Drum Camps – All The Best Worldwide

What Are Drum Camps?

If you’re a drummer and love a wild weekend out, this is for you. There are many outdoor events for percussionists and these multi-day festivals are called drum camps.

Drum camps usually feature drum circles, performances, lessons, workshops, dancing and singing. You can camp out, meet people and drum to your heart’s content.

We love them because they’re not only a great way to improve your skills, they’re something you can bring the whole family to.

So we’ve put together a list of the best drum camps from all over the world.


Drum camps

Photo: William Neuheisel

Things you might find at a drum camp

The camps usually have both formal and informal activities. Here are a few things you might find:

  • Scheduled percussion performances
  • Drumming lessons and workshops
  • Facilitated drum circles
  • Informal drum circles
  • Dancing / singing workshops
  • Performance art
  • Bonfires
  • Late night jams
  • Yoga, massage, meditation and other holistic therapies
  • Market stalls selling food, drink, clothing and other weird things.
  • Drum shops selling drums and accessories
  • Other activities like hiking and swimming

Many of these events started off as small gatherings, like a group of friends meeting up to drum. Over time, some have grown into huge festivals. This is why there’s usually a chill vibe and a happy sense of community throughout.

It’s best to bring your own drum as well as all the usual camping gear if needed. Most of them are family and pet friendly, although it’s good to check.


Another drum camp

Photo: Steven Damron


Drum Camps and Festivals Worldwide

Fancy wandering the world to visit all the drumming camps?

Here they all are.


Bath & Bristol/Leicestershire Tribe Of Doris
Malmesbury, Wiltshire WOMAD
Bungay, Suffolk Drum Camp UK


Austin, Texas Eeyore’s Birthday Party
Black Rock Desert, Nevada Burning Man Festival
Bozeman, Montana Rhythms World Drum Camps
Flagstaff, Arizona Camp Merveilles
Utah Merveilles Utah
Kapa’au, Hawaii Camp Merveilles Hawaii
Maui, Hawaii Congolese Dance & Drum Workshops
Lake Wales, Florida Camp Africa Florida
New Lebanon, New York Spiritfire Festival
Little Switzerland, North Carolina Kumandi African Drum and Dance Camp
Pocono Valley, Pennsylvania Wula Drum & Dance Retreat
Dunlap, California Camp Fareta
Santa Cruz Mountains, California Kosmos Music & Dance Camp – Latin percussion/dance
Pescadero, California California Drum & Dance Camp
Seattle, Washington World Rhythm Festival
Tallahassee, Florida Annual Florida African Dance Festival
Madison, Wisconsin Drum Power Summer Camp


Adelaide WOMADelaide
Near Melbourne Camp Samatou
Belgian Gardens, Queensland Drum & Dance Camp
Mid North Coast, New South Wales African Drum and Dance Retreat


New Plymouth WOMAD


Toronto, Ontario Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Land O’Lakes (near Kingston), Ontario Ontario Womyn’s Drum Camp


The Hague The Hague African Festival


Würzburg Afrika Festival


Cáceres, Extremadura WOMAD


Candidasa region, Bali Bali Drum Camp

What are you waiting for? Get packing!

Let us know your favourite drum camp in the comments. Also, if you know any more, leave a comment.

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