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 countries and cities hosting recurring or confirmed events:
The Encuentro Nacional is the an annual Couchsurfing meeting in Argentina which takes place in a different city every year.
The idea of the Encuentro Nacional is to make the visitors to get to know a city, its culture, and its people.
micro brewries | chocolate museum | kayaking | rafting | football | volleyball | chill out | BBQ | swimming | rock climbing | bonfire | drinking games | parties
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: September 12th - 16th, 2018 in Bastogne
Jericoacoara is a small fishing village and resort town in the Brasilian state of Ceará. For the national holiday of Nossa Senhora Aparecid, Couchsurfers will come together for a long weekend in paradise.
street carnival | lunch meetings | parties | relaxing
The Recife Olinda Invasion takes place during the week of Carnival. The organisers give priority to the multicultural street carnival. You can expect a very beautiful party with a lot of rhythm and music.
Ribeirão Preto will be the Mecca of Brazilian couchsurfers who will come to know the interior of São Paulo.
Invasão Ribeirão Preto is an event that promises to showcase the best of the history and culture of the city that once was a coffee pole in the country. Shower in the waterfalls of the region to kill the heat and celebrate insane parties with lots of beer and COROTE, a drink that promises to take you all to Narnia.
The land of the pawn goes crazy when couchsurfers embark on the most famous attraction of the city, the CARRET HURRICANE, and dance together with Fofão, Spiderman, Popeye, Mickey, and also get to know the several artisan breweries of the city.
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.
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.
Estonia Summer Camp is the perfect escape to peace love and happiness. Enjoy the Estonian seaside! There will be plenty of activities, and plenty of time to have fun making new friends or meet old ones from all around the world, as there will always be people around.
hiking | sightseeing | BBQ | bonfire| ralley | olympic games | theme party | DJs | calva/cider tasting
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.
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.
street carnival | street parades | pubs & clubs | brakfast party | KitKatClub - Hedonistic Party | aquapark & spa
Cologne Carnival is a series of CS meetings during one of the biggest carnivals in Germany. You can expect street parades all over the city, a completely happily drunk city and more people in the pubs than usually fit in.
Next Edition: February 28th - March 5th, 2019 (to be confirmed)
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: Next Edition: July 13th - 15th, 2018
hiking | workshops | games | sightseeing | BBQ | bonfire | live bands | DJs | sauna | spa swimming | wine tasting | international night
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. MRSC has won the inofficial CS Award for "Camp of the Year" for three years in a row.
trekking on Amalfi Coast | swimming | live music | local traditions | local food
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.
games & trials | aperitivo | DJ party | excusrisons
The fortified citadel of Mantua is in great danger: invaders (the participants) are gathering before the entrance bridge (Campo Canoa). The local CS, alias the event organizers, will split the partecipants in 2-3 teams and challenge them to conqueur the city through games and trials.
However, the other teams competition is not their only issue: the organizers will defend the city at every cost, and with everything they got! So get ready for waterbombs followed by flour attacks, cakes in the face, and a lot more. We can assure you, you WON'T get out of it clean.
Each year the Mantua Invasion picks a theme, and the invaders are encouraged to dress accordingly to it (the defenders will!) and to stroll to downtown during the games, as they are.
Themes are eclectic: not the usual "devils, angels, ancient egypt, pirates etc". In the past we got: the gügiol (local way to call a pig, games focus on food) invasion, the marriage (dressed as any role you can find in a marriage), the cultural invasion (dressed as local historical characters) and much more. Every theme shall be interpreted with irony and a personal interpretation.
During the evening, aperitif followed by buffet dinner, and party on the lake shore, with Dj set.
The day after, the participants still able to stand will join us in a chilled, organised excursion.
meetings | tram party | main party |sightseeing | BBQ | live bands |DJs |flash mobs
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
2017 - Ocean's MI 11
2018 - The 12th Signs & the MIlky Way
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!
meetings | tram party | carnival main party | sightseeing | BBQ | live bands | DJs | flash mobs
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: March 8th - 10th, 2019 (to be confirmed)
day hike | overnight hike | workshops | yoga | meditation | sightseeing | bonfire | pizza | visit to the cold lake, |swimming | local festivals | hike to the castle
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.
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
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.
workshops | disguissightseeinging | swimming | dyning |partying | games | bonfire | pub crawl | free hugs | international night | sauna | cultural activities | paintball | canoeing | BBQ | international flair
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.
bonfire | games | story telling | sauna | cooking | bonfire | excursions | workshops |
The Kinderis Entertainment Camps have a legendar status with old members of Couchsurfing and Hospitality Club. The
first edition took place back in 2007 in a small village called Žukai, close to Lithuania's border with Russia's
Kaliningrad Oblast. After four more camps in different parts of the country and a break of more than five years,
2017 will see the return of Kinderis Entertainment to it's original location in Žukai, exactly 10 years after the
The Montenegro CS Trip is the follow up to the Croatia CS Trip. As the event had been taking place in different parts of Croatia every year, a move to the Southern neighbour of Montenegro became a logic step.
The event will take place close to the beach and participants will stay in cottages. There will be party in the morning and party in the evening. There are hiking trips, scuba diving for beginners and like every year a boat trip to near by islands.
People from all over world are invited - take your friend, family all people with CS Spirit.
carnival and frolics | disguising | carnival music | carnival home party | carnival street parades in Maastricht and Aachen
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.
city tours | bar meetings | party-club | shared dinnertime | cooking sessions | yoga class | harbor tour | beer tasting | Sunday brunch
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.
city rallye | hiking | kayakin | games | pub crawls | bonfire | museums | table football | archery | pin pong |
CS Bydgoszcz Fun Camp takes place on a camping ground in Janowo, a small village in the outskirts of Bygoszcz.
Combining the best aspects of activities in nature and cityscape, Bydgoszcz offers a unique mix that attracts people
with all kind of interests. Accommodation takes place in simple huts.
table tennis | badminton | bonfire | integration games | board games | morning workout | kayaks | water bikes | workshops for kids | disco | boat trip | Olympic Games
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!
hiking | board games | bonfire || wood choping | pig on fire | BBQ | mutual cooking | guitars and drums live music | singing
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.
city tours | museums | clubs | banya | ice skating | karaoke | local food | suburb trips to palaces
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.
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
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.
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.
party | live music | picnic | dinner | swimming | hiking | surfing | kitesurfing | climbing | camping | yoga
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.
It's been 5 long years, but Scotland's premier CouchSurfing event is emerging back into the light, scratching itself and looking for a bottle of Irn Bru...
Spurred on by two long-time fans of the event, saddened by its passing in summer of 2013, the aim is to have a fun-filled but casual weekend with travelling friends old and new, taking in the beauty of Scotland's capital, from the peak of Arthur's Seat to the comfort of some of its pubs - and of course, no Edinburgh Rocks would be complete without a Ceilidh!
This is classically a "city invasion" style of hospitality/CouchSurfing event, so it will have as little as possible in the way of participation fees and be as much as possible about getting the most you can out of your host city!
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.
lunch at street market | | historic tour | cycling tour | field day | pub crawl | brunch | hiking | house music festival | laser show
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.
kayaking | museums | city exploration | pub crawl | live music | picnic | party
The first Austin Couch Crash took place in 2017 and was a big success. The anchor of 2018's festivities will be the
HONK! TX, a free festival of community street bands, which takes place at multiple venues around Austin over the
the weekend. There will be other events as well and there will be plenty of free time for locals to show travellers
some of their favourite things about Austin.
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.
Chicago Couch Crash is annual event of the Chicago Couchsurfing community. The organizer will showcase parts of the city that tourists normally overlook. It will be also a great time for Couchsurfers to socialize, get references and gain experience hosting & surfing.
meet n greet| market visit | house party | dance party | hiking | biking | museums | pub crawl | brunch | BBQ | art walks | urban exploration | beach fun
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....
cookout/potluck | bonfire | hiking | swim & chill | picnic | fishing | story telling | party
From the ashes of Burning Kouch the New York Camp Crash is rising! The idea is to create a new and exciting
experience for the entire CouchSurfing community. If the NYCC will be anything like its predecessor, you can expect
laid back, hippie, free spirited, amazing vibes weekend with food, drinks, parties, swimming, skinny diping and wher
you can connect to your fellow men and nature.
eating | drinking | community | hot tub | picnic | fishing | story telling | party
Cozy Crash is the follow up event to 2017's Comfort Crash. Imagine a warm, cozy cabin with 29 other amazing people for a weekend of awesomeness. Also food. And drink. And hot tub. And you!
you can connect to your fellow men and nature.
breweries, yoga, biking, museums, pot lucks, art, music, Henry Doorly Zoo, haunted jail
Omaha city is a hidden gem in the US and its CS community is excited to show it off. They have gathered Omaha's best guides & hosts for a stellar itinerary, offering a variety of activities; breweries, yoga, biking, museums, pot lucks, art, music, our famous Henry Doorly Zoo, even a haunted jail, and so much more!
party bus | chaos cooking |biking | dinners | parties | hiking | kayaking
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.
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!
All Balkan Mafia meetings so far:
S01 E01 • 2007 Beograd • Serbia 🇷🇸
S01 E02 • 2007 Ohrid • Macedonia 🇲🇰
S01 E03 • 2008 Kotor • Montenegro 🇲🇪
S01 E04 • 2008 Borovets • Bulgaria 🇧🇬
S01 E05 • 2009 Zadar • Croatia 🇭🇷
S01 E06 • 2009 Sarajevo • Bosnia & Herzegovina 🇧🇦
S01 E07 • 2010 Kriaritsi Beach • Greece 🇬🇷
S01 E08 • 2010 İstanbul • Turkey 🇹🇷
S01 E09 • 2011 Plazhi i Gjeneralit • Albania 🇦🇱
S01 E10 • 2011 Timișoara • Romania 🇷🇴
S01 E11 • 2012 Piran • Slovenia 🇸🇮
S01 E12 • 2012 Prizren • Kosovo 🇽🇰
S02 E01 • 2013 Užice • Serbia 🇷🇸
S02 E02 • 2013 Kriaritsi Beach • Greece 🇬🇷
S02 E03 • 2014 Cluj-Napoca • Romania 🇷🇴
S02 E04 • 2014 Lubljana • Slovenia 🇸🇮
S02 E05 • 2015 Bunec • Albania 🇦🇱
S02 E06 • 2015 Herceg Novi • Montenegro 🇲🇪
S02 E07 • 2016 Rusenski Lom • Bulgaria 🇧🇬
S02 E08 • 2016 Pula • Croatia 🇭🇷
S02 E09 • 2017 Zelenkovac • Bosnia & Herzegovina 🇧🇦
sightseeing | workshops | parties | games | sports | DJs | Live Bands | international night | New Year's Eve party
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 • Rīga • Latvia 🇱🇻
2006 • Warszawa • Poland 🇵🇱
2007 • İstanbul • Turkey 🇹🇷
2008 • Berlin • Germany 🇩🇪
2009 • Budapest • Hungary 🇭🇺
2010 • Târgu Mureș • Romania 🇷🇴
2011 • Praha • Czechia 🇨🇿
2012 • Thessaloníki, Greece 🇬🇷
2013 • Girona • Spain 🇪🇸
2014 • Kraków • Poland 🇵🇱
2015 • Sofia • Bulgaria 🇧🇬
2016 • Leipzig • Germany 🇩🇪
2017 • Brno • Czechia 🇨🇿
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: December 2018/January 2019 in t.b.a.
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