2-4
Where: San Bernardino, CA
Bhakti Fest- California
A yoga and music festival!
When: September 7-12
Where: Joshua Tree, CA
American River Music Festival- California
Family friendly fun!
Where: Coloma-Lotus, CA
Camping- Yes….near by
Berkeley Shakedown Street Festival- California
2 days of free live music and fun
Where: Berkeley, CA
Camping: Yes, near by at Chabot Lake