10 Best Camping Festivals In The US

Put These EDM Camping Festivals on Your Radar For 2023

Last updated 1/12/2023

Camping festivals in the US and across the world offer a unique, fully immersive festival experience to music-goers. Rather than catching a ride home after the festival has ended for the day, attendees stay on the festival grounds, normally sleeping outdoors in tents or RVs. 

Although you’ll typically have to sacrifice a hot shower, AC, and any shred of privacy you’re accustomed to having, you will gain an unlikely set of benefits. For example, camping festivals allow fans to enjoy music until much later hours since they are normally secluded out in nature. Since people are sleeping just steps away from the party, it makes staying out late easy since there are no worries about a car or shuttle ride home. In addition to late-night festivities, camping festivals enable fans to make new friendships with their “neighbors,” run into DJs who also might be camping onsite, set up and decorate their campsites, and really just experience the beauty (and wrath) of mother nature. 

Camping festivals aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Lots of festivals offer camping options but are close enough to the nearest city so fans can book local accommodations. However, some festivals are so far off the beaten path that it would be challenging to travel back and forth each day from a hotel or Airbnb. 

For those who love the outdoors and are up for the challenge, we’ve rounded up 10 EDM camping festivals in North America for your consideration:

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival – Okeechobee, FL


DJs, singers, rappers, live painters, and visual artists are all welcome at this multi-genre Florida music festival. The event is held on an expansive property in the small town of Okeechobee, Florida. So, do you have to camp at Okeechobee Festival? Camping at Okeechobee is not required, but the festival grounds are secluded, so visitors are encouraged to camp there because there aren’t many hotels or Airbnb nearby. Plus, you’ll want to be at Okeechobee all night to discover all of its many secrets!

Okeechobee 2023 dates: February 2-5

Okeechobee 2023 lineup: Odesza, GRiZ, Excision, and more

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Lightning in a Bottle – Buena Vista Lake, CA

Lightning in a Bottle is one of the most unusual camping festivals in North America due to its remote location, focus on connection, and highly sought-after DJs. However, it’s about much more than the music. Guests can participate in yoga sessions, spiritual seminars, and more to take the festival experience to the next level. Camping in southern California is something any nature-lover should experience once in their life, so why not do it at Lightning in a Bottle and experience the best of both worlds?

Lightning in a Bottle 2023 dates: May 24-29

Lightning in a Bottle 2023 lineup: TBA

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Elements Festival – Long Pond, PA

Elements Music & Arts Festival is one of the most exciting festival events on the east coast. Four unique stages represent each of the elements–air, water, earth, and fire. The festival’s location in Pennsylvania’s woodlands allows guests to experience their favorite DJs among the wondrous greenery of the Poconos. Since it’s a smaller-scale festival, Elements Festival has an intimate, low-key vibe that’s hard to find elsewhere. On-site camping in the fields surrounding the woods is encouraged. 

Elements Festival dates: August 11-14

Elements Festival 2023 lineup: TBA

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival –  Manchester, TN

There is a vibe about Bonnaroo that is difficult to describe. Once you’ve experienced The Farm’s undeniable charm and inviting atmosphere, you’ll find yourself wanting to return every year. There is something for everyone, with ten stages showcasing iconic performances from all musical genres like EDM, pop, rap, jam, and more. You want to take a trip to Bonnaroo at least one time in your life. Camping on The Farm is encouraged and pretty much the only way to properly enjoy the magic Bonnaroo has to offer. 

Bonnaroo 2023 dates: June 15-18

Bonnaroo 2023 lineup: Zeds Dead, Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, and more

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Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI

electric forest

The journey of a lifetime awaits EDM fans from all walks of life all the way to northern Michigan for Electric Forest. Lose yourself in the music, the art, and the magic of the forest. Ever since Insomniac took over Electric Forest, it’s become home to some of the best production you can find at a camping festival in the US. With nine stages and many acres for camping, there is lots to do to keep you occupied during your stay at Electric Forest. It’s highly encouraged to camp on-site to get the most out of your experience. Not to mention, the festival grounds are pretty far tucked away into the woods.

Electric Forest 2023 dates: June 22-25

Electric Forest 2023 lineup: Sofi Tukker, Rezz, Illenium, and more

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Lost Lands – Thornville, OH

Longtime dubstep DJ and producer, Excision hosts the “dubstep superbowl” every year at the Legend Valley concert venue in Ohio. The prehistoric-themed event offers easy camping choices, massive dinosaurs, and the best names in dubstep and bass music. Although the grounds are not far outside of downtown Columbus and shuttle options are available, Lost Lands is also a camping festival. If you plan to camp at Lost Lands, pack for all weather conditions because Ohio can get pretty chilly on September nights!

Lost Lands 2023 dates: September 22-24

Lost Lands 2023 lineup: TBA

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Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL


Unquestionably one of the most distinctive music events in the US is Suwannee Hulaween. Each year, Halloween celebrations take place at the popular Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, where attendees dance and catch their favorite EDM DJs while taking in the beautiful scenery of Northern Florida. However, Hulaween is much more expansive in the style of sound it invites. Jam bands, rappers, singers, and many genres in between show up each year. The venue already has the infrastructure for a campground, so camping at Hulaween is a treat. 

Hulaween 2023 dates: October 26-29

Hulaween 2023 lineup: TBA

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EDC – Las Vegas, NV

Watch state-of-the-art technology and nature come together at Insomniac’s prized EDC Las Vegas. Every May, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway serves as the epicenter of electronic dance music, inviting the most high-profile DJs from around the world to perform on its many stages. Although many attendees stay on the Las Vegas Strip, the festival also has ShiftPods on-site that are set up for camping. Take your pick, but camping in an EDC ShiftPod is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will earn you your real raver badge!

EDC Las Vegas 2023 dates: May 19-21

EDC Las Vegas 2023 lineup: TBA

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Dancefestopia – Lacygne, KS

Find your way down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City every September at Dancefestopia. This massive seven-day, seven-night festival brings all of the best names in bass music and dubstep to the beautiful yet overlooked state of Kansas. Good vibes, incredible artists, and an immersive camping experience can be expected at Dancefestopia every year. It’s best to camp on the grounds to make the most of the party!

Dancefestopia 2023 dates: TBA

Dancefestopia 2023 lineup: Zeds Dead, Excision, Subtronics, and more

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Float Fest – Gonzales, TX

Float Fest is ideal for nature and music lovers alike. This multi-genre festival boasts a diverse lineup with some of the best-in-class talent.  Guests can literally float along the Guadalupe River in tubes while being entertained by their favorite bands, rappers, DJs, and more. It’s the perfect mid-summer getaway to get in touch with your inner child. You will certainly miss out if you don’t choose to camp on Float Fest’s majestic campgrounds. 

Float Fest 2023 dates: TBA

Float Fest 2023 lineup: TBA

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Camping festivals aren’t for the weak, but they are truly rewarding if you like that kind of thing. Many EDM music festivals have decided to integrate camping to create an intimate vibe and a more holistic festival experience. If you’re up for the challenge, one of these camping festivals would be a great place to start!

Read our ultimate 2023 North America festival list next.

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