Overland Expo saw its 2020 plans smashed by COVID-19, so it’s no surprise that organizers are making a couple of big changes to the schedule for 2021.
First off: The ever-popular Overland Expo West event, typically held in Arizona in the spring, is moving to fall. OX organizers plan to run the event September 24-26, presumably still in the Flagstaff area. Expect tickets to go on sale sometime in January.
Overland Expo organizers say they plan to host three in-person OX events this year, so if West runs in September, we may be looking at bit of a compressed schedule, as the East event typically runs in October. Organizers also say they plan pre-entry health screenings at the rallies, and they’ll enforce mask wearing and social distancing inside the gates.
With no May event, organizers had a hole in the Expo’s spring schedule. That’s been filled with a new event, called Outside Adventure Expo. This OX event will be held entirely outdoors, to keep participants safe from COVID-19. It runs June 25-27 at Utah State Fairpark, in Salt Lake City. Interestingly, the tagline says it’s a “unique event for the off-road, outdoor lifestyle and adventure travel enthusiast,” and there’s a photo of a couple of hikers below, not jacked-up 4x4s or kitted-our desert bikes … Looks like OX is looking to branch out into the general-interest outdoors market. Don’t worry, organizers are still signing up offroad rigs for a vehicle showcase (more details here).
You can already buy tickets for the June event (get them here).