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Ultimate 2023 Festival Camping Guide

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September 9, 2023

Ahoy, festival aficionados! Can you feel it? That’s the thrill of the upcoming festival season, a cocktail of anticipation, freedom, and, yes, a bit of mud. Welcome to the Ultimate 2023 Festival Camping Guide, your beacon in the wonderful chaos that is festival camping. 

In this blog, we will walk you through the sea of summer festivals, equip you with a foolproof camping checklist, and even share some secret camping essentials you never knew you needed. 

Let’s get started! 

Best Summer Festivals with Festival Camping 

Every year, the music festival season kicks off around spring, bringing massive crowds near the sound of their favorite bands. Ready to swap your regular bedtime routine for dancing under the stars and sleeping in a tent? 

Here’s our roundup of the best summer festivals with camping for round-the-clock-adventure! 

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

LocationGreat Stage Park, Manchester, Tennessee
HeadlinersKendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Odesza, Lil Nas X
Tickets Available Onhttps://www.bonnaroo.com/tickets Camping accommodations
Date15 June  – 18 June 

Set in the rolling hills of Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo has been a premier music and arts festival since 2002. Its name, meaning “a really good time,” originates from New Orleans’ Creole slang. 

Its open-air stages have hosted a diverse range of artists from Elton John to Kendrick Lamar. The 700-acre farm transforms into a festival-goer’s dream with camping options from tents to plush RVs, along with activities like yoga and a 5K race. 

The quickest route from Manchester to Great Stage Park is via the US-41 S and New Bushy Branch Rd, a roughly 6-minute drive covering 3.1 miles. 

Tip: If camping, bring camping gear and a shade structure like a tarp. Carry two water bottles and jugs for refills, rain gear, and potentially muddy boots in case of rain. 

High Sierra Music Festival

LocationQuincy, California 
HeadlinersJason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Marcus King, Cory Wong, Lotus, Deer Tick
Tickets Available OnClick here to buy
Date29 June  – 2 July 

Since 1991, High Sierra in Quincy, California, has been a haven for fans of jam bands, jazz, and bluegrass. With a backdrop of gorgeous mountain scenery, it boasts intimate stages, artist playshops, and a strong sense of community. On-site camping is an integral part of the High Sierra experience, with options from quiet family camping to lively late-night zones. 

This festival is known for having some of the best rock, jazz, country, bluegrass, and folk artists. The 4 day show’s venue is located in a mountainous region nearly 80 miles northwest of Reno. 


LocationPryor Creek Music Festival, Pryor, Oklahoma 
HeadlinersGodsmack, Pantera, Rob Zombie, Limp Bizkit
Tickets Available OnClick here to buyFor camping
Date31 August – 3 September 

Set in Pryor, Oklahoma, Rocklahoma emerged in 2007 as a tribute to rock music, from classic to contemporary. Known as the “biggest Memorial Day party”, it features a mix of legendary rockers and emerging artists. Camping is a key part of the experience, with options from basic tent sites to VIP RV packages. 

This fest attracts a dedicated community of more than 100,000 rock and metal music lovers every year. Keep in mind that each campsite here is 20’ x 40’, and all vehicles must fit in. Up to six people are allowed per campsite. 

The Peach Music Festival

LocationMontage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania 
HeadlinersGoose, Tedeschi Trucks Band, My Morning Jacket and Ween
Tickets Available OnClick here to buy
Date29 June  – 2 July 

Established in 2012 by the Allman Brothers Band, The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, celebrates the spirit of the iconic rock group. The festival’s eclectic mix of rock, country, and jam bands perform on multiple stages, including one in a water park! 

The camping experience is rich, with options from RV camping, regular camping and glamping

Did you know? The festival’s namesake, “Peach,” is a nod to the Allman Brothers’ classic album “Eat a Peach”.

Joshua Tree Music Festival

LocationJoshua Tree Lake Ground, California 
HeadlinersGalactic, Frazey Ford, Leyla McCalla, Rob Garza 
Tickets Available OnClick here to buy
Date18 May – 21 May

Held semi-annually in the mystical desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California, this festival is known for its global lineup and intimate setting. Founded in 2003, it focuses on promoting up-and-coming artists and fosters a close-knit, family-friendly environment. Attendees can camp under the starry desert sky, with plenty of options for both tent and RV camping. 

The event includes things like: 

  • Music: 30 incredible artists
  • Kidsville: Interactive activities and play shops 
  • Visual Arts: Amazing artists of JTMF

The Rockfest

LocationCadott, Wisconsin 
Headliners10 years, 9th planet, Aliens Ant Farm, and Artifas
Tickets Available OnClick here to buyCamping
Date13 July – 15 July

Rockfest, held annually in Cadott, Wisconsin, is one of the largest rock and metal music festival in the USA. Since its inception in 1994, Rockfest has carved its niche for hosting the biggest names in rock, creating a haven for die-hard rock enthusiasts. The festival’s legacy is woven with unforgettable performances and the raw energy that only rock music can deliver.

What makes Rockfest stand out is not only its top-tier lineup, but also the immersive experience it offers. Attendees can engage in a variety of activities from rock-themed contests to meet-and-greets with artists. 

For campers, the festival allows fire pits, grills, and even small pools, making the camping experience more enjoyable. Camping options include general campsites, electric campsites and glamping. 

Born and Raised

LocationPryor, Oklahoma 
HeadlinersZach Bryan, Cody Jinks, Lynyrd Skynard, and Tanya Tucker
Tickets Available OnClick here to buyCamping
Date13 September – 16 September 

This rock and outlaw country music shindig, introduced in 2020, has been making waves in the festival scene. It’s not just a music fest; it’s a celebration of the gritty, down-to-earth spirit of outlaw country and rock genres.

Imagine rocking out to iconic tunes under the open sky, surrounded by fellow music lovers – yep, it’s as fun as it sounds! The festival’s got more than just music though. There are craft beer tastings, and mouthwatering BBQ to die for! 

Camping options include car, tent and RV camping. 

Country Thunder

LocationTwin Lakes, Wisconsin 
HeadlinersJon Pardi, Cody Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan 
Tickets Available OnClick here to buy
Date13 July – 15 July 

Yeehaw, music lovers! Time to mark your calendars for the country’s premier country music festival – Country Thunder! This is not just a festival; it’s a musical road trip with six fantastic locations across the US and Canada, each boasting a unique lineup of stellar artists. 

From the sun-soaked vibes of Florence, AZ (April 13-16, 2023) to the cool Canadian nights in Craven, SK (July 13-15, 2023), and Calgary, AB (Aug 18-20, 2023 – note, no camping here!), there’s something for everyone.

Want more? Get your boots muddy in Twin Lakes, WI (July 20-23, 2023), go honky-tonkin’ in Bristol, TN (Oct 6-7, 2023), or soak up the southern charm in Kissimmee, FL (Oct 20-23, 2023). Each location offers unique camping experiences, from traditional car and tent camping to luxurious glamping. 

Festival Camping Checklist

Buckle up, festival-goers! We’re about to dive into the nitty-gritty of camping essentials for your next music festival adventure. Because let’s face it, when you’re grooving to your favorite band’s electrifying performance, the last thing you want to worry about is a leaking tent or a dying phone battery. So, let’s get started, shall we?


  • Tent: Your temporary music festival crib. Look for a waterproof tent with enough room for your squad and your gear. Ventilation is key to avoid turning your tent into a sauna. And don’t forget, a vestibule is a great place to ditch those muddy boots.

A three-season tent is your best bet. Check for durability and weather resistance. A tent with a quick and easy setup can be a real time-saver.

  • Tent Footprint/Tarp: Think of this as the VIP security for your tent, providing protection from water and the cold, hard ground. Pick a robust, waterproof tarp that’s the same size or slightly smaller than your tent’s footprint. Remember, a larger tarp might collect rainwater and flow it back into your tent – not fun!

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping Bag: Your cuddle buddy for those chilly nights.

Check the temperature rating; it should be suited for the climate of your festival location. Synthetic fill is a great option – it’s affordable and dries quickly.

  • Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress: Because a good night’s sleep can make or break your festival experience. Decide between a self-inflating pad, inflatable air mattress, or a foam pad. Consider comfort, insulation, and how you’ll inflate it.
  • Pillows: For sweet dreams about that epic guitar solo. Inflatable pillows are space-saving champs. Memory foam pillows can be a little bulky but offer top-notch comfort.

Cooking Supplies

  • Portable Stove: Hot food after a long day of dancing and singing? Yes, please!
  • Cookware/Utensils: Because eating spaghetti with your hands is only fun once.

Go for lightweight, durable, and easy-to-clean cookware. Stainless steel is a good option. Make sure to check whether the festival allows this beforehand or not. 

  • Cooler: Your personal treasure chest for food and drinks. Consider the insulation capacity, size, and portability. Hard coolers are more durable, while soft coolers are easier to carry.

Hydration and Food

  • Water Container: Staying hydrated is as important as nailing the lyrics to your favorite song. A large, durable water container with a spout for easy pouring is a must. Also, a reusable water bottle is perfect for on-the-go hydration.
  • Non-perishable Food: Dancing fuel! Canned goods, granola bars, and nuts are great choices. Remember, variety is the spice of life!


  • Weather-appropriate Clothing: Because Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Include a rain poncho, a warm jacket, and don’t forget your swimsuit!
  • Comfortable Footwear: Your feet will thank you. Look for comfortable, durable shoes that can handle a lot of walking and dancing. Waterproof options are a win if rain is on the horizon.

Health and Safety

  • First Aid Kit: Because life happens and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your kit should include band-aids, pain relievers, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medication. Compact and portable kits are ideal for festival camping.
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray: The dynamic duo to protect your skin. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. For bug spray, look for one that protects against a wide range of insects.
  • Toilet Paper/Wet Wipes: Trust us, you don’t want to be caught without these! Wet wipes are perfect for quick freshen-ups.


  • Portable Charger: To capture those unmissable moments and stay connected. Solar-powered chargers are a great eco-friendly choice. For mobile power banks, go for a capacity of at least 20,000 MaAh. 
  • Earplugs: For when you want to switch off the festival noise and catch some Z’s. Choose comfortable, noise-canceling earplugs. AirPods Pro 3rd gen (best option), or the Nothing Ear 2 (budget pick) is what we recommend. 
  • Trash Bags: Leave no trace, remember? Biodegradable trash bags are a more eco-friendly option. They should be durable enough to handle your festival waste.
  • Headlamp/Flashlight: Because stumbling around in the dark isn’t fun. Look for a hands-free, lightweight, and bright headlamp. LED lights are durable and energy-efficient.
  • Portable Chair: For those chill-out moments at your campsite. Your chair should be lightweight, durable, and easy to carry. Look for one with a drink holder for that ultimate festival vibe.

Tips Before You Go: Festival Camping Essentials 

Wait! Before you run and start packing, here are some tips to ensure a smooth and memorable experience. 

Research and Book Early

Music festivals often sell out quickly, especially the popular ones. Booking your tickets early not only secures your spot but often gets you the best prices. Research various festivals, line-ups, locations, and dates to find the one that aligns with your musical taste and schedule. Some festivals also offer pre-sales or loyalty tickets to previous attendees – an excellent reason to be part of the festival community!

Understand the Festival Rules

Every festival has its own set of rules, especially about what you can bring in. Some allow portable stoves; others don’t. Some may have restrictions on the size of your tent or the type of drinks you can bring. Understand these rules to avoid unpleasant surprises at the entrance.

Plan Your Journey and Accommodation

Consider how you’re going to get to the festival. If you’re driving, check the parking facilities. If you’re relying on public transport, verify the schedules. For multi-day events, camping is a popular option, but remember to book your spot early. If camping isn’t your thing, look for nearby hotels or guesthouses and book in advance.

Pack Smart

Our festival camping checklist is a great starting point, but remember, you’ll be carrying everything, often over some distance. So, pack smart. Prioritize essential items that ensure your comfort and safety. Use a sturdy backpack or a rolling suitcase for easy transportation.

Plan Your Festival Itinerary

Festivals can be overwhelming with multiple stages and numerous acts performing simultaneously. Once the schedule is out, plan your day. Highlight the must-see performances, but also leave room for discovery. You might just stumble upon your next favorite band!

Stay Hydrated and Fuelled

Festivals are usually hot, crowded, and involve lots of physical activity, so staying hydrated is crucial. Bring a refillable water bottle. Remember to eat too. Pack high-energy snacks or explore the food stalls at the festival.

Look After Your Valuables

Keep your valuables to a minimum and always be mindful of where they are. Consider a portable charger for your phone, and maybe even a cheap, festival-friendly phone instead of your latest smartphone.

Be Open and Respectful

Lastly, music festivals are about community. Be open to meeting new people and engaging with different music styles. Respect the space of others, the festival rules, and the environment.

Remember, the key to a fantastic festival experience is preparation, positivity, and a love for music. Happy festival-going!

And That’s A Wrap, Folks!

Well, there you have it – your all-inclusive, no-stone-unturned, top-notch guide to rocking the festival season. Remember, preparation is half the battle, the other half is showing off your killer dance moves under the neon lights!

Now, equipped with this guide, you are ready to tackle the wild, vibrant world of music festivals like a pro. Or at least, like someone who won’t wake up in a flooded tent or run out of toilet paper on day one (we’ve all been there, and it’s not pretty).

Remember, these music festivals are not just about the music. It’s also about the shared vibes, the high-fives with strangers, the spontaneous singalongs, and those sunrises viewed from the comfort of your camp chair with a group of newfound friends.

So get out there, follow our tips, and don’t just attend a music festival – own it! And when you’re swaying to the rhythm, surrounded by cheering crowds and starlit skies, don’t forget to take a moment, soak it all in, and think, “This is it. This is why I camp in a field with limited bathroom facilities.”

Happy festival-ing, you brave, adventure-loving souls! May your beats be sick, your tents be dry, and your festival memories be unforgettable. Rock on!

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