Overlanding and 4WD touring offer thrilling activities for adventurous campers and outdoor enthusiasts. With many similarities to glamping but with a certain rugged escapism as you navigate off-road terrains, it’s no surprise that overlanders have created ways to come together, socialize, and share their love for these sports.
So grab a durable, four-season overland ground tent and prepare for these 2023 overland expos and rallies. They’re coming up fast!
The Best Overland Expos
Image: The Southeast Adventure Vehicle Expo
The Overland Expo
Overland Expo West | May 19-21 | Flagstaff, Arizona
Overland Expo PNW | July 7-9 | Redmond Oregon
Overland Expo MTN West | August 25-27 | Loveland, Colorado
Overland Expo East | October 6-8 | Arrington, Virginia
Overland Expo is considered the premier event for businesses and anyone who loves adventure travel and the outdoor lifestyle. Luckily, they offer several different expos spread throughout each of the four corners (roughly) of the United States. So wherever you hail from, there’s bound to be one within distance.
At Overland Expo, you can take four-wheel and motorcyclist classes, attend programs and demonstrations from notable adventurists and, of course, explore tons of the latest camping gear, equipment, rides, and services. A must-attend for any overland enthusiast.
The Southeast Adventure Vehicle Expo
Dates: March 3-5, 2023 Where: Starke, Florida
If you’re in the south, the closest Overland Expo you can reach is in Virginia. But if that’s not doable, the Southeast Adventure Vehicle Expo (once called the Southeast Overland and Off-Road Expo) in Starke, Florida, is a convenient three-day event to satisfy your adventurist spirit. On-site camping, food trucks, classes, and off-road courses promise overlanders a good time.
California Overland Adventure and Power Sport Show
Dates: March 18-19, 2023 Where: Fairplex – Pomona, California
Come for the California Overland Adventure Expo and stay for the Power Sports and RCX Expo. This overland expo offers multiple activities surrounding everything outdoor lifestyle to keep you entertained for the two-day event. Explore products, gear, and vehicles (from ATVs to boats and water toys) designed for overlanding. Then, check out the outdoor brands tailored for your travel activity-loving lifestyle, from cycling, camping, hiking, climbing, and so much more. A great destination if you’re in the SoCal vicinity!
If you hear folks talking about MOORE, know they’re referencing the Midwest Overlanding and Off-Road Expo. This two-day overland expo includes various classes, courses, and seminars ranging from overland navigation to trauma kits and recovery. And with 200 exhibitors from across the globe, you have lots of new gear and vehicles to discover.
Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival
Dates: August 10-13, 2023 Where: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
The MAOF is a fantastic overland expo and rally accessible along the east coast. Presented by off-road brand Mainline Overland, the MOAF offers camping, courses, and a unique adventure film fest. It’s a great middle-ground for overlanders from the southern and northern states.
The Best Overland Rallies
Big Iron Overland Rally
Dates: September 29-30, 2023 Where: West Mineral, Kansas
Big Iron Overland Rally offers a three-day event where you can pitch a tent overnight and enjoy a live concert experience, all while under the towering, historic Big Brutus electric shovel. At this overland rally, you can listen to notable guest speakers, browse exhibitors, and satiate your appetite at the beer garden and food trucks.
Overland Adventure Rallies
Northwest Overland Rally | June 15-18 | Plain, Washington
British Columbia Overland Rally | July 20-23 | Merritt, BC
Overland Adventure Rallies offers two events in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. At these overland rallies, you’re greeted with welcome cocktails, wine tastings, and certified instructors offering advanced 4WD driving courses. You can also learn how to spot trails and make repairs to your vehicle with welding skills. It’s the perfect event when you want to overland in style.
Rendezvous in the Ozarks
Dates: October 12-14, 2023 Where: Mulberry Mountain Lodge Ozark, Arkansas
The three-day Rendezvous in the Ozarks overland rally is growing in popularity, with a larger crowd expected to attend in 2023. Located in the beautiful Ozark National Forest, this overland rally offers a wonderful family-friendly event with primitive on-site camping, classes and presentations, guided trail runs, and lots of vendor booths and product demos to keep you entertained for days.
Dates: October 5-8, 2023 Where: South Royalton, Vermont
With a basecamp at Henderson’s Highway along the White River, the Pilgrimage overland rally offers a picturesque setting with colorful fall foliage in early October. Experience navigating ancient highways and trails with a range of experience levels while accessing local Vermont foods (like fresh maple syrup). Also, with a designated camping area for those with young children, this is a great family-friendly overland rally.
Dates: October 7-11, 2023 Where: Southern Arizona
Copperstate Overland shakes things up each year, offering a new overland route to explore. Unlike other rallies, this one offers a top-notch driving experience that’s fully catered. Perfect for overlanders who prefer a more luxurious first-class adventure.
More Overlanding Resources to Explore
The above lists are just some of the overland expos and rallies with concrete dates for 2023. There are many more yearly events with dates yet to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements by following and exploring a few of the resources we’ve gathered below:
The Compass – Overland Expo’s blog offers lots of tips and resources to learn everything you possibly can about overlanding.
The Overland Journal – Listen to this podcast on your travels! A perfect way to make the hours fly by until you reach your destination.
Overland Bound – An annual membership group with access to a forum, regional Facebook groups, and even trip-planning software.
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