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April 14, 2021 9 min read

MANY OF THESE FESTIVALS COULD BE POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:-(

Don’t let another year go by without gifting yourself the energy of attending a camping music festival. Music festivals have emerged as a bigger and more multi-dimensional sensual experience in the last decade. Festivals not only include amazing bands, but also sprinkle in great food, yoga art installations, vendors and the opportunity to connect with new friends.

Festival goers invest a lot of money, time, and energy into planning and attending these music and camping experiences, but the investment in these memories last a lifetime. The wilder and quirkier the camp festival event is, the more buzz it generates. All year round, covering many states, there is a camping music festival for everyone’s taste.

Below is a list of unique music festivals that provide a broad range of onsite entertainment for all tastes.

4xFar Adventure Festival

TBD 2021 atEmpire Grand Oasis in Thermal, California

Image source: @4xFar instagram

Image source: @4xFar instagram

Usually kicking off the year in mid-January at the one of a kind, Empire Grand Oasis in California’s Coachella Valley. This is a first of its kind live music and adventure festival. This year’s camping music festival is turning up a notch with an all-new 4x4 off-road course experience with the Land Rover Defender covering 15 acres. The designated adventure village will be jam-packed with slacklining, ax throwing, fly fishing, rock climbing, and mountain biking obstacles, to name a few. If outdoors is your preference, check out the local glamping and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) sites to book a spot. Performances are eclectic as ever, from Indie rock, EDM, and R&B funk. The stage will glitter with Grammy winners Anderson. Paak with the Free Nationals, and Mark Ronson & Q-Tip. More musical acts are lined up, including Kurt Vile & the Violators, Sofi Tukker, and many more. 

Gem and Jam Festival

TBD 2022 atPima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona

Gem and Jam Camping Tent Rental

Festival-goers are going to get their EDM fix, equally, incorporated with vibrancy and color. Located at the Pima county fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona, attractions are a plenty, combining music and art into a unique visual blend. Performers from the art and music world join forces, bringing together a heavily-invested production with an awe-inspiring experience.

About 50,000 campers will gather together with their canvas tents from different nations in this 3-day camping music festival event.

Brainquility Fest

TBD 2022 at theSpirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida

Brainquility camping tent rental

Large scale music festival productions are amalgamating special themes to create an adventurous yet intimate vibe. It is no different for Brainquility that includes not just more electronic music, but, yoga, painting classes, scavenger hunts, and glass-making. With all of the activities and many more that are offered, the camper community will be too busy engaged, leaving no time to set up bell tents. The camping fest will grace its presence on the first weekend of February at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida.

Okeechobee Music Festival

TBD at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida

Okeechobee camping tent rental

Music lovers of any genre will flock to Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida to be immersed in a transcendental experience. “OMF” (Okeechobee Music Festival) for short, the offerings are interactive, drawing people that wish to excite their artistic senses. Not only will you explore the camp festival, but the oasis also has a beachside setting if anyone feels like to lounge. Past lineups are as diverse from Snoop Dogg to Mumford and Sons have entertained camp goers in this multifaceted event. Organizers intend to leave you uplifted with the features of state-of-the-art workshops and bazaar-themed villages. The open space is the perfect fit for a camping music festival to leave the mind, body, and soul animated.

Lucidity Festival

TBD atLive Oak Campground in Santa Barbara, California

image source: @amandalaphotography

image source: @amandalaphotography

West coast is ready to expand the vision and horizon in creating a lively family-style camp festival. Not necessarily for the environmentally conscious, this is a campground where groundbreaking music instills positive trends. Activities on offer encourage participants to be enlightened from self-discovery in each themed-camp. The creative endeavors cover meditative and reflective elements while staying relaxed. The Live Oak Campground in Santa Barbara, California has enough space to accommodate RVs as long there is some room to roam around without bothering thy camping neighbor. The alternative-rock-loving fest urges attendees to bring your camp supplies to be safe to have good clean fun.

Coachella Music Festival

Apr. 9-11 and Apr. 16-18 of 2021 atEmpire Polo Club in Indio, California

image source:  @calder  from @coachella

image source: @calder from @coachella

The much-coveted camp music festival is even more promising than ever. A galore of camping options provided on the scene for the environmentally-friendly to the rich and affluent. Notably, there are available suggestions on nearby areas to crash. The biggest event of the year summons international stars, from past and present of various musical backgrounds, Moreover, emerging stars are invited who wishes to aspire to hit the limelight. The event is split into two 3-day events in April. Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, the extravagant jamboree is going to dominate headlines and it continues to evolve culturally.

Country Thunder Arizona

April 8-11, 2021 atCanyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona

country thunder camping tent rental

The country music community is going to have their chance again to be amid all country music goodness. Surprisingly, the event is a multi-genre music festival with line-dancing competitions to DJs spinning up EDM and country remixes. The 4-day festival will stage acts namely, Dustin Lynch, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and Eric Church, among the star-studded lineup. Especially, new up-and-comers are lined up to sing their hearts out. Premier camping and tent glamping packages are up for grabs if anyone wants to party in style, either with a glamping teepee or a canvas tent. The huge campground area is a festival itself with added security and amenities to make it an unforgettable experience.

Old Settler’s Music Festival

Oct 21, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021 in Tilmon, Texas

old settlers camping tent rental

Tilmon, Texas is home to the exciting American bluegrass folk music scene. Certainly, the woodlands and rolling hills are suitable for the outdoorsy crowd that prefers late-night jams around the campfires. Artisans and craftsmen enjoy the space to showcase their works of art. Several options are on the cards to occupy the kinds of campground comfort that are available. Besides, the RV parking and glamping opportunities have become a camping haven for all ages. Nature and camp lovers are marking their calendars to witness a sublime camping music festival.

Desert Hearts Festival

TBD atLos Coyotes Indian Reservation in Warner Springs, California

desert hear camping tent rental

Desert Hearts Records is a record label dedicated to West Coast House and Techno music. In November 2012, the festival creators started a nomadic gathering in the Mojave Desert which grew into a movement. With this intention, the occasion celebrates love, life, and music. The gathering is intimate, small in capacity but not only restricted to California. The event won the hearts and minds of the globe with shows in New York, Mexico City, Houston, Chicago, and other unique locations. Since the motto of the fest is self-expression, multiple camps will be your playground to participate in. Organizers have arranged shuttle service but the usual RV and car camping options are present too, to put up canvas tents. Keep in mind, camping is a first-come, first-served basis, getting in early would be the best bet. Every year, more boundary-pushing DJs are invited, prepared to create memories.

Epicenter Festival

May 2021 atRockingham Festival Grounds in Rockingham, North Carolina

Epicenter camping tent rental

Making a debut in this list and in 2020, the festival replaces the Carolina Rebellion that ran for 8 years. The camp will host legendary and multi-platinum rock icons like Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Cypress Hill and a lot more for 3 days. The camp is equipped with shuttle rides, snack & beverage stalls, shower facilities, including, 24 hours medical and security staff. All of it possible after purchasing a camp pass. The car camping pass allows a space for your bell tent. Craving to headbang? Why not spend the whole weekend in this spectacular showcase of rock and roll mania.

Form Arcosanti Festival

TBD in Arcosanti, Arizona

form festival

Based on the eco-city of Arcosanti, it is a vibrant retreat in the backdrop of wide desert land. The experience embodies a full-on creative encounter with music, art, ideas, and communal bonding. Camps are divided into a musical experience, artistic showcase, poetry/book reading, wellness workshops, and outdoor activities. 2 Camping zones are provided and located at the opposite ends of the main camp spectacle. The “Patron village” is housed with luxury canvas and bell tents with all of the amenities of comfort. The other camp, “Canyon Camping”, is the ideal campsite for individuals who are in tune with Mother Nature and not short of amenities like shower space. Contemporary musicians perform in a personalized and immersive environment which will have your mind and body rejuvenated.

Lightning In a Bottle Festival

2022 atBuena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area in Bakersfield, California

Lighting in a bottle camping tent rental

LIB (in short) strives to cultivate feelings of fun, joy, and fellowship within a safe space. Enthusiastic attendees can indulge in the boutique stalls and incredible art installations in place. 7 themed-camps are staged for different kinds of musical tastes. Correspondingly, promoters take pride in their bevy of musical offerings. Last year, Disclosure, Big Gigantic, Masego, Toro Y Moi, and Axel Thesleff brought good vibes to the stage. LIB management believes the gathering of individuals in a campground community has the magic to appreciate the wondrous world that we live in. All of this can be absorbed in a stone’s throw from the solace of your bell tent.

Domefest

TBD 2021 atMarvin’s Mountaintop, Masontown in West Virginia

Domefest camping tent rental

Situated in Marvin’s Mountaintop in the hills of West Virginia, the event is amid with beautiful views and non-stop music in a cozy secluded spot. Arts & crafts and workshops have stepped up with new inclusions plus the returning favorites that include acro yoga, hooping, improve games, juggling, and the list goes on. 2 sets of RV passes are available, either wanting luxury or standard stay. Camping and parking are included in the ticket price and it is recommended to bring your camping gear as, bell tents, tarps, mini-chargers, sleeping bags, flashlight, etc. The multi-genre delight is filled with rock, funk, electronica, and jazz to satisfy all senses.

Joshua Tree Festival

May 13, 2021 – May 16, 2021 & Oct 7, 2021 - Oct 10, 2021 at Joshua Tree National Park in Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree Festival camping

A few hours drive from Los Angeles, lies a surrounding where a melting pot of musical genres entertain festival-goers. 2 versions of the event take place with the spring edition focusing on dance, world, and funk music. While the autumn season plays the bluegrass and folk music. A family-friendly event for all ages attracts live music fans that love hanging around outdoors. The audience can get a chance to be in the camp music festival, adventure in the park, or attempt a rock-climbing experience. The Joshua Tree National Park is a magical haven for alternative, electronic, and indie jams with a phenomenal setting.

Rocklahoma

Sept 3, 2021 - Sept 5, 2021 at Catch the Fever Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma

Rocklahoma camping tent rental

Fans of rock and metal can drop by in Southern US if loud music is your thing. Bands from past and present will take center stage to perform ear-shattering madness for 3 days. On top of that, a variety of onsite attractions and food & beverage options will serve for an ultimate rock experience. True fans of the genre can enjoy campfire jams as the weekend will inspire party animals to live up to the motto, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of rock”. The General Store has all the camping needs a camper would need. Diehard fans can bring lawn chairs, coolers, canvas tents, propane grill, and basic camping supplies to make the best of their experience.   

High Sierra Music Festival

July 1 - 4, 2021 at Plumas County Fairgrounds in East Quincy, California.

Image Source: @highsierramusic

Image Source: @highsierramusic

The 4th of July celebrations will begin as early as July 2nd for festival seekers. Organizers are pulling out all the stops to present all sorts of musical genres that will be on display. Going strong for 30 years, bands that took the stage were Star Kitchen, Birds of Chicago, Ween, Turkuaz, and plenty more. 

Besides the music, tickle your taste buds with a variety of snacks, purchase exceptional handicrafts, or be a part of the festivities in a parade. There are options to camp on-site or off-site. Besides, the Shady Grove campground is a wonderful spot to have a canvas tent for the family.

Northern Nights

July 16 - 18, 2021 at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy, California.

Image Source: @_peter_the_creator

Image Source: @_peter_the_creator

Cook’s Valley Campground is going to be home for all the 18+ attendees, opening the gates to newcomers and seasoned campers. Special features that will highlight the festival area are the deep swimming holes and a large camping grove. Electronic music’s finest like Zhu, Mr. Carmack, Jai Wolf, and G Jones have cranked up the bass in earlier shows. 6 stages are on offer, including, a silent disco stage. 

If you are looking to unwind, then lay on the hammock lounge or treat yourself to a selection of specialty bars. This camping music festival has a lot of lodging options to choose from. New and seasoned campers are spoilt for choices by either picking premium, vehicle, or general camping.

Fulfill your Life inTents…

The list is a sliver of camping music festivals taking place across the U.S. Some of the aforementioned might cost a pretty penny, but the value of these life long memories is priceless. An eye-opening experience is a must in everyone’s bucket list as camping music festivals have established that status. Life comes around once, so find your experience and seize the moment.

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