Interesting Van Life Gatherings & Events Guide (2021)

 Interesting Van Life Gatherings & Events Guide (2021)

Want to explore a few van life gatherings? With van life growing in popularity, more and more events are popping up every year!

One of the newest trends when it comes to living an RV lifestyle is Vanlife.

Jennifer and I loved hitting the open road in all our Class B vans in the past – and Class Bs are considered a camper van – the staple in #vanlife, so we can see why they are becoming so popular!

Not only are Class B vans compact and easy to drive, but they make accessing boondocking on public land easy to do.

If you own a Class B camper van, you can explore national parks and other outdoor spaces, but you can also park in urban areas. It is a great way to see what different cities have to offer.

What is a Van Lifer?

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#Vanlife

Van lifers are a group of people that have, for the most part, decided to travel (and work) while living in a camper van full time. Why not work and have a road trip simultaneously?

Many people in this awesome community embrace having an open mind and living in tiny spaces. They like knowing that their lifestyle leaves a tiny footprint on our Earth.

7 Van life Gatherings to Explore

There are many people that organize Vanlife events across the United States. The following is a list of events where you can meet other people in the Vanlife community.

1. Asheville Vanlife Rally

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Annual Asheville Van Life Rally

This small town in North Carolina offers up big fun in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains.

The 7th Annual Asheville Van Life Rally is set to kick off on September 16. You won't want to miss this 3-night/4-day weekend of fun.

Gather with other members of the Vanlife nomadic community at this event which features food, beer, excellent art, and music. Asheville is known for its delicious vegan food restaurants and craft beer breweries.

There is sure to be good food and fun!

2. Black Nomads Meet

Celebrate black Vanlife culture at the Black Nomads Meet Vanlife event. This event occurs in June each year and is focused on bringing together everyone interested in the black tiny home community.

The goal of this event is to support the current black nomad community and inspire new people to learn more about this lifestyle. They believe that the Vanlife, tiny-home nomadic lifestyle can help you take control of your life and live the way you want to with less.

The event offers events and virtual projects, as well as collaboration with other platforms.

3. The Vanlife App Meetup Monday (which is now called Sēkr)

The community building Vanlife App (now called Sēkr) is a way to stay connected with other van lifers when on the open road. It is the best way to stay connected to similarly minded people that are in other areas.

Every Monday they have Meetup Mondays, a virtual meeting where people gather to talk about their different van adventures.

You can join this Zoom meeting to listen to other tales from the road. Or email the coordinator from their website ahead of time to be guaranteed a time to talk.

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4. Adventure Van Expo

Adventure Van Expo meets in different cities to showcase all things Vanlife. If you are in the market to build a van, add to your van or buy a van, then this is the event for you.

They can show you different types of vehicles that offer a lot in a small space. In recent years the event had van supply vendors, van builders, and influencers at the event. Meet interesting people and see what van life is all about!

Check out this free event:

  • Cache County Logan, Utah: July 31-August 1
  • Dillon, Colorado: August 21-22
  • Bend, Oregon (Deschutes): September 4-5
  • Lake Tahoe, California: September 18-19
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: October 2-3
  • Big Bear Lake, California: October 16-17

5. VanFest Utah 2021

If you are already a van lifer or want to become one, this event might be the one for you! This event centers around campervans and current van influencers.

You can embark on different van tours and converted vehicles, see different DIY and professional builds, and talk to famous van lifers.

Get top tips for your own Vanlife and see what your fellow nomads are up to, all while making valuable, new connections.

6. Descend on Bend (Sold Out for 2021)

Every September, Descend on Bend offers hundreds of people the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities together. Enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking, or chat and meet other van dwellers.

This is one of the most popular and talked about van life gatherings. You will not want to miss the next one!

7. Vanstock Alaska (postponed until 2022)

Although this event has been canceled this year, it is still worth mentioning in case you want to attend next year's event.

This year's event was going to be the first. It will be held next summer in Anchorage.

Tips for Your First Van Life Gathering Event

If it is your first time attending a van gathering, then you might not know exactly what to expect. It might feel intimidating meeting so many new people. Especially if you are an introvert and like spending your time solo, on the road.

If you give it a chance, a van gathering might be an excellent time for you. There are a few things you can do to help feel more at ease at your first event:

  • Be Yourself: Van lifers are all different and special in their own ways. Do not try to change yourself to fit in. Just be you!
  • Get Your Van Picture Perfect: You can boost your confidence by getting your van “Instagram ready” for the event. That way, you will feel good when people peek inside.
  • Keep an Open Mind: If the event ends up not being for you, then you do not ever have to attend one again. But keep an open mind. You never know what you might discover!

Do you have a list of van life gatherings you want to share? Put them in the comments – we'd like to see them!

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Interesting Van Life Gatherings & Events Guide (2021)

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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