Exploring the Innovative Role of Shipping Containers at Festivals

custom shipping containersPlanning any type of festival is sure to have its challenges, and one of many is determining how to best provide essential services and facilities to festival attendees. But that’s where shipping containers come in: some 11 million unused shipping containers around the world could potentially be used for a variety of purposes, and many festival planners underestimate the usefulness of custom shipping containers in regards to serving as a home base for essential facilities. Let’s take a look at some of the many ways modified shipping containers can be used at festivals:

Vendor Space

Most festivals have a wide variety of creative vendors that offer unique crafts and handmade goods available for purchase. If a vendor is particularly large or well established, a traditional table or booth may not be sufficient. In these cases, custom shipping containers are ideal. The shipping container store trend is thought to have been pioneered by Starbucks in 2011 when they opened a 450 square foot shipping container store in Washington. And while they’re not suitable for all types of festival and trade show booths, making some small shipping container modifications can result in a product that’s perfect for displaying vendor products at a festival.


There’s no denying that having adequate restrooms is essential to planning a festival. Not only logistically, but legally: if you can’t prove that your event will have adequate toilet provision on site, your license may be revoked. Stay ahead of things by setting up a quick and easy restroom facility in a shipping container. All you’ll have to do is cut holes in the bottoms for pipes. These are a much better alternative to traditional porta potties.

Office Spaces

While the festival is going on, you’ll have to have someplace safe where you can make sure things go smoothly throughout the day. Custom shipping container office space is a great way to stay comfortable while controlling operations behind the scenes. You can customize your office space however you want and set it up with electricity to make it fully functional.

Ultimately, understanding these many innovations for shipping containers can help you plan any festival with ease and efficiency. For more information about customized shipping containers, contact IPME.