Camping Festivals and Outdoor Concerts Listing

Your state-by-state guide to the best concerts and music festivals

••• Camping is fun. Getty Images / PeopleImages

Music, art, and outdoor festivals provide an excellent source of entertainment for campers and often have on-site camping grounds or nearby camping. This is your state-by-state listing to some of the best outdoor concerts and music and art festivals with camping.  

Alaska

Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival Alaska's greatest campout festival is a celebration of music and the outdoors with four days of bluegrass music and outdoor fun.

Talkeetna, Alaska

Arizona

Grand Canyon Music Festival Some of the nation's finest chamber musicians in concert in one of our nation’s favorite national parks. The Grand Canyon Music Festival takes place each year in August and September. Check the calendar for concert schedule. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Hobby, Craft and Gem Show It all happens under the big top and runs concurrent with the Rock and Roll Classic Car Show. Quartzsite, Arizona

Rock and Roll Classic Car Show This is an annual event and runs concurrent with the Hobby, Craft and Gem Show. Quartzsite, Arizona

The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show Every January it’s "the largest gathering of RVs and RVers anywhere in the world!" In conjunction with the rock, gem and mineral show the There are 20,000 campsites. Quartzsite, Arizona

Arkansas

Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival Over 90 species of butterflies are viewable at Mt.

Magazine, Arkansas' newest state park. Additional camping is available at nearby Mount Nebo and Petit Jean state parks. Paris, Arkansas

California

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee Jumping frog contests aren't the only fun they have at the annual Calaveras County Fair presented by the District Agriculture Association.

Angel Camp, California

California World Music Festival "A family event that explores the diverse cultures and music of our world." The annual event takes place every year in July at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Nevada City and Grass Valley, California

High Sierra Music Festival One of California’s most popular four days of music, children's programs, vendors, and food at the Sierra County Fairgrounds each year the first week of July. Quincy, California.

Huck Finn's Jubilee This annual mid-June weekend event offers a Catfishin' Derby, Russell Bros. Circus, over 30 hours of bluegrass and acoustic music, hay rides, fence painting contests, Injun Joe's Treasure Hunt, and much more. At Mojave Narrows Regional Park. Ontario, California

Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival This weekend event celebrates the music of Kate Wolf. Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, California.

Live Oak Music Festival A three day concert and camping event held at Live Oak Camping the Central Coast foothills. Santa Barbara, California.

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza Two days of craft beer tasting from more than 100 micro-brweries from around the country with blues music in the beautiful Eastern Sierra. This popular festival takes place each year in early August.

Mammoth Laeks, California

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass music, workshops, food, crafts, and nightly campfire jams. Parkfield, California

Strawberry Music Festival "An opportunity for the whole family to participate in a wide spectrum of activities." With spring and fall festival weekends Strawberry is a classic festival for music, family, and fun. Spring: Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley and all: Westside Park in Tuolumne, California

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Included at this festival are top name entertainment, hot air balloons and tethered balloon rides, wine garden, food booths, arts and crafts, and kid's activities at Lake Skinner Recreation Area. Temecula, California

Colorado

Country Jam USA There is spectacular scenery and campgrounds at this popular annual mid-June country music event.

Grand Junction, Colorado.

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival Three days in a beautiful Colorado Rockies mounaitn setting, with blues bands, microbreweries, great food and crafts. Telluride, Colorado

Connecticut

Cajun Zydeco Festival This "blast from the bayou" event takes place at Strawberry Park in Preston, Connecticut.

Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival A weekend filled with music and family fun at Strawberry Park Resort Campground in Preston, Connecticut.

Florida

Heartland Bluegrass Family Gathering This bluegrass celebration takes place the fourth weekend of every month and offers free rough camping with weekend pass at Craig's RV Park. Arcadia, Florida

Florida Old Time Music Championships Since 1982, the FOTMC was established to preserve and promote traditional old time music in Florida. Bring the family and RV or tent camp for this weekend of music and outdoor family fun at the Sertoma Youth Ranch. Brooksville, Florida

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Folk concerts, workshops, dancing, jamming, food, folk arts and crafts at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Elkton, Florida

Suwannee Springfest Camp along the Suwannee River for this weekend event held at the Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, Florida

Will McLean Music Festival Celebrate the father of Florida folk at the annual spring Will McLean Music Festival at Sertoma Youth Ranch. Brooksville, Florida

Georgia

Atlanta Fest The annual mid-June Christian music festival in Atlanta. Six Flags Over, Georgia

Chiaha Harvest Fair This art festival with music and food is held each year in Ridge Ferry Park. Rome, Georgia

Fairburn Fall Festival A great musical lineup, artists, and vendors highlights this festival near Atlanta. Fairburn, Georgia

Idaho

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival A week long musical celebration each year in the end of June.  Camping is available at the high school football field and recreation field, and also at nearby campgrounds. Weiser, Idaho

Yellow Pine Harp Fest One of the world’s biggest annual harmonica festivals located in the sleepy Yellow Pine, Idaho – population 35.

Indiana

Bean Blossom Blues Fest Enjoy Mississippi Delta blues by living blues legends. The jams around campfires at night are the real treat at this festival. Nashville, Indiana

Blueberry Festival Celebrate 50 years od the Blueberry Festival in 2016. The long-standing weekend of music, food, and fun takes place each year in early September at Centennial Park. Limited camping is available at the park. Plymouth, Indiana

Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival Family fun and festivities all weekend in historic Mansfield Village. Camping is available at Pastime Park. Mansfield, Indiana

Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering This festival features the best in old-time and swing fiddle music, plus a free square dance and gospel sing. Primitive tent camping is available inside the grounds at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park. Battle Ground, Indiana

Iowa

Iowa State Fair Over 1,800 campsites are available in a scenic wooded setting at the State Fair Campgrounds. Des Moines, Iowa

Kansas

Pickin' on the Plains This bluegrass and folk festival offers music, food, cowboy poetry, crafts, and family fun. Colby, Kansas

Walnut Valley Festival Camp in the pecan grove and listen to all night jams, as well as four days of great acoustic music, stage performances, contests, and fun each year in mid-September. Winfield, Kansas

Kentucky

Big Bone Lick Salt Festival A heritage event with arts and crafts demonstrations, food, music, and pioneer reenactments at Big Bone Lick State Park, Kentucky.

Glasgow Highland Games A Scottish heritage event with sporting competitions, band competitions, dancing and piping competitions, as well as the clan tents and genealogy classes. This annual event takes place the first weekend after Memorial Day at Barren River Lake State Park.  Glasgow, Kentucky

River of Music Party – ROMP Fest The annual River Of Music Party features over 40 bands for four days of music at Yellow Creek Park. Owensboro, Kentucky

Louisiana

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival In the heart of Cajun country, this festival is "the best the country has to offer." Morgan City, Louisiana

Louisiana State Fiddler's Championship This annual competition promotes interest in Louisiana music traditions. Held at the Magale Recital Hall on Northwester State University campus. Natchitoches, Louisiana. 

Maine

Blistered Fingers These annual family bluegrass music festivals featuring local and national musicians are held at Silver Spur Riding Club in June and August. Weekend tickets include rough camping; and some electric hookups are available. Litchfield, Maine

Maine Highland Games and Scottish Festival A fun filled day of games to promote Scottish culture held at Thomas Point Beach. Brunswick, Maine

Ossipee Valley Music Festival This roots music festival in the White Mountains features workshops, craft vendors, dancing, lots of great music, and camping in the pines. Cornish, Maine

Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival This annual festival celebrates bluegrass music where it meets the sea. Enjoy camping at the park’s quiet wooded sites. Brunswick, Maine

Massachusetts

Northeast Squeeze-in Festival Yes, we're talking squeeze boxes here. This festival highlights accordion concerts, workshops, and more. No one is paid, just having a lot of fun.  Washington, Massachusetts

Michigan

Curwood Festival A fun-packed, family-oriented festival held "in honor of James Oliver Curwood (1878-1927), who wrote 33 popular adventure novels and who built Curwood Castle in his hometown." Owosso, Michigan.

Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival This festival offers traditional music, dancing, crafts, food, workshops, and family activities. Weekend ticket holders camp free. Tourist Park, Marquette, Michigan

Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Held in a beautiful and remote forest, Michfest is a full-on celebration of female art and culture filled music, words, dance, workshops, crafts, pageantry and play. Walhalla, Michigan

Midland Dulcimer Festival This antique auto/hammered dulcimer/folk music festival features stage shows, workshops, craft show, flea market and antique car show. Midland, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Festival This all day family affair offers music, dancing, arts and crafts, food, and kids activities. Camp across the road at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore campground. Empire, Michigan

Minnesota

Winstock Country Music and Camping Festival A premiere outdoor country music event, with proceeds going to help the education of local students. Winsted, Minnesota

Montana

Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival An old-timey mountain bluegrass festival is affordable and family-friendly. Hamilton, Montana

Rockin' the Rivers Montana’s premier three-day music festival with on-site camping. Treat your senses to some "great music, wonderful scenery and the spectacular night stars" at The Bridge. Three Forks, Montana

Nebraska

Nebraska State Fair You'll find plenty of campsites at the Nebraska state fair campground. This fair has music, food, vendors, and all kinds of entertainment for the entire family. Lincoln, Nebraska

New Jersey

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival You'll find as much music in the campground as you will on the stage at Salem County Fair Grounds. This three-day festival of bluegrass music is a family-friendly event and takes place each year on Labor Day Weekend. Woodstown, New Jersey

New York

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival This three-day community festival celebrates of folk music and dance each year in  early August at the Long Hill Farm. Hillsdale, New York

Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival The Finger Lakes festival is four days and four nights, with four stages, and over 40 bands, including diverse music from around the world, plus arts and crafts, and special performances for kids. Trumansburg, New York

Old Songs Festival There is a lot to do at this festival, including a children's activity area with music, magic, and jesting. Altamont, New York

Turtle Hill Folk Festival Three days of music, dancing, food, crafts, kids activities, campfire jams, and free camping at Markus Park. Honeoye Falls, New York.

North Carolina

Bass Mountain Boogie A family music festival with free camping, arts and crafts, storytelling, wagon rides, and more each year in early May at the Bass Mountain Music Park. Snow Camp, North Carolina

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Join in the celebration of Scottish dance, music and outdoor games at MacRae Meadows, just outside the Grandfather Mountain. Linville, North Carolina

Lake Eden Arts Festival Two weekends of music, dancing, crafts, poetry, workshops, and outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, canoeing and more, plus camping at Camp Rockmont. Black Mountain, North Carolina.

MerleFest MerleFest is an annual celebration of Americana music and southern gentility held in honor of the memory of Eddy Merle Watson and traditional plus music. Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Singing on the Mountain A day filled with Gospel singing. This is a free event and free camping is available on a first come basis at MacRae Meadows, just outside the Grandfather Mountain. Linville, North Carolina

North Dakota

Fargo Blues Festival Blues and refreshment booths at Newman Outdoor Field with on-site camping available for tents and RVs. Fargo, North Dakota

Ohio

Mohican Bluegrass Festival Situated on the Mohican River the bluegrass music festival offers on-site camping at the Mohican Wilderness Campground. Loudonville, Ohio

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Music Festival This benefit concert features some great talent and you can camp on the festival grounds at Hoover Y-Park. Columbus, Ohio

Prairie Peddler Old West Festival Quality crafts, outdoor cooking, old west reenactments, and lots of family fun at this Old West fest. Camp at the nearby Mohican State Park. Butler, Ohio

Oklahoma

Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival A great lineup of bluegrass music with kids activities, and workshops. On-site camping is available on 50-shady acres. Guthrie, Oklahoma

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival This festival is held at the "Pastures of Plenty" Amphitheatre and features many folk legends and offers lots of family fun. Rustic camping is available at Okemah Round-Up Club Arena, near the festival site. Okemah, Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon Jamboree The annual country music and camping event includes two stages and 22 shows in one weekend. Sweet Home, Oregon

Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Music by top bluegrass artists highlight this semi-annual family event in May and August with RV and tent camping on location at Granite Hill Campground. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Folk Festival A three day extravaganza of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts, camping and campfire sings, storytelling, juggling, and special children's activities at the Old Pool Farm. Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Spring Gulch Folk Festival This annual family festival in Pennsylvania Dutch Country offers great music, sing-a-long campfires, workshops, dancing, and crafts. Campers also enjoy all the amenities of Spring Gulch Resort Campground. New Holland, Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Moonshiner's Reunion Enjoy the tradition of moonshining, with this festival of music, storytelling, and food. The Moonshiners Reunion “is one of the Appalachian region’s most authentic annual folk music celebrations.” Highlights include all-night jams around the campfires at the Woodstick Farm. Campobello, South Carolina

Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival Always the last weekend in May each year, this weekend of outdoor music is “dedicated to the innovations made by creative artists breaking new ground with an old music.” Camping is available on the premises at the Woodstick Farm. Campobello, South Carolina

South Dakota

Blackhills Bluegrass Festival This music event takes place the last weekend in June at Mystery Mountain Resort. Rapid City, South Dakota.

Tennessee 

Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival A winter and Christmas celebration of bluegrass music at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Pigeon Forg, Tennessee

Bonnaro A four-day camping and music festival held on a 700-acre farm. Tickets include camping. Manchester, Tennessee.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival A family event with great music, food and crafts on the Dumplin Valley Farm. Kodak, Tennessee

Texas

Kerrville Folk Festival This event attracts hundreds of songwriters and musicians. Nighttime music around the campfires are a highlight of this event at Quiet Valley Ranch. Kerrville, Texas

Old Settler's Music Festival This four-day music festival feature the greatest performers of Americana roots music at Salt Lick Pavillion and Camp Ben McCulloch. Driftwood, Texas

Utah

Festival of the American West "Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the Old West as it comes back to life at a truly authentic Western Heritage Celebration." Logan, Utah

Vermont

Basin Bluegrass Festival There is lots of music, entertainment, food, and campground picking at this annual bluegrass festival that takes place in early July each year.  Brandon, Vermont

Virginia

Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival Three days of great bluegrass, folk and Americana music, outdoor recreation, and family fun located in the Heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Syria, Virginia

Maury River Fiddler's Convention Enjoy old-time and bluegrass music, square dancing, and folk singing while camping in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Glen Maury Park. Buena Vista, Virginia

Washington

Washington State International Kite Festival There's lots of kite flying events scheduled for this festival on the beach and there's plenty of campsites available.  Long Beach, Washington

Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival Camp along the Methow River while enjoying the longest running blues festival at the Blues Ranch. Winthrop, Washington

West Virginia

Appalachian String Band Music Festival Five days of music, contests, workshops, square dances, and camping at Camp Washington-Carver mountain retreat. Clifftop, West Virginia

Wisconsin

Chippewa Valley Rock Fest This annual July music festival includes four days of rock with campgrounds adjacent to the concert area. Cadott, Wisconsin

Country Fest Featuring an all-star country music lineup, the annual festival takes place each year in mid-June. Campgrounds are adjacent to the concert area. Cadott, Wisconsin

Hodag Country Festival You'll find all the big name country western music stars at this annual  event held in early July. Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Porterfield Country Music Festival Northeastern Wisconsin's annual country music event feature an all-star lineup of Nashville recording artists. Marinette, Wisconsin

Wyoming

Cheyenne Frontier Days America's premier Western family celebration  is a ten-day wingding of street dances, parades, carnival rides, top-name entertainers, free pancake breakfasts, cowboys, Indians, and horses. Cheyenne, Wyoming