2016 Summer Music Festivals That Are The Perfect Excuse For A Roadtrip

With summer coming, you’re definitely going to want to be putting your RV to good use and hitting the road. Instead of visiting the same old touristy camping grounds, consider making a trip out to a music festival instead. While music festivals are indeed about the music, many festivals also allow camping, which turns out to be a big part of the experience. Get some camping in and embrace your musical side at the same time with these RV-friendly music festivals coming up this summer.

Bonnaroo, June 9–12

Bonnaroo, which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, has of a reputation for being a bit of a hippie-fest, so if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, look no further. However, don’t let that fool you – there’s a ton to do at Bonnaroo. First of all, there’s the music, with more than 100 musicians slated to perform. There are musicians representing almost every genre, so there’s really something for everyone at this festival, from huge names such as Pearl Jam to smaller indie bands such as Band of Horses. Besides the music, there are art exhibits, a cinema, and even a silent disco! Bonnaroo is a little strict in terms of their RV allowances, so be sure to read that section of their website before heading out.


Firefly Music Festival, June 16–19

Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival is tucked away in the wooded landscape of Dover, offering the perfect escape for a weekend. Along with headliners Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & The Machine, and Deadmau5, there are plenty of artists you’ll want to see. When you’re not in the audience at the big stages, you can check out some smaller performances at an on-site coffee house or recharge your batteries in the Hammock Hangout. Firefly offers many tiers of RV camping tickets, so check out their RV ticketing page for more information.

High Sierra Music Festival, June 30–July 3

The music at High Sierra Music Festival in Qunicy, California skews more toward bluegrass, funk, and jazz bands. It markets itself as a child-friendly festival, with games, performances, and parades just for the kids. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. If you’re planning on bringing your family in tow on this road trip, you should know that High Sierra has a designated campground just for families, away from the noisy festival and accessible by shuttle bus service provided by the festival.

Summer Set, August 12–14

Summer Set, which fittingly takes place is Somerset, Wisconsin, bills itself as a last hurrah of the summer. This year, the festival celebrates its fifth anniversary, but don’t think let that make you think this is some kind of amateur event. While this year’s lineup hasn’t yet been released, past headliners have included Bassnectar, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Girl Talk, so you can expect an upbeat mix of EDM and hip-hop. The festival is RV-friendly, offering power hookups and space for both your RV and a car.

Even if you aren’t a big music fan, going to a festival is a wonderful opportunity to get out and meet people with similar interests to you. And with these festivals offering much more than just music, there are tons of reasons you’ll want to make one your summer destination!