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Looking for an overland rally or event near you? This is a round up of all the 2022 overland expos, rallies and events going on in the United States and Canada. Be sure to read up on each event in detail to make sure you know what to expect.
2022 Overland Expos & Rallies
All the expos and rallies are listed in chronological order. If you want to get an idea of what to expect at one of the large overland expos watch this video from Overland Expo East.
February 16-22 Baja California Overland Adventure
Location: Baja California, Mexico
This one week tour of Baja California with Off Road Safety Academy will explore the Sea of Cortez side as well as the Pacific side. Areas visited include San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles, Guerrero Negro, and Ensenada.
March 4-6 Southeast Overland & Off-Road Expo
Location: Dade City, Florida
This three day overland and off-road expo is taking place at Pasco County Fair Association in Dade City, Florida. There will be event camping as well as instruction seminars including wilderness first aid, overlanding with a trailer, and traveling with pets.
March 26-27 California Powersports Expo
Location: Los Angeles County Fairgrounds Fairplex, California
This three day expo is a combination of four events taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Part of this expo series is the California Powersports Expo and California Outdoor Adventure Expo. Expect over 400 vendors in the off-road, outdoor gear, adventure travel space and more.
April 8-10 MOORE Expo
Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds – Springfield, Missouri
The Midwest Overlanding and Off-Road Expo includes two days of courses and seminars that range from overland navigation and radio communication to trauma kits and recovery techniques.
April 9-10 Adventure Van Expo Texas
Location: Austin, Texas
The Adventure Van Expo series is mostly focused around overland travel in adventure vans, but there will be plenty of overland gear to check out and overland rigs to tour. Keep scrolling to see dates for additional locations throughout the year. Watch the video below to get an idea of what it’s like to attend an Adventure Van Expo.
April 21-24 Back to Baja
Location: Baja California, Mexico
Flarespace is hosting a four day, three night gathering in Baja California for overlanders, van lifers, and outdoor enthusiasts. All are welcome on this adventure including those in vans and motorcycle. As the event organizers point out on their website, “you can even bring a tent to camp & lay underneath the stars; the choice is yours.”
April 29-May 1st Spring Overland Challenge
Location: Uwharrie, NC
A three day overland challenge on the East Coast consisting of 25 teams utilizing the Uwharrie National Forest OHV trail system. “The Overland Challenge will make you fight man, machine and nature in an epic 3 day adventure designed to push you further, harder and educate you for all of your Overland Adventures!”
May 13-15 Baja California Tour
Location: Mojave, California
This three day tour with Off Road Safety Academy will explore one of the most iconic overland routes through Mojave National Preserve.
May 20-22 Overland Expo West
Location: Ft. Tuthill County Park – Flagstaff, Arizona
One of our favorite overland expos in the U.S. Overland Expo West is a three day event that will offer countless number of overland rigs on display including flatbed truck campers and adventure vans. When you’re not busy looking at adventure vehicles, you can take an off-road driving course, go for a motorcycle demo ride, attend one of many classes or watch an overland film for inspiration.
June 1-7 Baja California Overland Adventure
Location: Baja California, Mexico
A one week Baja California overland adventure with Off Road Safety Academy to explore the Sea of Cortez side as well as the Pacific side. Areas visited include San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles, Guerrero Negro, and Ensenada.
June 10-12 Big Iron Overland Rally
Location: West Mineral, Kansas
Big Iron is a three day weekend overland rally taking place in West Mineral, Kansas. From the organizers of MOORE, this rally will include camping, live music, vehicle awards, and even a self-guided tour of Big Brutus a.k.a. Bucyrus-Erie model 1850-B electric shovel.
June 10-12 FWC Owner’s Rally & Campout
Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Four Wheel Campers is a well known lightweight pop-up camper manufacturer based in California and each year the company hosts a owner’s rally and campout. This year’s FWC rally will be in Lake Tahoe, California.
June 16-19 Northwest Overland Rally
Location: Leavenworth, Washington
It doesn’t matter what type of adventure rig you have, all you have to do is show up and enjoy all that the Northwest Overland Rally has to offer. There will be welcome cocktails and wine tasting to advanced driving course taught by certified 4WD instructors.
June 23-26 BC Overland Rally
Location: Whistler Olympic Park – Whistler, British Colombia
BCOR is a popular overland event in British Colombia, Canada that draws a big crowd every summer. Enjoy camping, learning and community building at this overland rally.
July 8-10 Overland Expo Pacific Northwest
Location: Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center – Redmond, Oregon
This overland event is the latest edition to the popular Overland Expos event series. Overland Expo Pacific Northwest will host the inaugural event at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. The three day event will be packed with seminars, off-road courses, vendors, and inspiration.
July 15-18 Open Roads Fest
Location: Jug Mountain Ranch – McCall, Idaho
We had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Open Roads Fest in 2019 and are glad to see the return of this festival for van lifers, overlanders, road trippers and dreamers. Expect a long weekend with outdoor activities, workshops and community building.
July 16-17 Adventure Van Expo Colorado
Location: Eagle, Colorado
July 28-31 Rocky Mountain Overland Rally
Location: Gunnison, Colorado
Part of the WA and BC overland rally series, the Rocky Mountain Overland Rally takes place in Gunnison, Colorado.
August 2-4 Rimrocker Trail Overland Tour
Location: Montrose, Colorado to Moab, Utah
This three night Rimrocker trail starts in Montrose, Colorado and ends in Moab, Utah. “On this tour, you will be immersed in natural beauty as the trail guides them through a landscape of redrock canyons, winding rivers, desert vistas and alpine forests.”
August 20-21 Adventure Van Expo Washington
Location: Fairgrounds – Port Townsend, Washington
TBA Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival
MAOF is a popular overland event presented by Mainline Overland, a well established off-road and expedition vehicle outfitter. The overland festival will feature courses, giveaways and events for the whole family.
August 26-28 Overland Expo Mountain West
Location: The Ranch – Loveland, Colorado
Part of the popular Overland Expos event series, the Mountain West version will be taking place in Loveland, Colorado. The three day event will be packed with seminars, off-road courses, vendors, and inspiration.
September Descend on Bend
Location: Oregon Outback 43.3937281,-121.2112945
This five days and four nights gathering for overlanders, nomads and van lifers is taking place Labor Day weekend near Bend, Oregon. Tickets include camping on private land, activities such as morning yoga, workshops, and live music.
September 2-5 Alberta Outdoor Adventure Expo
Location: Medicine Lodge Rodeo Grounds – Yellowhead County, Alberta, Canada
This four day outdoor adventure expo in Alberta, Canada will include lake/river front camping, food trucks, activities from fishing, axe throwing to photography classes.
September 15-18 Keweenaw Overland Adventure Retreat
KOAR is a basecamp style overland event that includes 4 days of camping, hiking, biking and paddling in Copper Country.
September 22-24 Applegate-Lassen Trail Overland Tour
Location: The Applegate-Lassen Trail
This overlanding tour offered by ORSA “travels through the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada, ending near California.” Included is a stop at Black Rock Playa where the well known Burning Man event takes place.
October 6-9 The Pilgrimage
This gathering of off-road enthusiasts and overlanders in the Northeast includes camping, trail rides and the event organizers even offer a quiet area for families with younger children.
October Texas Avid Outdoors Fall Expo
Location: Oxford Ranch Campground – Llano, Texas
This popular outdoors expo in Texas is also known as the Texas Overland Expo. The organizers have been putting on this even to courage attendees to get off the highway and explore the outdoors.
October Panhandle Overland Rally
Location: TBD- Idaho
We attended the inaugural Panhandle Overland Rally in 2020 and it did not disappoint. For anyone looking for a fun, community driven overland rally in the Pacific Northwest, definitely check out this overland rally in Idaho. Expect wheeling, live music, raffles and a good time.
October 1-2 Adventure Van Expo Southeast
Location: TBD – Chattanooga, Tennessee
October 7-9 Overland Expo East
Location: Oak Ridge Estates – Arrington, Virginia
Part of the Overland Expos event series, the East Coast version will be taking place in Arrington, Virginia. Similar to other events in this series, this three day event will be packed with overland rigs, vendors, educational seminars, off-road courses and more.
October 13-15 Rendezvous in the Ozarks
Location: Ozark National Forest – Arkansa
Join overland travel enthusiasts in the Ozarks for three days of adventure and camping in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansa.
October Roof Top Tent Rally
Location: James River State Park – Gladstone, Virginia
This will be the 5th Annual RTTR organized by the folks over at Blue Ridge Overland Gear. This is a family-friendly event with access to fishing, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking. A roof top tent is not required to attend this overland rally.
October 15-16 Adventure Van Expo
Location: Big Bear Lake, California
October 22-24 Red Clay Rally
Location: Lexington, KY to Johnson City, TN
This is a three day, 600 mile overland rally with one goal: finish.
October 21-23 Death Valley Miner’s Cabin Tour
Location: Death Valley, California
Three day Death Valley overland tour for short wheelbase 4WD vehicles. According to the tour description, “most stock short wheelbase vehicles will do well on these tours. Front and rear frame-mounted recovery points, a small suspension lift, larger than stock tires, and rock rails or sliders are an advantage.”
October 27-29 Death Valley National Park Tour
Location: Death Valley National Park
Three day Death Valley National Park tour with Bob of Off Road Safety Academy. “This tour visits Saline Valley, Hunter Mountain, Hidden Valley, Tea Kettle Junction, Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater, and portions of Panamint Valley.”
November 1-4 SEMA Show – Overland Experience
Location: Las Vegas, NV
While overland adventure travel is not the focus at SEMA, there is a dedicated area hosted by the folks that put on the Overland Expo series. Attend seminars on overland travel and check out some adventure rigs.
December 3-9 Baja California Tour
Location: Baja California, Mexico
This winter version of the one week Baja California tour with Off Road Safety Academy will explore the Sea of Cortez side of Baja as well as the Pacific side. Cities on the Baja adventure include San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles, Guerrero Negro, and Ensenada.
Outside Adventure Expo – TBD
Lodestone Events, producers of the Overland Expos event series will be putting on the second annual Outside Adventure Expo in 2023. This event will include an education series around camping, off-roading and outdoor adventures.
Why Attend an Overland Event?
- Learn something new. There is a wealth of knowledge at these events so get ready to soak up a lot of information. Whether it’s chatting with a fellow attendee or meeting a factory representative that makes one of your overland components, there is quite a bit you can learn at these events.
- Tour overland vehicles. Maybe you’re in the market for a rig or looking to upgrade your own, there are always plenty of rigs to check out at an overland event.
- Find cool gear. From window covering and coffee to lithium batteries and electric scooters, there is never a shortage of cool gear at these overland events. Sometimes the vendors run a show special so you can get a great deal on gear.
- Connect with awesome folks. The overland community is made up of some pretty terrific human beings. So get ready to make a friend or two or ten.
Know of more overland events or rallies that should be included on this list? Leave a comment below.