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Experience These 5 Awesome Van Life Meetups (2024)

This post was updated on April 2nd, 2024

Connect with the Van Life Culture at These Must-Attend Meetups

One of the best parts of van life is meeting other like-minded people on the road. And there’s no better place to meet fellow van lifers than at van life meetups and conventions. 

These awesome events bring together van lifers and more from all across the country. They give you the chance to make friends, attend workshops, enjoy live music, and more. You can find great meetups and conventions all across the US and beyond, all year long. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best van life meetups and conventions that you won’t want to miss! 

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1. TinyFest

TinyFest is not one but four great van life meetups spread across the US. Started by Renee Seevers in 2016, the purpose is to celebrate tiny houses. These “tiny home and nomad living festivals” also cover van conversions, skoolies, and all kinds of alternative homes. 

At Tinyfest, you’ll find live music, entertainment, vendors, and presentations on RVs and tiny living. You can meet like-minded people, enjoy a show, and get some great ideas for renovating your van or other tiny space. 

The most recent TinyFest event took place in California in mid-March, but we’re betting details for the next event will be announced soon, so watch their website for details. 

2. Descend on Bend

Descend on Bend is a yearly van life meetup where hundreds of van lifers and campers gather in Bend, Oregon, over four days. Enjoy camping in the beautiful Oregon outback while enjoying live music, workshops, yoga, and more. 

This is a family-friendly and pet-friendly event that is open to all ages. The campgrounds can be accessed by just about any vehicle (no AWD or lift kit needed), and gives you access to hundreds of acres of pristine Oregon nature. 

Watch the Descend on Bend social media for information on an event planned for Labor Day weekend 2024. 

3. Escapar a La Baja

Want to get away, but a destination inside the US is just too close to home? Then Escapar a La Baja is the event for you.

Escapar a La Baja takes place every year in Baja California Sur at Playa El Tecolote, just outside of La Paz. Enjoy the tranquility of beach camping and get in touch with nature while staying nice and warm in the balmy Baja climate. 

Events include marker’s markets, workshops, dance classes, an ice cream social, and more. To top it all off, Escapar a La Baja is completely free!

This year’s event lasted from January 31st through February 5th and the 2025 event will likely take place around the same time. 

Note: If you’ve never been south of the border, the folks behind the event have plenty of helpful information on their site to help you make the trip.  

4. Adventure Van Expo

4. Adventure Van Expo

The Adventure Van Expo is a series of two-day events held all across the US from April through October. Scope out amazing van builds (plus 4×4 rigs and more), shop accessories, and meet some of the best van builders in the business. All that while meeting fellow van lifers and enjoying food, beer, and fun!

This year’s (2024) dates include:

  • Scottsdale, AZ April 13-14
  • Hood River, OR June 22-23
  • Enumclaw, WA September 7-8
  • Austin, TX April 27-28
  • Boise, ID June 29-30
  • North Lake Tahoe, CA September 14-15
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA May 4-5
  • Evergreen, CO July 27-28
  • Big Bear Lake, CA October 19-20
  • Santa Rosa, CA May 11-12
  • Ballston Spa, NY August 24-25
  • Venture, CA October 26-27

5. Florida Van Life Gathering

If you’re down in sunny Florida, the Florida Van Life Gathering is an event you do not want to miss! Sponsored by the Sarasota, FL company Vanlife Outfitters, this van life meetup features live music, morning coffee, yoga classes, and even a happy hour for single van lifers. 

Next year’s (2025) Florida Van Life Gathering is planned to run from March 7th through 10th in Peace River, FL. It is open to all, whether you have a van or not. This van life meetup also has a call-out for volunteers. Volunteers receive perks like half-off admission, free beer, and raffle tickets. 

Van life meetups are a great way to have fun, meet fellow van lifers, and learn about the latest and greatest in vans and van accessories. Wherever you find yourself in the US, there’s sure to be a great meetup or convention near you. 

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