There are so many places to explore while you’re RVing. As an RVer, the open road is your oyster, and you and your traveling crew can explore as much as you want, whatever you want, at your leisure. And while the list of must-experience sites is endless, there are some key RV Event Bucket List items worth traveling to in your RV, like the ones listed below.
Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show
Known as the “The Largest Gathering of RVers in the World,” the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, and RV Show draws as many as one million folks every year in January. For the past 40 years, this otherwise sleepy town has offered vendors space for rock, gem, and mineral shows, flea markets, and the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show.
The Quartzsite Big Tent is particularly of interest to hundreds of thousands of RVers, full-time and part-time. Hundreds of vendors gather under this behemoth to sell all sorts of outdoor and RV-related products and services, ranging from the latest gadgets to repairs and upgrades. It’s an RV shopper’s dream come true!
In addition to the shopping opportunities, folks opt to dry camp around the event for days and participate in all sorts of social gatherings and workshops geared towards RV living. It’s definitely a mecca for RV enthusiasts.
Quartzsite is located just 20 miles east of the California border on Interstate 10. Show dates for the next few years are listed below:
- January 22nd-30th, 2022
- January 21st-29th, 2023
- January 20th-28th, 2024
- January 18th-26th, 2025
“Seasoner” fans will delight in the opportunity to see NASCAR events up close! Many NASCAR race car events offer camping options for RVers. Depending on the venue, folks can choose among multiple camping areas across the facility, including full hookup sites, grassy areas for dry camping, and camping right in the middle of the racetrack interior field! RVers can also opt for season passes as part of their camping package.
Races take place all over the U.S. between February and November, but the largest and most popular events include the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Cook Out Southern 500, and Indy 500, to name a few.
“Whether it’s a dream of artistic expression, a yearning to connect with others in a fractured society, or simply a desire to live a more meaningful and authentic life, Burning Man is the place where dreams can and do come true.”
Burning Man is a multi-day celebration that occurs in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada around Labor Day. The event focuses on the spirit of community and creativity in the form of art, self-expression, and self-reliance. The event is unlike any on the planet, and to truly understand the concept of Burning Man, you simply have to go and experience it for yourself. To an outsider, it can be summed up as a culmination of psychedelic costumes, out-of-this-world art installations, a variety of performances, and of course, lots of partying.
Tickets to the event start at around $500. Folks are encouraged to bring a hefty supply of water and food in their rigs. It is a complete boondocking experience in the desert, so be prepared for extreme heat and the possibility of dust storms.
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
The Land of Enchantment truly lives up to its name every year at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This unique event is said to be the world’s most photographed event and the largest hot air ballooning event.
Nearly 750,000 visitors, many RVers, attend the Albuquerque, New Mexico event that happens for nine days during the first full week of October. Spectators gather to witness hundreds of special shaped balloons glow at night and almost simultaneously ascend in the early morning. It’s quite a magical (or, more appropriately, “enchanting”) sight to behold.
In addition to the awe-inspiring balloon shows, folks can see the balloons up close and meet the flight crew as attendees are allowed to walk around the launch field. Opportunities to assist the flight crews with set-up and experience a private hot air balloon ride are also available.
The 9-day event itinerary is packed with concerts, a chance to shop a variety of vendors, social gatherings, and a wide variety of activities for all ages. RV camping can be reserved on-site at the event or at nearby campgrounds. The event also offers bus transportation to and from the festival.
This coming year, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is slated for October 1-9, 2022.
Travel To These and More RV Event Bucket List Locations with Peace Of Mind
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About The Author: Natalie Henley
Levi Henley and his wife, Natalie, have been full-time RVers for over 5 years. They have also been Coach-Net customers for the same amount of time. They travel and workcamp around the U.S. in their 26-foot Itasca Sunstar motorhome with their two cats. They write for multiple RV-related publications and recently co-wrote “Seasonal Workamping for a Living: How We Did It.” You can follow their adventures on the road at henleyshappytrails.com
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