I enjoy going to large multi-day music festivals. Attending a music festival is a great way to get a large dose of the music that I like. I like many types of music, but country, bluegrass, and roots music are my favorites.
Music festivals are held all over the country. Some of the festivals I go to, like the Rhythm and Roots Festival, is nearby in Rhode Island. But others like Country Jam (Colorado) and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (New York) require some travel. Many festivals allow on-site camping so traveling to a music festival is another great way that use my RV.
When I camp at a music festival, I don’t have to worry about driving or finding a place to stay that’s nearby. Being on site allows me to enjoy the whole festival experience – getting to see 20-30 artists / bands perform, hear new music, and meeting and hanging out with other music fans.
A Different Type of Camping
But, camping at a music festival is different that typical camping. There’s no assigned spaces and no hook-ups. It’s usually shoulder to shoulder boondocking in a field of parking lot.
This type of camping is not for everyone. It’s crowded and sometimes it can be noisy. Over several years of camping at music festivals, I’ve learned what to bring to make this type of camping experience more comfortable.
When I bring my RV to a music festival, I usually have people stopping by and asking me about my rig and setup. I get questions like – “How do those solar panel work?” “Where did you get that shade drop?”, “Does that solar shower bag really work?” I welcome these encounters to share my knowledge and meet some new people.
While at a recent music festival, I had the idea that other people may be interested in camping at a music festival. So, I decided to make the following video about how to camp at a music festival
There’s a couple of things that I didn’t cover in the video. One is ear plugs. Nearby music and neighbor noise doesn’t tend to bother me, but it does bother my wife. She always brings ear plugs to create her quiet space. If you’re a light sleeper, then ear plugs are something you might want to bring.
The other thing is a bike. The camping areas at music festivals can be quite large housing thousands of people. And sometimes they’re located away from the actual music performance stages. I like to bring a bike with me to make it easier to go back and forth between my RV and the music.
It’s Lots of Fun
And that’s how I camp at a music festival. Going to a music festival is a lot of fun. Over the years, I’ve seen many great performances, heard an incredible amount of new music, and met many fine people. I guess that’s why I keep going back each year.
Please feel free to comment if you have a question about festival camping or a particular festival.