Upcoming Events

New England

Summer 2024

We're still looking for a viable venue, but aren't having much luck for this year -- however we have quite a few potential places for Summer 2025.Sign up below for any updates!

Florida

VanFest: LIFTOFF!
Feb 6 - 10, 2025

VanFest is back on Florida's Space Coast with a new space theme!Join us for 200+ rigs, more workshops & classes, nomad discussions, group activies, local food trucks, and more!

Southwest

Fall 2025

Halloween is gonna be LIT this year for the vanlife community!Don't miss out on one of the biggest nomadic Halloween get-togethers. Details coming soon!

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Vanfest Sponsors

Our amazing sponsors make Vanfest a reality

(in no particular order)

AFV Builds
CA tuned Offroad
EXPLORIST.life
Mango Vans
Freedom Van Go
Live More Campervans
CompoCloset
Jackery
RoamRest
Freedom Vans
Van America
NIRVC
NIRVC
Veritas Vans
Veritas Vans

Exhibit your Rig

Your van is more than just a vehicle; it's a vision. Share its magic at VanFest!

What VanFest is All AboutWhile our story started in 2016 when we stumbled upon Eamon & Beck's YouTube videos, it didn't really pick up speed until went to a Tiny Home festival on a whim. It changed everything.

It was the two dozen vans and buses that opened their doors and gave us an actual real-world, tangible feel for what a nomadic life must be like -- and how attainable it truly is.

Five years later, we've been on the road full-time for almost two years, and traversed across the US at least four times. We've met so many amazing people in this truly unique and inspiring community, and we're working to make sure that VanFest can inspire others.
Why Exhibit Your Van?Ever pulled up somewhere and had someone's eyes light up at the sight of your van? Maybe they’re curious about how you managed to fit a cozy bed, a kitchen, and all those clever storage solutions inside. Or perhaps they’re dreaming of hitting the open road themselves, taking photos of rigs and getting inspired for their own nomadic journey. VanFest provides the opportunity to give them a sneak peek into the world of vanlife and show them that it can be a reality for everyone.---FAQs for ExhibitorsWhat does exhibiting your rig entail?On the Saturday and Sunday of a VanFest event, we encourage everyone to open their doors to the public (as well as other nomads) during certain hours to make new friends and help others get a glimpse into what a nomadic life is all about. You’ll get to teach others about your rig, share stories from the road, and inspire the next generation of nomads and vanlifers. Exhibitors make VanFest the amazing event that it is, and we (literally) wouldn’t be here without amazing people like you!Do I HAVE to showcase/exhibit my rig?Well, no one's twisting your arm! But come on, where's the fun in keeping all that awesomeness to yourself? There's something magical about showing someone around your home-on-wheels for the first time. Plus, think back to before you started this journey. Remember the excitement, the intrigue, maybe even a touch of envy when you first peeked inside a lived-in van? That’s the magic of VanFest. And by sharing, you're not just flaunting design skills; you're giving back to a community that thrives on shared experiences and collective wisdom.Perks of Being an Exhibitor:- Prime Parking: First come, first parked – right at the heart of the action!
- Social Media Shoutout: Let's get you and your van in the spotlight.
- Raffle Ready: Bag yourself some free raffle tickets and eye up those vanlife goodies.
- Best in Show Contest: Think your rig's got what it takes? Join in and you might just drive away with a title!
- VanFest Fame: Your van will feature on our Festival Recap page. Perfect for those "I was there!" moments.
- Photo-Op: Get professional [ics of your rig – the high-res digital copies are yours to keep/use how you'd like!
- Stay Ahead: Early bird registration for our next VanFest event. Because once is never enough!
How to Exhibit at VanFest1. Grab Your Ticket: Secure your spot in the showcase by grabbing your ticket early. Spaces are limited!2. Prep Your Rig: This doesn’t mean a full makeover! Just ensure it’s tidy, safe, and ready to welcome guests.3. Arrive and Shine: Park in the designated exhibitor area, set up any displays or information you'd like to share, and get ready to be the talk of the festival!


Ready to Share Your Van's Story?Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. Secure your exhibitor spot now and let your van's journey inspire others at VanFest!

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Vanfest Events

Vanfest is growing!

We've got an amazing 2023/2024 coming up, and we want to see you there. Check out each event below, sign up for updates, and hit us up with questions!

New England
September, 2024

New England

September, 2024

Vanfest New England

Wait, what? You haven't been to New England in the summer?! You're crazy, man!It's the most beautiful time of year to explore the legendary northeast - warm summer days, crisp evenings, and quintessential seaside towns. As fireflies dance in the twilight, you'll realize: New England's beauty in these golden months is truly unparalleled.Get notified when tickets go on sale for a safe place to pahk and an unforgettable vanlife experience!

Utah
Fall 2025

Utah

Fall 2025

Vanfest Utah

VanFest returns to Utah for an EPIC Halloween gathering! Join the list to get notified of event updates.Get notified when tickets go on sale!

Hurricane, Utah
Oct 27 - 29, 2023

Hurricane, UT

Oct 27-29, 2023

Vanfest Utah

Vanfest started amongst the picturesque red-rocks backdrop of southern Utah, and we're back for 2023! Join us at the Washington County Legacy Park in Hurricane, UT for three days of vans, music, and community.

VanFest 2023 will be headlined by Alt Bloom, an alternative soul artist from Montana. Currently living in a converted school bus that doubles as his home and studio, Alt
Bloom's music reflects his unconventional lifestyle, blending elements of soul, rock, and R&B with his own unique palette. Check him out on Spotify!
We'll have five local food trucks, standup comedy with the legendary Leroy Firwood, van games, potlucks, open mics, fitness classes, group hikes, and live music featuring Cross-Eyed Possum, James Gilmore, Tyler Dhone, Jason Walsmith, and South for Winter.Don't miss out - grab your tickets now!

Viera, FL
Jan 26 - 28, 2024

Viera, FL

Jan 26-28, 2024

Vanfest Florida

We're riding the waves to the Sunshine State to kick off 2024! 🌊🌴Located just 30 minutes from Cocoa Beach, the surf capital of the East Coast, we invite you to bask in the golden sands and sun-soaked days of Florida in January. Join us for three days of vans, vibes, and vivacity.From amazing local food trucks to an exhilarating lineup of bands, we'll be serving ice-cold beer and a community spirit that's hotter than a Florida summer.And, after all the festivities, cool off with a collective beach day 🏖️ – a refreshing plunge into the Atlantic and a chance to ride the legendary Cocoa Beach waves.It's not just another gathering; it's a sun-kissed Florida experience you'll always remember!Discounted Early Bird tickets are on sale Friday 9/15!

VanFest Code of Conduct

VanFest is a safe, respectful, inclusive, and creative environment for everyone to enjoy. Our Code of Conduct applies to everyone at the event and who participate in our social media channels, and we hope to see it reflected in the way we treat one another in general. Guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and press will be held to the same standards. We reserve the right to remove or ban any person who does not adhere to the Code of Conduct.

By purchasing a ticket to VanFest, you (“you” or "Ticket Holder") are agreeing to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully before completing your purchase. If you do not agree with these terms, do not purchase a ticket for VanFest.By purchasing a ticket to VanFest, you acknowledge that you’ve had the opportunity to review these terms prior to purchase. Your decision to complete the purchase means that you accept these terms. VanFest is not responsible for any claims or disputes arising from your failure to read, understand, or comply with these terms.Safety, Conduct, and Zero Tolerance
Read in-depth about our Code of Conduct here.
In a nutshell, when it comes to physical safey, we're not messing around. VanFest strives to create a safe space for everyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or any other of the myriad of things that divide us in this world. If at any time during a VanFest event you do not feel safe, or you observe someone else exhibiting behavior that they may not feel safe, say something. Find a VanFest staff member or volunteer. Reach out to us via email or social media. Call us directly at 805.826.3378. If you see something, say something.Making anyone feel unsafe through words or actions is unacceptable. Anyone found doing so will be removed from the event and no longer allowed at future events without exception. VanFest will involve the police or other authorities without exception. VanFest will not be playing favorites or siding with ANYONE involved in an unsafe situation. VanFest will provide factual evident to the authorities. If anyone's behavior at a VanFest event or involving in some way a VanFest event negatively affects VanFest's brand, image, or status, VanFest WILL press charges against that person and will vehemently pursue the most extreme form of legal punishment and compensation for any/all damages as allowed by the law.Pets
Pets are allowed at VanFest, with the requirement that dogs must be leashed at all times. Dogs displaying aggressive or unruly behavior will be asked to leave, along with their owners, at the discretion of VanFest. You are responsible for the behavior of your pet(s) and must ensure that pets do not cause any harm or disturbance to other attendees, staff, or the event venue. Owners are required to clean up after their pets and dispose of waste properly. Failure to comply with these rules may result in removal from the event without a refund. Additionally, you should be aware of any local regulations or restrictions regarding pets, including ensuring that their pets' vaccinations and health documentation are up to date before attending VanFest.
Security & Conduct
For the safety and security of all attendees, weapons are not permitted at VanFest. Bags may be searched at the discretion of VanFest, and any items deemed dangerous, disruptive, or otherwise inappropriate may be confiscated. Fireworks and other explosive devices are strictly prohibited.
You agree to behave responsibly and respectfully while attending VanFest, and to comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. You acknowledge that VanFest may refuse entry or remove any attendee from the event for disruptive, unsafe, or inappropriate conduct, at their sole discretion, including involving law enforcement. No refunds will be issued for tickets in such cases. Anyone that is removed from the event will not be allowed at any future VanFest events, and for the safety of the community that person's information may be given to other related event companies.Use of Media
By attending VanFest, you grant VanFest the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use, reproduce, distribute, and display any photographs, video, audio, or other media that either captures your likeness, voice, or participation in the event, or that you share of a VanFest event or the travel to or from a VanFest event on social media platforms, without payment or compensation. VanFest will make every reasonable effort to credit you or the original creator where possible. This grant includes the right to modify, adapt, and create derivative works from such media.
You also agree that you may not revoke these permission, and hereby waive any right to royalties, payments, or other compensation arising from the use of such media by VanFest.Ticket Holder agrees that they may not revoke this permission, and hereby waives any right to royalties, payments, or other compensation arising from the use of such media by VanFest.Purchase, Transfers, and Refunds
Tickets to VanFest are non-refundable, except in the case of event cancellation due directly to actions and decisions of and by VanFest. In such cases, refunds will be issued at the discretion of VanFest. Should the event not occur on the specified dates due to circumstances beyond VanFest’s reasonable control, you will have the option of a refund or applying your ticket to any future VanFest event. Tickets may not be transferred or resold without the express permission of VanFest.
Accessibility
VanFest is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible event for all attendees. If you require accommodations due to a disability, please [c]ontact the event organizers](mailto:hello@vanfestusa.com) IN ADVANCE to discuss your needs and make appropriate arrangements. Failure to do so on your part may result in a less than desirable experience, and VanFest shall not be responsible for failing to provide accessible accommodations if no advance notice was given at least thirty (30) days prior to the event.
No Liability
You acknowledge that VanFest, its organizers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers (collectively "VanFest") shall not be held liable for any loss, injury, or damage to persons or property occurring during the VanFest event. This includes, but is not limited to, accidents, theft, or other incidents that may occur on the event grounds or during your travels to or from the event.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless VanFest from any claims, damages, or expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising out of or in connection with your attendance.COVID-19
While it seems that the pandemic days are behind us, COVID is still a part of our lives. By purchasing a ticket you agree that you will not attend the event in the case where you are displaying COVID symptoms and/or symptoms that may pose a risk of infection to others. You agree to practice hand washing and other routine cleanliness during the event, and you also agree to respect the wishes of others when it comes to COVID precautions.
Smoking
VanFest is a tobacco-free event. Period. End of story. It’s 2023, and the greater majority of people do not want to be exposed to tobacco smoke. There will be no consumption of tobacco allowed on the premises during the event. If you are caught smoking tobacco in any form, you may be asked to leave and will not be refunded. If you wish to smoke or consume a tobacco product, you must leave the premises to do so, and please try to remain downwind of the event.
Changes
VanFest reserves the right to update or modify these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. The most current version of these terms will be available on the VanFest website. Ticket Holder's continued use of a ticket to attend VanFest constitutes acceptance of any such updates or modifications. In the event of a significant change to these terms and conditions, VanFest will endeavor to provide reasonable notice to Ticket Holders, but it is the responsibility of the Ticket Holder to stay informed about any changes by regularly reviewing the VanFest website and any communications from the event organizers.
DBAD
Don't be a dick (or DBAD), is something that you're agreeing to here. In a nutshell, you won't do anything that is perceived by either VanFest attendees or staff as you acting in a way that makes you a dick. This can include annoying/obnoxious behavior or noise, endangering others in some way, acting disrespectfully against an individual / group / demographic, etc. There's no comprehensive list or definition - it's open to interpretation, and only VanFest staff has the final ruling. You agree, if you are found to be acting like a dick, to immediately stop upon first warning. There will be no second warning - you will be asked to leave the event. If you don't leave, you'll be escorted out by the authorities on trespassing. Anything that warrants charges being pressed will have charges pressed against you by VanFest.

VanFest 2024 Florida

VanFest Florida is stacking up to be the greatest vanlife experience that Florida has ever seen! Learn more about VanFest, including a schedule of events, below. Then grab your ticket - we can't wait to see you there!

VF Florida is Sponsored By:

EXPLORIST.life
Mango Vans
Freedom Van Go
Live More Campervans
CompoCloset

Event Schedule

VanFest Florida is stacking up to be the greatest vanlife experience that Florida has ever seen! Learn more about VanFest, including a schedule of events, and grab your ticket!


All Weekend
Rig Tours & Best in Show Voting | 11am to 4pm | Camping Area
One of the missions of VanFest is to help inspire the next generation of nomads! Walk around the camping area and check out some of the AMAZING custom created rigs - vans, buses, and everything in-between. Talk to the owners, learn about their time on the road and the undoubtedly amazing stories they have to tell, and get inspired for your own nomadic journey.
VanFest celebrates all rigs, but as folks who converted our own van we have a soft spot for the self-conversions out there. Everyone will get a unique voting token - if you feel that a self-converted rig you tour deserves your vote for Best in Show, make sure you give your voting token to the owner of the rig. On Sunday we’ll tally up the votes and announce the Best in Show winners!Electrical System Check-ups | By Appointment | EXPLORIST.life Booth
EXPLORIST.life will be offering FREE electrical system checks and repairs all weekend! Time slots are limited -- book yours now! https://tidycal.com/vanfest/electrical-check-exploristlife
Sponsors & Vendors | 11am to 4pm | Event Area
Come check out our amazing industry sponsors and vendors who help bring VanFest to life! We’re proud to be sponsored by EXPLORIST.life, Mango Vans, Freedom Van Go, Live More Campervans, and CompoCloset!
Pet Grooming | By Appointment | Camping Area
Hosted by Angela (@trulifequest – visit her rig to sign up and she’ll help keep your furry friends looking & feeling their best!


Thursday, Jan 25th
Event Setup | 7am to 6pm | Entire Venue
Setup for the event, sponsors/vendors, food, etc. If you'd like to help out, hit us up!
Early Bird Camping Arrival | 2pm to 6pm | Camping Area
This is the earliest campers can arrive. Note: there aren’t many 'official' things planned for Thursday, but feel free to show up, set up, and meet new friends!
Community Potluck | 6pm to 8pm | Stage
Let’s get together for a nomad community potluck! Bring a dish, enjoy diverse flavors, and connect with fellow travelers. It's a night of good food, great conversations, and shared experiences in our beautiful nomadic setting. Join us for this heartwarming communal feast! Please make note of allergens and animal products in any food you prepare.


Friday, Jan 26th
Morning Walk / Run | 7am | Meet @ Info Booth
Join Kim as she leads a 1 hour early morning walk/run around beautiful Florida! Meet at the Info booth at 7:00 a.m., and don't forget to stretch!
Camping Arrival | 10pm to 6pm | Camping Area
Awesome, you're here! This is the official arrival window for campers. It will be first-come, first-parked closest to the action. If you wish to park with friends it's best to meet up outside and enter together, so that you end up being parked next to each other. Official gate closure is 6pm - if you need to arrive after that hit us up! Once parked, get your rig leveled and comfy, put out your awning, set up your chairs, and say hello to your neighbors!
Electrical System Check-ups | By Appointment | EXPLORIST.life Booth
EXPLORIST.life will be offering FREE electrical system checks and repairs all weekend! Time slots are limited -- book yours now! https://tidycal.com/vanfest/electrical-check-exploristlife
Welcomes & Happy Hour | 4.30pm to 6pm | VanFest Stage
Grab your favorite drink from the Tiki Bar and join us at the stage for a welcome from Lance and Leroy.
Trivia | 6pm to 7pm | VanFest Stage
Bring a chair and a drink as trivia mogul Leroy tests your knowledge on all things (vanlife included), and gives out some awesome prizes.
VanJams Open Mic | 7pm to 8.30pm | VanFest Stage
There's so much talent in our community - let's kick off with some nomadic musicians! Not limited to just music. A sign-up sheet will be available at the stage.
Standup | 8.30pm to 10pm | VanFest Stage
Comedians Leroy Firwood and Gerrit Gray do their best to make you laugh. Come let this moppy-haired Hagrid and some random kiwi he's bringing across the country entertain you with a wonderful approach to humor.


Saturday, Jan 27th
Morning Walk / Run | 7am | Meet @ Info Booth
Join Kim as she leads a 1 hour early morning walk/run around beautiful Florida! Meet at the Info booth at 7:00 a.m., and don't forget to stretch!
Morning Yoga | 9am to 10am | VanFest Stage
Join Chris from Boujee Builds to unwind, stretch, and rejuvenate in a yoga class designed to suit all levels of experience. Bring your own mat. Namaste!
Rig Tours + Best in Show Voting | 11a to 4p | Camping Area
One of the missions of VanFest is to help inspire the next generation of nomads! Walk around the camping area and check out some of the AMAZING custom created rigs - vans, buses, and everything in-between! Talk to the owners, learn about their time on the road and the undoubtedly amazing stories they have to tell, and get inspired for your own nomadic journey.
VanFest celebrates all rigs, but as people who converted our own van we have a soft spot for the self-conversions out there. Everyone will get a unique voting token - if you feel that a self-converted rig you tour deserves your vote for Best in Show, make sure you give your voting token to the owner of the rig. On Sunday we’ll tally up the votes and announce the Best in Show winneElectrical System Check-ups | By Appointment | EXPLORIST.life Booth
EXPLORIST.life will be offering FREE electrical system checks and repairs all weekend! Time slots are limited -- book yours now! https://tidycal.com/vanfest/electrical-check-exploristlife
Workshop: Podcasting 101 | 12pm to 1pm | Workshop Tent
Founder of the Built to GO! vanlife podcast, Jeff Wagg reviews the tools, skills, time, and best practices for starting and running a podcast - on the road or off of it!
Workshop: Electrical Systems 101 | 1pm to 2pm | Workshop Tent
The electrical experts from EXPLORIST.life are here to help you tackle one of the biggest “scary” parts of any build - the electrical system! (the secret is to not touch red and black together 😂) They have demo equipment, wiring guides, and everything you need to become an electrical expert yourself.
Workshop: Leave no Trace | 3pm to 4pm | Workshop Tent
Living nomadically, our surroundings are constantly changing — including our neighbors. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how vanlifers adapt to these changes, focusing on social interactions, whether in solitude or crowded spaces. We’ll cover strategies for activities like hiking and campfires, emphasizing Principle 7: Be Considerate of Others. If you’ve been curious to learn more about Leave No Trace principles and how you can apply them in your daily life, this workshop is for you!
Discussion Panel: 20 Questions for Vanlifers | 4pm to 5pm | VanFest Stage
Join a panel of full-time road warriors who discuss the big three, how to get mail, how to make money, and what it's truly like to live on the road. A down-to-earth, candid conversation about all the vanlife questions you may have.
Happy Hour | 5pm to 6.30pm | VanFest Stage
Comedians Leroy Firwood and Gerrit Gray do their best to make you laugh. Come let this moppy-haired Hagrid and some random kiwi he's bringing across entertain you with a wonderful approach to humor.
Live Music | 5pm to 8pm | VanFest Stage
James Gilmore - 5pm to 6pm
James Gilmore is an alt-folk singer-songwriter and vanlifer who has gained popularity for his soulful vocal and intricate lyrics. His new EP “Lies Your Mind Tells You” has found regular radio features ahead of its February release.
Jason Walsmith - 6pm to 7pm
Jason, a nomadic musician, traverses an impressive 45,000 miles in a year, captivating audiences at 72 shows. His music vividly reflects his road experiences, weaving tales of adventure, freedom, and the ever-changing landscapes of a traveler's life.
Eugene Music - 7pm to 8pm
Having honed his street performance craft across 12+ countries since 2015, Eugene recently fulfilled a long-time dream by converting a FedEx truck into a mobile recording studio with a built-in stage.
Sunday, Jan 28thMorning Yoga | 9am to 10am | VanFest Stage
Join Chris from Boujee Builds to unwind, stretch, and rejuvenate in a yoga class designed to suit all levels of experience. Bring your own mat. Namaste!
Rig Tours + Best in Show Voting | 11a to 4p | Camping Area
One of the missions of VanFest is to help inspire the next generation of nomads! Walk around the camping area and check out some of the AMAZING custom created rigs - vans, buses, and everything in-between! Talk to the owners, learn about their time on the road and the undoubtedly amazing stories they have to tell, and get inspired for your own nomadic journey.
Electrical System Check-ups | By Appointment | EXPLORIST.life Booth
EXPLORIST.life will be offering FREE electrical system checks and repairs all weekend! Time slots are limited -- book yours now! https://tidycal.com/vanfest/electrical-check-exploristlife
Chaplain Service | 11a to 12p | Camping Area
Paul Rideout will be holding a Chaplin Service at his van for anyone interested in attending. Trust in Jesus Ministries. Reach out to @roamingrideouts for exact rig location!
Workshop: Staying Connected | 12pm to 1pm | Workshap Tent
Let's talk about the internet! VanFest owner Lance -- a 20-year IT and networking expert -- discusses options for staying connected on the road & dealing with working remotely.
Workshop: Your Perfect Van Build Q&A | 1pm to 2pm | Workshop Tent
Join Chris Lowe and Bobby Brown of Boujee Builds in a Q&A on buidling your dream van. Tap into their expertise on everything from layouts, designing microsystems, conversion basics, to aesthetics in van building. This workshop offers invaluable insights from the pros - great for those just starting out or mid-build. Bring your questions for an engaging session that will help guide your vanlife journey!
Workshop: Family Lifestyle on the Road | 2pm to 3pm | Workshop Tent
Led by Marian of Live More Campervans, this session will cover everything from keeping everyone entertained on the move, to finding fun activities at your destinations, easy cooking in compact spaces, and ensuring safety for all. Perfect for families who love adventure and want to thrive on the road!
Workshop: Framing Life's Moments: Capturing your Significant Other | 3pm to 4pm | Workshop Tent
In this photography workshop couple and vanlife enthusiasts Erme and Lou will provide you with tips and techniques to beautifully capture your life on the road and create lasting memories - including with the most common type of camera: your phone.
Turn in Your Votes! | 3.45pm to 4pm | VanFest Stage
If you received any Best in Show votes, turn 'em in at the main stage BEFORE 4PM!
Raffle & Best in Show Winners | 4pm to 4.30pm | VanFest Stage
Join us at the stage as we announce the raffle winners, as well as the Best in Show! Raffle tickets are available at the entrance booth - $5 each, or 5 for $20. All raffle proceeds will go to the National Parks Foundation.
Live Music | pm to 8pm | VanFest Stage
Eugene Music - 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Having honed his street performance craft across 12+ countries since 2015, Eugene recently fulfilled a long-time dream by converting a FedEx truck into a mobile recording studio with a built-in stage.
Destiny Guerra - 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Destiny is a nomadic vocalist and ukulele enthusiast. She writes original music as well as putting her own spin on familiar favorites!
Vanlife Bingo | 6.30pm to 7.30pm | VanFest Stage
Vanlife-themed bingo, with various prizes from our sponsors and vendors.
Movie Night! | 8pm to 9:30pm | VanFest Stage
Audience choice - vote all throughout VanFest at the stage. Bonus points if it's on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.
Monday, Jan 29thFarewells | 10am to 10.15am | VanFest Stage
That's all, folks - thank you for joining! Please make sure your camping area is cleaned up, and make your way in an orderly-ish fashion to the front gate by 11am.
All rigs must depart by 11am!
If you’re volunteering/helping clean up, you can hang out for a bit longer. 🙂

Camping Info
All campers should enter Space Coast Daily Park from Stadium Parkway.
If you’re camping at VanFest and you’re exhibiting your vehicle, you’re welcome to arrive on Thursday 1/25 between 2pm and 6pm. While there aren’t many 'official' things planned for Thursday, feel free to show up, set up, and meet some new friends!General camping admission is from 10am to 6pm on Friday, 1/26. If you’re arriving after 6pm, please let us know ahead of time so we can meet you at the front entrance!General Admission Info
Just joining us for the day? Get ready to dive head-first into dozens of custom rigs open for tours, amazing vanlife sponsors and vendors, and a weekend of information, inspiration, and memories. VanFest GA ticketholders are welcome on Saturday 1/27 from 11am to 8pm, and on Sunday 1/28 from 11am to 6pm.
Rig Tours & Best in Show
One of the missions of VanFest is to help inspire the next generation of nomads! Walk around the camping area and check out some of the AMAZING custom created rigs - vans, buses, and everything in-between! Talk to the owners, learn about their time on the road and the undoubtedly amazing stories they have to tell, and get inspired for your own nomadic journey.
VanFest celebrates all rigs, but as people who converted our own van we have a soft spot for the self-conversions out there. Everyone attending VanFest will get a unique voting token upon check-in - if you feel that a self-converted rig that you tour deserves your vote for Best in Show, make sure you give your voting token to the owner of the rig.On Sunday 1/28 we’ll tally up the votes at 4pm and announce the Best in Show winners!Conduct & Safe Space
VanFest is a safe, respectful, inclusive, and creative environment for everyone to enjoy. Our Code of Conduct applies to everyone at the event and who participate in our social media channels, and we hope to see it reflected in the way we treat one another in general. Guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and press will be held to the same standards.
We reserve the right to remove or ban any person who does not adhere to the Code of Conduct.We do not tolerate harassment of any kind, including:Intimidation or threats, inappropriate disruption of events, Intentionally hurtful language, physical assault of any type, Inappropriate physical contact, unwanted sexual attention, unwanted photography or video recording, or bullying / stalkingEspecially in connection to:Race or ethnicity, national origin, gender identity or presentation, sex or sexual orientation, age, religion, disability / medical condition / pregnancy, citizenship status, or political IdeologyQuestions
Most questions are answered in the FAQ page - please check there first! If you have any questions beyond the FAQ, shoot us an email at hello@vanfestusa.com and we’ll get right back to you!

Vanfest Utah 2023 Schedule

Amazing things going on at VanFest Utah this year!

ALL WEEKEND

VanFest will be MC'd by the legendary Leroy Firwood!

Tattoos by Abi Rodriguez - Pride Camp
Hand poke tattoo artist and co-founder of Vanlife Pride will be accepting appointments all weekend for flash tattoos.
Somatic Sharing by Connection Progression
Join ResoNate and Sunshine Come and explore a fun way to connect in a conscious and authentic way! We will engage in inspiring conversation while practicing balance and teamwork with coordinated movements. Come alone or bring a partner/friend; bring an open heart and be open to connections. In this playshop, we will have the opportunity to engage with several different partners and also collaborate as a larger group. Somatic sharing is an amazing way to connect with others and build friendships.
Electrical Checks by EXPLORIST.life - Camping Area
EXPLORIST.life will be offering FREE electrical system checks and repairs all weekend! Time slots are limited -- book yours now! https://tidycal.com/vanfest/electrical-check-exploristlife
Vendors and Sponsors - Vendor Area
Our Presenting Partner is CAtuned Offroad - check out their booth, as well as the other amazing sponsors and vendors that help bring VanFest to life!
People's Choice / Best in Show Voting - Camping Area
Vote for your favorite rig! Winners in each category will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
Food Trucks - Food Area
Explore some amazing local food trucks, including The Hearty Beet, Sconies, Sweet Joy, Hook’d on Bowls, and Sushi Squad.
TimberTote Demos & Giveaways - Vendor Area
The Rugged Outdoorsman will be spreading the word about TimberTote, including giveaways.
Shuttle Service - Various Times
We’ll have an 8-person shuttle running at various times between the venue and downtown Hurricane for small grocery runs and Anytime Fitness trips. The shuttle is free!

Friday, Oct 27Arrival & Setup - 10am - 7pm - Camping Area
Gates are open for camping peeps. If you’re arriving after 7pm reach out to us at 805.826.3378 and let us know! Once you're parked and level, get your outside space set up and say 'hello' to your neighbors!
Welcome & BYOPumpkin Carving Contest - 4pm - CAtuned Offroad Stage
Join us for a welcome from Lance and Leroy. Grab your pumpkins and carving kits and show us what you've got! Prizes for each category.
Trivia with Leroy Firwood - 5pm - CAtuned Offroad Stage
Bring a chair and a drink as Leroy tests your knowledge and gives out some awesome prizes.
Cheers Queers Social Hour - 6pm - Queer Camp
Hosted by Vanlife Pride
Somatic Sharing - 6pm - Grass Area between Grafton Building and Street
Hosted by ResoNate and Sunshine from Connection Progression
VanJams Open Mic - 6.30pm - CAtuned Offroad Stage
Let's kick off with some nomadic musicians! Sign-up sheet will be available at the stage.
Standup with Leroy Firwood - 9pm -CAtuned Offroad Stage
Movie Night - 10pm - CAtuned Offroad Stage
All Who Wander, a documentary by Mark and Marina of The Wander Box that celebrates the frontier of the open road, exploring the spirit of nomads as they travel, problem solve, fight, love, and uncover the secrets to unlocking their fullest potential.



Saturday, Oct 28
Yoga - 9am - CAtuned Offroad Stage
Join ResoNate and Sunshine from Connection Progression to unwind, stretch, and rejuvenate in a yoga class designed to suit all levels of experience. Bring your own mat. Namaste.
General Admission & OpenDoors Tours - 11am
Welcome to VanFest! Gates open at 11am, with OpenDoor Tours of vans and other rigs until 5pm. Explore the unique and diverse homes, meet new nomadic friends, and learn about amazing experiences on the road! Participating rigs will have a sign in the passenger window. Make sure you vote for your favorite rig!
Workshop: Conversions 101 - 12pm - Grafton Building
Join professional builder Mike from Instavanbuilds as he lays out the roadmap to converting your own van! From vehicle selection to final touches, you’ll learn about the skills, tools, time, and budget needed to build the van of your dreams.
Workshop: Solo Female Travel - 1pm - Grafton Building
Linda dives into her own nomadic journey, including subjects such as safety, earning income on the road, and potential pitfalls to avoid.
Workshop: Survival Basics; A Primitive Approach - 2pm - Grafton Building
Primitive survival expert Tamra Hyde imparts her knowledge on all things survival - maintaining core temperatures, purifying water, indentifying wild edibles, fire-making, and more! Don’t miss these potentially live-saving skills!
Discussion: Leave No Trace & Potty Training - 3pm - Grafton Building
Richard from CompoCloset discusses vanlife toilets, sustainability, and Leave-No-Trace principals.
Workshop: Electrical Systems 101 - 4pm - Grafton Building
The electrical experts from EXPLORIST.life are here to help you tackle one of the biggest “scary” parts of any build - the electrical system! (shhhh - the secret is to not touch red and black together 😂) They have demo equipment, wiring guides, and everything you need to become an electrical expert yourself.
Van-O-Ween Trick-or-Treating - 3pm to 4.30pm
Join us for Van-O-Ween, a special trick-or-treat experience at VanFest for kids and adults alike. Don your costume and collect candy and treats from decorated vans and vendor booths.
Live Music - 4.30pm to 8.30pm - CAtuned Offroad Stage
Jason Walsmith Storyteller - 4.30pm
James Gilmore - 5.30pm
South for Winter - 6.30pm
Alt Bloom - 7.30pm
General Admission Ends - 8.30pm
Any GA ticket holders must depart for the day.

Sunday, Oct 29Yoga - 9am - CAtuned Offroad Stage
Join ResoNate and Sunshine from Connection Progression to unwind, stretch, and rejuvenate in a yoga class designed to suit all levels of experience. Bring your own mat. Namaste.
General Admission & OpenDoors Tours - 11am
Welcome to VanFest! Gates open at 11am, with OpenDoor Tours of vans and other rigs until 5pm. Explore the unique and diverse homes, meet new nomadic friends, and learn about amazing experiences on the road! Participating rigs will have a sign in the passenger window. Make sure you vote for your favorite rig!
Workshop: Conversions 101 - 12pm - Grafton Building
Join professional builder Mike from Instavanbuilds as he lays out the roadmap to converting your own van! From vehicle selection to final touches, you’ll learn about the skills, tools, time, and budget needed to build the van of your dreams.
Discussion: Working Remotely - 2pm - Grafton Building
Chad from I Live in a Rig Leads a discussion on earning income remotely, building your own businesses, and creating multiple income streams while living a nomadic life.
Live Music - 3pm to 6pm - CAtuned Offroad StageMovie Night - 7.30pm - CAtuned Offroad Stage
All Who Wander, a documentary by Mark and Marina of The Wander Box that celebrates the frontier of the open road, exploring the spirit of nomads as they travel, problem solve, fight, love, and uncover the secrets to unlocking their fullest potential.
The Cross-Eyed Possum - 3pm
Amelia Doll - 4pm
Runaway Fire - 5pm





Monday, Oct 30
Farewells - 8am - CAtuned Offroad Stage
All good things must end, and we at VanFest need to head east to get ready for VanFest Florida in January! All rigs must depart by 10.30am at the latest, unless you’d like to stick around and help clean up! 😀

Vanfest 2023 Sponsors

Vanfest 2023 Sponsors

Our Sponsors help bring Vanfest to life, and we're pumped to work with the amazing companies below!

Come check them out this year in Hurricane, UT from Oct 27 - 29! 🚐

PRESENTING SPONSOR

CA tuned Offroad

Based out of Sacramento, California, CA Tuned Off-Road is an off-road and overlanding specialist, with a focus on custom fabrication and manufacturing. They are known for their flagship line of USA-made rugged bumpers for Sprinter and Transit vans, but also have an online store to provide turnkey solutions for off-road vehicles from other manufacturers as well.CA Tuned Off-Road provides durable, quality products that allow people to experience the world of off-roading and overlanding that they are so passionate about.


GOLD SPONSOR

AFV Builds

Adventure Family Vans is out to change the way you vacation or experience #vanlife. Our vans have all the comforts of home in a vehicle small enough to park at trail head, yet big enough to accommodate your whole tribe. But it’s not just about that. When you invest in one of our vans, you’re also investing in grocery runs, soccer practice, and tailgate parties. Our vans are built for living, and for life.The team at Adventure Family Vans are expert van builders who know the best methods and materials. Choose from a pre-build list to get a van faster, or let us build you a custom van with your ideas and options. Either way, you’ll be off-grid ready with plenty of power to serve your needs.You ready? Let's go!


GOLD SPONSOR

EXPLORIST.life

EXPLORIST.life is a resource for building DIY Campers. With a focus on DIY Electrical Systems, our goal is to make it attainable for everyone to build a high-performing electrical system that will provide as much power as you need for your life on the road.The EXPLORIST.life website has tutorials, walkthroughs, wiring diagrams and product reviews that will help complete your next DIY camper project.


SILVER SPONSOR

RoamRest

RoamRest strives to provide the best rest possible. Their hand-crafted camper van and RV mattresses are designed with the adventurer in mind and assembled with the utmost care.Using only the best materials, such as breathable foam layers, high-density support cores, and durable fabrics, each mattress is made to order and built with quality construction so you can enjoy superior comfort on the road.RoamRest is committed to providing a comfortable and supportive camper van mattress that will last for years to come. Order yours today and experience the best rest possible!


SILVER SPONSOR

Jackery

Founded in 2012 in California, USA, Jackery was born with a vision to offer green energy to everyone, everywhere. In 2016, Jackery launched the world's first outdoor portable power stations and, two years later, developed the world's first portable solar panels.Having introduced solar generators to the great outdoors, Jackery fulfills the power needs of every nature-lover, inspiring them to explore further and seek more extraordinary experiences than before. They encourage global adventurers to enjoy the outdoors sustainably, working together to protect our planet and build a better future.


BRONZE SPONSOR

Native Campervans

Since 2015, Native Campervans has been on a mission to make perspective-shifting journeys more accessible. To give more people, from more places, the freedom of the open road. To us, adventure is a way to reconnect with nature. To make space for our native selves. We feel the most at home when we’re learning and experiencing new things. It’s this thrill of discovery that keeps us searching for new roads.Native Campervans has 3 models for rent, all of which are 2018 or newer, front-wheel drive vehicles.


BRONZE SPONSOR

Freedom Vans

Freedom Vans was founded on the freedom of the off-grid lifestyle, and we are here to enable this lifestyle for our clients. We wish to give people the foundation for their adventures in an off grid home (permanent or secondary) on wheels. We are dedicated to creating high quality vans with high performance specs, systems and materials, wrapped up in a complete, cohesive and creative design. Freedom Vans‘ goal is to maximize space, prioritize functionality, and obsess over details, all while creating a design that feels like home!They offer a variety of services, including single services, floor plans, conversion packages, and custom builds.


BRONZE SPONSOR

NIRVC

Founded in 2009 by enthusiasts passionate about the RV lifestyle, National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) opened their doors in Lewisville, TX. Driven by a commitment to provide a concierge level of service, NIRVC has developed a unique approach to selling, servicing, storing, and washing RVs of all classes. Their comprehensive package of services, designed to simplify RV ownership, includes on-site department management, free vehicle preparation for departures, and ‘On The Road’ call assistance.NIRVC pride themselves on full transparency in consignment sales and meticulous attention to the smallest details, all under one roof.


BRONZE SPONSOR

Van America

Van America is a premier van rental and builder based out of southern Utah. We provide four models of adventure vehicles for rent, as well as luxury 10-passenger and 7-passenger transport vans.We also offer custom build services. We’re lovers of the land and of luxury. We understand van life is a way of life. Adventures create memories that last a lifetime, and you want a custom vehicle that lasts a lifetime, too. We offer semi custom builds to represent YOU and YOUR STORY.


BRONZE SPONSOR

Veritas Vans

Veritas Vans began as just a couple of guys building our personal vans who realized that it should be easier! Nothing fancy, just quality components at a good price. They thought van life should be more accessible, and here, Veritas Vans was born.They manufacture cabinets, galleys, panel kits, and headliner shelves that are custom fit to your vehicle and easy to assemble. If you need something you don’t see on the website, just ask! Veritas Vans offers unique, custom solutions to help you get out there quicker.


BRONZE SPONSOR

CompoCloset

At CompoCloset , we're passionate about merging sustainability with simplicity to enhance your lifestyle. Whether you're a nomad, off-grid dweller, or sustainability enthusiast, we offer top-notch bathroom solutions tailored for small spaces. Our products, like Cuddy the composting toilet, are designed to be clean, effective, and environmentally friendly, supporting your journey toward a more sustainable and adventurous life.We're not just about products; we're about experiences. Traveling enriches your life, and we believe a reliable bathroom is essential for any journey. We're committed to responsible living and environmental stewardship, exemplified by our #BeTheChange and #LeaveNoTrace initiatives. Choose CompoCloset for a bathroom experience that's as adventurous and eco-conscious as you are.



BRONZE SPONSOR

CompoCloset

Located off I-15 in St. George, Utah, the Stephen Wade Auto Center offers a vast range of 13 car brands. Founded in the '70s by Stephen Wade, we've grown to over 700 employees and continually expand our services. From personalized finance options to comprehensive service and repair, we aim to be your all-in-one automotive solution.Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to keep your vehicle in top condition. We're deeply committed to our local community, sponsoring youth sports and educational programs. At Stephen Wade, we strive to offer a seamless customer experience, treating every visitor as part of our growing family.

BRONZE SPONSOR

CompoCloset

Flarespace offers simlpe solutions to go from cargo to adventure van with fiberglass Flares, Trim Rings and Wood Bed Systems.

Vanfest 2024 Sponsors

Vanfest 2024 Sponsors

GOLD SPONSOR

EXPLORIST.life

EXPLORIST.life is a resource for building DIY Campers. With a focus on DIY Electrical Systems, our goal is to make it attainable for everyone to build a high-performing electrical system that will provide as much power as you need for your life on the road.The EXPLORIST.life website has tutorials, walkthroughs, wiring diagrams and product reviews that will help complete your next DIY camper project.

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

CompoCloset

At CompoCloset , we're passionate about merging sustainability with simplicity to enhance your lifestyle. Whether you're a nomad, off-grid dweller, or sustainability enthusiast, we offer top-notch bathroom solutions tailored for small spaces. Our products, like Cuddy the composting toilet, are designed to be clean, effective, and environmentally friendly, supporting your journey toward a more sustainable and adventurous life.We're not just about products; we're about experiences. Traveling enriches your life, and we believe a reliable bathroom is essential for any journey. We're committed to responsible living and environmental stewardship, exemplified by our #BeTheChange and #LeaveNoTrace initiatives. Choose CompoCloset for a bathroom experience that's as adventurous and eco-conscious as you are.

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

Freedom Van Go

Freedom Van Go is the leading one-stop-shop for all your van parts, projects, and services in the southeast. Specializing in Mercedes Sprinters, Ford Transits, Ram Promasters, RV Style Vans (Revel, Storytellers, Thors, Etc) and Winnebago Ekkos, they offer everything from electrical to exterior mods, to interior fabrication and more!

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

Mango Vans

Mango Vans are bespoke camper van creators, specialists in customized designs using high quality, sustainably sourced materials, and top of the line lithium electrical systems.

ASSOCIATE SPONSOR

Live More Campervans

Live More Campervans is a full service van-upfitter offering campervan builds, moto vans, expeditor vans, mobile offices, solar installs, parts sales and more. Their Adventure Ready layouts are uniquely designed and loaded to get customers off the grid.Live More also handcrafts custom builds modified just for individual needs. Every Live More van focuses on convenience, comfort and functionality to make adventures unforgettable, whether it's a weekend getaway or full-time van life. Those looking to test van life can rent one of their Adventure Ready campervans, packed and ready for the next destination.

Vanfest is growing across the US in 2024!

Want to get exposure to a receptive, curated audience in a setting that resonates with their core values and embodies the vanlife way of living? Let's talk!We're looking for industry-leading sponsors to bring the ultimate vanlife experience across the US! In 2024 Vanfest is hitting Florida in January, New England in September, and Utah in October.Our last event saw 150+ vans/rigs and over 1600 GA attendees in a single day! In Florida 2024, we’re doing a multi-day festival with more vans, GA attendees, lifestyle influencers, and opportunities to expand your customer base.Ready to get involved? We host events all throughout the US. Hit us up via email, or the form below and let's go!

Want to get exposure to a receptive, curated audience in a setting that resonates with their core values and embodies the vanlife way of living? Let's talk!We're looking for industry-leading sponsors to bring the ultimate vanlife experience across the US! In 2024 Vanfest is hitting Florida in January, New England in September, and Utah in October.Our last event saw 150+ vans/rigs and over 1600 GA attendees in a single day! In Florida 2024, we’re doing a multi-day festival with more vans, GA attendees, lifestyle influencers, and opportunities to expand your customer base.Ready to get involved? We host events all throughout the US. Hit us up via email, or the form below and let's go!

Vendors at Vanfest

Vendors at Vanfest

We're always looking for amazing, unique, and high-quality products, services, and businesses to showcase at Vanfest events.

Whether you have a product or service that is outdoor / nomadic-focused, or you're a business local to an event and want exposure to a large audience in a fun and exciting atmosphere, we want to talk to you!

Below is a short list of the types of vendors we've had in the past, but it's certainly not all-inclusive.

Vanlife-related:
  - Tires, suspension, lighting, accessories
    - Storage, bedding, upholstery
    - Lighting, HVAC
    - Window covers
    - Tarps & awnings
    - Shower and water systems
    - Solar, power, and electrical
Outdoor-related
    - Tents, tarps, sleeping bags, camping
    - Cooking systems, fire-related
    - Hiking, climbing, cycling, swimming, surfing, rafting, kayaking
    - Clothing and outerwear
Local / General:
    - Food, baked goods, drinks (Kombucha is always popular!)
    - Art (paint/drawings, macramé, ceramics, etc etc)


Email us or fill out the form below to learn more!

Vanlife-related:
  - Tires, suspension, lighting, accessories
    - Storage, bedding, upholstery
    - Lighting, HVAC
    - Window covers
    - Tarps & awnings
    - Shower and water systems
    - Solar, power, and electrical
Outdoor-related
    - Tents, tarps, sleeping bags, camping
    - Cooking systems, fire-related
    - Hiking, climbing, cycling, swimming, surfing, rafting, kayaking
    - Clothing and outerwear
Local / General:
    - Food, baked goods, drinks (Kombucha is always popular!)
    - Art (paint/drawings, macramé, ceramics, etc etc)


Email us or fill out the form below to learn more!

About Us

VanFest is for the van curious among us. It’s a haven for those who are interested in the journey into the heart of adventure, and a source for creative inspiration for the nomadic dreamers. At VanFest, a diverse array of converted vans, buses, and other custom homes open up a world of possibilities, offering a tangible glimpse into the vanlife for attendees. From those who’ve lived the life on the open road to the ones who’ve admired van builds from afar, everyone is invited to dive deep, discover, and connect at VanFest.We're not merely about parading van builds; it’s an immersive educational and community-driven adventure! VanFest brings to life practical workshops, engaging classes, and enlightening talks on topics like DIY conversions, digital nomadism, lifestyle choices, wellness on the road, and beyond. It's is a rich source of knowledge and guidance for those yearning to embrace the nomadic way of living.

VANFEST IS FOR THE

Van Curious

AND FOR THE

Nomad Community

VanFest is a celebration of the nomadic community. It’s a testament to adventurous spirit, providing a safe & inclusive space to connect, discover, and create memories.The road often puts many miles between us, and VanFest bridges that gap, bringing together like-minded souls from diverse paths. Here, the essence of vanlife transcends the miles, weaving a tapestry of stories, experiences, and knowledge.We embodies the joyous side of vanlife and nomadic living with vibrant music, entertaining games, and the warm camaraderie of like-minded folks. It's a place where freedom, creativity, and connection are not just values but a way of life. We celebrate the diversity, the stories, and the shared dreams of our community.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US –

What is Vanfest?

Vanfest is a gathering for the nomadic at heart. It’s a celebration of community, a testament to adventurous spirit, and provides inspiration for those planning their own journey. At every Vanfest event, dozens of converted vans, buses, and other vehicles open their doors for tours, providing a tangible source of inspiration for attendees. From seasoned vanlifers to those who’ve only seen the beautiful builds on social media, everyone is welcomed to explore, learn, and connect at Vanfest.We're not just about showcasing vehicles; it’s also a vibrant educational and community-building experience! Vanfest hosts hands-on demonstrations, classes, and keynote speakers covering conversion techniques, working on the road, lifestyle design, health & fitness, and more. Vanfest is a rich source of knowledge and guidance for those ready to embrace the vanlife.But Vanfest is CERTAINLY not all work and no play - it’s a lively event where the spirit of the open road is celebrated with music, games, and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. We value and foster freedom, creativity, and connection inherent in the vanlife community. We celebrate each other. Whether you’re an established vanlifer or just vanlife curious, Vanfest is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the culture, learn from the best, and get inspired for your own nomadic adventure.So, come join us at Vanfest and check out the ultimate vanlife experience for yourself!

Jobs at Vanfest

Jobs at Vanfest

Become a key part of the ultimate vanlife experience!

Vanfest is going to be a blast, but it can’t happen without you! This event is a chance for vanlife veterans and newbies alike from all over to come together and learn from each other, and we couldn’t be more excited to see everyone there.With such a large undertaking for such an amazing community, we need help! For each event we have both paid and volunteer positions available, and occasionally we’ll have full- or part-time roles too — check ’em out below!

Per-event Job Openings:

Join the team that brings the ultimate vanlife experience to life! We’re offering a variety of roles for those interested in contributing to the success of a Vanfest event. Whether you’re looking for a paid position or to volunteer, we’ve got opportunities for you!


Paid Roles
Paid as a 1099 contractor. All roles are $15/hr, with 10 to 20 hours total, except photo/video.A/V and Tech  - Handle all things audio/visual and technical for the festival
  - Must have technical, A/V, and/or IT experience
  - Troubleshoot technical glitches during live performances
  - Collaborate with stage managers to ensure smooth performance transitions
Ticket/Merch Lead  - Oversee ticket & merch operations
  - Accountable for all cash and digital transactions
  - Assist attendees with questions, product inquiries, and purchases
  - Manage parking operations volunteer
Security Lead  - Ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees
  - Train and brief security personnel on festival policies
  - Interface with medical personnel or police as required
Photographer/Videographer – $500/event  - Take quality, professional photos and/or videos of the event
  - Capture certain moments and items as defined by VanFest
  - Must have own professional photo/video equipment
  - Editing of photos/videos required post-event


Volunteer Roles:
Unpaid, but shorter shifts (4 hours). Comes with all the perks outlined below.Ticket / Merch / Info
  - Greet campers and general admissions
  - Scan tickets, hand out welcome packets
  - Sell raffle tickets, perhaps merch
  - Sell merch & raffle tickets
  - Answer questions from attendees
Parking & Operations
  - Assist with parking logistics for campers & general admissions
  - Guide campers to the correct spot
  - Ensure distances between rigs / open areas are clear & aligned
  - Assist workshop presenters with A/V-related tasks
Event Patrol
  - Walk around event keeping an eye on everything
  - Pick up litter, help empty trash
  - Ensure event rules are observed, address / escalate issues as needed
  - Assist attendees with general inquiries and directions
  - Provide first point of contact for any safety concerns
Benefits for All Roles (both paid and volunteer):  - 50% off camping admission for 1 rig to VanFest (reimbursed within 2 weeks of event)
  - An extra FREE night of camping before event for training
  - Free VanFest t-shirt
  - Free drink tickets (2 per volunteer)
  - 50% discount on any future VanFest ticket (you can volunteer at future events as well for free camping!)
  - Our eternal gratitude and undying love
  - You get to use a cool walkie-talkie during the event (but please give it back :)
Ready to be a key player in the ultimate vanlife experience? Apply below to be a part of the Vanfest team!

Join the team that brings the ultimate vanlife experience to life! We’re offering a variety of roles for those interested in contributing to the success of a Vanfest event. Whether you’re looking for a paid position or to volunteer, we’ve got opportunities for you!


Paid Roles
Paid as a 1099 contractor. All roles are $15/hr, with 10 to 20 hours total, except photo/video.A/V and Tech  - Handle all things audio/visual and technical for the festival
  - Must have technical, A/V, and/or IT experience
  - Troubleshoot technical glitches during live performances
  - Collaborate with stage managers to ensure smooth performance transitions
Ticket/Merch Lead  - Oversee ticket & merch operations
  - Accountable for all cash and digital transactions
  - Assist attendees with questions, product inquiries, and purchases
  - Manage parking operations volunteer
Security Lead  - Ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees
  - Train and brief security personnel on festival policies
  - Interface with medical personnel or police as required
Photographer/Videographer – $500/event  - Take quality, professional photos and/or videos of the event
  - Capture certain moments and items as defined by VanFest
  - Must have own professional photo/video equipment
  - Editing of photos/videos required post-event


Volunteer Roles:
Unpaid, but shorter shifts (4 hours). Comes with all the perks outlined below.Ticket Entry / Greeter
  - Greet campers and general admissions
  - Scan tickets, hand out welcome packets
  - Sell raffle tickets, perhaps merch
Merch / Info
  - Sell merch & raffle tickets
  - Answer questions from attendees
Parking Operations
  - Assist with parking logistics for campers & general admissions
  - Guide campers to the correct spot
  - Ensure distances between rigs / open areas are clear & aligned
Event Patrol
  - Walk around event keeping an eye on everything
  - Pick up litter, help empty trash
  - Ensure event rules are observed, address / escalate issues as needed
  - Assist attendees with general inquiries and directions
  - Provide first point of contact for any safety concerns
Benefits for All Roles (both paid and volunteer):  - 50% off camping admission for 1 rig to VanFest (reimbursed within 2 weeks of event)
  - An extra FREE night of camping before event for training
  - Free VanFest t-shirt
  - Free drink tickets (2 per volunteer)
  - 50% discount on any future VanFest ticket (you can volunteer at future events as well for free camping!)
  - Our eternal gratitude and undying love
  - You get to use a cool walkie-talkie during the event (but please give it back :)
Ready to be a key player in the ultimate vanlife experience? Apply below to be a part of the Vanfest team!

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact you?You can email us at hello@vanfestusa.com or call 805.826.3378. The Instagram for VanFest is @vanfestusa, and the official hashtag for VanFest is simply #vanfestusa.Who/what is VanFest?VanFest is run by Lance and Jess – a couple who are full-time vanlifers themselves and wanted to create a distinctive gathering spot for the nomadic at heart. It’s a celebration of the vanlife community, a testament to the spirit of adventure, and a hub of inspiration for those planning their own journey into this unique lifestyle. At each event, hundreds of converted vans, buses, and other vehicles converge and open up for tours, providing a real-world source of awe and inspiration for attendees. From seasoned vanlifers to those who’ve only seen the beautiful builds on social media, everyone is welcomed to explore, learn, and connect at VanFest!Do I need a van to attend VanFest?Definitely not! All types of rigs are welcome, and all we ask is that you have the vanlife spirit. We’ve seen people in cars/SUVs, minivans, buses, box trucks, ambulances, and everything in-between. We’ll also have a few spots available for tent camping, however some events may be held on harder ground so plan accordingly.Day-use General Admission tickets are available for those that want to attend on Saturday and/or Sunday to be part of the fun, check out the van builds and get inspired!Is this a family-friendly event?Yes! VanFest is suitable for people of all ages! While some of the music performances may contain lyrics/language that is PG13, we work with artists to minimize this.What happens if an event is canceled?If our event is canceled for any reason, including COVID-19, you will receive either a free spot at a rescheduled or different VanFest event, or a full refund for your tickets. We will not issue refunds if you cannot make an event due to personal circumstances. VanFest is a rain-or-shine event, and we don’t foresee any reason to cancel an event.What type of ticket should I purchase?If you plan on staying at an event overnight, you will need a Camping Pass. The Camping Pass gets you one spot for a vehicle up to 45′ in length (specified during ticket checkout). Campers who are exhibiting will be parked on a first come, first served basis closest to the action of the event. Those campers who are not exhibiting (are you SURE you don’t want to? It’s a great experience with tons of perks!) will be parked in a separate area.If you intend on selling products or services out of your van, you will need to purchase a Camping + Selling pass — this helps us to offset the cost of additional permits and paperwork. To sell from a dedicated vendor tent instead of from your van, sign up as a vendor and get a vendor space right in the center of the action.If you only want to join us for the day, you should purchase a General Admission ticket. GA tickets are good for daytime entry (generally 11am to 8pm, but may vary per event) to VanFest, and one ticket is good for all open-to-the-public days for each event!Can I sell something at VanFest?Yes – if you’re camping and wish to sell a product or service, you can purchase a Camping + Selling ticket. To sell from a dedicated vendor tent instead of from your van, sign up as a vendor and get a vendor space right in the center of the action!Do I have to camp at the event?
Nope! You can stay in your vehicle elsewhere and just purchase a general attendee ticket. GA ticket holders must exit the venue by a certain time, generally 8pm but the specific time may vary per event.
Tell me all about camping at VanFest!Camping at VanFest? SWEET! When you arrive you’ll need to show the entrance tent your ticket (digital or printed), which will get you into the event grounds. You’ll also be issued wristbands (which must be worn at all times), an exhibiting pass, raffle tickets, and a site map.Each VanFest event location is different, but generally they’ll all be large, open areas with minimal shade. Hook ups are not available at VanFest events, so you must be self-contained.We’ll be arranging rigs into rows and parking everyone so that the passenger/slider door faces outwards, with about 20’ in between for your outside setups and a walking area between them. The driver/non-slider side of your van will be parked relatively close to your neighbor. You will not be assigned specific spots. If you would like to park near/next to friends, we recommend that you meet up outside of the event and enter together so that you end up being parked next to each other.What camping spot am I assigned?You will not be assigned specific spots. If you would like to park near/next to friends, we recommend that you meet up outside of the event and enter together so that you end up being parked next to each other.What does exhibiting your rig entail?On the Saturday and Sunday of a VanFest event, we encourage everyone to open their doors to the public (as well as other nomads) during certain hours to make new friends and help others get a glimpse into what a nomadic life is all about. You’ll get to teach others about your rig, share stories from the road, and inspire the next generation of nomads and vanlifers.Exhibitors make VanFest the amazing event that it is, and we wouldn’t be here without you!Do I HAVE to showcase/exhibit my rig?Nope! Exhibiting your rig at VanFest event is completely optional, but please consider it! One of the best sources of ideas and inspiration for us during our pre-vanlife journey was attending a nomadic event and touring all the rigs; it’s what makes VanFest so amazing for the nomadic-at-heart! By exhibiting and opening your van/rig for tours, you get:– First come, first placed parking closest to the action
– Shoutouts on social media
– Free raffle tickets for various vanlife-related prizes
– Option to enter into Best in Show contest (multiple categories)
– Featured in the Festival Recap page on the VanFest website
– Professional photos (digital copies) of your/rig van for your own use
– Early bird registration for future VanFest events!
Non-exhibitors will not be able to enter Best in Show contests and will be parked farther away from the main event area.What should I bring to VanFest?Along with the stuff you normally camp within your rig, we recommend bringing the following:– Camping chairs and/or a blanket. Many activities will be outside, so you’ll want to have a nice place to sit.
– Insect spray or other insect repellants (no “bug bombs” please).
– Flashlights. We’ll have lighting as needed, but it’s always good to have a flashlight when outside at night.
– Food and beverage for the length of the event. We’ll have food trucks and beverages on site, but you’re welcome to bring anything you wish to enjoy during the gathering and with all that we have planned, you probably won’t want to leave to go shopping!
– Your own plates/silverware/cups. We want to reduce single-use waste as much as possible.
– Sunblock, hats, sunglasses and other forms of sun protection.
– Hiking gear or a bike if you want to explore before/after the event.
Will there be bathrooms/showers?Bathrooms – yes. Usually there are flush toilets available, but this varies per event. Porta-potties will be available either way.Showers – no. We may look into a portable shower truck for future events though!Who needs to have tickets?Children under the age of 13 are not required to have tickets but are required to be with a parent/legal guardian who does. Campers, vendors, and sponsors, all come with various levels of GA access. Wristbands will be given upon check-in, and must be worn at all times during the event.Where’s the nearest gas station / grocery store / water fill / RV dump / restaurant?Great questions, and the answers vary per event. An email will be sent out to all ticket holders with pertinent information for each event. That being said, make sure to stock up on EVERYTHING that you’ll need – water, gas, food, etc.Can I volunteer at VanFest?We have a small number of paid positions available that involve working two or three 8-hour shifts – you’ll receive an hourly wage (paid as a 1099 contractor), a free t-shirt and other swag, 50% off of a camping ticket (and a discount to another VanFest event), and one extra free night of camping before the event for training. Paid positions include: A/V & Tech, Merch Booth, Security lead, and a couple others. Email some details about what role(s) you’d be good for in, your experience, etc to hello@VanFestusa.com if you’re interested, or check out our Jobs page!We also have volunteer positions that involve one 4-hour shift. You’ll receive a free camping ticket to the event (must exhibit your rig), t-shirt and 50% off of a camping spot at another VanFest event. Some of the available roles are: Operations (parking, check-in, general help), Security (ensuring rules are followed and everyone is safe), Sanitation (emptying trash, filling toilet paper, etc).Please contact us to let us know what you would be interested in at hello@VanFestusa.com , or check out our Jobs page!How long is the event?Generally, a VanFest event is a three-day weekend affair, with the format of Fridays being arrival and a “vanlife only” day/evening, and Saturday and Sunday being open to the public for tours, vendors/sponsors, music, and food. Each night will have live music and amazing community-building activities! Check out the Events page for specific details on each event.Are pets allowed at the event??Yes! Bring your furry friends – but you must have them on a leash. Please clean up after your pets and properly dispose of anything they create in the trash cans on site. All pets must be well behaved, and if any animal that is displaying aggressive behavior they’ll need to remain inside a locked vehicle for the safety of the animal as well as VanFest attendees. If a pet is a disturbance to others you may be asked to leave the event.Can I leave the venue and come back?Yes. You can leave the venue and return but you must show your ticket & wristband again at the entrance. However, if you’re camping, you’ll almost certainly have difficulty navigating your rig out during the event days. If you’re camping and you know you’ll need to leave before the event officially ends, let us know at lance@VanFestusa.com and we’ll make sure to put you somewhere where you can sneak out easily. If you just want to leave to check out the town or grab something at the store, plan on walking, cycling, or using a rideshare service.If you have an emergency come up and need to move your rig, find a VanFest volunteer and we’ll make it happen.Will there be RV hookups/power at the event?No. Prepare to be “off-grid” for your duration of camping at the event. We may have water available upon arrival, but don’t plan on it. We’ll send out an email prior to the event with the best locations nearby for water, gas, etc. We recommend you fill up on water and dump your tanks before you arrive.Can I use a generator?Generators will be allowed during certain hours, but we strongly advise against generator use. Rigs will be parked close together, and generators create irritating and potentially harmful exhaust fumes. Your best source of power will be the sun! ☀️Do I have to attend the whole event?No. You may attend as much or as little of the event as you wish, however if you are camping and planning on leaving early let us know ASAP at lance@VanFestusa.com to make sure you’re accommodated and can easily get out. This will likely mean that you’re parked a bit strategically, and you may have to wait a bit on check-in to fill a spot at the end of a row.Will there be food/alcohol at VanFest?We love food – who doesn’t?! At each VanFest event, we invite a select few locally owned/operated food trucks to provide an amazing culinary experience (ok, you’re eating outside at a vanlife event – the experience will certainly be unique, but the food will definitely be amazing!)We’ll be adding the names/details of food trucks that will be attending to the schedule page once we have that information.Can I bring my own food & alcohol?If you are attending the event as a camper you may bring your own food & alcohol, however the alcohol policy may change per event. Information on event-specific policies will be provided via email after your ticket purchase. We encourage you to bring your own reusable plates/utensils to minimize single-use waste.Is there cell phone service?
Almost certainly yes, but it may vary per event/venue. We’ll have a working phone available for emergencies should cell reception not be available.
Is there wifi at the venue?No. However, there will usually be cell phone service (the quality of which is dependent on each event location). Just to be safe, assume that you may not have coverage and plan accordingly. Starlink is rising in popularity, and your neighbor may allow you on theirs if you ask nicely. We’ll have a working phone for emergencies.Where do I go when I arrive at VanFest?You will be directed by parking officials as you enter the event, please follow their directions.What activities are nearby the event?Most definitely! We host VanFest events in some awesome areas with all sorts of goodies nearby. Keep an eye out for an email that details the event, which will contain information on the surrounding area.Are fires allowed?No, generally open fires are not allowed at VanFest events. We will have a campfire each evening in the Lounge area.Can I take pictures / videos / fly a drone?Photos and videos of all aspects of the event are not only allowed, they’re encouraged! Snap/film away, share on socials, etc. All we ask is that you tag your photos with the #VanFestusa hash tag!Unfortunately, due to liability issues, drones are NOT allowed. It’s far too easy to seriously injure someone by crashing a drone into their face, and no one wants that. If you see any drones at VanFest, they’re flown by our licensed & insured media partners.Is smoking allowed?No – for the health and safety of everyone all VanFest events are tobacco-smoke-free. If you must consume tobacco products, it must be smokeless. If you use a vaporizer, please do so politely. If you’re found smoking tobacco inside the venue, you’ll be asked to immediately stop; failure to do so will result in you being removed from the event. If you wish to smoke tobacco, please exit the venue on foot to do so, and please try to remain downwind.Each state has varying laws on other smokable plant material, and we ask that you adhere to the laws of the state that each VanFest event is in, as well as be respectful of those with children or people who are not fans of such things.

How can I contact you?You can email us at hello@vanfestusa.com or call 805.826.3378. The Instagram for VanFest is @vanfestusa, and the official hashtag for VanFest is simply #vanfestusa.Who/what is VanFest?VanFest is run by Lance and Jess – a couple who are full-time vanlifers themselves and wanted to create a distinctive gathering spot for the nomadic at heart. It’s a celebration of the vanlife community, a testament to the spirit of adventure, and a hub of inspiration for those planning their own journey into this unique lifestyle. At each event, hundreds of converted vans, buses, and other vehicles converge and open up for tours, providing a real-world source of awe and inspiration for attendees. From seasoned vanlifers to those who’ve only seen the beautiful builds on social media, everyone is welcomed to explore, learn, and connect at VanFest!Do I need a van to attend VanFest?Definitely not! All types of rigs are welcome, and all we ask is that you have the vanlife spirit. We’ve seen people in cars/SUVs, minivans, buses, box trucks, ambulances, and everything in-between. We’ll also have a few spots available for tent camping, however some events may be held on harder ground so plan accordingly.Day-use General Admission tickets are available for those that want to attend on Saturday and/or Sunday to be part of the fun, check out the van builds and get inspired!Is this a family-friendly event?Yes! VanFest is suitable for people of all ages! While some of the music performances may contain lyrics/language that is PG13, we work with artists to minimize this.What happens if an event is canceled?If our event is canceled for any reason, including COVID-19, you will receive either a free spot at a rescheduled or different VanFest event, or a full refund for your tickets. We will not issue refunds if you cannot make an event due to personal circumstances. VanFest is a rain-or-shine event, and we don’t foresee any reason to cancel an event.What type of ticket should I purchase?If you plan on staying at an event overnight, you will need a Camping Pass. The Camping Pass gets you one spot for a vehicle up to 45′ in length (specified during ticket checkout). Campers who are exhibiting will be parked on a first come, first served basis closest to the action of the event. Those campers who are not exhibiting (are you SURE you don’t want to? It’s a great experience with tons of perks!) will be parked in a separate area.If you intend on selling products or services out of your van, you will need to purchase a Camping + Selling pass — this helps us to offset the cost of additional permits and paperwork. To sell from a dedicated vendor tent instead of from your van, sign up as a vendor and get a vendor space right in the center of the action.If you only want to join us for the day, you should purchase a General Admission ticket. GA tickets are good for daytime entry (generally 11am to 8pm, but may vary per event) to VanFest, and one ticket is good for all open-to-the-public days for each event!Can I sell something at VanFest?Yes – if you’re camping and wish to sell a product or service, you can purchase a Camping + Selling ticket. To sell from a dedicated vendor tent instead of from your van, sign up as a vendor and get a vendor space right in the center of the action!Do I have to camp at the event?
Nope! You can stay in your vehicle elsewhere and just purchase a general attendee ticket. GA ticket holders must exit the venue by a certain time, generally 8pm but the specific time may vary per event.
Tell me all about camping at VanFest!Camping at VanFest? SWEET! When you arrive you’ll need to show the entrance tent your ticket (digital or printed), which will get you into the event grounds. You’ll also be issued wristbands (which must be worn at all times), an exhibiting pass, raffle tickets, and a site map.Each VanFest event location is different, but generally they’ll all be large, open areas with minimal shade. Hook ups are not available at VanFest events, so you must be self-contained.We’ll be arranging rigs into rows and parking everyone so that the passenger/slider door faces outwards, with about 20’ in between for your outside setups and a walking area between them. The driver/non-slider side of your van will be parked relatively close to your neighbor. You will not be assigned specific spots. If you would like to park near/next to friends, we recommend that you meet up outside of the event and enter together so that you end up being parked next to each other.What camping spot am I assigned?You will not be assigned specific spots. If you would like to park near/next to friends, we recommend that you meet up outside of the event and enter together so that you end up being parked next to each other.What does exhibiting your rig entail?On the Saturday and Sunday of a VanFest event, we encourage everyone to open their doors to the public (as well as other nomads) during certain hours to make new friends and help others get a glimpse into what a nomadic life is all about. You’ll get to teach others about your rig, share stories from the road, and inspire the next generation of nomads and vanlifers.Exhibitors make VanFest the amazing event that it is, and we wouldn’t be here without you!Do I HAVE to showcase/exhibit my rig?Nope! Exhibiting your rig at VanFest event is completely optional, but please consider it! One of the best sources of ideas and inspiration for us during our pre-vanlife journey was attending a nomadic event and touring all the rigs; it’s what makes VanFest so amazing for the nomadic-at-heart! By exhibiting and opening your van/rig for tours, you get:– First come, first placed parking closest to the action
– Shoutouts on social media
– Free raffle tickets for various vanlife-related prizes
– Option to enter into Best in Show contest (multiple categories)
– Featured in the Festival Recap page on the VanFest website
– Professional photos (digital copies) of your/rig van for your own use
– Early bird registration for future VanFest events!
Non-exhibitors will not be able to enter Best in Show contests and will be parked farther away from the main event area.What should I bring to VanFest?Along with the stuff you normally camp within your rig, we recommend bringing the following:– Camping chairs and/or a blanket. Many activities will be outside, so you’ll want to have a nice place to sit.
– Insect spray or other insect repellants (no “bug bombs” please).
– Flashlig