Best Fests: Camping Festivals (US)

Rocklahoma 2016

May 27-29, 2016

Looking for a contemplative weekend of drum circles and mellow campfire jams -- then Rocklahoma is your nightmare. The only thing more legendary than the lineup at Rocklahoma are the campground ragers. Contests throughout the weekend inspire party animals to fully trick out their campsite in creative and often, puzzling ways. --MFJ

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Summer Camp 2016

May 27-29, 2016

From chilled out late night campfire jams to beat busting dance shows, the party at Summer Camp goes long past the end of scheduled performances. “Scampers” can apply to become camp counselors which means free tickets, free camping, and free beer in exchange for being an official party ambassador to the other attendees. Our resident festival expert calls Summer Camp — “The best festival of the Memorial Day Weekend.”

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DelFest 2016

May 26-29, 2016

The legendary bluegrass artist Del McCoury curates this annual festival at the picture perfect Allegany County Fairgrounds in Maryland. Camping, dancing, and of course, plenty of bluegrass set the stage for a Memorial Day Weekend of world class collaborations, special guest sit-ins, informal workshops, and late night picking sessions.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016

June 16-19, 2016

Camping in the Rocky Mountains during the summer is an enlightening experience especially when surrounded by one the jewels of summer – the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. If you manage to snag tickets to this sold out event, Town Park Campground is the Valhalla of camping with permanent bathrooms, waterfalls, and a location so close that you can listen to music from your tent.

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Electric Forest 2016

June 23-26, 2016

The legendary Sherwood Forest, beloved by music festival fans around the world, sets the backdrop to Electric Forest. Located on the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan, Electric Forest has grown into a full-on destination fest. At night, the Sherwood Forest becomes alive with lights, art, and the creativity of the fans.

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Floydfest 2016

July 27-31, 2016

The homegrown Floydfest has only one modest aim: “Our mission is to the be the best music experience of our time.” The lofty promise is generating results as each year the lineup gets deeper and the names get bigger. The famous Blue Ridge Parkway serves as your living room for the weekend.

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WE Fest 2016

August 4-6, 2016

80,000 rowdy country fans descend on the tiny town of Detroit Lakes at this blowout. There’s ten campgrounds to stake out your territory with different areas for different lifestyles. And better leave the kids at home for this one — as the website states: “…we do not recommend that you bring your children.”

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