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A Brief Guide to Couchsurfing Camps

Mainly in Europe, dedicated members of the hospitality networks have been organising events. These are not simple meet ups for one evening in a bar like those happening all over the world every day. No, what we are talking about here are multiple day events with a festival-like character. Some of these meetings take place in big cities, others are organized as real camps in the countryside. Sometimes the participants stay in the same place, other times they are hosted by local members of hospitality networks. The programmes usually feature cultural activities in the daytime and parties in the evenings. The difference from normal hospitality meetings is not only the multiple day character but also the target group. Couchsurfing Camps are not organised only for the local community and the few travellers in town; these events are meant to attract people from abroad.
...and so it happens. By now there are around 50 annual events throughout the year, so nearly every weekend members of the hospitality networks go travelling to get to the next big event. At every major event, you can always find a large number of well known faces. People get to know each other and many of them attend these events above all to meet each other again. As mentioned before, the frequent participants of Couchsurfing Camps have developed to become a community within a community. And with every new event this community grows bigger and gets stronger. Some people say it is the only place where you can find the spirit of the early days, which got lost when websites got sold to investors, but that is a different story...
This is an overview of all repetitive, and confirmed one-off Couchsurfing Camps we know about. Here you can find the basic data about all City Gatherings and Outdoor Camps in a simple overview, along with a short description by the organizers.
List of the events in 2017 by month:

April

• 08.04.-15.04.:
Encuentro Panamericano CS 2017 in Medellín (CO)
• 13.03.-16.03.:
3rd International CS Meeting Porto in Porto (PT)
• 13.03.-16.03.:
Semana Santa en el Valle de la Luna in Parque Provincial Ischigualasto(AR)
• 27.03.-30.03.:
21st Balkan Mafia Meeting S02 E09 in Zelenkovac (BA)
• 28.03.-30.03.:
Austin Couch Crash 2017 in Austin (US)

May

• 19.05.-21.05.:
Charleston Beach Crash 2017 in Charleston (US)
• 25.05.28.-.05.:
CS Minsk Weekend 2017 in Minsk/Мiнск (BY)
• 26.05.-29.05.
Cleveland Couchcrash 2017 in Cleveland (US)
• 31.05.-04.06.:
GNU CS MEETING 2017 in Praia a Mare (IT)

June

• 09.11.-11.06.:
Nature Surfing 2017 in Rīga/Daugavas loki (LV)
• 16.06.-18.06.:
Gert Bristol Weekender 2017 in Bristol (GB)
• 16.06.-18.06.:
Tarifa Beach Gathering (10th Edition) in Tarifa (ES)
• 29.06.-02.07.:
Amalfi Coast International Summer Camp 2 in Costiera amalfitana (IT)
• 30.06.-02.07.:
Saint-Petersburg White Nights 2017 inSankt-Peterburg/Санкт-Петербург (RU)

July

• 01.07.-04.07.:
Big Sur Camp in Big Sur (US)
• 19.07.-24.07.:
Mont Royal Summer Camp Vol. 11 in Traben-Trarbach (DE)
• 27.07.-30.07.:
Hamburg Invasion 2017 in Hamburg (DE)
• 31.07.-06.08.:
Italy Summer Camp 2017 in Pescosolido(IT)

August

• 04.08.-06.08.:
The 11th Big Franconian Meeting in Nürnberg (DE)
• 18.08.-21.08.:
Bend Oregon Couch Crash in Bend (US)
• 23.08.-27.08.:
Belgium Summer Camp 2017 in Somme-Leuze (BE)
• 30.08.-03.09.:
Kriaritsi Summer CS Camp (GR)
• 31.08.-03.09.:
Riga Good Times X in Rīga (LV)

September

• 21.09.-24.09.:
Ischia & Procida International September Camp 2017 (IT)
• 28.09.-01.10.:
Timisoara 2nd Experiment in Timișoara (RO)

December

:• 29.12. - 02.01.: 10th Edition of the F.....g New Year’s Eve Party
in Les Haudères (CH)
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EncuentroNacionalBuenosAires Encuentro Nacional Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Visitors
???
City Gathering
Kind of event
2015
Established in
???
Price
August
Time of the Year
Activities
dinner party | picnic | sightseeing tours | dancing | free kisses | parties |
Information
Argentina has a new national meeting, this time in the beautiful capital city of Buenos Aires. Expect a program that shows you the best of the city.
Next Edition: no current plans
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Cordoba National Couch Crash Córdoba
Location
Visitors
~ 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
???
Established in
???
Price
May
Time of the Year
Activities
sightseeing tours | cultural walks| handicraft market | pcnics | bars and clubs | BBQ| wine tasting | cheese and salami degustation
Information
The idea of the Córdoba Coush Crash is to make the visitors to get to know the city, its culture, and its people. Therefore, all the activities take place in Córdoba or nearby. All activities are really connected with the city's culture, food and habits. There will be meetings for meals, walks in the city, wine tasting, clubs, and typical activities the people perform in Córdoba.
Next Edition: no current plans
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Invasión del Bicentennia Tucumán Invasión del Bicentennia Tucumán
Visitors
???
City Gathering
Kind of event
2016
Established in
???
Price
July
Time of the Year
Activities
walking tours | hiking | outdoor activities | food | parties
Information
The Tucumán community will organize a 3 days event to celebrate the Bicentennial of Argentina's Independence.
Next Edition: no current plans
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Vienna
Location
Visitors

"The Base": ~ 200
Main Party: ~ 600

City Gathering
Kind of event
2009
Established in
2 €
Price
June
Time of the Year
Activities
BBQ | swimming | hiking | workshops | sightseeing| live bands | DJs | pub crawl
Information
Couchsurfing ViennaCalling was developed in 2009 on the occasion of 10th anniversery of „couchsurfing.com“. The founder of couchsurfing, Casey Fenton was a participant of the CS ViennaCalling 2009.

"The Base" of the CS ViennaCalling is located on the Danube Island, a 20 km long island in Vienna, that offers 40km beach for swimming, picknick, BBQ, waterskiing and many other outdoor activities.

Next Edition: no current plans
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Kick Off Main Image
Location
Visitors
100 - 150
City Gathering
Kind of event
2009
Established in
~ 8€
Price
January
Time of the Year
Activities
potluck dinner | parties | bars | games | sightseeing | beer tasting | board games | ice skating
Information
For many years Antwerpen has been the city with the first City gathering of the year. Like always you can expect a lot of warm feelings, tons of beer, loads of love and heaps of FUN!
Next Edition: no current plans
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Belgium Summer Camp Image Belgium Camp
Visitors
40 - 80
Outdoor Camping
Kind of event
2011
Established in
~ 10 €
(incl. breakfast)
Price
Last Weekend of
August
Time of the Year
Activities
micro brewries | chocolate museum | kayaking | rafting | football | volleyball | chill out | BBQ | swimming | rock climbing | bonfire | drinking games | parties
Information
The Belgium Summer Camp is a yearly hospitality exchange event located in The Ardennes southern Belgium. The region is regarded as Belgium's wildest area with plenty of extensive forests and rolling hills. It's easy to reach the camp by train and Brussels is only 1 hour by car. One week of wild camping, craziness and eveyone could have his own program on the camp ground. Year after year we came up to the conclusion that it's kinda useless to make a program of the event, all depends on the weather, people motivation... Some people just prefer to chill out.
Next Edition: 23.-27. August2017
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Croatia Main Image Croatia CS Trip
Location
Visitors
50 - 70
Cottage Camp
Kind of event
2014
Established in
120 €
(incl. the cottage)
Price
June
Time of the Year
Activities
beach relax | scuba diving | boat trips | local food tasting | hiking trips | sightseeing | potluck | party
Information
We will stay close to Split in Camping houses with private beach, a volleyball court and BBQ places. On our camping groundwe have Supermarket , a bar and WIFI access. We have booked beds for 50 people As usual we do it as potluck rule - we bring our own food and we share with everybody just like true CS spirit. There will be party in the morning and party in the evening. We also plan some hiking trips, and scuba diving for beginners - If you like you can take a boat trips to visit some islands, and Dalmatian evening parties. People from all over world are invited - take your friend, family all people with CS Spirit.
Next Edition: 18.-24. June 2017
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Brno Main Image Brno Coush Crash
Location
Visitors
30 - 60
City Gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
0 - 5 €
Price
June
Time of the Year
Activities
relaxing | parties | lake | beach | sightseeing | concerts | bars
Information
Welcome to the heart of South Moravia. Wine place,beer place, famous because... well check out wikipedia right? Let's go to the core. Second biggest city of Czech Rep but nobody dare to stop...everything is Prague,Viena,Bratislava,Budapest when it comes for traveler and we need to spread the word that they are wrong! A lot of CS in this young student city and almost no travelers. Not cool! And it' s need to be change So come to Brno and enjoy the weekend planning!
Next Edition: no current plans
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Czechsurfing Main Image
Location
Visitors
150 - 250
City Gathering
Kind of event
2008
Established in
0 - 10 €
Price
September
Time of the Year
Activities
picnics, pubbing & clubbing, hiking, games, sightseeing, live music, DJs, karaoke
Information
Czech Surfing has a new name: Prague Hospex Camp! CzechSurfing is a successful series of great international events which began in 2008. It is a special occasion to meet many travelers and spend a wonderful weekend in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. During the festival there will be several events every day and a main party on Saturday night.
Next Edition: no current plans
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FSM Main Image Tallinn Sauna Camp
Location
Visitors
~100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2010
Established in
~30€
Price
February
Time of the Year
Activities
sauna | toga party| pub crawl | clubbing | dinner | spa | sightseeing tours | exit rooms
Information
Every year Tallinn Sauna Camp is one of the first events of the camps season. Early spring is quite cold in Estonia so there is nothing better to do than having a great party in a sauna. Spend a weekend in the Estonian capital and explore its sights, its culture, and its people.
Next Edition: no current plans
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FSM Main Image Finland Summer Madness
Location
Visitors
120 max.
Cottage Camp
Kind of event
2014
Established in
~ 50 €
(incl. accommodation)
Price
August
Time of the Year
Activities
sauna | swimming | hiking | games & sports | potluck dinner | BBQ | party | chillout
Information
This is Finland, so obviously going to sauna will be part of the daily routine! And there is a nice lake next to the sauna where we can happily jump for a refreshing swim! The forest is around us: walking and hiking around is strongly suggested! Grills and other cooking facilities will be available to use so no risk to starve. That’s it? Of course not! We are gonna grill and cook together, playing outside, maybe drinking a beer or two in the process and then dancing our asses off all night long!
Next Edition: no current plans
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Lille Spring Meeting Main Image Lille Spring Meeting
Location
Visitors
50 - 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2008
Established in
Free
Price
Spring
Time of the Year
Activities
quiz | party | soup degustation | live music | picnic | games | karaoke | brunch
Information
Every years the Soup Festival happens in Lille in the popular district of Wazemmes. This is the occasion to celebrate Spring with a big Couchsurfing Meeting. There is a soup contest to elect the "Gold ladle". You can find liters of soup with many tastes and many colors. You can find anything, from the traditional and fantastic "oignon soup" to the shady soup which can win the "more dubious soup contest". You will discover as well soups from the entire world. But it's as well the day where you will see street theaters, conferences (!), brass bands, free concerts...
Next Edition: April 29th - May 1st, 2016
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Normandy Summer Camp Main Image
Visitors
~ 75
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2009
Established in
25 - 35 €
Price
June or July
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | sightseeing | BBQ | bonfire| ralley | olympic games | theme party | DJs | calva/cider tasting
Information
The Normandy Summer Camp (« NSC ») is the the biggest hospitality event in the West of France. Each year the camp is in an incredible location in Normandy with the mascot « Canavache » (a cow/sofa). Many activities are proposed with a theme party (every year on saturday evening with a BBQ & a bonfire). NSC spirit: a friendly weekend where it is possible to chat with a reasonable number of people… NCS is a bit like a great family party, an eco-meeting (local products/ecocup…) & a participative event. Since 2012 this meeting has been sold out every year.
Next Edition: no current plans
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Paris Main Image Paris Rendez Vous
Location
Visitors
350 - 450
City Gathering
Kind of event
2007
Established in
Free (sometimes extra fees for sub-events)
Price
July
(2nd or 3rd weekend)
Time of the Year
Activities
sightseeing | museums | tourism | picnics| photography | live bands | DJs | parties | wine & cheese tasting | treasure hunts | quiz | bicycle tour | forest expedition & camping
Information
Paris Rendez-Vous is one of the biggest and oldest hospitality city invasions in Europe. All activities are located in Paris or its suburbs. Participants can decide which events they want to participate in during the day as there are many choices. Every night during the invasion there is only ONE main event so everyone is supposed to go there to meet the other participants.
Next Edition: July 2017
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SeekTheDuck Image
Location
Visitors
~ 50 - 100
City gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
Free
(extra fee for
certain activities)
Price
Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
treasure hunt | wine tasting | BBQ | bars | museums | markets | picnic
Information
SeekTheDuck is a hospex gathering for locals and travelers promoted only on BeWelcome. Events atre open to everybody and free of charge (except a wine tasting).
Next Edition: no current plans
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Back to Berlin Main Image
Location
Visitors
200 - 300
City Gathering
Kind of event
2005/2013
Established in
~ 20 €
Price
Summer
(between June
and August)
Time of the Year
Activities
beach fun | BBQ | bonfire | workshops | camping | sightseeing | urban exploring | picnic | outdoor sports | party | DJs
Information
Berlin, the German capital is not only famous for its alternative lifestyle, electronic music and history. it is also one of thee greenest capitals in the world. Within the city limits you cannot only find forest but also a huge number of lakes. In summer 2016 the organizers of "Back to Berlin" will revive the tradition of the legendary Berlin Beach Camp. Berlin Beach Camp used to be the biggest hospex event in the world. From 2005 till 2009, up to 1,200 people came together to spend an unforgetable time at a lake in Berlin. Come to Berlin in July 2016 and see the return of a legend.
Next Edition: July 7th - 10th, 2016
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Black Forest Weekend BlackForestWeekend
Visitors
30 - 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2013
Established in
Donation
Price
July
Time of the Year
Activities
BBQ | hiking | swimming | mountain biking | sightseeing | city tour
Information
The Freiburg CS community invites you to see some of the best of what the sunniest city in Germany, and surrounding area has to offer. Wonderful waterfalls, hiking through deep forest, getting muddy on your mountain bike, views from hills over the city, beautiful old buildings, cobbled streets, BBQ, beer, partying and picnicking. Now is the time to discover or rediscover the capital of the Black Forest. We will not spare you the clichés because they are honestly pretty funny for people visiting here (make sure you don't fall in the Bächle and get wet, or you might end up marrying a Freiburger & never leaving!), but do promise you the opportunity to discover other aspects of our beloved city.
Next Edition: July 15th - 17th, 2016
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Hamburg Main Image
Location
Visitors
150 - 250
City Gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
~ 10 €
Price
Summer
(between July
and August)
Time of the Year
Activities
picnics | walking tours | bike tours | canoe tours | theatre games | pub crawls | party/clubbing | early morning fish market | swimming
Information
Hamburg Unsere Perle (HHUP) is a a weekend of summer fun in Hamburg! Two days of interesting tours, activities, grilling, chilling, beach-sitting and big parties are being planned
Next Edition: July 28th - 31st, 2016
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Minga Mog Di Main Image Minga Mog Di
Visitors
150 - 250
City Gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
~ 12 €
Price
Summer
(between May and June)
Time of the Year
Activities
party | sightseeing | free hugs | museum tour | potluck chill out | hiking
Information
Minga Mog Di (MDM) is the annual Couchsurfing weekend event of Munich for locals and guests from all over the world. The events are located within or close to the city centre and can be easily reached by local transport. Participants can decide whether they want to take part in all events or just some and spent more time on they own with newly found friends. MMD is famous for its parties and attraction for beer lovers.
Next Edition: May 20th - 22nd, 2016
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The BIG Franconian Meeting Main Image
Visitors
100 - 150
City Gathering
Kind of event
2006
Established in
~ 7 €
Price
Summer
(beginning of August)
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | scavenger hunt | picknick | beer-garden | sightseeing | BBQ | parties
Information
The BIG Franconian Meeting, is the BIG city event of the Franconian Couchsurfing and Hospitality community in Nuremberg. It's also one of the oldest still existing events of this kind in Europe. Every year in the beginning of August couchsurfers from all over the world are invited to come to Nuremberg, to spend a great and fun weekend, discovering Nuremberg and it's surroundings in various activities. It's usually "a weekend of pure fun, meeting old and making new friends, discovering Nuremberg, having delicious food, beer and many other things!"
Next Edition: August 4th - 7th, 2016
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Mont Royal Summer Camp Mont Royal Summer Camp
Visitors
150 - 300
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2007
Established in
~ 20 €
Price
Between May and September
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | workshops | games | sightseeing | BBQ | bonfire | live bands | DJs | sauna | spa swimming | wine tasting | international night
Information
Mont Royal Summer Camp (MRSC) is the one of the biggest and oldest annual Hospitality events in Europe. The camp is located close by the ruins of an old fortress on a hill above the Moselle valley. Participants can decide wether they want to take part in activities or if they want to spent their time on the spot. MRSC is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and and community character. During Krakow Winter Camp it one the inofficial CS Award for "Camp of the Year".
Next Edition: July 20th - 25th, 2016
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Amalfi Coast International Summer Camp Image Amalfi Coast International Summer Camp
Location
Visitors
~ 100
Outdoor Meeting
Kind of event
???
Established in
80/125€ (for accomodation)
Price
Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
trekking on Amalfi Coast | swimming | live music | local traditions | local food
Information
Couchsurfing Naples organizes this event that takes place at one of the most beautiful coastal strips of Europe. The event is intended for people from around the world who want to know this wonderful place in Italy.
Next Edition: July 7th - 10th, 2016
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Milan Anniversary Main Image
Location
Visitors
350 - 450
City Gathering
Kind of event
2007
Established in
20 - 25 €
Price
September
Time of the Year
Activities
meetings | tram party | main party |sightseeing | BBQ | live bands |DJs |flash mobs
Information
The CS Bday in Milan is known as one of the cool meetings around the world. All the organizers work hard to make it better and unforgettable year by year. One of the features is that every year there is a particular theme that flows the cool name chosen...
2007 - MI1 MI ONE
2008 - MI2 MI TOO
2009 - MI3 MI TRIP
2010 - MI4 This Is 4 MI
2011 - MI5 GIVE MI 5
2012 - MI6 Six With MI
2013 - MI7 Milan007
2014 - MI8 LOVE MI 8ATE MI
2015 - MI9 DON'T TELL MI 9
2016 - LOVE MI 10DER
Many events in 4 days that will change your life FOREVER!
This Meeting in Milan is famous coz' it just rocks you, no time to relax: Guaranteed!
Next Edition: September 22nd - 25th, 2016
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Milan Carnival Main Image Milan CS Carnival
Location
Visitors
400 - 500
City Gathering
Kind of event
2009
Established in
25 - 30 € €
Price
Winter
(February or March)
Time of the Year
Activities
meetings | tram party | carnival main party | sightseeing | BBQ | live bands | DJs | flash mobs
Information
The CS Carnival in Milan is known as the coolest one. All the organizers work hard to make it better and unforgettable year by year. Each year there is a particular theme, e.g. on 2014 "TraNs Party", 2015 "Alice in WonderMILANd". 4 events in 3 days that will change your life FOREVER!
- the Legendary Tram Party/black edition (always sold out in few weeks), 2 trams fully equipped with drinks lights dj and live music. There is no Milano Meeting without the Tram Party! Trams will drive around the streets of Milano while you sing, dance & share YOUR LOVE!!!
- after Party following the "black rabbit-tram"
- ad hoc activities
- the Coolest Main Party... if you’ve been with us the last carnival, you don’t need further explanations.
- Chill Out time or BBQ for the farewell meeting
The Carnival in Milan is famous coz' it just rocks you, no time to relax: Guaranteed!
Next Edition: 2017 (TO BE CONFIRMED)
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Italy Summer Camp Main Image Italy Summer Camp
Location
Visitors
100 - 200
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2005
Established in
Free
Price
August (1st weekend and the preceeding week)
Time of the Year
Activities
day hike | overnight hike | workshops | yoga | meditation | sightseeing | bonfire | pizza | visit to the cold lake, |swimming | local festivals | hike to the castle
Information
Italy summercamp takes place on a rustic ecofarm on the edge of the Abruzzi National Park. There are lots of optional fun activities such as hiking, yoga, meditation, visit to the cold lake. Making pizza in an old wood-burning oven and visit to the local festivals. Although the place is rustic, we have drinking water, well water for showering, bamboo showers, and latrins. We also have lots of firewood available. At this camp the participants themselves are in charge of cooking. We just provide logistical information and they will do the rest. Normally they buy food together from the closeby local store and they cook together. Please bring your own food for the first day. Thank you. You will need a flash light, comfortable shoes, sleeping bag. A tend. Although it will be possible to arrange in advance to share one with someone else.
Next Edition: 31. July - 6. August 2017
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GNU Calabria Meeting Main Image GNU Calabria Meeting
Location
Visitors
200 - 300
Village Gathering
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2008
Established in
Free
(extra fee for
certain activities)
Price
Between May
and June
Time of the Year
Activities
skydiving| white water rafting | paragliding | beach volleyball and football tournament | white party | wishing lanterns night | the virgin party (all men dress like women) | cave boat tours | zorb ball
Information
Gnu Meeting has been gathering travellers from all over the world for a 4 days party in southern Italy since 2008. In 2014 Gnu hosted 250 participants from 30 countries, such as India, Syria, France, Australia, Brazil, and many more. To join us you don't need to belong to any association, nor pay any fee! For all of those who come visit from far far away and can't find a couchsurfing host, Gnu offers great deals with our partner hotels, for accomodation and meals.
Next Edition: June 1-5, 2016
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Nature Surfing Main Image Nature Surfing
Location
Visitors
???
Outdoor Camp & City Gathering
Kind of event
2016
Established in
15 - 25 €
Price
June
Time of the Year
Activities
workshops | disguissightseeinging | swimming | dyning |partying | games | bonfire | pub crawl | free hugs | international night | sauna | cultural activities | paintball | canoeing | BBQ | international flair
Information
Nature Surfing is one of the newest International CS events. It combines pub crawling and sightseeing in Daugavpils - the second largest city in latvia - and sportive and cultural activities in Kraslava - one of the most beautiful towns in Latgale. Join the ceramic workshop and create your own memory, or enjoy the beautiful nature along the Daugava River by canoe. The main party will take place close to Daugave River. The party venue offers a sauna and enough space for workshops, games, bonfire, and BBQ.
Next Edition: June 3-5 2016
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Riga Cool Times Main Image Riga Cool Times
Location
Visitors
~ 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
~ 20 €
Price
December
Time of the Year
Activities
dining | partying | workshops | sightseeing | sauna | swimming | ice skating | cultural activities
Information
Winter would have been a pretty boring season if not for Riga Cool Time. The annual event takes place in the capital of Latvia. This is a memorable event that brings together travelers from all around the world. It gives the opportunity to experience the best Riga can offer: meet locals, party, enjoy some good local food, learn something new at workshops, get hot in sauna and cool down swimming, see the most beautiful sights of the city and its surroundings.
Next Edition: 2016 (to be confirmed)
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Riga Good Times Main Image
Location
Visitors
100 - 150
City Gathering
Kind of event
2008
Established in
~ 20 € b
Price
Summer
(between May and August)
Time of the Year
Activities
city tours | games | pub crawl | free hugs | beach picnics | international night | sauna | party bus
Information
Riga Good Times is one of the longest lasting CS events. The first edition was in 2008, and in 2012 the winter edition Riga Cool Times was born as well, due to participants complaining that one year was too long to wait for the next edition. Over these years, we’ve gotten a group of dedicated fans who do whatever they can to come back every year. Riga Good Times gives you the perfect mix of the pleasant Baltic summer with nice Baltic prices and participants from all corners of the globe, including an international night where the participants present food, drinks and items from their countries. The main events of Riga Good Times takes place in rented premises making it intimate as well as cheap.
Next Edition: August 18th - 21st, 2016
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Mexico Main Image
Visitors
???
City Gathering/Camp
Kind of event
2012
Established in
150 Mex$
Price
November
Time of the Year
Activities
dining | partying | games | presentations | city ralley | museums | mezcal tasting | cultural activities
Information
Every year the Mexican Couchsurfing community organizes a national meeting. The Reunión Nacional takes place in a different city and region every year.
2012 León de los Aldama, Guanajuato
2013 Tulum, Quintana Roo
2014 Victoria de Durango, Durango
2015 Mazunte, Oaxaca
Next Edition: November 19th - 21st 2016 in Hermosillo, Sonora (MX)
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Welcome To Fryslan Main Image
Location
Visitors
90 - 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
5 €
(extra fee for certain activities)
Price
Summer
(between June and August)
Time of the Year
Activities
city tours | mudwalking | sailing | biking | canoeing | sightseeing | barhopping | accoustic bands| dinerparty | BBQ
Information
Welcome To Fryslân (WTF) is an annual hospitality event which has its base in Leeuwarden. The event is spread around the province and is filled with (typical Frisian) activities, like sailing, mudwalking, biking and a 3 city tour (derived from the famous 11 city tour). Participants sign up and pay in advance for activities, as some have limited spaces. WTF is known as an active weekend with lots of time to interact with other participants and very good organisation.
Next Edition: August 25th - 29th, 2016
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Carnaval Maastricht Aachen Main Image CS Carnaval Maastricht Aachen
Location
Visitors
60 - 120
City Gathering
Kind of event
2005
Established in
Free
Price
Carnival
(February or March)
Time of the Year
Activities
carnival and frolics | disguising | carnival music | carnival home party | carnival street parades in Maastricht and Aachen
Information
CS Carnival Maastricht means celebrating the end of the Carnival season with many hospitality members together. At most of the activities we participate in officially organized and spontaneous celebrations on the streets and in the bars of Maastricht and in the region. The organizers focus on daytime and evening celebrations, which suits best to the majority of our visitors. The attendees have a schedule with several meeting points on each day to join and to let the group grow.
Next Edition: 2017 (TO BE CONFIRMED)
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CSinterklaas Main Image
Location
Visitors
175 - 200
City Gathering
Kind of event
2005
Established in
~ 20 €
(extra fee for certain activities)
Price
November or December
Time of the Year
Activities
city tours | bar meetings | party-club | shared dinnertime | cooking sessions | yoga class | harbor tour | beer tasting | Sunday brunch
Information
CSinterklaas Rotterdam is the oldest yearly meeting in the Netherlands that is still repeated every year. In 2015 edition number 10 will take place. CSinterklaas is a meeting to celebrate the dutch Sinterklaas party in a mix of a traditional way but also with sharing with other cultures. The event takes place at several places in and around the city and subevents are not only city tours in Rotterdam but also to nearby places like The Hague, Delft, Schiedam, Dordrecht and possible more in the future. Before the event tickets are starting to sell in pre-sale before the meeting with sometimes tickets left once the event is started. CSinterklaas is the most famous event in the Netherlands for years attracting people all the times from all around Europe and the rest of the world.
Next Edition: 2016 (to be confirmed)
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Unlimited Main Image Couchsurfing Unlimeted
Location
Visitors
50 - 70
City Gathering
Kind of event
2014
Established in
Free
Price
July
Time of the Year
Activities
meetings | party-club | festival | carribean | tropical party | cultural | street art | poetry | theater | parade
Information
189 different nationalities and nearly a million people are coming together for Rotterdam Unlimeted, a 3-days cultural festival with a lot of music, dance, street art, poetry, theater and one of the biggest topical carnavalparades outside the caribbean! During this festival Couchsurfing Umlimeted is taking place. In 2014 a lot of Couchsurfers joined us and experienced everything that the worldcity Rotterdam has to offer!
Next Edition: July 28th - 31st, 2016
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CS International Family Weekend CS International Family Weekend
Poland (changing locations)
Location
Visitors
~ 100 (incl. 30 - 40 children)
Outdoor Camp
Cottage Camp
Kind of event
2009
Established in
10 - 100 €
Price
August (1st Weekend)
Time of the Year
Activities
table tennis | badminton | bonfire | integration games | board games | morning workout | kayaks | water bikes | workshops for kids | disco | boat trip | Olympic Games
Information
The CS International Family Weekend (IFW)® is an annual outdoor camp in Poland. Every year it takes place in a different city. The 3 days eventis especially designed for CS families with children to get to know each other, to integrate and to have fun!
Next Edition: July 1st- 3rd, 2016 in Daleszyce (PL)
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Bieszczady CS Meeting Main Image Bieszczady CS Meeting
Location
Visitors
50
Mountain Hut Camp
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2008
Established in
~ 20 €
(including shared food)
Price
Last weekend of February and last weekend of July
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | board games | bonfire || wood choping | pig on fire | BBQ | mutual cooking | guitars and drums live music | singing
Information
There were quite a lot of meetings in different towns and cities all over the word. Now it is time to meet again far-away from civilization... In the middle of the Bieszczady Mountains, the wildest part of Poland, there is a cosy hut called Chata Socjologa (no electricity but a huge fire place). During the last weekend of February and the last weekend of July we meet in that magic place. We sit around the fire place, sing, play guitars, drums, play board games, eat some grilled delicacy (shared food), enjoy an awfully tired reindeer on Sunday morning and have a great time. And we make a pig on fire.
Next Edition: End of July 2017 (to be confirmed)
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CS NaturViana Portugal Camp Main Image CS NaturViana Portugal Camp
Location
Visitors
~40
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2016
Established in
~ 60 €
Price
Late Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
outdoor sports | games| bonfire parties| hiking tours | BBQ
Information
Party... Nature... Music… and a wonderful Naturist Place: "The Monte da Padela". The Monte da Padela, in North Portugal is surrounded by a lovely landscape with rolling hills and nice little villages. NaturViana is on the top of a mountain, all garden, with a pool to swim in or simply chill out.
Next Edition: September 9th - 11th, 2016
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Saint Petersburg Black Days Main Image Saint Petersburg Black Days
Visitors
~ 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2014
Established in
Free (extra fee for certain activities)
Price
February
or
March
Time of the Year
Activities
city tours | museums | clubs | banya | ice skating | karaoke | local food | suburb trips to palaces
Information
This event was created in opposite of long time ago established White Nights to show that life is going on in our north-east city Saint-Petersburg not only in summer, but in winter too. So the accent was made more to winter fun and indoor activities. Event was created to show how we Russians are spending long, snow, cold, black winter days. The program lasts from 3 to 4 days, and full of day and night activities, cultural and night life events. Main sub-event attractions to pay attention to are Banya Party (Sauna, but Russian style), Russian Vodka Museum and karaoke.
Next Edition: 2017 (TO BE CONFIRMED)
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Saint Petersburg White Nights Main Image Saint Petersburg White Nights
Visitors
100 - 200
City Gathering
Kind of event
2010
Established in
Free
(extra fee for
certain activities)
Price
June
Time of the Year
Activities
walks & talks with local volunteers | exploration of the historical city center & suburbs | city and/or museum quests | picnic| free hugs | night boat party| pub crawl| banya by the lake | home party | cycling tour
Information
Originally Saint Petersburg White Nights was organized in order to celebrate the Day of Couchsurfing. Now it’s the biggest hospitality summer event in Russia bringing excellent opportunity to blend sightseeing and partying with the most enjoyable time of a year as a background. The program of the event varies from year to year, but key features stay the same: most of sub-events are free to join; check of the city sights via number of original walks is combined with one of the chosen suburbs exploration; in addition to partying in the local bars a home party is hosted annually and there is at least one outdoor sub-event.
Next Edition: June 2-5, 2016
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Bilbao Meeting Mundiala Main Image Bilbao Meeting Mundiala
Location
Visitors
???
City Gathering
Kind of event
2010
Established in
???
Price
Spring/Summer (every 2 years)
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | sports | workshops | food events | bar crawls | dancing | flash-mobs | partying
Information
Every two years Bilbao's Couchsurfing community hosts the Meeting Mundiala, a non-profit event organized by volunteers. The Bilbao Meeting Mundiala will be filled with a variety of events to choose from. Past Meetings have featured coastal hikes, traditional Basque sports, cultural workshops, international lunches, pintxo-bar crawls, dancing classes, flash-mobs and partying. Whichever events you participate in, you'll meet many interesting people from all over the world, and you'll have the chance to discover the culture and cuisine of the capital of the universe.
Next Edition: 2018 (to be confirmed)
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Tarifa Main Image Tarifa Beach Gathering
Location
Visitors
200 – 250
Beach Camp
Kind of event
2008
Established in
~ 30 € (for camping)
Price
Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
party | live music | picnic | dinner | swimming | hiking | surfing | kitesurfing | climbing | camping | yoga
Information
Every year there is a big gathering in Tarifa, Spain - the most south-estern point of Europe. The gathering takes place at the beach in Punta Paloma. Participants camp near the beach and partyat the beach in a Chiringuito beside a beautiful lake, far away from the city. During the weekendthere are different activities. Everybody can choose the one they would like to participate in. On Saturday everybody meets up for a big dinner and party at the beach. There will be music and cheap drinks the whole day long. If participants have something to share with the community, it will be more than welcome. Many Couchsurfers do so and that’s what makes this event grea and specialt.
Next Edition: June, 17th - 19th, 2016
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Paella Weekend Main Image Couchsurfing Paella
Location
Visitors
150
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2005
Established in
60 CHF
Price
Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | sightseeing | BBQ | bonfire | swimming | wine and food tasting
Information
The CouchSurfing Paella Weekend a well-established event, that has drawn hundreds of people to Eastern Switzerland. Beautiful view on the alps, wonderful people and lots to eat and drink. As CouchSurfing is not a dating site, let's just pretend that the two babies who were made at the event were adopted Participants can decide wether they want to take part in activities or if they want to spent their time on the spot.
Next Edition: 2017 (to be confirmed)
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NYE in Swiss Mountains Main Image NYE in the Swiss Mountains
Visitors
40 - 50
Mountain Hut Camp
Kind of event
2008
Established in
155 CHF
Price
New Year's Eve
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | sightseeing | BBQ | bonfire | swimming | wine and food tasting
Information
The event is organized for you every year to meet people and enjoy New Year Eve with others instead of staying in front of your TV. Join for a coule of days in the Swiss mountains for a very unique experience.
Next Edition: 2016 (to be confirmed)
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Kyiv Spring Camp Main Image Kyiv CS Spring Camp
Location
Visitors
~ 150
City Gathering
Kind of event
2013
Established in
~ 10 €
Price
Spring
(April or May)
Time of the Year
Activities
parties | picnic | city games | ghost stories | embroidery
Information
The Kyiv CS community is a rather young one. Still, proud as locals are of their beautiful, green city, full of history and stories, they are warmly welcoming guests. Kyiv at its most beautiful in spring. Several activities await our guests, and there is always choice for culture, activity, laziness, and meeting great people. Among many, who do not live in Ukraine, question will be: ‘Is it safe in Kyiv?’ At the time of writing, we can easily say: yes. Kyiv is not less safe than any other place in Europe.
Next Edition: no plans yet
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The Gert Bristol Weekender Main Image
Location
Visitors
40 - 70
City Gathering
Kind of event
2015
Established in
~ 5 £
Price
Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
city exploration | treasure/scavenger hunt | picnic | BBQ | graffiti tour | cycle ride | pub crawl | local beer or cider tasting
Information
After a break of a few years, the Bristol CouchSurfing (CS) community are once more inviting guests to visit the heart of the West Country, the (unofficial) World Capital of Cider, the home of Banksy, PieMinister and Baldrick, of the Old Vic theatre, Massive Attack and Wallace & Gromit, the European Green Capital of 2015. Bristol is the largest city of the West Country (the South-West of England), and recognised as a centre for street art, music and other creative industries, and regularly voted the best city in the UK to live in. However, it's not usually on the itinerary of tourists to the UK, so we want to share the secrets of our home with our fellow CS friends from around Europe and the world. The aim of our event is to be casual and allow people to get involved in as little or as much as they like - as far as possible, we aim to keep costs to a minimum to join in. If you're looking for a smaller city event, in a place you might not have considered before, this could be the camp for you.
Next Edition: 2016 (to be confirmed)
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Manchester Invasion Main Image Manchester Invasion
Location
Visitors
100 - 150
City Gathering
Kind of event
2010
Established in
Free
(extra fee for
certain activities)
Price
Spring
Time of the Year
Activities
flashmobs | pub crawl | party/club night with games | city tours | local food | picnic/games in the park | treasure hunt | hiking
Information
During the Manchester Invasion we invite everyone to come and spend time in our lovely, lively city. Spend time with the locals and other travellers and get a real feel for Manchester whilst we party and play our way through the weekend in various areas of the city and lots of local hangouts. Everyone is free to spend their time as they wish and take part in as many of the activities as interests them.
Next Edition: 2016 (to be confirmed)
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ABQ Couch Crash Main Image ABQ Couch Crash
Location
Visitors
???
City Gathering
Kind of event
2012
Established in
???
Price
October
Time of the Year
Activities
ballon fiesta | biking | hiking | dinner party | breweries | kayaking | hula hooping | free hugs | zumba
Information
The Albuquerque Couch Crash is designed to connect Couchsurfers from around the world who come to Albuquerque during the Balloon Fiesta. The first weekend of the festival (October 2-4) is one of our busiest and we've planned a number of events during that time for you to enjoy.
Next Edition: September 30th - October 2nd, 2016 (to be confirmed)
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Peach Crash Peach Crash
Location
Visitors
50 - 100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2015
Established in
Free
Price
Diff. Times
Time of the Year
Activities
lunch at street market | | historic tour | cycling tour | field day | pub crawl | brunch | hiking | house music festival | laser show
Information
This is a Couch Crash that will be reminiscent of when you as a child were in school and the one day of the year was just outdoor games,food and music with your piers. Couchsurfers from around are welcome as our guest to a weekend of fun games,social drinking and just celebrating diversity.Sharing our stories of travel from around the world and making new friends for life.
Next Edition: September 2nd - 5th, 2016
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Charleston Charleston Beach Crash
Location
Visitors
~ 100
City/Beach Gathering
Kind of event
2014
Established in
Free
Price
Spring
Time of the Year
Activities
meet & greet |house party | beach party | brunch
Information
The biggest, baddest, most amazing beach crash since 2014. There will be sun. There will be fun. There will be awesome Persians and 4:00am bacon. Bring your bathing suits, hammocks, and brunch appetites. Mark your calendars. Be there. It only happens once a year! Kick your summer off right.
Next Edition: May 20th - 22nd, 2016
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Charlotte Main Image
Location
Visitors
~100
City Gathering
Kind of event
2015
Established in
free
Price
???
Time of the Year
Activities
breakfast/d´brunch/dinner | movies | geocashing | parties | golf | yoga class | hiking | beer tasting | Sunday brunch
Information
The Charlotte Couch Surfing community has been talking about hosting their very own Charlotte couch crash off and on for the past year (maybe longer!), and they are finally going to make it happen for the first time! Mark your calendars, request time off work , make accommodations for your pets, and come join in all the fun to be had for Charlotte's inaugural couch crash!
Next Edition: 2016
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Cleveland Main Image
Location
Visitors
~ 75
City Gathering
Kind of event
???
Established in
Free
Price
Spring
Time of the Year
Activities
meet n greet| market visit | house party | dance party | hiking | biking | museums | pub crawl | brunch | BBQ | art walks | urban exploration | beach fun
Information
Cleveland is a city that many hear about and then dismiss. We think that is a travesty of epic proportions! Cleveland is an amazing city, full of vibrant people, culture, architecture, art, and most importantly... FOOD! We love Cleveland, and we want you to love it too. Cleveland CouchCrash is going to be a weekend you won't want to miss. We'll be doing epically fun things, with epically fun people, all around this epic city! You will learn to love Cleveland! Hikes and Bike Adventures await you. Art Walks and Urban Exploration will thrill you. Bar Crawls will inebriate you. Beach Fun and BBQs on the banks of Lake Erie will make you fall in love with this incredible place. And So Much More....
Next Edition: May 27-30 2016
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Detroit Main Image Detroit Couch Crash
Location
Visitors
100 - 200
City Gathering
Kind of event
2010
Established in
free (donations through fundraising)
Price
Autumn
Time of the Year
Activities
party | scavenger hunt | city tours | museums | markets | cooking class | pottery class | beer tasting | BBQ | games | hiking | party
Information
The Detroit Coush Crash will be one weekend full of events, tours, classes, activities and more as a way to encourage both visitors and locals to engage with Detroit. An often misunderstood city, we want to break down misconceptions and educate people on Detroit’s rich history and all of the great things happening here.
Next Edition: 2016 (TO BE CONFIRMED)
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ConnectiCOUCH Image
Location
Visitors
???
Couch Crash
Kind of event
2016
Established in
financed through crrowdfunding
Price
august
Time of the Year
Activities
hiking | walking tours | visiting a submarine | food events | BBQ | pool party
Information
ConnectiCOUCH means four days of events and activities that really showcase all the big things the small state of Connecticut has to offer.
Next Edition: August 11th - 14th, 2016
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BurningKouch Main Image Burning Kouch
Location
Visitors
150 - 300
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2011
Established in
free
Price
Late Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
talent show | scavenger hunt | magic show | body painting |horror stories | bonfire | live bands
Information
The NYC CouchSurfing community would like to cordially invite you to their Burning Kouch summer camp. In the past years Couchsurfers from NYC, neighboring cities DC, Philly, Boston, whomever else wants to come, and few visiting surfers from around the world have joined and camped out on Bob's magnificent and beautiful 90-acre tree farm. This is a laid back, hippie, free spirited, amazing vibes weekend where we eat, drink, partied, swim, skinny dip and do anything safe that connects you not just to your fellow man but nature. Come with an open heart to share (food/alcohol/ and other goods/activities, you know like a festival). I trust we all know that this doesn’t mean you aren’t going to bring anything to support and just munch on others'! Sharing, talking, and spreading good vibes is what this event is for me, and this summer I want to make it even greater than before.
Next Edition: 2017 (TO BE CONFIRMED)
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Couchadelphia
Location
Visitors
???
CityGathering
Kind of event
???
Established in
Free
Price
Summer
Time of the Year
Activities
meet & greet |house party | beach party | brunch
Information
You are invited to join the Philadelphia CouchSurfing community for four days of Philly history, fireworks, cheesesteaks and other fun activities. During the July 4th Weekend they will be hosting CSers from all around the world in the city of Brotherly Love. Get on boats, planes, bikes, tractors, unicycles or any other means of transport and join four days of fun activities and cross-cultural experiences in the Nation’s First Capital.
Next Edition: 2016 (to be confirmed)
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Washington Main Image Couchington - DC Couch Crash
Location
Visitors
???
City Gathering
Kind of event
2009
Established in
???
Price
Autumn
Time of the Year
Activities
party bus | chaos cooking |biking | dinners | parties | hiking | kayaking
Information
We are super excited to share our great city and our passion, meeting surfers from around the world! Come help us make that possible and enjoy exploring DC the Couchsurfing way. Great people, great food and a local take on the capital of the USA.
Next Edition: September 2nd - 5th, 2016
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Balkan Mafia Meeting Main Image
Visitors
50 - 120
City Gathering
Outdoor Camp
Kind of event
2007
Established in
Free
(extra fee for
certain activities)
Price
Spring & Autumn
Time of the Year
Activities
sightseeing | hiking | BBQ | games | parties
Information
Balkan Mafia Meeting (BMM) is is known to be a fun and crazy event. It’s an event intended for people from the Balkans and the Couchsurfing Balkan Mafia Group, those in love with the Balkans or travelling through the Balkans and everyone else. It takes place twice a year (spring and autumn) and every time in a different city/place and in a different country in the Balkans as the idea is to get to know and see more of the Balkans as possible as well as see old friends again and meet new ones. There are always different daily activities organized ranging from sightseeing and hiking to playing games or getting lazy at the beach (depending on where the event is taking place) and partying every night. Drinking games are inevitable from morning till the end. Everyone is free to join any activities of interest or all. Common accommodation is usually pre-arranged (hostel or camping) and due to often recurring attendees and staying together, the event has gained a family character, so the motto of BMM has become > Keeping the family together!
Next Edition: May 12th - 15th, 2016 in Koshov (BG)
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Wintercamp Main Image Winter Camp
Visitors
100 - 600
City Gathering
Kind of event
2004
Established in
Different
every year
Price
Around
New Year's Eve
Time of the Year
Activities
sightseeing | workshops | parties | games | sports | DJs | Live Bands | international night | New Year's Eve party
Information
Winter Camp is the annual New Year's Eve Party of the Couchsurfing Camps community in Europe. It goes back to the year 2004. Ever since it has been happening in a different city:
2004 Vilnius, Lithuania
2005 Riga, Latvia
2006 Warsaw, Poland
2007 Istanbul, Turkey
2008 Berlin, Germany
2009 Budapest, Hungary
2010 Targu Mures, Romania/Zoetermeer, Netherlands
2011 Prague, Czech Republik
2012 Thessaloniki, Greece
2013 Girona, Spain
2014 Krakow, Poland
2015 Sofia, Bulgaria
2016 naumburg (Saale); Germany
The Winter Camp is not centrally organized. Every year it is necessary to find a new city with enough dedicated volunteers who are willing to host the Winter Camp. Therefore every year's Winter Camp is different: in program, in accommodation, in price, in atmosphere.
Next Edition: 2017/2018 in Milano, Italy (TO BE CONFIRMED)
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