Summer is here. That means it’s time for warm weather, vacation, and road trips. If you are looking to experience a little taste of everything—from beaches and mountains to forests and deserts—than nothing beats an RV adventure across the West Coast. If you’re looking for fun ideas for your itinerary then check out some of these incredible festivals. Whether you enjoy rocking out to legends like Paul Simon or Neil Young, getting inspired by poetry and arts or discovering the great outdoors, we’ve got incredible options for your next RV rental vacation!
Music and Stunning Visuals: Paradiso Festival
June 14-15, 2019: The Gorge Amphitheatre, USC
Paradiso brings together so much talent. It’s a combination of the world's biggest names in electronic and dance music, rides and attractions, incredible visuals all set in a stunning backdrop. The festival celebrates wanderlust and aims to find a balance where technology and nature coexist in perfect harmony. There are three different stages each with unique visuals and music making it a truly incredible event for attendees. Paradiso also offers many different camping options, but with your own RV you’ll be much more comfortable then outside in a tent. It’s the perfect quiet place to enjoy a short break while you get your energy back up for more fun.
The Nature Lover’s Festival: Summer Meltdown
August 1-4: Darrington, Washington
Summer Meltdown is one of the most beloved festivals not just in Washington but along the entire West Coast. Set in the beautiful Cascade Mountains, it’s fun for the whole family. You can enjoy swinging in a hammock feeling the breeze off Whitehorse Mountain while your children buzz around the kid’s zone. There’s a huge array of music talent including Bassnectar, The String Cheese Incident, Griz and a fantastic array of food offerings like pad thai dumplings. Get
ready to laze along the river and enjoy great music, great food, and great fun. Then after partying all day, it will be you’ll enjoy the sweet comfort of a real bed and fridge in your RV rather than toughing it out in a tent.
Span Musical Genres: Outside Lands
August 9-11, 2019: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Outside Lands first kicked off in 2008, but already become one of the top music festivals in America. The organizers pride themselves on finding the best talent from across the genres ensuring there’s something for everyone. This year’s headliners include Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Flume, 21 Pilots, Anderson Paak and countless other amazing artists. It’s more than just music, however, as it picks up on the classic San Francisco hippie movement spirit. Outside Lands is all about inclusivity, eco-friendly causes, great music and tons of free workshops and classes.
Sun, Fun, Wine and Food: California Wine Festival
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June 20-21: Carlsbad, Ca
The California Wine Festival is actually a collection of different festivals over the summer. Locations include Dana Point, Carlsbad, Santa Barbara, and Huntington Beach. The Carlsbad dates really kick off the summer. With perfect 72-degree weather, panoramic views of the beach and delicious food and wine, this festival is truly hard to miss. Enjoy artisanal cheeses and bread, fresh shellfish, local wines, and live music. It’s the perfect feast for the senses that can’t be beaten! To toast it all off, you’ll find some of the best RV parking in the state nearby the event at Carlsbad South Ponto State Beach. It’s the perfect place to enjoy sunset and a little post festival grill and chill from your RV.
Feel Connected: Beloved Festival
August 9-12, 2019: Tidewater, Oregon
Beloved Sacred Art & Music Festival is a favorite for yoga and meditation enthusiasts. The model emphasizes understanding human connection to each other, the planet and the spirit. At the end of the day, Beloved’s organizers simply aim to bring people together for a great time and is set in gorgeous Tidewater, Oregon. It’s meant for everyone and brings together eclectic music traditions, art installations, cooking classes, and fun workshops. Whether you’re interested in healing, social justice, improving relationships or just enjoying some great music, you’ll find it at Beloved.
Fun for All: The Oregon State Fair
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August 23-Sep 2: Salem, Oregon
The Oregon State Fair is more than just a fair. Set in historic Salem, the event has been taking place since 1862 and brings together the best experiences of Oregon. Of course, there’s plenty of traditional fair activities to enjoy like roller coasters and rides, but there’s a whole lot more to dive into. The fair organizer’s pride themselves on music and this year’s lineup includes: The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon, Steve Miller and a whole lot more. You can also enjoy craft brews from the state’s best breweries and get an authentic taste of local flavor. Best of all, there’s plenty of overnight parking available for RV rentals so you can really enjoy everything at the fair. Just don’t forget to make a reservation.
Just Like Summer Camp: Dirtybird Campout 2019
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October 4-6: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid? The Dirtybird Campout is like that only a thousand times better with tons of great foods, incredible music, and a huge variety of local beers, wine,, and cocktails. Set in the stunning Woodland Hills Park, this is the perfect RV rental festival. You’ll set up shop and then get ready for traditional camp favorites like kickball and boat races and the best in festival entertainment like stand up comedy and great music. The festival is organized by “camp counselors” who help curate a very friendly and cozy atmosphere—just like when you were a kid!
7 Incredible West Coast Festivals
These 7 festivals showcase the best of West Coast fun. You can enjoy great live music, sample the best local foods, and enjoy the great outdoors. Best of all, many of them are spaced out enough so you can enjoy more than one. You can begin in Los Angeles at Paradiso and wrap up your summer RV adventure in Salem at the State Fair. So get ready to head out there and enjoy these amazing events!