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August Live Outside & Play

Hey, Flock! With summer winding down, we’re trying to squeeze in as many adventures as we still can. This month, we’re continuing to join our friends Ben and Roxy on their LOAP travels through Colorado! If you’re in the area be sure to drop in and say hi at one of these awesome events:

LOAP August Calendar

9th – 11th: Telluride Jazz Festival in Telluride, CO

17th: Mountain Town Music Festival in Keystone, CO

18th: Small Living: Crafts from a Van in Denver, CO

31st – Sept 2: Taste of Colorado in Denver, CO

Mountain Town Music Festival

Come enjoy some free live music in Colorado’s high country! This year’s headlining act is The Strumbellas. This festival is an awesome way to round out the summer season. Loaded with local vendors, music, and tons of harvest pickings to choose from, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to end summer on a truly Coloradical note. The best part? The event is free!

Taste of Colorado

Taste of Colorado is a huge event that happens every summer in downtown Denver. The festival is celebrating it’s 36th year of being the largest free entry food and music event in the state! With over 500,000 attendees, you don’t want to miss it. This year the festival will host over 50 food vendors, 175 marketplace vendors, a kids zone, and 25 music acts gracing the stages! Food and beverage tickets come in at 15 for $10, and can be used at any vendor in the festival. Make sure to pack some sunscreen and bring your appetite!

If you end up coming down to Denver, keep an eye out for our Roofnest team! Being based in Boulder, we don’t think we can pass up a reason to head down to the city to stuff our faces for a day or two. We hope to see you all out there!

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5 Music Festivals Where You Can Camp This Summer

Summer is here, which means music festival season is in full swing. From coast to coast, every month is packed with non-stop opportunities to sing along with your favorite artists, make new friends, and get a strong sunburn if you forget a certain essential festival staple.

Beyond stacked lineups, many summer fests promise an unforgettable experience that’s built on a whole lot more than just music. Attendees can look forward to a carousel of fun including art installations, delicious eats, community workshops, family activities, and in some cases, actual carousels.

Another perk to summer music festivals? The fact that so many of these iconic fests focus on bringing folks together to enjoy our favorite activity: sleeping under the stars.

Although many music festivals offer camping options nearby, there are a few that make camping the foundation of the entire festival experience. Check out our list of 5 of the best music festivals where you can camp this summer, and then get packing (don’t forget the sunscreen)!

What: Firefly Music Festival

Where: Dover, DE
When: June 21-23

Although Firefly Music Festival features musical giants like Death Cab for Cutie, Passion Pit, Tyler the Creator, Courtney Barnett, Vampire Weekend and a whole lot more, this festival is focused on bringing music-lovers together for an immersive camping experience.

Named “The Great Atlantic Campout”, attendees can choose to spread out along several massive lots for tent camping, RV camping, and different levels of “glamping” (not gonna lie, if we had $1500 lying around, we’d be lounging beer-in-hand in one of the super glamping setups).

Scattered throughout the north & south lots you’ll find “Camping Hubs” where you can keep the party going long after you’ve seen your favorite artists onstage. Catch live music performances by Firefly artists, late night silent discos, farmers’ markets, daily yoga, shopping, and essentials like cell phone charging stations, ice, and water refills.

When you pull up to Firefly Music Festival with a Roofnest rooftop tent, you can grab an affordable car-camping spot in the north or south lot and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the entire camping arena without having to pay for a tent setup or pitch a single tent pole.

Find weekend and single-day general admission, VIP and super/super-duper VIP tickets here »

What: Electric Forest Festival

Where: Rothbury, MI
When: June 27-30


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For those looking to plug in to a more psychedelic experience, the Electric Forest Festival is a fest for the senses. This four days of music, art, and community workshops sure to get the synapses firing.

Although this fest has a stacked lineup of dance- and beat-based artists (Odesza, Kygo, Bassnectar and Zeds Dead are the four headliners this year), it’s also packed with artistic and spiritual creative workshops, numerous art installations, feminist-focused activities and meetups and more. And about 45 minutes away lies Ludington State Park Beach where you can get a breather from all the action with a relaxing day of paddle boarding, winding forest hikes, and gorgeous sand dunes.

Just like Firefly, this fest is all about building community through camping. When you purchase your festival ticket, you can choose to bundle it with general admission camping, exclusive “VIP” camp spots, RV spots, tiny homes, cabins and more. A shuttle will take you back and forth from your campsite to the venue, so you can party all night long without volunteering your best friend to be the DD (as always).

And if you don’t have a tent, you can rent a basic or more glamorous tent where you can rest those dancing feet at the end of the day. Of course, rolling up with a Roofnest means you don’t have to pay extra for a special camp spot to get a comfy night’s sleep, so you can enjoy that extra space next to your car to its fullest (which we’re guessing probably means a hacky-sack circle or hula-hoop party).

What: High Sierra Music Festival

Where: Quincy, CA
When: July 4-7

Hope you’re hungry for some noodles this Fourth of July weekend, because the High Sierra Music Festival is overflowing with jam bands who are notorious for their long breakdowns and epic noodling skills (noodling = sick guitar playing, but you probably already knew that).

Dispatch, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Greensky Bluegrass, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Galactic and more are just a handful of the artists lighting up the rolling green foothills and pine trees that surround the town of Quincy, California.

This isn’t your typical music fest that’s only catered to 20-somethings. Families take center-stage with a family area that features family camp spots, nanny squads, kid-friendly workshops, a parade, and even a family stage that’s sure to get your kiddo’s feet moving.

There are a variety of camping options available for campers of every style. General tent camping is included in the cost of a festival pass, and you can purchase passes for on- and off-site RV parking, car camping, or a spot in the family camp.

Park your car in the Camp Panorama lot and witness the other car-campers’ looks of envy as you pop open your Roofnest rooftop tent and enjoy all the extra legroom — without any extra cost or effort.

What: Pitchfork Music Fest & Lollapalooza

When: July 19-24, August 1-4
Where: Chicago, IL

These two superstar summer music festivals take place practically back-to-back in the windy city. At the end of July, you can watch acts like HAIM, Pusha-T, Mavis Staples, Belle & Sebastian, Kurt Vile, and Parquet Courts blow the non-existent roof off Union Park at Pitchfork. Two weeks later you can rock out in Grant Park to Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, The Strokes, Tame Impala, and more at Lollapalooza.

Camping close to a big city like Chicago can be tricky. About an hour away from Union Park, you can find urban camp spots like Camp Bullfrog Lake, Camp Sullivan, or Dunewood, the latter of which allows you to choose between beachy and woodsy sites close to Lake Michigan.

Indiana Dunes National Park is also about an hour away from the city, where you can walk Lake Michigan beaches, dunes, and boardwalk trails, and enjoy clean bathrooms and a more laid-back atmosphere.

With your Roofnest in tow, all you need is a safe overnight parking spot in the city to get a comfortable, good night’s sleep, so you can be well rested for another day of non-stop bangers from the world’s most popular artists.

What: Arise Music Festival

Where: Loveland, CO
When: August 2-4

 

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If all the elements that make up the zeitgeist of Colorado’s Front Range could be rolled into one summer celebration, Arise Music Festival would fit the bill beautifully. Along with the stacked lineup of dancey-jam bands like Tipper, Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon and more, this artsy, hippie fest is a true testament to the Colorado lifestyle.

Get ready for scenic yoga sanctuaries and workshops, farm-to-table fresh organic foods, health and wellness workshops, and endless camping options.

Walk-in camping spots are free with a festival ticket, with options to upgrade to a VIP camping experience (including access to hospitality lounges, washrooms, swimming pools and hot tubs, etc). There’s also a full suite of glamping packages, a family camp area, RV spots, and tent rentals.

Car camping spots allow you to pull right into the festival grounds and set up camp next to your car right at the festival site. And with a Roofnest rooftop tent, you’ll get a panoramic view of the entire festival grounds and the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains in the background.

For a more remote camping experience, you can pick a wooded spot at Moraine Park, just past the Beaver Meadows entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. These spots are serviced by a festival shuttle, and are close to endless trails for hikers of every experience level.

With all the camping you’re in for this summer, you’ll need to plan covering some basic necessities while you’re away from the comforts of home. That includes making delicious, nutritious meals to keep you fueled and ready to rock all summer long.

You can only eat hot dogs and s’mores so many meals in a row (if you’re over the age of ten, that is). That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite quick and creative campfire meals to spice up your next camping trip »

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Destination of the Month: Big Sur, California


Hey there, Flock! We’re back with our Destination of the Month, and for August it’s Big Sur! We’re excited to showcase a little of what this beautiful place has to offer. Big Sur is a central coastline in California that provides stunning views of rugged mountains, Redwood forests, and beach views unlike any other. The end of summer is a great time to check out this unique area, and we’ve got some suggestions of what you can do while you’re there.

Camping

So you’ve finally made it to Big Sur, but where do you camp? Big Sur provides an array of public park campgrounds or the option to rent a site within a private campground. Between the public parks and private campgrounds there are 17 different locations to choose from to set up your camp. However, the availability of these sites is only known by each individual campground. When deciding where to camp you’ll need to call the specific campground you’re interested in to make the reservation

Ventana Campground is one of the most popular choices for camping, and for good reason. Located about 30 miles south of Carmel, this campground is located within a 40 acre Redwood canyon. All of the sites in this campground are contoured around the canyon for a natural and undisturbed camping experience. The sites in Ventana are tent only, but Rooftop tents are allowed! Every site has a picnic table and fire pit, and the campground itself is home to three modern bathhouses for all hygienic needs. This campsite is centrally located to shops, the post office, and general stores for essential needs.

While camping in Big Sur and enjoying all of the cliffside and coastline views, be sure to pack your Roofnest Anti-Condensation mat for your tent to keep the air circulated and your sleeping quarters dry. After a long day on the beach or trails, coming back to your Roofnest is sure to hit the spot.

Beaches

Visiting the beaches in Big Sur is at the top of most folks’ to-do lists, and we can’t help but recommend Pfeiffer Beach. Pfeiffer is located in the heart of Big Sur and is one of the most popular destinations in the area. The beach is open from 9am to 8pm every day, and we suggest getting there early! Pfeiffer is located off Highway 1, and you’ll want to follow Sycamore Canyon Road about 2 miles out. Once you’ve arrived, park and head out to the coast to be blown away. Keyhole Rock, tide pools, purple sand, and the cascading cliff walls will reassure you that the trek out here was worth the wait! If Pfeiffer isn’t the only beach you want to see, the area is home to 11 beach areas where there are hot spots galore for families, surfers, and outdoorsmen and women of all kinds.

Hiking

Aside from enjoying the coastline views and scenery, there are a ton of things to keep you busy and get outside while you’re here. One of the most sought after activities is the McWay Waterfall Trail. If you type “Big Sur” into Google images, you’ll most likely see photos from the top of this hike. This trailhead is located in Julia Burns Pfeiffer State Park, and provides open views of the Southern and Northern coasts. The hike itself is a roundtrip of .64 miles, and an elevation gain of only 50 feet. This hike is one to bring your friends and family on because the view at the top is breathtaking. There is parking and restrooms at the trailhead, so make sure to prepare for your instagrammable moment when you get there!

Elephant Seal Sightings

If you’re looking for a unique day trip without the hiking, the Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas are calling your name. These seals appeared in the area around 1990 and were treasured by locals, but as they’ve expanded their rookery to larger portion of the beach, tourists come from all over the world to witness these magnificent creatures. Any visit throughout the year is sure to supply you with the seals breeding, molting, birthing, and just lounging. 

So there you have it, Flock! Another great destination to add to your travel plans. Be sure to tag @Roofnest on Instagram so we can follow along with your adventures!

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Van Lifers & Overlanders Unite at Descend on Bend

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Oregon is a state with such dynamic natural beauty, it needs to be seen to be believed. From the dramatic coastal cliffs in Coos Bay to the lush green forests that surround Mount Hood’s snowy summit, tourists from around the world can get their toes wet in endless outdoor adventures (and we mean that literally…there’s a lot of rain).

But then there’s Bend, Oregon. Bend is host to some of the state’s lesser-known geographic features — high desert plains, long semi-arid summers, sagebrush, and a ski bums’ favorite, Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

For overlanders and van lifers, Bend is the epicenter for connecting with like-minded adventurers who prefer living life on four wheels.

What is Descend on Bend?

Descend on Bend is an annual gathering that brings together overlanding and van life enthusiasts from across the country for four long days of fun, food, learning, and camaraderie.

Participants circle up their rigs around the “hole in the ground” (the remains of a natural volcano) to camp, potluck, learn new skills, play music, and celebrate all the best things about living life on the road.

When and Where is Descend on Bend?

Descend on Bend takes place in La Pine, Oregon, a small town just outside of Bend proper. This year the festival will be on Labor Day weekend — August 29 through September 2, 2019.

When you register for the event, you receive private land access for four nights of camping in the Oregon outback, along with entry to the full docket of outdoor activities, workshops, and communal meals throughout the long weekend.

Activities at Descend on Bend


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Descend on Bend provides participants with equal measures of fun and learning, thanks to the array of colorful activities and workshops that take place throughout the festival.

Be sure to come hungry, because there’s no shortage of community meals to share with fellow participants. And don’t forget the antacids, because you’ll want to help decide who should take home the trophy for the salsa and chili contests.

Activities at the festival include the following:

  • Community potluck
  • Salsa contest
  • Chili contest
  • BBQ dinners
  • Charity pancake breakfast (proceeds go to ONDA, The Oregon Natural Desert Association
  • Creatives community swap & meet
  • Slip-n-slide mud grotto
  • Heritage Distilling ladies’ cocktail hour & whiskey tastings
  • “Nightly hootenanny” including live music, dancing, and more
  • Late night live music sessions
  • A raffle you won’t want to miss

This list doesn’t include the mysterious “inaugural moondust classic”, something described as “a thing to be experienced, not explained.” (If you turn into a fairy or werewolf, we won’t take responsibility).

Outdoor Workshops at Descend on Bend

 

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Don’t go too crazy at those late-night hootenannies, because you’ll want to hit the coffee truck early and be revved up and ready for all the exciting outdoor workshops throughout the weekend.

From daily yoga to nature hikes to presentations, you’ll have your hands, feet, and mind full with the wide variety of featured workshops throughout the event:

  • Morning yoga at the rim of the “hole in the ground” (remember that sunken volcano we mentioned earlier?)
  • Nature-observation walks and trail-runs lead by ONDA
  • Cast-iron camp cooking workshop
  • Sewing, knitting, and gear care workshop
  • Leather small goods workshops
  • Overland “recovery syncro run” workshop led by Vivid Vans
  • Happy hour songwriters’ session led by Portland-based singer-songwriter Austin Quattlebaum
  • Overland the Americas presentation: “The Pan-American Highway”

More Outdoor Fun in Bend


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Once all the chili’s been eaten, the whiskey’s been drunk, and the last song has been sung, spend a day or two after the Descend on Bend festival exploring all the outdoor recreation Deschutes County has to offer.

Bring your mountain bike and get ready to blast off some berms on one of the many mountain bike trails throughout the area. Or set up a line along the Deschutes River and try your hand at snagging some of the best salmon the country has to offer.

Hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, paragliding, and golf are also all on the table in and around Bend. And for overlanders itching to get a few runs in with their rig, you don’t have to go far to find a forested back road with your name on it.

Go Far With a Roofnest

At Roofnest, we’re long-time members of both the overlanding and van life community. Our hard-shell roof top tents are designed to fit onto any rig setup, so you can comfortably sleep under the stars wherever you park.

But don’t just take our word for it. Our Roofnest Ambassadors Karissa & Linhbergh slung a Sparrow Eye on top of their Mitsubishi Montero and have been blazing trails all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Follow their adventures and see where overlanding with a Roofnest could take you »