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"When and where is the Midwest Vanlife Gathering?! What can I expect from the weekend?"

~ By Contributing Writer: The Gnomad Home ~

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Spill the tea! What’s the dirty deets?!

We have HELLA announcements about the Midwest Vanlife Gathering that we’ve been exploding to share with you all!


The Midwest Vanlife Gathering is May 17-19

For an additional $10 we invite you to come a day early on Thursday, AND/OR stay a day late until Monday!


We had hoped to work with the INCREDIBLE Forest Service in Missouri again, but the government shutdown threw a wrench into those plans. SO we adventured out in search of a new venue!

And we found Camp Manitowa - Cedar Point in Makanda, Illinois! It is a killer location for a van event. It is a family-owned, 257-acre property with a 12,000 acre lake!

We will have shelter in case of storms, electricity for live music, and they even have a super dank and cheap CAFE that will be open all weekend in case you don’t feel like cooking all of your meals!

There are also miles of hiking and biking trails, and a 9-hole disc golf course!


This will be a fun weekend of camaraderie with fellow nomads. We’ll have:

  • Open mic jams, a community potluck, informational panel discussions with speakers such as AlwaysTheRoad DivineOnTheRoad
  • Van conversion companies set up to discuss their services and answer van build questions.
  • Stand up paddleboarding provided by the incredible crew from SUPStl and ShowMeSUP
  • Yoga
  • And an INSANE raffle.

Sidenote - this event is kid and pet friendly, and all rigs (or tents!) are welcome! This isn’t just for vans - come one, come all!


Buy Tickets

You have LESS THAN 10 DAYS to snag your Early Bird Tickets! Early Bird tickets are $42 for Friday-Sunday.

Extended stay (Thurs-Mon) tickets are $10 more. Price is PER VEHICLE. Starting March 1st, ticket prices are going up to $52.

And don’t forget - the MWVG is a fundraiser! We are donating ALL of the proceeds from the event and the raffle to our nonprofit partners. So grab yourself some tickets and let’s raise some money for some kickass organizations!

Midwest Vanlife Gathering is sponsored by ProjectVanlife