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Midwest Vanlife Gathering

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2019 Midwest Vanlife Gathering

Join us in the beautiful Midwest for a weekend of community, camaradie, and fun with fellow nomads!

Join us May 17th-19th in beautiful Southern Illinois for a weekend of community, camaraderie, music, potlucks, yoga, checking out rigs, bonfires, and giving back.

Activities include:

  • EPIC charity raffle (see below for some of the prizes you can win)
  • A kickoff concert by the awesome St. Louis-based roots-Americana band The Mighty Pines
  • Workshops and discussion panels on vanlife and wilderness topics
  • Community potluck dinner
  • Guided yoga and meditation sessions
  • Open mic jams
  • Stand up paddle boarding (provided by SUP St. Louis and Show Me SUP)
  • Bonfires and camaraderie
  • Crafting workshops
  • Miles of hiking and biking trails, and a 9-hole disc golf course on site
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The EPIC Charity Raffle includes many awesome items from generous companies, including:

  • Dometic CFX40W 12V Refrigerator
  • 18 Sets of Eclipse Sunshades
  • 2 ShadyBoy Awnings
  • MaxxAir Ventilation Fan
  • Mr. Heater Portable Hot Water Shower, Heater, and Warmers
  • Warm Company Reflective Window Insulation
  • Lodge Cast Iron Products
  • Coleman Cooler, Propane Stove, and Propane Coffee Maker
  • ...and many more! We're still working on getting more donations!

Scroll below to see more items you can win:

We are looking for volunteers! Interested in helping out? We have plenty of volunteer positions available! Jobs range from: attendee check-in, helping guide vehicles towards parking areas, selling raffle tickets, assisting attendees in the raffle room, picking up trash, and more.

We really need some hands on deck to make this a wonderful weekend, and we encourage you to sign up for a volunteer shift (or two!) to help make it a truly wonderful weekend for all!

Click the "Choose a spot on SignUp" button below to sign up for your volunteer job now!

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This event is a fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle will be donated to our nonprofit partners. Most of the proceeds will be donated to Adventure Works, an Illinois-based nonprofit that improves the lives of marginalized youth by getting them outside and working with them through adventure therapy and team building. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota.

Last year the Midwest Vanlife Gathering raised over $6,000!

This event is sponsored by The Project Vanlife.

Tickets for the 2019 Midwest Vanlife Gathering are now on sale!

This Year's Kickass Sponsors (So Far)

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Past Events

2018 Midwest Vanlife Gathering

The first ever Midwest Vanlife Gathering was a huge success! We had over 100 vans and 150 people attend for a fun-filled weekend in Missouri's beautiful Mark Twain National Forest.

Thanks to the wonderful nomads who attended and the awesome companies who donated so many kickass items to our charity raffle, we were able to raise over $6,000 for Adventure Works, a nonprofit in Illinois that works with marginalized youth through the power of wilderness therapy.

Our promotional partner for the 2018 Gathering was Vanlife Diaries.

Recaps of the weekend: