- 1 Best Tents For Tailgating
- 1.1 Best Tailgate Canopy Tents
- 1.2 Custom Tailgate Tents
- 1.3 Large Tailgate Tents
- 1.4 Tailgate Tent Weight
Best Tents For Tailgating
If you’re a true tailgater, you know that your worst enemy is the elements around you. Too sunny and you’re going to be too hot, the beer isn’t going to stay cool, and guests are going to leave. Rain can cause an even harsher impact, causing everything to get wet and people to flock to the nearest tailgate setup that has shelter. Keeping that in mind, you’re really going to want to have shelter for your tailgate setup. That’s why you need to invest in a tailgate tent.
When we talk about a tailgate tent, we aren’t talking about the typical tent you use for camping. We’re talking about those big tents you see at music festivals, outdoor weddings, and from fellow tailgaters you were once envious of. These are called “pop-up” tents, and are great at providing spacious shelter for everyone around you. For this article we’ve selected the best tailgating tents – all of these tents can go up in under five minutes, and will attract tons of guests to your tailgating set up.
Tents are almost a must for any tailgate. In addition to providing shade for your guest but something else they do is define your tailgate area. Most tailgates parking spots allow for 1 vehicle and a tailgate canopy tent behind it. Tailgating tents also give you plenty of options for hanging trash bags, keeping you dry (when it is raining), keeping you warm when it is cold and an overall organization of your tailgating space. With the popularity of tents for tailgating purposes, there are a tremendous number of options out there. We have written this guide to help you pick the best tailgate tent for your party. From easy tailgate canopy tents (also called pop up tents) to large tailgate tents for more of event spaces, this guide will have you covered (pun intended) for your tent tailgating needs.
Best Tailgate Canopy Tents
If you are looking for a tent that will stand the test of time but is still easy to setup and take down these tents below are my favorite. I have used them season after season and with the exception of some fading, the bags have held up, the tents are in perfect condition and they have provided countless hours of shade and warmth though out our tailgating seasons.
The Impact Canopy product line gets our highest marks. It is the sturdiest most dependable tent we have ever used. It definitely comes at a large price tag but will stand the test of time. We use our 2 tents for any event we have and have had them for over 5 years now. They are hands down my favorite. If you decide to buy a cheaper tent you can rest assured you will be buying another one after a season or two. Go ahead and spend the money now on a tent that will last. These tents also come with sides to protect you from sun and rain coming in at different angles.
Coleman is the best brand in outdoor camping equipment so their pop up tent, while not what you will traditionally see at a tailgate, is a great option between the E-Z Up and the Impact Canopy. Over 80 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 star feedback cannot be wrong. While we have not personally tested this tent, we have read the extensive reviews online and feel confident this will be an excellent choice for your tailgating event.
Custom Tailgate Tents
Are you looking for a tent to sport your favorite college or professional team? Custom tailgate tents do just that and are relatively inexpensive for the custom design. Below are some of the best tents we have found for some of the best teams around the country!
ACC Tailgate Tents
SEC Tailgate Tents
Other NCAA Tailgate Tents
These are just a few of the custom tailgate tents that can be found online. Take a look here for the rest of the custom tailgate tents online.
Large Tailgate Tents
If you have multiple tailgate spaces where you need a large tailgate tent then first off good for you! Large tailgate tents are definitely more difficult to setup and take down compared to their 10x10 counterparts but are still doable. The biggest pop up canopy tent I have been able to find is a 10x20 and this would suit most larger tailgates. It is basically the size of 2 10x10 tents. This is the size space that we have when tailgating. I would personally recommend going with 2 10x10 instead of 1 10x20 because of the versatility of having 2 tents rather than one. If, however, you really want to go with one large tailgate tent then here are your options.
The Impact Canopy 10x20 wins our ultimate award for large tailgate tents. Built with the same rigidity as its smaller sibling, this tent will stand the test of time. While much heaver than the 10x10 verison, this 10x20 tent is still easy to setup and easy to take down. It comes with its on bag an spike kit.
The Abccanopy Deluxe is one big ass tent. It sets up just like the tents above but is a full 10x10 bigger. This tent comes in multiple color canopies and comes wth a wheeled bag, side walls and weight bags. This tent is sure to suit your larger tailgate area needs.
The last canopy tent on our list is sure to bring in tons of party-goers with its slim design, and huge total space. While the last canopy was very large at 10x10 feet, this one is TWICE as big at 10x20 feet. You can easily fit a large crowd under this canopy with no issue. The only downside to this canopy is the price – you could be spending up to $200 if you get something this big. This is the ultimate tailgating tent.
Tailgate Tent Weight
We keep mentioning how tents can blow away or become damaged if they aren’t properly weighed down. That’s why it can be beneficial to purchase extra canopy weights. One crowd favorite that keeps popping up seems to be THESE resistant, portable canopy weights. These things will save your canopy. If you can afford to spend the extra money on some proper canopy weights, we’d suggest going with these ones. All you do after receiving the bags is fill them with sand and you’re good to go. They are incredibly durable and will prevent your canopy from becoming damaged in storms.
Now that we’ve gone over the different canopies, it should be easy for you to pick your favorite. All of these tailgating tents have been highly rated by hundreds of users online, so you know they’re as good as your money can buy.
These tent weights by King Canopy will help keep your investment secure to the ground in case of bad weather. These tailgate tents are definitely sails in the wind if they are up during bad weather. We use tent weights as well as ground stakes every time we set our tailgate tents up.
These tent weights by are nicely packaged in a bag and will help you to keep track of them so they don’t get lost. We prefer the King Canopy but like the bag option that comes with these weights.