The first ever fair of its kind showcasing school bus conversions.

"I kept getting messages from people asking if I knew of any skoolie specific festivals that were more than just a gathering. After a couple years I decided it was time to create one. Thus The Bus Fair was born." ~Brock Butterfield, Founder - Bus Life Adventure

With 20-30 school bus conversions ranging in all sizes, art and food vendors, beer garden and live music, The Bus Fair is a unique event unlike anything you've probably seen. 

Skoolies on display will not only range in size but also stages of their build as well. Curious of what a school bus looks like completely gutted or at the point of getting ready for spray foam insulation? We'll have buses in the different phases of the build so that you can see first hand the work that goes into each build. Bring a notepad and ask questions. Gain knowledge from other skoolie owners who have done it or are doing it.

Our art vendors are a combination of artists from around the state as well as skoolie owners of the fair who have a unique product to sell. Each artist is reviewed and approved based on if their art, craft or product is handmade and from the heart. No mass produced overseas products here.

The music lineup is also something special. We have some very talented musicians lying low in Oakridge and we've selected a handful to be on stage. Music genres ranging from folk, Americana and bluegrass. 

The Greenwaters Park venue is surrounded by old growth douglas fir and cedars with the Middle Fork of the Willamette River flowing at the parks edge. The small but popular town of Oakridge, OR holds the title of mountain biking capital of the Northwest but don't let the world class mountain biking trails trick you. The town is a hidden gem with numerous forms of recreation ready to be had. You can get a sneak peak of what the town has to offer by visiting the Chamber of Commerce's website.

If you're planning to check out The Bus Fair we highly advise to make a weekend out of it. You'll find plenty of AirBnB's, historic lodges, family owned motels and both USFS campsites and free camping. Stay for a few days after the event and explore all that Oakridge has to offer!

June 21st - 23rd, 2024

Friday, June 21st - Seminars and Private Skoolie Tours (Special ticket required)
Saturday, June 22nd - Main Event (11AM - 9PM)
Sunday, June 23rd - Sunday Funday (only open to campers, seminar attendees, Exhibitors and vendors)

Schedule of events for The Bus Fair 2024

Friday, June 21, 2024

Eight educational seminars from 9am - 6pm and private tours of Skoolies. No general admission access. Come learn everything you need to know to get started on a Skoolie or other nomadic conversion of your own.

Tickets are $200/person, limited and must be purchased in advance. Discounts available for two or more seminar tickets, discounted camping with a seminar ticket purchase and a FREE night of camping Thursday night included with purchase of camping.

Learn about the eight different seminar topics, the seminar leaders and get your tickets here.

Camping available online only and includes all access Saturday and Sunday Funday. Camping is very limited and check-in begins in the afternoon Friday.

HISTORIC UPTOWN DISTRICT UNOFFICIAL KICK OFF PARTY - NO TICKET REQUIRED - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Come join us in the Historic Uptown district of Oakridge for the unofficial kickoff party of The Bus Fair. We'll be hanging out at the Diamond Peak Wine Bar and Gallery, 3 Legged Crane Pub and The Corner Bar. Food and drinks available for purchase as well as live music.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Gates open at 11am and event ends at 9pm. A free shuttle will be running all day from the parking lot 1/2 mile away.

Skoolie tours: 11am - 6pm

DJ Spencer Newell: 11am-2:30PM

Live music starts at 2:30PM

Panel discussions: 11:30am - 2:30PM

Main event open to general admission. Like a car show but touring up to 30 converted school buses a.k.a. "Skoolies", art vendors, food vendors and the raffle at 7PM. Tickets are $25 online or at the gate and good for Saturday. Special ticket required for Friday or Sunday access. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Group discounts available online and at gate.

Camping available online only and includes all access Saturday and Sunday Funday. Camping is very limited.

It is highly recommended to purchase tickets online and in advance.

Gates close and shuttle stops running at 9:15PM.

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Sunday Funday full of activities for those who have purchased a Seminar ticker or Camping pass. No general admission tickets available this day. Some activities include river rafting, yoga, art classes, community music jam, mountain bike shuttles, hanna somatics, corn hole competition and more.

Food vendors and some art vendors.

Camping available online only and a camping pass is needed for each member of your party. Camping is very limited.

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Linger Longer - Explore Oakridge and the recreation after the event.

June 24-27, 2024

Special tickets required. Stay after the event with camping right in town and explore all the recreation and amenities that Oakridge has to offer.

Learn more and get tickets here.

General Public Parking

There is no onsite parking and there is a free shuttle 1/2 mile from the event located at the Oakridge Industrial Park at 76240 Industrial Pk Wy, Oakridge, OR 97463

ADA Parking

There are limited ADA parking spaces at the event. A valid parking permit is required. Follow the signs to the Rest Area of Greenwaters Park at 48362 OR-58, Oakridge, OR 97463 and a staff member will direct you to the ADA parking.

 

Learn more about any of the activities below by clicking on the icons.

Skoolie Show ~ Seminars ~ Adult Beverages ~ Art Vendors

Food Vendors ~ Live Music ~ Camping

Lodging Options

If you miss out on grabbing a camping spot for the event, no need to hit that panic button. Oakridge has plenty of lodging options right in town. Town is roughly a 2 mile radius so you're close enough to walk or bike to the event if you want.

 

 
Arbon Inn Motel & RV Park
48229 OR-58
Oakridge, OR 97463

541-782-2611

 

Cascade Motel
47487 OR-58

Oakridge, OR 97463

541-782-2489

 

Bluewolf Motel
47465 OR-58
Oakridge, OR 97463

541-782-5884

 

Oakridge Inn & Suites
47433 OR-58
Oakridge, OR 97463

541-782-2212

 

Westfir Lodge
47365 1st Street
Westfir, OR 97492

541-246-9007

You can also find lodging options on AirBnB.


Vendors

Vendor information and booth pricing for 2024 can be found here.

 

Art Vendors

Do you handcraft unique products? We'll be accepting applications for craft makers and artists that create products with lots of love and thought put into them.  Read about being a vendor at The Bus Fair here.

Food Vendors

Nothing accompanies a fair like good food. We'll be accepting applications for food vendors that offer tasty plates to be gobbled by the masses. Food vendor spots are limited so check back soon for a link to the application. In our first year we had one food vendor report they alone made $1,300 after expenses for the one day event. Whoa! Read about being a vendor at The Bus Fair here.

Product Vendors

Do you offer a product or service that applies to the bus, van, truck, RV or full timing lifestyle? Our attendees are not only interested in touring school bus conversions but also the components that go into them. Any products that apply to the tiny and minimalist lifestyle will speak to our attendees the most so if you have a product that should be showcased at The Bus Fair then we want to hear from you. Be sure to look at the sponsorship options below to get more bang for your buck otherwise read about being a vendor at The Bus Fair here.


Sponsors

Interested in supporting The Bus Fair and gaining exclusive brand exposure to our 160k+ online audience? We create custom sponsorship packages to give you the best ROI for your budget. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.