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Pacific City

Oct. 4: Fall Fest Weekend, decorating party for Oktoberfest and Halloween, fall crafts and fall color hikes, Lee King music.
Oct. 11: Fall Film Fest, Dogtoberfest pet show and pet greeting card craft.
Oct. 18: Oktoberfest, German games, beer and root beer chugging, pretzel toss, traditional authentic German dinner (brats, kraut, German potato salad, rye bread, and German chocolate cake) and lots more fun for the whole family.
Oct. 25:
Monster Mash Bash, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, piñata candy burst, caramel apple sucker bingo, Masquerade Ball with the Three Hole Punch Band.

October 4-5
North Coast Seafood Festival
Music and food at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, just around the corner from the Pacific City Preserve. Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 31
Halloween Party
Located at the Kiawanda Community Center, Pacific City from 6 p.m. to close.

South Jetty

Oct. 25: Pumpkin carving contest (please bring your own), prizes for all the kids.

October 11
Dallas Brass Concert
Held at the Florence Event Center, 2 miles from the South Jetty Preserve, from 7:30-9 p.m.

October 17
Emerald City Jazz Kings
Held at the Florence Event Center, 2 miles from the South Jetty Preserve, from 7:30-9 p.m.

Whalers Rest

Oct. 3–5: Crab Weekend! Join us for a crabbing class on the local docks, Oregon Fiddlers perform.
Oct. 10–12:
Whalers Slug Festival, slug races and slug adoption class, Dave Black will rock the South Clubhouse.
Oct. 31:
Harvest party, wear your favorite hoedown outfit. It will be a barn-raising good time!

October 17-19, 2008
9th Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest

Fabulous wild mushroom cuisine, guided mushroom walks, music, entertainment and lots of fun! For more information call (541)547-3530, (800) 929-0477. Held in Yachats,18 miles from the Whalers Rest Preserve.


La Conner

Oct. 11: Canadian Thanksgiving celebration, main dishes provided - please bring a side dish and dessert. Dance that night with our DJ Charlie Moore. Join us for Sunday chapel with our friends Mark and Mel Hammond.
Oct. 25:
Halloween Weekend, haunted house, site-decorating contest, family dance with Charlie Moore.

October 9
Harvestfest in Coupeville
Held in nearby downtown Coupeville behind the Post Office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 6-7
Festival of Family Farms
Take tours of Skagit Valley’s working farms. Get maps and driving directions from the preserve and enjoy the gorgeous views. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / noon to 4 p.m.

Long Beach

Oct. 10: Wild mushroom celebration.
Oct. 31:
Halloween at the beach, trick-or-treating.


Throughout October: Salmon fishing season from Oct. 1 – December 31. You’re your family up to Steven’s Pass for skiing. The perfect winter weekend getaway is open and available of your weekend use this year! We look forward to seeing you at Thunderbird, please make reservations before arriving as we are open on a limited basis.



Verde Valley

Throughout October: Lots of festivals, parades, food and fun. Plan on joining us on Columbus Day Weekend as we say goodbye to summer, Hawaiian style. Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kehau Chrisman and her students will be here on Saturday the 18th for our annual luau. Authentic Hawaiian menu prepared by our very own “Golden Plate” kitchen staff. Call ahead and reserve your seats, (928) 567-5217. Dinner and show, $15.95/person.
Oct. 11:
Hired Hands band performs, donations welcome.
Oct. 24-25:
Haunted house, spook show.

October 4
Clemenceau Museum
Come check out the “Early Settler’s Day” exhibit. The exhibit tells of history, legends of our forefathers and many artifacts on display. Located just 11 miles from the Verde Valley Preserve.

October 3-4
Biker Fun
At the fairgrounds in Cottonwood, 10 miles away, enjoy two days of down and dirty biker fun. Thousands of Harleys, Yamahas, Kawasakis, Hondas and more ride into the Verde Valley for music, food, rodeos, races and more. Fun for all ages.

October 17-18
Spook Night
The fairgrounds will be the center of attention once again with “Spook Night” for a pre-Halloween costume party and activity weekend for young and old. There will be jump houses, spook houses, mazes and lots of food. The fairgrounds are just 10 minutes from the Verde Valley Preserve.


Lake of the Springs

Oct. 4: Family campfire and singalong with John Carter, family dance with DJ John King.
Oct. 11:
Yuba Feather Lions Club crab feed and fund-raiser, $30/person, advance ticket sales call (530) 692-2110 or purchase tickets at the Trading Post. Family campfire and sing-along with John Carter, family dance with DJ John King.
Oct. 18:
Family campfire and singalong with John Carter, family dance with DJ John King.
Oct. 25:
Red Hat high tea, family campfire and singalong with John Carter, family dance with DJ George Jordan.
Oct. 27-31:
Line Dance Festival.
Nov. 1:
Halloween, decorating contest, fishing derby, pumpkin-carving contest, trick-or-treating, costume contest, DJ George Jordan.

Pio Pico

Oct. 1: Border Patrol talk.
Oct. 4:
Swap meet, scavenger hunt, eight-ball tourney, mini-golf tourney, 2500 rummy game, movie night.
Oct. 11:
Oktoberfest Weekend, Mal Jaeger and his band of Squires performs, German music, Bavarian contests and food.
Oct. 18: Casino night, blackjack, poker, fan tan and candy bingo with prizes for everyone in the family.
Oct. 25:
Halloween Weekend, carnival with a dunk tank, bounce house and games of chance, fun for even the smallest ghost. Costume contest, trick-or-treating, pumpkin-decorating contest, Halloween dance with Coyote Country DJ.

October 11-12
14th Annual Little Italy Precious Fiesta
Italian celebration with music, fine food, and “Gesso Italiano,” a traditional street painting festival that is fun for the entire family. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Visit for more information. Held in Little Italy in downtown San Diego, 25 miles from Pio Pico.

Rancho Oso

Throughout October: Horseback rides for beginner to expert ages 8 and over. Riding lessons for beginners 10 and over, also adult riding lessons are available. Handheld rides for “little wranglers” 7 and under. Call (805) 683-5110. Spaghetti dinners, western-style barbecue dinner with steak, or chicken and children’s meals. Also wagon rides, wine tasting, ice cream socials, cow dog demonstrations, bucking bull demonstrations, horsemanship demos, golden horseshoe hunts, candy bar bingo, family movies, s’mores, nature hikes, crafts and plenty more.
Oct. 11:
Steve Woods plays country music.
Oct. 26:
Trick-or-treating in Santa Barbara,
Oct. 31-Nov. 1:
Halloween Weekend, trick-or-treating, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, apple-bobbing, haunted wagon ride and karaoke with Wild Rose.

October 11
Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival
Showcasing Santa Barbara’s historic working harbor with boat rides, live entertainment, diving demos, museum tours, crafts and plenty of fresh seafood. Located at Santa Barbara Harbor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 18
Los Olivos Day in the County
One hundred booths featuring art, crafts, food and fun lining the downtown streets. Live music, a parade and lots of barbecue. For more information call (805) 688-1222 or visit

San Benito

Oct. 10-12: Annual Fall Horseshoe Tourney, singles, doubles, potluck, juniors, barbecue lunch at the Quail Run Cafe.
Oct. 18:
Oktoberfest, authentic German dinner (purchase tickets in advance, 831-389-4483), music by Old Habits with Mike Noonan.
Oct. 25: October birthdays and anniversaries celebration, big bucks bingo.
Nov. 1:
Halloween costume contest, trick-or-treating, Halloween carnival, cakes and supplies needed for the cakewalk and other activities. Quail Run Cafe cooking up lots of fun carnival food.

October 3-5
San Benito County Fair
See local 4-H and FFA members and their animals, auctions, food vendors and even our San Benito TT booth will be there! Fun family events like a tractor pull and a demolition derby, plus rides and lots of great food. Held at Bolado Park, Tres Piños, 10 miles from the San Benito Preserve.

October 18
Antique Fair
If you haven’t visited San Juan Bautista, this is a great weekend to do so. In addition to the exhibitors set up for this fair, you can visit a variety of specialty shops, historic buildings and the Mission de San Juan Bautista. Located just 20 miles from the San Benito Preserve.

Soledad Canyon

Throughout October: Come and find out what the club members are up to here at Soledad. We have nature walks and talks discovering local wildlife.
Oct. 4: Club Blazer Day, crafts, coloring contest, scavenger hunts, movies and environmental talks, Roy Hurricane” Wilson performs.
Oct. 24: Halloween Weekend, annual costume and pumpkin-carving contest, Magic Show by Jonathan the Great, family dance with S.O.S. DJ Entertainment.

October 3-31
Lancaster Performing Arts Center
The following shows are playing throughout October at the PAC: Loudon Wainwright III and Leo Kottke, Randy Travis, Fourplay, The Princess and the Pea, Kris Kristofferson, and Disney Spectacular Musical Revue. The PAC is located at 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. For more information, detailed show descriptions and tickets call (661) 723-5950 or visit

Wilderness Lakes

Oct. 4: Wild Rose Show.
Oct. 11: Stan Wayne in Concert.
Oct. 18: Oktoberfest, free German beer to everyone over age 21, root beer tasting for the kids, Coyote Country DJ plays.
Oct. 25: Wild Rose Show, enjoy oldies, classic rock, country and a little twist of karaoke.
Oct. 31: Halloween Weekend, clowns with balloons and face painting, trick-or-treating, haunted house, pumpkin-decorating contest, E & E Animals and Marlyn’s karaoke!


Bay Landing

Oct. 4: Chili cook-off!
Oct. 25: Halloween costume party, lots of great games for kids and prizes for all.

October 11
Coal Miners Heritage Festival
Arts, crafts and food booths at this family-friendly festival. Located in Bridgeport, 5 miles from the Bay Landing Preserve.

Lake Conroe

Throughout October: Full Timer’s Tea and Social held every Saturday at 3 p.m.
Oct. 4: Hobo Weekend, celebrate October birthdays with us.
Oct. 11: Chili cook-off.
Oct.18: Oktoberfest.
Oct. 25: Monster Halloween bash.

October Thursdays
Classic Rock Night
Join DJ Jaye for the best of classic rock, from 7-11 p.m. at the Lake Conroe Pub, 522 Western Hills Plaza, Montgomery, 13 miles from the Lake Conroe Preserve.

October 17-31
The Creighton Players Present “Wait Until Dark”
For tickets and information call (936) 441-SHOW. The Creighton Theater is located just five miles from the Lake Conroe Preserve.

Lake Texoma

Oct. 4: Bingo Mania Weekend, cake and craft.
Oct 11:
Chili cook-off, prizes, music with Chad Wandel, craft and more.
Oct. 18:
Peanut Festival in Whitesboro, peanut cook-off at the preserve, karaoke.
Oct. 25:
Halloween Weekend, carnival, haunted barn, games, Halloween contest, live music.

October 18
Peanut Harvest Fest
Since 1965, Whitesboro has set aside the 3rd Saturday of October to honor local farmers and celebrate the annual peanut harvest. There will be entertainment, shopping, displays, a parade, classic car show, carnival, numerous games and attractions for all. Held in Main Street, Whitesboro, 11 miles south of the Lake Texoma Preserve off of Hwy 377.

Lake Whitney

Oct. 11: CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) will be here for their annual chili cook-off.
Oct. 18:
Homecoming Weekend, wine and cheese party.
Oct. 25:
Family bingo.
Nov. 1:
Halloween, haunted trail.

October 4
Pioneers’ Day Parade
Celebrate the history of Whitney! Kid’s Carnival, arts/crafts and food booths, 120 parade entries including local school marching bands. Help decorate the preserve float and join in the parade! Held in downtown Whitney, 4 miles from the Lake Whitney Preserve.

Medina Lake

Oct. 4: Oktoberfest, games, dessert, German dinner.
Oct. 11: Kids In Charge Weekend, kid-planned activities.
Oct. 18:
Flea Market Weekend, parents sell your treasures and junk, kids play games.
Oct. 25:
Halloween Weekend, pumpkin carving, piñatas, trick-or-treating, costume contest, haunted trail, Halloween dance.

October 11
Rustler’s Moon Street Dance
Second annual street dance benefiting Families and Literacy Inc. Featuring the acclaimed Rolling Stones Tribute Band. Located in downtown Kerrville, 50 miles from the Medina Lake Preserve.

October 25
Harvest Moon Celebration
Featuring the Mysterious Night Fliers! An old world Celtic celebration of the origin of Halloween. Live Celtic music, birds of prey demos, fortune telling, magicians, contest, food and much more. Held at the Main Plaza in Boerne, 30 miles from the Medina Lake Preserve.



Peace River

Throughout October: Canoe and kayaking trips, see Stumpy. Blood pressure screening.

Throughout October
Solomon’s Castle
Tucked away in the Florida woods is one man’s dream-turned-reality. Admission, $10 adults. 20 miles from the Peace River Preserve. For more information call (863) 494-6077.

Throughout October
Bok Tower
See over 50 different types of butterflies with daily live music concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. Located just 35 miles from Peace River. For more information call (863) 676-1408.


Diamond Caverns

Oct. 4: Chili cookoff. Oct. 11: Karaoke.

October 2-4
200 Miles of Yard Sales
Travel around to all the great yard sales held in the Diamond Caverns area.

North Carolina

Forest Lake

Oct. 3-5: Soup cook-off, karaoke.
Oct. 10-12:
Saturday night at the movies.
Oct. 17-19: Sweet Endings Weekend, bring your favorite sweet treat to share.
Oct. 24-26:
Halloween Weekend, Lexington Barbecue Festival.

Throughout October
Carolina Raptor Center
Fall traditions like hayrides and hot apple cider combined with an owl hooting contest to make this an event for kids of all ages. It’s Halloween in a natural setting and a fun way to learn about the myths and legends surrounding owls and Halloween. Located at 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, an hour’s drive from the Forest Lake Preserve. Call the center for hours and admission prices., (704) 875-6521.

Lake Gaston (OW)

Oct. 25: Halloween, site-decorating, haunted house, costume contests, dancing, hayride.

October 3-4
NC Bass Federation State Tournament on Lake Gaston
Exciting fishing tournament with NC Bass fishermen at Lake Gaston. For entry call Stell at (919) 819-4303 or e-mail Jamey at

October 11
Concert featuring Sugarland, Kellie Pickler and Ashton Shepherd
Enjoy great music at the outside amphitheater featuring the group Sugarland, also presenting NC native Kellie Pickler and music by Ashton Shepherd. Tickets for sale at the Carolina Crossroads Box Office, (252) 537-6252 or Located in Roanoke Rapids, 20 miles from the Lake Gaston Preserve.


Scotrun (OW)

Oct. 13: Explore the Pocono area.
Oct. 25:
Haunted Trail, DJ Mega Monster Mark.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Corn Maze, apple picking and fresh cider.

October 11-12
Harvest Festival
Observe the everyday activities of a farming family in the 19th century, some guest participation. Held at the Quiet Valley Living Farm in Stroudsburg, approximately 12 miles from the Scotrun Preserve. For more information call (570) 992-6161 or visit

October 17-19
Autumn Timber and Balloon Festival
Exciting contests with professional lumberjacks, log rolling, chainsaw competitions and hot air balloon rides over the Poconos. Held at Shawnee Mountain, 20 miles from the Scotrun Preserve.

Timothy Lake North (OW)

Oct. 3-5: Celebrate birthdays with us! Everyone’s got a birthday this weekend. We’ll have cake, ice cream and a fun party for everyone.
Oct. 10-12:
Columbus Day, games, trivia and karaoke. 23rd Annual Shawnee Balloon Festival at Shawnee Resort.
Oct. 17-19:
Arts and crafts fair.
Oct. 24-26: Spooktacular Countdown for Halloween, pumpkin painting, spooky crafts and much more.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2:
Haunted Mountaintop Mansion, games, dancing, trick-or-treating, costume contest.

South Carolina

Carolina Landing

Oct. 25: Third annual Halloween party and haunted hayride for the kids, hotdogs, chili, candy, and prizes for all. Admission $4/adults and $2/children. Dinner, bonfire at dark.


Natchez Trace

Oct. 4: Wild Western Weekend, line dancing with Tony Malugin.
Oct. 11:
Oktoberfest Weekend, casino night.
Oct. 18:
Gospel Music Jubilee with the Burney’s.
Oct. 25:
Halloween party with hayrides, trick-or-treating, costume contest.

October 11-12
Arts and crafts, live German and country music, food and much more. Held in Holenwald, 10 miles from the Natchez Trace Preserve.


Chesapeake Bay

Oct. 4: Bow Wow Bonanza, best-dressed dog contest, dog/owner look-alike prize, pet glamour shots.
Oct. 11:
Seafood Festival, also an RV dealer display, exhibits, games, craft bazaar, hayrides and live entertainment!
Oct. 18:
Hurricane Wilson Blues Concert, solo acoustic performance.
Oct. 25:
Halloween in Piankatank, preserve contests, trick-or-treating, Monster Mash dance with DJ Count Dracula.

Harbor View (OW)

Oct. 3-5: Chili cook-off.
Oct. 10-12:
Pine cone crafts.
Oct. 17-19:
Storytelling by the campfire.
Oct. 24-25: Farewell for the season.

Throughout October
Westmoreland Berry Farm
Pick your own apples at the farm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 1235 Berry Farm Lane, less than five miles from the Harbor View Preserve. For more information call (804) 224-9171.

October 10
2nd Friday Art Walk
Walk the boardwalk and check out the fine art! Held at Colonial Beach Boardwalk, less than 7 miles from the Harbor View Preserve.


October 11
Buena Vista Mountain Day
Children’s activities, duck race, arts and crafts, live music, contests and a classic car show. Held on the streets of downtown Buena Vista from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buena Vista is located 50 miles from the Lynchburg Preserve.



Pine Country (OW)

Oct. 4: Flea market, treasure hunt for all! Display your collections and sell, sell, sell.
Oct. 10-12:
Fall Fest Weekend, apples, pumpkins, trick-or-treating, costume contest.

October 11-12
Fall Didley Craft Show
Featuring 375 booths of crafter and artisans at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, just a short drive from the Pine Country Preserve. For more information call (815) 385-5745

October and November Fridays and Saturdays
Trail of Fright and Corn Maze
Take a wagon ride into the darkness and discover just how brave you are when the haunting begins. $7/person, $5 corn maze. Country Memory Trails is located at 10568 Caledonia Road. Family-oriented fun and suitable for all ages.



Oct. 17-19: Howl-O-Scream, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, costume contest.

October 11-12
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
More than 30 different food booths will offer sauerkraut specialties such as Reuben’s and Sauerkraut pizzas. If your taste buds are seeking something sweet and a bit daring, try Sauerkraut Donuts or Sauerkraut Fudge. Stroll the festival streets and browse the arts and crafts presented by nearly 450 artisans. Held in Waynesville, 15 minutes from the Wilmington Preserve.

New England


Gateway to Cape Cod (OW)

Oct. 10-12: Columbus Day Weekend, special entertainment.
Oct. 18: Halloween Weekend, site-decorating contest with prizes, spooky party and haunted hayride. This is our closing weekend.

October 10-12
5th Annual Cranberry harvest Celebration
Cranberry bog tours, helicopter rides, pony rides, cooking demos, crafter, live music, games for children and much more. Free parking, admission $2/person, children under 6 free. Located at 158 Tihonet Rd, Wareham, 10 miles from the GCC preserve.

October 11-13
Yarmouth Seaside Festival
Parades, children’s rides, craft fair, kayak and road races, food and fireworks! Held on Rt. 28, Yarmouth, 40 miles from the GCC Preserve. For more info visit

New Jersey

Lake and Shore

Oct. 17-19: Pumpkin painting, Halloween arts and crafts.
Oct. 24-26:
Haunted hayride, face painting, costume contest, trick-or-treating.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2:
Freaky Friday night, haunted hayride, apple bobbing, costume contest.

October 18
Chester County Antique Auto Show
Come check out the cool cars! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washing Street Mall in Cape May, 45 minutes from the Lake and Shore Preserve.


Oct. 30-Nov. 2: Spooky Halloween Ball, 2 nights of entertainment and fun, trick-or-treating, hayrides, site-decorating contest.


British Columbia

Cultus Lake
Throughout October: Fishing on the Fraser River, visit Harrison Lake and the hot springs