Overlanding is a way to describe exploring by your own self-contained means, usually by 4-wheel drive vehicle or adventure motorcycle. It's long been a traditional way to describe safaris in Africa or exploring in Australia.
For overlanders, the journey is as important as the destination. It’s the journey — and the activities that overlanders do when they get to their destination: hiking, nature watching, kayaking, mountain biking, etc. — that make it an adventure. It’s all about powering down your device, getting off the grid and spending quality time with family, friends and nature.
Overland Expo East is held October 8-10, 2021, at Infinity Downs in Arrington, Virginia. Overland Expo is the premier overlanding and adventure travel event series in the world. The weekend event is designed to bring passionate adventurers together to get trained, get outfitted and get inspired to explore the world.
Overland Expo brings together the greatest collection in outdoor lifestyle, camping and overland gear and equipment vendors east of the Mississippi. In 2019, the event hosted 200 vendors from all over the country.
Overland Expo hosts hundreds of session hours of classes, demonstrations, films and presentations all curated in an effort to teach and train attendees in outdoor and overland lifestyle and techniques and inspire them to get going on their next journey. Classes range from hands-on driving and riding skills and navigation to campfire cooking skills, nature photography, overlanding with kids, overlanding essentials classes and inspiring stories of world travels told by travelers and adventurers from all over the world.
Attendees can stop by for the day or the entire weekend with a day pass or a three-day pass and park on-site at Infinity Downs. Day pass attendees can participate in off-road ride-along courses, check out more than 200 vendors and also have access to demos, roundtables, slideshows and happy hour events (beverages available for purchase). Camping packages are also available.
Attendees who purchase the premier education package — Overland Experience — will have access to a special education track including hands-on driver and rider training by a team of off-road driving and riding experts from all over the world. Overland Experience attendees also receive weekend camping, a special goody bag and access to Happy Hour events plus a special Welcome Reception.
Overland Expo has released a set of COVID-19 safety procedures designed to ensure the health and safety of attendees at upcoming events, including pre-entry screening, mandatory wearing of masks, touchless transactions and social distancing. Everyone planning to attend Overland Expo East is encouraged to review these procedures and to be aware of the COVID-19 health and safety protocols that will be implemented at the event.