May marks the beginning of summer and brings with it excitement for outdoor activities and live music. For enthusiasts who love the freedom of the open road and the thrill of experiencing music in unique settings, RV-friendly music festivals are the perfect way to combine these passions.
In this article, we explore some of the top RV-friendly May music festivals happening across the United States. So, pack your bags, fire up the RV, and let the melodies guide you on an unforgettable journey.
Festival-Friendly RVs For Rent Near You
Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores, Alabama (May 20-22)
Kicking off the summer season, the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is a seaside May music festival that offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Nestled between white sand beaches and the shimmering Gulf of Mexico, this festival boasts an impressive lineup of renowned artists across various genres. RV enthusiasts can find plenty of RV parks nearby, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the coastal vibes while enjoying the festival’s diverse sounds.
The Gulf State Park Campground, for example, is a fan favorite that’s not far from the event grounds.
Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, Illinois (May 26-28)
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Three Sisters Park, the Summer Camp Music Festival is a must-visit for RV owners who love a mix of jam bands, rock, and electronic music. Located near Chillicothe, Illinois, this festival offers spacious camping areas and dedicated RV camping with hookups. Alongside an outstanding lineup, attendees can enjoy workshops, art installations, and the vibrant community atmosphere that defines the festival.
Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, California (May 19-22)
For those seeking a more intimate and laid-back experience, the Joshua Tree Music Festival in California provides an enchanting desert setting that captivates the senses. Known for its emphasis on community, sustainability, and discovery, this festival brings together an eclectic blend of world, folk, and electronic music.
The coolest thing about this show for camping folk is that your wristband includes the price of walk-in tent camping, meaning you don’t have to pay anything extra to pitch a tent right on the festival grounds. You can even get an RV PASS if your rig is 17 ft. or longer and dry camp right at the concert.
If you’d rather camp with full-hookups, you can find RV camping options in the vicinity, ensuring a comfortable stay while taking in the awe-inspiring landscapes and immersive performances.
And while there, be sure to spend some time at Joshua Tree National Park – an otherworldly oasis of spectacular rock and tree formations.
Summer Meltdown – Darrington, Washington (May 26-29)
Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest’s stunning Cascade Mountains, Summer Meltdown is a hidden gem for RV enthusiasts who crave a fusion of music, nature, and adventure. With a lineup that caters to diverse musical tastes and an array of outdoor activities like hiking and river tubing, this festival promises an unforgettable experience.
RV camping options are available right on site, allowing attendees to fully embrace the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty.
DelFest – Cumberland, Maryland (May 25-28)
Celebrating the rich heritage of bluegrass and roots music, DelFest has become a prominent May music festival for RV travelers in the U.S. Located in the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland, this family-friendly event showcases legendary acts and emerging talent.
The festival offers spacious RV camping areas with full hookups, ensuring comfort throughout the multi-day celebration.
Bottle Rock Napa – Napa, California (May 26-28)
Music | Food | Wine | Brew. All in one of the best wine-producing regions in the world – need we say more?
This iconic music festival features the likes of acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Duran Duran, and so much more. While you can’t RV camp right at the festival, the Napa area has many terrific RV campgrounds that’ll get you covered. Just be sure to book your spot early!
And be sure to swing into Outdoorsy Yosemite as your road trip through the area. Outdoorsy Yosemite is an Outdoorsy owned RV resort on the shores of Bass Lake. The spot offers private lake access, spacious RV sites, and glamping options.
Outdoorsy Yosemite is also very close to Yosemite National Park so you can hit this iconic spot after you’ve had your fill of tunes.
May is the perfect month for RV owners and music enthusiasts to embark on an incredible journey to some of the most captivating and RV-friendly music festivals across the United States. Whether it’s the soothing sounds of the ocean at Hangout Music Festival, the breathtaking desert landscapes at Joshua Tree Music Festival, or the harmonious blend of music and nature at Summer Meltdown, these festivals provide an opportunity to indulge in a unique fusion of music, adventure, and the freedom of the open road.
So, gear up, check out these tips for attending music festivals in an RV, and set off on a memorable musical road trip this May.