Find 2023 VW Bus Events Near You


Connect with fellow VW Bus owners and enthusiasts in 2023 at one of the many exciting events happening around the world this year, all of which are dedicated to bringing you closer to your air-cooled community. Whether you’re looking for your local bus meet-up or you’re looking to stop at one on your international road trip, our complete list of VW Bus events in 2023 will point you in the right direction. This year, expect to find everything from chilled community gatherings with cook-outs and campfires to large-scale VW air-cooled show-and-shines, trade shows, and even epic celebratory VW Bus festivals.

One of the best parts of owning a VW Bus is the kind, generous, and welcoming community that comes along with it. These meet-ups and events give you an excellent opportunity to become part of it if you’re not already. What’s more, these VW meet-ups and events offer you the perfect chance to buy and sell parts, get some resto-modding inspiration, get expert mechanical advice, and much more. So, what are you waiting for? Just click the country you’d like to attend your next event in below for a list of all the best ones happening this year. See you there!

Remember: this list is updated with new events and dates all year so be sure to keep checking back! And if you had a VW Bus event we haven’t listed here please let us know via and we will add it!

VW Bus Events in Germany 2023

The EventWhere It’s HappeningWhen It’s HappeningWhat to Expect
VW Kaefer WintertreffenHerford (near Hanover, northwest Germany)14-15 JanuaryA chance for beautifully restored VW Buses and Beetles to be displayed in a museum-style setting and get inspiration for your own vehicle
Offroad Syncro TreffenKarenz/Mecklenburg (near Hamburg, northern Germany)21-23 AprilA friendly offroad Bulli competition for those that want to test their VW’s skills
Bulli DaysHerzhausen (near Cologne, northwest Germany)5-7 MayA relaxed gathering of likeminded people on a secluded campsite to get to know one another, share barbeques, and show off their buses
Gates of SummerNaturpott-Borkenberge Campsite (near Dortmond, northwest Germany)18-21 MayA small-medium outdoor enthusiasts camping event with events, awards, talks on everything from vanlife sustainability to the camping boom
Crazy CampingErwin Hymer Museum, Bad Waldsee (near Lake Constance, southern Germany)20-21 MayAn annual gathering of retro campers at a museum dedicated to the story of the mobile traveler
Midsummer Bulli FestivalFehmarn (small islet close to the Danish border)15-18 JuneGermany’s biggest Bulli festival by the sea provides days of music, food, games, and more for people of all ages
VW Bus Freunde SüdbayerntreffenIsarhorn Camping Park, Lenggries (near the Germany-Austria border)16 – 18 June
(+ monthly members’ meetings)
A friendly and relaxed VW Bus meet-up in a beautiful setting at the Alpine foothills
VW Bus Festival 2023Hannover Fairground, northwest Germany23-25 JuneA lively festival-style VW Bus camping meet-up for all ages that will include exciting shows, events, and attractions
Bus am SeeLake Constance (on the Swiss border in southern Germany)16-18 June
(+ monthly members’ meetings)
Find new Buslife friends at this casual VW Bus enthusiasts meet-up on the lake
Bullis VerbindenImbrok Campingplatz (near Hamburg, northern Germany)July
A diverse Buslife meet-up that welcomes all and encourages new connection and friendship
Bus FestivalEWS Arena, Göppingen (near Stuttgart in southern Germany)21-23 JulyA large commercial Buslifers festival where you can catch up on the latest VW Bus gear, news, and more, as well as listen to talks, drink, eat, and play
VW Bus Festival BerlinJüterbog Altes Lager (Old Camp)August
A place for likeminded people to get together outside the German capital of Berlin and share in their love for Buslife
Bulli Summer FestivalAusee, near Dortmund northeast GermanyAugust 31 –
September 3
A massive global VW Bus festival to celebrate the end of summer with a full line-up of music, VW lectures and workshops, family activities, a show n’ shine, and much more
Jahrestreffen der IGSiersburg/ Saarland, near the France–Luxembourg border of northwestern Germany17 September
(+ monthly members’ meetings)
An annual VW T2 meeting for its 700 members and friends to connect, catch up, and discuss ideas for future T2 representation

VW Bus Events in the UK 2023

The EventWhere It’s HappeningWhen It’s HappeningWhat to Expect
Air-style VW SwapmeetMaidstone, Kent, Southeast England29 JanuaryAn exciting one-day swapmeet hosted by Air-Style VW Magazine where VW owners can buy, sell, and swap parts, and make new friends in the VW community
Midlands Aircooled SwapmeetRedditch, near Birmingham, Central England5 FebruaryA traditional swapmeet for new and used parts for VWs and Porsche, as well as an air-cooled car park show with a trophy for the best vehicle
Vee Dub ShowStafford Showground, Central England26 FebruaryA new air-cooled VW swapmeet weekend with camping, an auto jumble, and VW car show
VolksWorld ShowSandown Park, Surrey18-19 MarchEurope’s premier air-cooled VW show and camping weekend with tons of fun family events, talks, workshops, swapmeets, and more 
Carry On Campout (CoCo)South of England Showground, Sussex7-9 AprilA casual but fun camp-out style meet-up for VW Buses, small campers, and tents with music marquees and tasty food stalls
VW Camp OutBudle Bay, Northumberland, northeast coast of England28 April –
1 May
A casual family-friendly VW Bus meet-up on the beautiful Northumberland beaches for VW-owners to get together, explore the region, and make new friends
Derbyshire Dubs FestivalSeed Low Rake Camping, Derbyshire, Central England4-7 MayA large VW Bus and car meet-up and trade show camping weekend featuring live music, entertainment, events, parts sales, and more for 500+ campers
Dubs in the MiddleAshdown Farm, Evesham, central England25-29 MayA fun camping weekend for VW Bus families with live bands, a silent disco, fun fair, car show, trade stalls, workshops and more to raise money for a local children’s hospice
Stonor VW ShowHenley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire4 JuneAn exciting VW car show in Oxfordshire’s beautiful Chiltern Hills for show enthusiasts, traders, and keen campers
Alive n’ DubbinHaughley Park, Suffolk, southeast England8-11 JuneAn affordable family-friendly VW Bus camping weekend with live music, kids activities, traders, an autojumble, and a classic car show
Bristol VolksfestBirches Farm, Bristol9-11 JuneAn epic VW festival for cool cars, camping, music and VW culture for all ages including a VW competition, trade show, food, drink, and much more
Carry On Campout (CoCo)South of England Showground, Sussex30 June –
2 July
A casual but fun camp-out style meet-up for VW Buses, small campers, and tents with music marquees and tasty food stalls
Vans in the ValleyYorkshire Dales, northern England30 June –
2 July
A relaxed and chilled VW Bus meet-up in the undulating hills of the Yorkshire Dales with live acoustic music in the evenings
Camper JamWeston Park, Shropshire7-9 JulyA large-scale fun family VW Bus weekend festival with VW shows, sales, tree-climbing, a circus, and much more
Dorset VolksfestThe Showground, Wareham, southwest England7-9 JulyA VW festival family weekend with live music, stunt shows, ‘shine n shine’, trade stalls, street food, a beer tent, and much more
Volks WealdThe Weald, Southeast England14-16 JulyAn entertaining large-scale weekend VW Bus camp with a trade village selling everything from spare parts to skateboards, as well as a ‘show n shine’, live music, and food and drink
Kent VW FestivalDeal, Kent, Southeast England5-7 AugustA family-friendly VW Bus festival on the coast with entertainment, trade stalls, kids activities, a fun fair, food stalls to suit chillers and partiers alike
Camper CallingRagley Hall, Warwickshire25-27 AugustAn August bank holiday family music festival with all the frills (tents, activities, food, and fun) with acts like Newton Faulkner and Basement Jaxx
BusfestThree Counties Showground, Malvern, Central England8-10 SeptemberA family-oriented VW Bus meet-up weekend with trade stalls, vehicle sales, a syncro trail and obstacle course, and entertainment for both adults and kids
Carry On Campout (CoCo)South of England Showground, Sussex15-17 SeptemberA casual but fun camp-out style meet-up for VW Buses, small campers, and tents with music marquees and tasty food stalls

VW Bus Events in The Netherlands 2023

The EventWhere It’s HappeningWhen It’s HappeningWhat to Expect
Aircooled WinterfestAutotron Rosmalen (central Netherlands)7-8 JanuaryA two-day buying and selling event for VW Buses, Beetles, and Buggies where you can get your hands on everything from auto parts to memorabilia
Vintage at ZandvoortZandvoort (west coast)21-23 AprilA relaxed beachside meet-up for all kinds of vintage VWs and their owners to meet other vintage enthusiasts
Aircooled ScheveningenScheveningen Strand beach, The Hague (west coast)14 MayA beachside meet-up for all air-cooled vehicle owners to get together for a few days of surfing, sea life, workshops, and more
3rd European Barndoor Gathering and Vintage VW ShowEnschede, eastern Netherlands20-21 MayAn action-packed international celebration for vintage (pre-’57) VWs with camping, trading, food and drink, and kids’ entertainment
The Summer PicnicApeldoorn (central Netherlands)September
A fun-packed weekend of music, games, sports, markets, and more to see out the summer with old and new VW friends

VW Bus Meet-ups and Events in the Rest of Europe 2023

The EventWhere It’s HappeningWhen It’s HappeningWhat You Can Expect
Bugaloo VW FestivalLago dell’Olmo, Northwestern Italy26-28 MayA fun-filled weekend festival of music, shows, spare parts sales, street food, vintage fairs, and more for VW lovers from around the world
Classic CatalanMediterannean Coast, France
(TBC)A major classic air-cooled bus and car show set on the stunning south coast of France featuring swap-meets, trade stalls, and food and drinks
Volkswagon Bus Meeting WestendeWestende, Belgium10-11 JuneA community VW Bus meet-up on the Belgian coast with exciting shows, entertainment, family events, and food and drink
Balkan Bus MeetingBulgaria7-9 JulyA highly anticipated VW Bus festival that takes place in a new Balkans location each year with an exciting line-up of activities like drive-in cinema, sightseeing, and kids games
The Bulli MeetingThe Bulli Show, Lechtal, Western AustriaJune
Held at the grounds of Europe’s largest VW Bus centre, this annual event shows off some of the continents best Bullis accompanied by food, a live band, and kids’ entertainment
VW Bus TreffenMorel, Southern SwitzerlandJune
A long-standing small but fun-filled annual VW Bus meeting in the beautiful Swiss Alps where you can gather with like-minded people, eat local cuisine, drink, and dance
37th Legendary International VW MeetingStaggia Senese, Tuscany, Northwestern Italy30 June –
2 July
A long-standing VW Beetle and Bus gathering in the beautiful Tuscan countryside with a show n’ shine, food, fun, and friends from around the world
Scandinavian Cal-Look Classic ShowGardermoen International Raceway, Olso, Norway11-13 AugustA weekend celebration of Scandinavia’s best air-cooled vehicles where over 1000 classic cars gather for a show and shine, and people enjoy drag racing, slalom racing, barbeques, and much more
Internationales Aircooled VW MeetingChateau d’Oex, Leman Lake, Western SwitzerlandAugust
An action-packed family weekend for all VW owners where you can enjoy everything from swap-meets and trade stalls to food and parties
Ionian VolksfestKefalonia, Greece1-3 SeptemberAn international gathering of Buses and Beetles from all over Europe for an energetic few days of beaches, coastal drives, community dinners, and group adventures around the island
Van DaysGrottenhof Nature Park Center, Austria1-3 SeptemberAt the VAN DAYS, the community of the individual travel scene meets once a year. 
People exchange ideas, celebrate and get inspiration for the next adventure, whether as a day visitor or as a camper on site.
Volkswagen Klassiker auf der PostalmAustria6-8 SeptemberA classic VW bus and car meet-up in the meadows of Salzburg overlooked by the Austrian alps known for its delicious food, hearty music, and happy community atmosphere

VW Bus Events in the USA 2023

The EventWhere It’s HappeningWhen It’s HappeningWhat You Can Expect
Orange County Transporter Organization Winter MeetLong beach Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, Long Beach, California4 FebruaryA swap and display meet for 1967 VW Buses and older where you can find mechanical parts and get some resto-modding inspiration
Dubs by the DamMillerton Lake, Fresno, California17-20 FebruaryA fun family long weekend VW camp out with a chilli cook out, cornhole tournament, raffles, movie nights, fishing, and much more
VolksfestNC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina25 FebruaryA large-scale VW aircooled show with a swap-meet, auto jumble, and more along with delicious food and drink vendors
Women ‘n’ Wheels 2023Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo, California11 MarchA chance for the vintage car sisterhood to meet, show off their vehicles, do some vintage shopping, and make new friends
Hot VWs Drag DayIrwindale, Calirfornia12 MarchA thrilling VW Bus drag race show with a large swap-meet and show ‘n’ shine for the speed loving VW enthusiasts
No Dough WeekendPort Orange, Florida24-26 MarchA weekend of exciting events, awards, music, food, and friends for all VW owners
Silverado Campout Car ShowOak Canyon Park, Silverado, California31 March –
2 April
A wonderful VW meet-up in a lakeside setting full of fun activities like movie nights, chilli cook-offs, lantern walks, and live music
The Golden Gate Chapter Annual Spring MeetKelley Park, San Jose, California16 AprilThe 38th annual spring meet hosted by the Golden gate Chapter which features a highly anticipated vintage car show
Annual Madera VW Spring FlingMadera Fairgrounds, California28-30 AprilA large swap-meet and VW car show hosted by New Old Stock VW Club with fun events including drag races, banana eating contest, and award ceremony
Buses at Das BevoSt Louis, Missouri6 MayA VW Bus owner’s gathering to enjoy food, drink, and live music with fellow bus enthusiasts
Dubs in the ShrubsHamilton, New Jersey20-21 MayAn aircooled camping weekend hosted by Old School Euros Car Club with a car show and swap-meet
Fast Times at FarmingtonMockville, North Carolina21 MayThe biggest all-VW drag race, show, and swap-meet on the east coast with over 75 vendors and thousands of dollars to be won
Orange County Transporter Organization Summer MeetLong beach Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, Long Beach, California3 JuneA swap and display meet for 1967 VW Buses and older where you can find mechanical parts and get some resto-modding inspiration
Summer VolksfestClassic Car Museum, St Augustine, Florida17 JuneCome and revel in your love for classic VWs, Audis, and Porsche at this classic car museum car show event
BUG-INIrwindale Raceway, Irwindale, California18 JuneA thrilling 1/8 VW drag race with street food, music, competitions, and events for all the family
Northwest Vintage VW ShowWashington15 JulyThe Cascade Kombis Vintage VW Club is hosting the 40th annual VW show and swap-meet
High Country Bus FestivalTwin Rivers Campground, North CarlinaJuly
A community VW Bus gathering on the quaint riverside in North Carolina for Buslifers to get together for cook-outs, river tubing, games, parties, and more
Tannehill VolksJamTannehill State Park, McCalla, Alabama26 AugustAlabama’s largest and longest-running VW event amongst the pines of a beautiful state park with live music, cook-outs, and drinks along with a swap-meet
VWs in the ValleyMaggie Valley, North Carolina15-16 SeptemberA two-day VW can show and swap-meet with live music, food, and entertainment
VanquinoxSawtooth Lodge, Grandjean, Idaho21-24 SeptemberA gathering of camper vans and overlanders starting on the autumnal equinox at the gateway to the Sawtooth Mountains. Enjoy live music, natural hot springs, amazing trails, while camping with us featuring on-site restrooms, hot showers, geothermal pool, lodge with dining menu.A smaller event, open to all vehicles under 25′ but majority VW Vanagons.
Orange County Transporter Organization Fall MeetLong beach Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, Long Beach, California14 OctoberA swap and display meet for 1967 VW Buses and older where you can find mechanical parts and get some resto-modding inspiration
Fast Times at FarmingtonMockville, North Carolina15 OctoberThe biggest all-VW drag race, show, and swap-meet on the east coast with over 75 vendors and thousands of dollars to be won
Hot VWs Drag DayIrwindale, California29 OctoberA thrilling VW Bus drag race show with a large swap-meet and show ‘n’ shine for the speed-loving VW enthusiasts

VW Bus Events Around the World 2023

The EventWhere It’s HappeningWhen It’s HappeningWhat You Can Expect
Encuentro Villa MariaVilla Maria, Cordoba Province, Central Argentina(TBC)A warm and welcoming local meet-up of VW Bus owners from all walks of life who come together to share stories, drinks, and Buslife tips
Jogja VW Festival IndonesiaYogyakarta, Central Java, IndonesiaJuly
The biennial Jogja VW Festival is the biggest VW event in Indonesia. Hundreds of VW owners bring their vehicles together for a magnificent car show with food, music, and more
Club Vochas Costa RicaVarious locations around Costa Rica(TBC)Club Vochas is a VW enthusiasts club that holds regular meet-ups and events around Costa Rica where you can make life-long connections
Volks Fest AustraliaSwansea Lakeside Holiday Park, Lake Macquarie, AustraliaSeptember 7th-10thVolksfest Australia will be filled with something for everyone, from the oldest to the newest Volkswagen’s on show, a swap meet, market stalls, beer & wine tents along with a variety of food vendors to satisfy your every craving. There will be organised activities for the kids (big and small) along with live music all day
and in to night. On Sunday, Volksfest Australia culminates with the opportunity to show off why we are all together, with a Volkswagen Show & Shine and awards for all the exceptional vehicles.
Hot Volks VW Air-cooledEstação Atibaia, near Sao Paulo, BrazilNovember
An annual VW enthusiasts and owners meet-up in an venue replicating an old train station with a food court, raffles, kids play, and part sales
Encuentro Internacional Familia VolkswagenCamping Los Tilos, Andrade, Colón, on the Argentina-Urugauy borderNovember
A wonderful social community gathering on the shores on the Uruguay River where VW Bus owners come together for family meals, games, music, camping, beach time and more

Emily Draper
Author: Emily Draper

Having visited over 70 countries across all seven continents, it's safe to say Emily has the voice of a true traveler. She has lived with the Hare Krishnas in Chile, an Amazonian tribe in Peru, and a retiree named Jerry in a Wisconsin trailer park. Now, Emily has embarked on the coolest adventure yet: across Europe in her self-converted bus.


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