Looking for an excuse to take a winter RV trip? Why not head to one of the many amazing winter festival events held all across the country? Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, or a boat enthusiast, there is an RV-friendly winterfest out there for you.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of all of our favorite RV-friendly winter festivals. Choose from the list below, rent your dream RV, and get ready to experience all of the winter festival fun found across this beautiful country of ours while staying cozy in your very own home-on-wheels.
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Cold Weather Winter Festivals
Don’t mind the cold? Want to experience a more adventurous RV winter escape? As long as you prepare your rig, there is absolutely no reason you can’t embrace the winter and all of its snowy fun by heading to a winter festival in a colder region of the country. Here are some of our favorite cold-weather winter festivals in the U.S.
Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah), Late January
Hosted annually in late January, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah attracts film enthusiasts and industry professionals worldwide. While reveling in the art of independent filmmaking, RVers can enjoy the beautiful snowy landscapes and a variety of outdoor activities in the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. Just be sure to pack warm clothes and fill up the RV propane before you head out!
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Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival (Steamboat Springs, Colorado), Early February
Steamboat Springs comes alive each February with its legendary Winter Carnival, a celebration of winter sports and western heritage. Visitors get to witness the spectacle of the Night Extravaganza and the impressive ski-jumping competition, all while relishing the town’s charming atmosphere.
Of course, as an RVer you’re sure to also enjoy the many opportunities for outdoor recreation both in and around the town of Steamboat Springs.
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days (Keokuk, Iowa), Late January
Many RVers are wildlife enthusiasts, and for good reason. We have a tendency to immerse ourselves in nature, giving us a chance to observe just how amazing animals can be.
For those RVing animal lovers out there, Keokuk’s Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in January offer a unique chance to witness some of the world’s most majestic birds in their natural habitat. The festival includes eagle-watching tours, educational programs, and photography workshops.
Breckenridge, Colorado is an outdoorsy person’s paradise. This picturesque town is made even better by the gorgeous white snows that cover the ground during the winter months, and the International Snow Sculpture Championships give one even more reason to visit. This event takes place each January, showcasing intricate and awe-inspiring snow sculptures created by talented artists from around the globe.
St. Paul Winter Carnival (St. Paul, Minnesota), Late January and Early February
Known as one of the oldest winter festivals in the U.S., the St. Paul Winter Carnival boasts ice sculptures, parades, and a variety of winter-themed activities. The event takes place in January and is the ideal way to celebrate all things winter. Best of all, many of the events are totally free, meaning if you take your RV for lodging and cook your own meals in your kitchen-on-wheels, this trip can be incredibly affordable.
Warm-Weather Winter Festivals
First let’s talk about warm-weather winterfest options. For many RV enthusiasts, traversing the country to partake in vibrant winter festivals while enjoying warm weather can become an irresistible allure. If escaping the cold sounds like something you’d like to do, read on.
Here’s a tour guide to some of the most enticing winter festivals in warm-weather locales, perfect for the RVer.
Key West Food and Wine Festival (Key West, Florida), Late January
The southernmost point of the continental United States, Key West transforms into a culinary haven during the annual Key West Food and Wine Festival. RV enthusiasts flock to this tropical paradise to relish in a five-day extravaganza celebrating fine wines, local seafood, and exquisite cuisine.
The festival features tastings, wine dinners, cooking demonstrations, and sunset tastings on the beach, creating a gourmet experience set against the backdrop of stunning ocean vistas.
Miami International Boat Show (Miami, Florida), Mid-February
Held in February in gorgeous, sunny Miami, the Miami International Boat Show showcases the latest in boating and marine technology. For many, boating and RVing go hand-in-hand, and this is the ideal event for those individuals.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore everything from the most modern superyachts on the water to the coolest kayaks money can buy. It’s hard to experience such an event and not fall in love with boating in all its amazing forms.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest (Tampa, Florida), Late January
Located in the Sunshine State, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest happens in late January and celebrates the legend of pirate José Gaspar (aka “Gasparilla”) with parades, music, and a pirate invasion. It’s the perfect escape from chilly weather and a great way to dive into the fascinating world of pirates.
Much of the festival is based on myth and fun rather than fact (we aren’t even sure Gasparilla actually existed), but it certainly is a good time and is in the perfect location for a winter RV getaway.
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival (Various Locations, Hawaii), Various Times Throughout the Year
Hawaii is an ideal winter vacation destination and is even better when enjoyed in a campervan or rooftop tent. While you’re there, be sure to attend the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival.
Celebrating Hawaiian music and culture, this festival occurs in various locations on the Hawaiian Islands at different points throughout the year, often including the winter months. The Kī hō`alu, or slack key guitar, is a uniquely Hawaiian instrument and this event is solely focused on showcasing some of the best Kī hō`alu musicians out there.
Another fantastic event for RVing and boat enthusiasts is the San Diego Boat Show. Because of its location, you can count on sunny weather while you’re there.
An amazing celebration of boat life, this event features a wide array of yachts, sailboats, and marine accessories. Those who attend will have the opportunity to shop for boats, buy all the bits and bobs needed for boating fun, learn more about boating through special classes and seminars, and connect with other boaters.
South Beach Wine and Food Festival (Miami Beach, Florida), Late February
Love food? Want to see some of your favorite chefs in person? You need to head to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
Yet another Florida event, this awesome event is held in February and is put on by the Food Network, so you know it’ll be excellent. The festival features popular celebrity chefs and a huge number of culinary events, meaning you definitely won’t be bored during the four-day celebration of food and wine.
Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase (Tucson, Arizona), Late January and Early February
Put on by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase is the largest and oldest gem and mineral show on Earth. The event takes place in January and features a large variety of amazing exhibits that any geology enthusiast is sure to love.
Lectures and seminars happen during the event so you can learn even more about the fascinating world of geology, and vendors make it possible to take home gems, minerals, and/or fossils of your own.
Yuma Medjool Date Festival (Yuma, Arizona), Early January
Each year, Yuma, Arizona plays host to Yuma Medjool Date Festival, celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage and providing an ideal warm-weather escape for winter RVers.
Folks from all walks of life converge to enjoy festivities that include meeting date farmers, enjoying date-centric treats, and live music. The event educates visitors about the dates on the desert southwest while also offering a chance to savor the fruit in a variety of delicious ways.
Mardi Gras (New Orleans, Louisiana), Mid-February
New Orleans needs no introduction when it comes to lively celebrations, and Mardi Gras stands as one of the most iconic festivals in the world. During the month of February, travelers from all over (including many RVers) make their way to the vibrant city to experience the grand parades, dazzling costumes, vibrant music, and Cajun cuisine that characterize this legendary event.
From the French Quarter to the Uptown area, RV parks and designated parking areas cater to visitors looking to revel in the Mardi Gras magic.
Modernism Week (Palm Springs, California), Mid-February
In February, the city of Palm Springs—which is renowned for its mid-century modern architecture—hosts Modernism Week. Drawing a bevy of design enthusiasts and history buffs alike, the festival showcases architectural tours, lectures, film screenings, and glamorous parties, offering a peek into the iconic retro style of the desert oasis.
We love the warm and sunny location of this festival and highly recommend visiting Joshua Tree National Park before or after your time at this amazing art event.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is a Texan tradition that entices everyone who visits to experience the thrill of cowboy culture, thrilling rodeo events, live concerts, and a variety of family-friendly activities.
Visitors immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere, enjoying carnival rides, livestock exhibitions, and delicious Texas-style barbecue. This event happens in February, but because San Antonio is so far south, the weather is typically perfect for an RV vacation.
Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami, Florida), Early December
Yes, we are including another Miami-area festival, and this one is for the art lovers out there.
During the month of December, art aficionados and culture enthusiasts head to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, a prestigious art fair showcasing contemporary and modern artworks from around the world. The event not only features exhibitions but also satellite art fairs, public art installations, and vibrant parties that light up the city.
As you can see, there are all kinds of amazing winter festival options for RVers to choose from. Honestly, no matter which one you choose, you are sure to have a great time—and RVing will make it even better. Why not start planning your trip right away?