15 Things You Can’t Miss at Overland Expo West 

It’s almost time for Overland Expo West, the largest gathering of overland manufacturers, campers, media, product innovation, customers, and culture in the world. While Overland Expo West is always an amazing event, this year is particularly special because it’s the 15th Anniversary. In honor of our 15 years of gathering overlanders together, we’ve assembled the top 15 things you must see at the show this May.   

1. Hang out with overland legends at West’s 15th Anniversary Party. Hear how it all started and stories from the very first Overland Expo from industry legends, including Overland Expo founders Roseann & Jonathan Hansen. Join us at the XPLOR Oasis Bar and Food Court for a 15th Anniversary party as part of Happy Hour on Friday, presented by Maxxis Tires

Photo by INEOS

2. Drive the all-new INEOS Grenadier. You’ve heard about it. You’ve read about it. Now, get behind the wheel of the INEOS Grenadier – a purpose-built off-roader that’s making waves as the newest overland vehicle on the market. Don’t miss your chance to test drive the Grenadier on a custom offroad course at Overland Expo West all weekend. READ MORE  

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Photo by John Kingston

3. Meet your favorite ambassadors, overland travelers & creators. Whether their rig is on display in an exhibitor’s booth or they are your neighbors in the campgrounds – West brings together some of the most influential storytellers from the community. New this year, visit the Storytelling Pavilion sponsored by K & N Filters for an opportunity to meet top content creators, including Amanda Zito (@blindthistle), Brittany, Eric, and Caspian Highland (@HourlessLife), and Harrison Schoen (@harry.schoen). Get tips from some of the most successful overlanding storytellers about creating captivating, high-quality video and photo content; learn about laws affecting content creators; hear how to start a podcast, a successful YouTube channel, or a career in publishing; and much, much more.

4. 15th Anniversary Community Photos. Did you attend any early Overland Expo West? Help us show the history of the all-time greatest gathering of the overland community by submitting your historical West photos HERE. We’ll showcase the full 15th Anniversary photo reel at Friday’s Happy Hour presented by Maxxis Tires.  

Photo by Rick Stowe

5. Reserve a larger campsite this year. You asked, and we listened. Overland Expo’s campgrounds are festival-style, but new this year, we have created a new camping area that allows your campsite a little extra room. Each campsite in the Large Footprint Camping area is a 20×20 ft space, set just behind moto camp and the grandstands – a short walk into the event. Quantities are limited so book early! Interested? Check out the camping packages HERE.  

6. Have breakfast with Toyota in the campgrounds on Saturday. New this year, our friends at Toyota will provide donuts, coffee, and hot cocoa on Saturday, May 18th, from 7:30 am until the food is gone. Grab your breakfast on your way into the show along the walking path from the weekend pass with camping campground towards the show entrance.   

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7. 15th Anniversary Group photo at Friday’s Happy Hour. Be a part of Overland Expo West history! Grab your friends and jump into this group photo to celebrate Overland Expo West’s 15th Anniversary at the XPLOR Oasis Bar & Food Court. Happening Friday at Happy Hour, presented by Maxxis Tires.

8. Expo’s 2024 Ultimate Overland Vehicle + Motorcycle debuts. Each year, Overland Expo’s editors take a stock vehicle and a motorcycle from mild to wild. But shhhhhh… it’s a secret until we launch the builds on Friday at West! The builds will be on display at the Overland Expo Foundation booth across from the Oasis Bar + Food Court. You are not going to want to miss this!  

Photo by Overland Expo Foundation

9. Group Clean Up For a Good Cause. Not in a rush to get home? Stay over Monday to team up with Overland Expo Foundation volunteers for a community clean-up project to help leave Flagstaff better than we found it. LEARN MORE  

10. Lunch, Learn + See Cool Unicat & Arctic Trucks Expedition Vehicles. Grab your lunch and join us in the XPLOR Oasis Bar & Food Court Friday & Saturday to learn about these wildly unique, adventure-ready expedition vehicles. Hear stories from the road with vehicle owners and Q&A with the experts about new products coming to market.  

Photo by John Allen

11. Come for the day, but stay for the after-party. Nightly Happy Hours kick off the evening activities with drinks and live music nightly. Then party-hop from Toyota, to Firestone Friday night and between Equipt, Honda and KC HiLiTES on Saturday. LEARN MORE 

Photo courtesy of Graham Jackson

12. Films Featuring Explorers, Expeditions + World Travels. The Overland Expo Film Festival, sponsored by GOAT BOXCO, kicks off Friday evening, featuring filmmaker’s tales of vehicle-based adventures from all over the globe. Feature film Camp 6 Road documents explorer Graham Jackson’s expedition through some of the densest jungles in the world – Belize’s Chiquibul Forest Reserve. Make sure to stick around for the Q&A afterward with the filmmakers and cast. READ MORE     

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13. New exhibitors and returning favorites. Check out new exhibitors like Anker, Lectric eBikes, Armordillo, Atlas Outdoors, Oru Designs, TOPS Knives, and Bluetti Power. Plus, don’t miss the all-new sixth-generation 4-Runner from Toyota and INEOS Quartermaster. 

Photo by John Allen

14. Overland Expo Foundation Raffles are kind of a big deal. Saturday night is your chance to score from more than $10,000 of giveaways from West exhibitors. Raffle proceeds support the Overland Expo Foundation, which provides scholarships for overlanders & supports organizations to maintain and increase our access to public lands. 

15. Win Cool Prizes With The In-App Scavenger Hunt. The Overland Expo app is your hub for key event info, including exhibitor lists, maps, and the daily schedule. New this year, follow the in-app scavenger hunt, visit key locations throughout the event weekend, and have a chance to win prizes! 

And while that may seem like a lot, this event truly has something for everyone all weekend long. It’s the largest gathering of the overlanding community, and the passion and camaraderie are unmatched. Overland Expo West takes place May 17-19, 2024, at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff, Arizona. Be a part of the world’s greatest gathering of the overland community as a camper or a day pass attendee.   

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