For more than a few of us, summertime just doesn’t get much better than combining RV camping with live music. Hitting the highway for a vanlife or RV trip, you’re spoiled for choices when it comes to fabulous open-air music festivals in the U.S.—and, needless to say, kept beautifully well fed with that road-trip-friendly Mountain House cuisine!
Here are 10 fabulous music festivals with RV camping to consider—covering a whole lot of geography and even more musical territory. From Florida to New England to the California desert, you'll have the finest in freeze-dried eats to keep you going via Mountain House!
Explore the following festivals with RV camping so you're set for next summer...
Manchester, Tennessee hosts one of the country’s most beloved festivals in the form of Bonnaroo, and the festival grounds definitely welcome RVers. The multi-genre musical program is fabulously diverse—we’re talking old-school rock-and-roll to electronic music and everything in between—and the biggest of big names have taken the stage here, including Neil Young, Wu-Tang Clan, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails, and Pearl Jam. In addition to the tunes across multiple stages, enjoy on-site markets, rides, craft beer, yoga, and much more on the lively 700 acres of Great Stage Park.
Always a thrilling getaway to Southern California’s Colorado Desert, Coachella is downright legendary. Here again, the headliners have included all-out global superstars, including Prince, Jay-Z, Björk, Jack White, Lady Gaga, AC/DC, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, and (of course) Beyoncé. You’ll find plenty of RV-camping options in the near vicinity, including Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottage and Emerald Desert RV Resort.
Held in June, Firefly lights up Dover, Delaware with a smorgasbord of sounds spanning more than a few genres. Past performers at this four-day gathering—established in 2012 and the biggest festival of its kind on the East Coast—have included Snoop Dogg, Arctic Monkeys, Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Avril Lavigne, The Avett Brothers, Post Malone, Vampire Weekend, and Tyler the Creator. RV campers can choose between front-row and infield campsites on the festival grounds, with some utterly top-notch glamping on offer.
Country Thunder gets the twang on via multiple annual incarnations scattered across North America, with music and camping festivals in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Florida as well as Saskatchewan and Alberta. Enjoying a multitude of RV campsites with hookups, you can reliably take in sets by some of the top country artists around, with past Country Thunder headliners including Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, and Dierks Bentley.
Electronic music and other genres are fully on display at Lightning in a Bottle (aka LIB), a California festival that’s been held at multiple spots around the Golden State. The music is only part of the appeal: There’s a slew of visual art incorporated, wellness and other activities, and much else on the docket. Artists who’ve appeared at Lightning in a Bottle in the past include Anderson Paak, Joss Jaffe, Moby, and Bomba Estéreo.
For RVing music fans who tilt toward the head-banging side of the spectrum, it’s hard to beat Rocklahoma, a May gathering in Pryor, Oklahoma perfect for any and all lovers of the loud. You’ve got a wealth of RV sites to choose from, and performers in the mode of Def Leppard, Slayer, Megadeth, and Rob Zombie—all of them past Rocklahoma headliners—to, well, rock out to.
This June-July happening at Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Montage Mountain Ski Resort owes its existence to none other than the Allman Brothers Band, which established it back in 2012. Another great choice for followers of the RV lifestyle, Peach has featured not only the Allmans themselves but also Trey Anastasio, The String Cheese Incident, My Morning Jacket, and many other big names. It's another fine destination for RVers and vanlifers.
You won’t find on-site RV camping at this well-attended music festival in the City on the Hill, but there are lots of off-site resorts and campgrounds conveniently situated. Alongside standup comedy and other entertainment, Boston Calling features a rich variety of live music; the Harvard Stadium festival has hosted everybody from Beck, Eminem, Weezer, and The Decemberists to Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, St. Vincent, and Wolf Parade.
Kodak, Tennessee happens to be a fabulous place to enjoy some good old-fashioned bluegrass. At Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, you’ll not only get to hear some mean claw-hammering and pickin’; you’ll also find yourself just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Great Smoky Mountains, a definite draw for many music-hungry RVers. The RV campsites include electric and water hookups, so you’ll be all set for those soaring harmonies and foot-stomping tempos—and some adventuring out to Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Gatlinburg, and Cherokee.
While it hasn’t been held since 2020, this production of the Blues Society of the Ozarks will hopefully return soon to Springfield, Missouri, bringing a fabulous showcase for one of the most powerful of American musical idioms to the country’s heartland. There are numerous RV parks nearby that provide convenient camping for festival goers, who at previous runnings of this fine festival have savored sets from blues legends and talented up-and-comers alike.
From Dumplin Valley to Coachella Valley, take in some of the country’s finest outdoor music festivals in your RV or campervan with the help of Mountain House! Explore our full range of freeze-dried, just-add-hot-water meals, and bone up on van-life food essentials before your festival-going road trip.
Summer's not over quite yet, so consider chasing some awesome tunes around the country (and the continent) with a full larder of Mountain House! And then there's next year's lineup of headliners to get excited for...