Activities and Events

Every weekend at Thousand Trails campgrounds, there are activities and fun for kids and adults of all ages. Check out what’s happening in the months of January and February and also be sure to download your copy of the 2017-2018 Theme Weekends Guide for a complete listing of activities across the country.

On-Site Events

Potluck with Thousand Trails

Share the love and share your food at Thousand Trails this winter!

Bring your favorite pot of homemade soup to share and join us for one of Lake Minden’s (CA) favorite Friday Night Potlucks the weekend of Jan 5! It’s out with the old and in with the new at Lake Conroe (TX) on Jan 6 for a night of old and new games with a side of a casserole potluck! The folks at Lake Whitney (TX) and Colorado River (TX) also have potlucks on Jan 6. Don’t miss the Potato Topper n’ Beer Potluck at Peace River (FL) the weekend of Jan 20. Come back to Lake Conroe (TX) for a Dinner Potluck on Feb 17 or, on Feb 24 for Soup Day Weekend! Bring your favorite soup whether it’s chicken noodle, minestrone, split pea or something else!

Valentine’s Day

Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweeties at Thousand Trails!

Prepare yourself for some sweet activities at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of Feb 9. There will be a sweetheart jewelry class, a valentine’s day potluck, brown bag sweetheart bingo, and more! There will be a dinner and dance for all the lovebirds at Lake Conroe (TX) on Feb 10. Start your day with all-you-can-eat pancakes with the folks at San Benito (CA) for a Valentine’s Day Pancake breakfast. Whether you’re introducing your new beau to your friends or joining up for a double date with a fellow couple, you’ll have a great time meeting new friends and mingling with old ones at the Valentine’s Day Potluck at Three Flags (FL) on Feb 14! Enjoy a belated Valentine’s Day on Feb 17 at Colorado River (TX) and we will also be celebrating February birthdays. Enjoy a chocolate fountain and other sweets with your valentine at the Valentine’s Day celebration at Lake Texoma (TX).

Football Season is Here

Football season is in full swing and we can’t wait to watch the big game with you at Thousand trails!

Wear your team colors and watch the Big Game with the folks at Colorado River (TX) on Feb 3. We will be playing flag football, making football themed crafts and watching the Big Game finale of the season at Lake Conroe (TX) on Feb 4! Come out of your campers and watch the big game (and the commercials) on our big screen TV with your camping buddies at Lake Whitney (TX). Let’s cheer on the teams during the Big Game in the lounge at Peace River (FL) on Feb 4! Snacks, friends, and football at Wilderness Lakes (CA) so come join us and watch the game on the big screen for Big Football Sunday on Feb 4! We’ll be kicking off a big football weekend the weekend of Feb 2 at Lake Minden (CA). There will be an indoor “Tailgate” potluck social a viewing party for the Big Game on Sunday!

Fun with Food

Whether you’re trying a new recipe or playing with your food, see where to have fun with food at Thousand Trails this winter!

Plug up your crock pots, dust off your recipes, and show everyone who has the best chili at Palm Springs (CA) on Jan 20! Their annual Chili Cook-Off takes place at the Recreation lodge. Beat those winter time blues and bring your favorite homemade cookies and recipes and we’ll share cookies, coffee, tea and great conversation at the Cookie & Coffee Social at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of Jan 26. Turn your spaghetti into a work of art and make pasta arts and craft at Lake Conroe (TX) on Jan 20 for the Experience Pasta Project Weekend! Who doesn't love chocolate? Join in on the fun and enjoy fondue, an Ice Cream Social and more to get your chocolate fix on Feb 24 at Three Flags (FL). Celebrate the winter in Florida with the folks at Peace River (FL) with lots of citrus for a Sunshine & Citrus weekend, Feb 24.

Special Themes

Dress up in your favorite costumes or enjoy music with a special theme! No matter what you do, you’ll have fun at Thousand Trails!

Start the new year with a celebration at Three Flags (FL) with tacos, beer, and a piñata! On Jan 20, the folks at Palm Springs (CA) will be welcoming Cowboy jack back to entertain us with vintage country tunes and stories. Jan 20 there will be a country-themed day of crafts and games at Peace River (FL), come check it out! And the following weekend also at Peace River (FL) there will be a celebration of music through the ages with crafts, games, and live entertainment for a Decades of Music weekend! “Flip Flop Weekend” will be the weekend of Feb 17 at Lake Conroe (TX). It’s everything Elvis all weekend during “The Man from Memphis” weekend, Feb 16 at Peace River (FL).

Friendly Company

The song goes like this...make new friends, but keep the old! Celebrate your friendships, old and new, this winter at Thousand Trails.

Misery sure loves company and brunch at Chesapeake Bay (VA) on Jan 1! Bring a breakfast dish to the dining hall to share with your fellow campers and we’ll have lots of coffee ready! Bring your best three resolutions and we’ll combine them to make a resolution sheet for everyone at Colorado River (TX) on Jan 6! Make new friends and keep the old at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of Jan 12, where all the activities are all about friendships - keeping in touch with old friends and making new ones. Plus, what better way to make new friends than over hot fudge sundaes? Be sure to try them at the Ice Cream Social. Weather permitting, we’ll be stargazing at Medina Lake (TX) on Jan 20. Enjoy an Italian dinner at Lake Whitney (TX) on Jan 27! Come on back to Yukon Trails (WI) on Feb 1 for a winter-get-together! Have dinner with Ralph and his family and catch up with our friends on the winter and get ready for the new season.

Getting Crafty

Show off your artsy side at these craft fairs and artist meetups this winter at Thousand Trails!

The Jewelry Maker’s meetup at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of Jan 19 where folks will be sharing jewelry making ideas, tutorials, patterns, trade beads, and other findings. Come to Colorado River (TX) on Jan 20 for Hobby Day where you can show, teach, and tell us all about your hobbies. Bring the info to share at the Activity Center. Make pasta arts and crafts with the folks at Lake Conroe (TX) and enjoy a spaghetti dinner afterwards on Jan 20! Come out to Wilderness Lakes (CA) the weekend of Feb 17 for a President’s Day craft and family movie night! Meet with other artists the weekend of Feb 23 for a workshop at the Pencil, Pen & Palate at Lake Minden (CA) to show off your artwork, share a technique, or discuss your favorite artist. Artists of all levels are invited and please bring your own supplies!


Folks travel from near and far to play in Thousand Trails tournaments. Join us today!

Compete in a series of easy-going games and contests to win the coveted blue ribbon at Peace River (FL) the weekend of Jan 13! Not only is it Valentine’s weekend on Feb 10, but it’s also the Annual horseshoe tournament at Palm Springs (CA)! Join horseshoe players that travel from near and far to participate in this tournament. Come play in the annual pool tournament at Wilderness Lakes (CA) the weekend of Feb 7! Pool sharks from all around the area come for 9-ball, Jack and Jill, Singles and Doubles games! And the following weekend, enjoy relay games and candy bar BINGO the weekend of Feb 17 at Wilderness Lakes (CA)! Come to activity center at Colorado River (TX) on Jan 13 to play new games or two to enjoy with friends!

Local Events

Wilderness Lakes (CA)

Jan 13
The Fab Four - The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
Pechanga Casino, Temecula, CA

“The Best Beatles Show in the World” - LA Times

Jan 26
Kearth Totally 80’s Live
Pechanga Casino, Temecula, CA

Performances from Salt & Pepa, Dramarama, Boy George, and more favorites from the 80s.

Feb 16
Tiffany Haddish
Pechanga Casino, Temecula, CA

See the breakout star of the hit movie, “Girls Trip,” slay her best jokes on the big stage.

Feb 23
Frankie Valli with The Four Seasons
Pala Casino Spa & Resort

See Frankie Valli with the Four Seasons perform their classic songs, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

Orlando (FL)

Jan 12 - Feb 19
Epcot® International Festival of the Arts
Walt Disney World®, Orlando, FL

Celebration of food and art from all different cultures at this famous theme park.

Cultus Lake (BC)

Jan 19-21
The Vancouver Motorcycle Show
Tradex Abbotsford, Abbotsford, BC
See new 2018 motorcycles plus scooters, ATVs, and side-by-sides. Expert talks, newest apparel and gear; get ready for your next cycle adventure.

Jan 26
Fraser Valley Distillery Festival
Chilliwack Cultural Centre, Chilliwack, BC

Taste spirits from some of the best craft & micro distilleries in British Columbia. All distilleries are BC owned and operated and make small batch spirits from locally sourced ingredients.

Feb 9-11
Fraser Valley Home & Garden Expo
Tradex - Trade & Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, Canada

Get inspired to decorate or renovate your home at this annual home and garden expo.

Earlybird RV Show
Feb 15-18
Tradex Trade & Exhibition Center, Abbotsford, B.C.

Over 120K sq ft. of display of new RVs on show and for sale. 50+ booth exhibitors. Private sales of RVs by the public.


Jan 20
Gold Discovery Day
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma CA

Interactive period trade demos, music, Gold Rush symposium featuring noted authors and scholars on gold rush history.

La Conner (WA)

In the Valley of Mystic Light
Skagit County Historical Museum, La Conner, WA

Based on the book "In the Valley of the Mystic Light" by Rita Hupy and Claire Swedberg.

Forest Lake (NC)

Wine About Winter
Downtown Salisbury, Salisbury, NC
Tour the wines of Rowan County during this 5th annual wine tasting crawl. Tickets include souvenir wine glass, souvenir, map & wristband.

Morgan Hill (CA)

Jan 4-7
Silicon Valley Auto Show
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

From electric cars to exotic cars, concepts to classics, new luxury model to the lavish cars of celebrities you can see, touch, even test drive the leading-edge of automotive technology.

Jan 15-28
Various San Jose Restaurants, San Jose, CA

Celebrate San Joe’s incredible diversity of culinary genius during #SanJoseEATS, part of of California Restaurant Month. Sip premier wines, imbibe craft cocktails and savor uniquely delicious dishes throughout California’s third largest city.

Feb 14
Hearts, Wine and Chocolate
Solis Winery, Gilroy CA

Solis Winery, located in the valley, will have a special afternoon program of Hearts, Wine & Chocolate. There will be samples for you to try, and you can buy some to take with you too.

Every Saturday in February
Morgan Hill Farmer’s Market
Caltrain Station, Morgan Hill, CA
At the Train Depot Station parking lot, the Morgan Hill Certified Farmers’ Market brings together farmers, food, producers and consumers from Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister every Saturday.

Rancho Oso (CA)

Jan 1
SB Airbus Trip to the 2018 Rose Parade

Leaving Santa Barbara for Pasadena, CA to see the Parade. Grandstand Seats, Breakfast, stop at Farmers Market.

Jan 20
SB Audubon’s Winter Bird Count 4 Kids

Lake Los Carneros Park, Goleta, CA
Guided nature walk and bird watching for kids.

Jan 31- Feb 10
2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
1528 Chapala St. Santa Barbara, CA
This 11 day event has been held in Santa Barbara since 1986. Numerous films and star appearances. See website for schedule and ticket information.

Feb 12
2018 Cameron Carpenter at the Granada
Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, CA

This superstar organist returns to Santa Barbara with his monumental, self-designed electric organ. This spectacle leaves the audience as bedazzled as his Swarovski-studded shoes. MORE DETAILS »

Lake Texoma (TX)

Feb 16
Rascal Flatts in Concert
Global Event Center

Come out and listen to Rascal Flatts Back to Us Tour!

Lake Whitney (TX)

Jan 12-Feb 3
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX

A fun-filled extravaganza rich in Western tradition; enjoy exciting rodeo action, livestock, horse shows, shopping, All Western Parade, etc.

Jan 12-14
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Symphonic Series: Nights in the Garden of Spain
Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX
FWSO Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the orchestra in a program celebrating the music of Spain. Beginning with Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with pianist Joaquin Achucarro, the concert will whisk you on a journey that includes Albeniz’s Rhapsodia Española as arranged by Halfter, Granados’s Intermezzo from Goyescas, and Debussy’s Ibéria from Images.

Jan 23
A Night with Janis Joplin
Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Share an evening with the musical influences of Janis Joplin, the queen of rock'n'roll and an artist that was taken away from this earth too quickly.

Every Mon - Sat
Magnolia Market at the Silos

Get inspired, shop for housewares, and indulge in tasty food truck dishes at the market created and curated by Joanna and Chip Gaines. Market is open every day, except Sundays, from 9AM -6PM.

Verde Valley (AZ)

Jan 14
Sedona Winter Music Festival
Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona, AZ

The Fifth Annual Sedona Winter Music Festival will showcase some of the world’s most talented musicians in a celebration of chamber music and the performing arts. After nearly a week of special events, including a gala held at a private home and masterclasses for students, the festival will culminate with a concert at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Jan 20-21
Sedona Vegfest
Sedona Performing Arts Center, Sedona, AZ

This two-day celebration of the joys of whole food plant-based eating. Interaction with experts, access to delicious food options, cooking demos, etc.

Feb 3
Sedona Marathon Event
45 Sunset Avenue, Sedona, AZ

The marathon course takes participants through the Coconino National Forest District and on the streets of Sedona. Event expo for spectators, supporters & participants feat. local artists & live performers.

Feb 8-11
Sedona Yoga Festival
Varying locations in Sedona, AZ

With an impressing list of presenters and instructors from around the globe, the Sedona Yoga Festival showcases workshops, lectures, films, music, and healing therapy for everyone! This is a celebrated event that is unforgettable, enlightening, and inspiring that promotes a healthy body and mind!

Feb 24-Mar 8
Sedona International Film Festival
Varying locations in Sedona, AZ

This multi-day film experience celebrates independent cinematic works and boasts over 160 films. Genres include drama, documentary, short film, animated, and more. Workshops, special screenings, and guest appearances also on the agenda.

Timothy Lake N & S (PA)

Jan 13
Sherman Winter Craftfest
Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA
The Sherman Theater is bringing back the Second Annual Sherman Winter Craftfest in the warm and spacious Sherman Theater. The theater will be flat floored with over 70+ vendors and available to the general public with FREE admission.

Jan 13
Jim Breuer
Mount Airy Casino, Mt. Pocono, PA

After his renowned four year run on Saturday Night Live and starring in cult classics, he is now touring sharing his stand up show with all.

Feb 25
Shawnee Winter Carnival
Shawnee Mountain, East Stroudsburg, PA
Demonstrations, ice sculptors, vendors, product sampling, giveaways, outdoor BBQ, entertainment and apres ski party are scheduled.

Feb 16-25
Romeo & Juliet
Shawnee Playhouse

Feature show presented by Rebel Stages Shakespeare's heart-breaking tale of two "star-crossed lovers," the tribal war that infects both their families and their society at large, and the love that threatens to tear it all apart.

Feb 3
Bob Saget
Mount Airy Casino, Mt. Pocono, PA

Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced but he's also an out of his mind standup comedian.

South Jetty (OR)

Jan 1
Polar Bear Plunge
Sunset Bay State Park, Charleston, OR

Join this 29 year tradition with our local Polar Bears for a New Year's dive into the ocean. The only rule is that you must completely immerse yourself. Spend 1-5 minutes in our waters and you're sure to start your new year off right! Everyone is welcome. Starts at 9:00am sharp. Sunset Bay State Park. And in case you're wondering… Yes it's cold… see for yourself!

Jan 12-14
Winter Music Festival
Florence Events Center, Florence, OR

Enjoy two days of music, arts, crafts, pie sales and concert performances held at the Florence Events Center and at venues around the community at the 2018 Winter Music Festival.

Feb 2
Downtown Coos Bay Wine Walk
50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR

Visit various downtown businesses to wine taste and shop. Wine glasses and maps provided with a $10 donation to benefit local non-profit organizations each month. Starts at the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center.

Feb 11
The Jazz Kings
Florence Events Center, Florence, OR

Begin the New Year with The Jazz Kings’ “A Pocketful of Dreams,” which celebrates the career of Bing Crosby. Please join us! Tickets are $25.

Birch Bay (WA)

Jan 1
Polar Bear Plunge

This annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and thousands of onlookers each year and has become a destination spot for New Years Day! Participants come from all over the area, and as far away as Spain, Tokyo, and Dubai to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water. No cost to plunge, but registration is encouraged.

Pio Pico (CA)

Jan 12-13
Poway Winter Festival
Poway Community Park, Poway, CA

There’s something for everyone at this Winter Festival to celebrate the magic and charm of winter. Build a snowman, sled down the snow hill, roast marshmallows, make silly faces in the photo booth, and take a spin around the synthetic skate rink.

Jan 19-21
Con-Dor Con
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego

Con-Dor is San Diego’s newest science-fiction and fantasy convention, put together by the California Association for the Advancement of Speculative Media (C.A.A.S.M.), a non-profit organization. This year’s theme: “The Gateway To Forever: Traveling the Past, Present, and Future.”

Jan 25-28
Farmers Insurance Open 2017
Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, CA

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men's golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open. Tickets start at $25. Kids 12 and under FREE.

Feb 1 - 28
San Diego Museum Month

Presented by Macy's, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ San Diego Museum Council membership museums, encouraging locals and visitors explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

Feb 17-18
San Diego Pet Festival
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA

The San Diego Pet Expo is a woofing, chirping and meowing good time for the whole family. Four-legged friends can receive "spa treatments" from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations.