Skoolie Events

Check out what is happening around the country for Skoolie events, shows, and gatherings.
We hope to meet up with you on the road soon!

Skoolie Events are the best way to get to know other skoolie owners, van lifers, RVers, and just about anyone living the nomadic life.

There are lots of events around the country all year long.

We have posted all of the Skoolie events we know about so you can connect and see what is happening in the Skoolie Community near you!

We will continuously update this list throughout the year to keep you updated on any epic Skoolie event near you.  But hey, if it’s not near you, you have a tiny house on wheels, let’s all caravan to the next event together!

Scroll to see full list of Skoolie events for all of 2022!

Skoolie Events

Skoolie u.p.

Michigan Upper Peninsula
Event Dates: Aug 1 thru Aug 8

A gathering for skoolies and other fellow travelers located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This is such a great event for anyone who loves to travel and live a tiny lifestyle.  
Skoolie U.P. Facebook Group
Contact: Jennifer Walenski

Skoolie U.P. FAQs:

What is Skoolie U.P.?

A gathering of converted school buses, a.k.a. skoolies, and fellow travelers at a community camping event located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from August 1-8, 2022!

Who can come to Skoolie U.P.?

Anyone with a way to camp! Bring your bus, rv, tent, car, doesn't matter to us! Come join in and be part of this incredible community!
However, everyone coming to the event MUST sign up by emailing skoolieup@gmail.com. If your name is not on our list when you arrive, you may not be allowed to stay.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Is Skoolie U.P. free?

No. It is located at a private campground, therefore everyone needs to pay for a campsite, which is $25 per night for rustic boondocking or $35 per night for hookups. There is the option to prepay for your spot at a discounted price of $20 per night for rustic only.
Most of the activities are completely free. There will be lots of free giveaways. Bingo costs 50 cents a card for ages 18+. Kids are free. And we will have other various goodies available for sale throughout the event.

Is there wifi?

No. But there is decent Verizon & AT&T service. Possibly more. If you have a signal booster, I do suggest bringing it. Much of the U.P. doesn't have cell signal at all.

Can I arrive early? Or stay late?

Yes. It is a regular private campground, so simply make arrangements with them to come in early or stay late.
Be aware…Coming in early may require us to ask you to move as we begin setting up for the event.

Is there water fill? Or a dump station?

Yes. There is a dump station along with a water fill located in the electric section, close to the road. You will receive a map in your welcome packet when you arrive.

Can I sell my stuff while there?

Yes. We do understand that travelers make money this way, therefore, feel free to set a table out by your rig anytime during the event. We will also open the event to the general public for a few hours on Saturday.

Are generators allowed?

Yes. Generators are allowed. We will create a parking area specifically for generators. And a separate area for solar power.

Are pets allowed?

Yes. There will be an area where you can take your well behaved dogs off the leash and let them run, but for everyone's safety, we ask that they remain leashed unless in the dog run area.

Is this event family friendly?

Yes. Lots of activities, games, prizes, food, & more!

Are bus tours allowed?

Yes, but please be considerate. Many of these are our homes. Upon arrival, you will receive a welcome packet with a sign that says “open for tours”. Please use accordingly so that everyone is comfortable.

What do I need to bring?

There are no stores super close by. Closest Walmart is 75 miles away. Bring everything you think you may want or need for the week.
Remember to bring food for the potluck, favorite drinks, bug repellent, suntan lotion, swim suits, and cash to pay for your campsite and other goodies. Closest ATM and gas station is 7 miles west of the campground.
We will have various snacks and refreshments also for sale throughout the event.

What places should I be sure to visit close to Skoolie U.P.?

Kitch-iti-kipi, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, The Soo Locks, Mackinac Island, & Mackinac Bridge.

skoolie swarm

Skoolie Swarm

A social gathering in Florida. All skoolies, vans, box trucks, homes on wheels, skoolie curious, etc. are welcome to hang out for a week of skoolie fellowship.
The Florida event is usually held in Feb.

TINY HOUSE FESTIVALS

We are open to anyone and everyone who supports and/or is interested in the tiny lifestyle movement… and of course to those either currently living tiny or dreaming to live a small lifestyle.
Facebook Group
Contact: John and Fin

Skooliepalooza® is an annual camping and skoolie community building event for skoolie and bus conversion owners in the Arizona desert held every January or February.

SKOOLIEPALOOZA

Skooliepalooza® is an annual camping and skoolie community building event for skoolie and bus conversion owners in the Arizona desert held every January or February.

January 2022

Vanlife Pride Meetup First Annual
Quartzsite, Arizona
Event Dates: Jan 7 thru Jan 9

A welcoming informal gathering for all nomadic LGBTQ communities.  Bonfires, community meals, and lots of chill hangouts.  Open to all nomads regardless of the vehicle.  Skoolies, vans, RVs, car campers, and tent campers are welcome to join.

Black Nomads First Annual Hangout
Georgetown, South Carolina
Event Dates: Jan 8 thru Jan 9
Contact: Kadedra

A nomadic gathering for black skoolie, van, RV, and overlanders.  Games, fellowship, food, campfires, and tons of fun!

Skooliepalooza 2022
Parker, Arizona
Event Dates:  Jan 21 thru Jan 31

A massive gathering of people who travel full or part-time.  This is an annual event that has become the West Coast’s premier Skoolie Event.  

Anyone who has a vehicle is welcome to attend this free event.  Van conversions, skoolies, RVs, car-campers, tent-campers, and box-truck conversions are welcome.  

Florida Suncoast Tiny House Festival
Pinellas Park, Florida
Event Dates: Jan. 29 thru Jan 30
Contact: Finn Davies

Finn and John have put on over 23 Tiny House Festivals.  This is a great event to view Skoolies, van conversions, Tiny Homes, and visit lots of vendors.  



February 2022

Skoolie Swarm 2022
Melrose, Florida
Event Dates:  Feb 21 thru Feb 28
Contact: Michelle & Travis Matson

Some people have referred this to the East Coast’s Skooliepalooza.  It’s a different kind of vibe and different skoolie nomads for the most part.  Every part is chill, fun, and lots of great people.  

Skoolies, Vans, Box-Trucks, SUV and Car Campers, RVs, and Coaches.  An annual nomad gathering for anyone and everyone.  Kickball, potlucks, karaoke, and bonfires.  A great time in the woods!

March 2022

TinyFest California

San Diego, Ca.
Event Dates: March 12 & 13

This is the 3rd annual Tiny Home Builders event by TinyFest.  There will be local vendors, food, and expert speakers on various aspects of Tiny Living.  

Note: This is a day event and not intended for boondockers or campers.  However, if you are a current Nomad and would like to be a part of the DIY area of the event, contact the event organizers through the link above to inquire.

 

April 2022

Black Nomads Spring Campout
Georgetown, South Carolina
Event Dates: April 15th thru April 17th
Contact: Kadedra

Black skoolies, van lifers, RVers, and tent campers are welcome for this overnight campout! Must apply to attend, spots are limited.

*Tickets available starting Feb 14th.

Skoolie Festival
Troy, North Carolina
Event Dates: April 7 Thru April 10

This is a nomadic gathering for anyone with a vehicle or tent to camp in.

There is camping for $25.00 no water or power hook-ups but there will be access to hot showers. They will have a schedule up and ready soon.

Email lilrampageoffroad@gmail.com to register or send a Facebook message to: North Carolina Skoolie Festival.

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Austin, Texas
Event Dates: April 9 & 10

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. 
Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.   

Cobbtown Acres Nomadic Adventure 2022
Cobbtown, Georgia
Event Dates: April 15 thru May 1

This event at Cobbtown Acres is a two-week event for DIYs, nomad merchants, nomad-friendly sponsorship, motivation, and informational nomad workshops, sharing circles, resources, potluck dinners, music, and a brand-new playground for nomad families. 

7th Annual Georgia Tiny House Festival
Georgia Internation Horse Park
Conyers, Georgia
Event Dates: Apr. 30 thru May 1
Contact: Finn Davies

Finn and John have put on over 23 Tiny House Festivals.  This is a great event to view Skoolies, van conversions, Tiny Homes, and visit lots of vendors.  

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
San Juan Capistrano, Ca.
Event Dates: April 30 thru May 1

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. 
Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.   

May 2022

Fulltime Families Teen Pep Ralley
Georgia – Register for a specific location
Event Dates:  May 15 thru May 22

This is a paid event for Fulltime Families members only.  

Fulltime Families is sponsoring this Teen focused event for teens of families who travel full-time and never get to experience “Highschool Activities” in the traditional sense.

A great opportunity for your teen to interact and socialize with their peers and experience high school teen activities such as Pep Rallies, Homecoming Spirit Week, debate, Teens Night Out, Prom, and much more.  

June 2022

Black Nomads 2nd Annual Hangout
Wrightsville, Georgia
Event Dates: June 3 thru June 6
Contact: Kadedra

If you are a black nomad with a skoolie, van, RV, or any kind of nomadic vehicle, this is an event you will not want to miss.  A full weekend of fun with special guests with live music, games, tournaments, great food, raffle prizes, workshops, and a talent show.  

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Placerville, Ca.
Event Dates: June 4 & 5

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more.  Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.   

3rd Annual Tennessee Tiny House Festival

Nashville, Tn.
Event Dates: June 18 & 19
Contact Finn Davies

Another great Tiny House Event to be organized by Finn Davies.  Tiny Homes, Skoolies, Van Conversions, and Box-Truck conversions will be on display along with many vendors exhibiting their products for tiny living. 

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Hood River, Oregon
Event Dates: June 25 & 26

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.  

July 2022

Rainbow Family Gathering
TBD, Colorado
Event Dates: July 1st thru 7th

Want to meet a bunch of cool people? Everyone is invited! Free gathering, though you may need to leave your rig and hike in to be fully immersed in the experience.

July 1-7, somewhere in Colorado, in a national forest, a specific location to be announced at the end of June.

This is a FREE event!

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Eagle, Colorado.
Event Dates: July 16 & 17

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.  

August 2022

Skoolie U.P. 2022

Michihistrigan, Michigan
Event Dates: Aug 1 thru Aug 8
Contact: Jennifer Walenski

Skoolie U.P. is a gathering for skoolies and other fellow travelers located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This is such a great event for anyone who loves to travel and live a tiny lifestyle.  You can find all of the details HERE.

September 2022

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Bend, Oregon
Event Dates: Sep 3 & 4

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.  

Tinyfest Southwest
Phoenix, Arizona
Event Dates: September 10 & 11

This is an annual Tinyfest event and will have Skoolies, van conversions, and tiny houses on display,  You may participate in the DIY area of the event if you would like to boondock or camp.  Contact the event organizers for more information.

October 2022

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Chatanooga, Tn.
Event Dates: Oct. 1 & 2

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.  

Adventure Van Expo Series 2022
Big Bear, Ca.
Event Dates: Oct. 15 & 16

The primary focus of this Expo is on Vans and Overland vehicles, but there are Skoolies and more. 
Vendors, food, and music.  Check out some of the latest gear, gadgets, product demonstrations, and workshops.  

November 2022

Florida Annual United Tiny House Festival
Location and Dates are TBD

December 2022

Tinyfest Southwest
Phoenix, Arizona
Event Dates: Dec 3 & 4

This is an annual Tinyfest event and will have Skoolies, van conversions, and tiny houses on display,  You may participate in the DIY area of the event if you would like to boondock or camp.  Contact the event organizers for more information.