Best Overland Expos and Events (2022 Edition)

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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.

Overland Expos and Rallies

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 10-13 Truck Camper Adventure Rally

Location: Quartzsite, Arizona

This four day gathering of overland truck campers in the desert will be followed by a three day El Camino Del Diablo overland trip.

Website: https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/

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.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/

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.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southeast-overland-offroad-expo

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.

Website: https://capowersportsexpo.com/

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.

Website: https://mooreexpo.com

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.

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

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.”

Website: https://flarespace.com/products/back-to-baja/

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!”

Website: https://www.southernxpeditions.com/overland-challenge

April 30-May 1 Adventure Van Expo

Location: San Juan Capistrano, California

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/hoodriver

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.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/

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.

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/west

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.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/

June 4-5 Adventure Van Expo

Location: Placerville, California

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

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.

Website: https://www.bigironoverlandrally.com/

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.

Website: https://fourwheelcampers.com

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.

Website: http://www.nwoverlandrally.com/

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.

Website: http://www.bcoverlandrally.com

June 25-26 Adventure Van Expo Oregon

Location: Hood River, Oregon

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/hoodriver

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.

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/pacific-northwest/

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.

Website: https://openroadsfest.com/

July 16-17 Adventure Van Expo Colorado

Location: Eagle, Colorado

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/

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.

Website: https://rockymountainoverlandrally.com

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.”

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com

August 20-21 Adventure Van Expo Washington

Location: Fairgrounds – Port Townsend, Washington

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

TBA Mid-Atlantic Overland Festival

Location: Pennsylvania

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.

Website: http://www.overlandfestival.com

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.

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/mtnwest

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.

Website: https://www.descendonbend.com/

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.

Website: https://www.aoaexpo.com/

September 15-18 Keweenaw Overland Adventure Retreat

Location: Michigan

KOAR is a basecamp style overland event that includes 4 days of camping, hiking, biking and paddling in Copper Country.

Website: https://keweenawoverlandadventureretreat.com/

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.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/course-and-tour-schedule

September Adventure Van Expo California

Location: Lake Tahoe, California

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/lake-tahoe

October 6-9 The Pilgrimage

Location: Vermont

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.

Website: https://the-pilgrimage.com/

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.

Website: http://www.texasavidoutdoors.com

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.

Website: https://panhandleoverlandrally.com/

October 1-2 Adventure Van Expo Southeast

Location: TBD – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com

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.

Website: https://www.overlandexpo.com/east

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.

Website: https://www.naturalstateoverland.org

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.

Website: https://www.blueridgeoverlandgear.com/pages/roof-top-tent-rally

October 15-16 Adventure Van Expo

Location: Big Bear Lake, California 

Website: https://www.adventurevanexpo.com/big-bear-lake

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.

Website: https://www.redclayrally.com

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.”

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/

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.”

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/

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.

Website: https://www.semashow.com

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.

Website: https://discoveroffroading.com/

Outside Adventure Expo – TBD

Location: 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.

Website: https://outsideadventureexpo.com/

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.


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7 thoughts on “Best Overland Expos and Events (2022 Edition)”

  1. Joe & Kait
    Pleasure to meet you both in Chattanooga. Please keep the great work of sharing travels and experiences.

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  2. You need to host a Overland Expo in the deep South like Biloxi MS / Mobile AL or Now Orleans LA. We like to overland down here.

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  3. Do you two have any plans to attend an overland expo this year? The new one – Mountain West – is in Loveland, CO end of August.

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  4. You guys are fantastic. My wife and I have been glued to our computer investigating vehicles and camping life; we love your videos, so informative but fun to watch. But in all your videos not once have I ever seen a package of Oreo cookies or Chips Ahoy. Don’t you ever once want to sink your teeth into a big fat juicy burger or hot dog? Keep up the great work–we love ya.

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