4 of the Best Music Festivals Worth the Road Trip

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Traveling in RV comfort to a music festival ranks near the top for reasons to own or rent an RV. Whether your musical tastes run to country, blues or classic rock, there’s a festival nearly every weekend from early spring to Labor Day.

Why not start planning your own trips to music festivals this year? We’d like to help you get started—here are four of the top music festivals for taking your RV.

Bonnaroo: Manchester, Tennessee

If your goal, as an RV traveler in search of the perfect music fest, is to be blown away by the sheer energy of it all, come to Manchester, Tennessee in June. The joy of eighty thousand Bonnaroo fans enjoying life together can’t be adequately described. For some it’s the wide variety of musical genres offered by more than one hundred bands.

For others it’s the friendly vibe in the campgrounds, watching a late-night film in the cinema tent or sampling an amazing array of cuisine. But for anyone who comes to Bonnaroo, it’s unforgettable. And it’s the perfect place to bring the RV, with designated RV camping areas in the wooded greenness of rural Tennessee.

Pro Tip: Be sure to purchase your RV parking pass at the same time as your tickets, as both sell out early. No hook-ups on-site, but small generators are allowed, so check the guidelines.

Outside Lands: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

This one’s a little trickier, as there’s no camping allowed at the festival itself, but there’s plenty of RV camping within an easy drive or Muni ride away. The SF Outside Lands festival is a feast for all your senses.

Not only does it offer dozens of acts for your listening enjoyment (past years have featured such classics as Billy Idol and current stars like Mumford and Sons), this fest also features an improv comedy tent, Choco Land where chocolate delights are abundant and a foodie’s nirvana of culinary choices. Imagine all that in magnificent Golden Gate Park and you’re probably already reserving your tickets.

Pro Tip: Park the RV at a campground in a nearby town like Pacifica, San Leandro or Greenbrae and consider using SF’s awesome mass transit system rather than driving in, as parking at the festival is limited. If you’re lucky enough to camp within biking distance, there’s a secure bike valet service on-site at the fest, or you can take advantage of Lyft or Uber to get you there from the RV park.

Firefly Music Festival: The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware

Firefly Music Festival lets you feed your need to hear top bands while camping in the great outdoors. Held at Dover International Speedway, Firefly offers several levels of camping in two campgrounds within an easy walk of the entertainment.

Go for the bands, the Brewery, the Coffee House and the outdoor market, and go home with lots of new friends. Held in mid-June each year and campsites sell out early, so plan in advance.

Pro Tip: Camping pass pricing is based on proximity to the festival entrance. Consider purchasing a Wednesday Premier Pass for early arrival and access to the best campsites.

Bayou Country SuperFest: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Performers like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum are just part of the draw at this giant celebration of country music at Bayou Country SuperFest. RV campers have the chance to camp in the middle of it all by purchasing a pass to LSU’s Touchdown Village.

This annual Memorial Day festival features a free Fan Fest each day, with chances to meet and greet the artists. Some of the best tailgating in the South!

Pro Tip: This is dry camping, so be prepared to bring a generator (must have exhaust extension) or enjoy the simplicity of boondocking.

What could be better than spending the weekend in the company of music fans and knowing RV luxury awaits each night? Plan to indulge in at least one music festival this year as you set your RV travel itinerary. It’s something every RV camping fan should experience.

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