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Yellowstone River

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Whalers Rest

June 12-13: Castaway Weekend featuring “Survivor Games,” nature hikes and fort building and “Survivor Night” on Saturday where we’ll announce this year’s winners.
June 18: Kid’s Extreme Night in our South Clubhouse – kids gear up for a night just for them. Bring swimsuit and towel and enjoy crazy games, snacks, and a great movie. Parents can enjoy the night off.
June 19-21: Beach Bash Weekend featuring fun bingo game and sand castle building. On Saturday it’s a “Beach Bash Party” in the South Clubhouse. Sunday is Dad’s day and we’ll celebrate with free ice cream sundae at 2 p.m. in the South Clubhouse.
June 26-27: Tropical breezes are swaying this weekend so enjoy a smoothie or kids can take a dip in the slide pool. On Saturday Nehemiah Brown performs your favorites in the South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

June 27
Sea Fest
Located at the Hatfield Marine Center, just six miles north of the preserve, this event offers lots of fun family activities and free tours, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (541) 867-0100.


Grandy Creek

June 20: Father’s Day performance by the Bucking Horse Band on the outdoor stage.

La Conner

June 19: Hayride and campfire with Amy Hindman.
June 27: Scrapbooking Weekend: bring your pictures and supplies or use ours! Saturday night dance with our favorite DJ Charlie Moore.

June 27 and 28th
LaConnor Street Festival
Held in Downtown LaConnor, just 5 miles from the preserve.


Downtown Ocean Shores Events
4 miles from the preserve
June 13:  Miles of kites on the beach during this kite flying competition with free lessons, displays and more.  Flag Day Parade through the streets of Ocean Shores with a dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Convention Center. 

June 27 and 28th
Sand and Sawdust

Master woodcarvers from all over the world compete.



Verde Valley

Throughout June: Club Blazer is in full swing with nature hikes, crafts, games and water fun. Our recreation team is ready and waiting for children of all ages to come join the fun and experience Walker Wolf and his team!
June 20-21: We will be creating special handmade gifts for that favorite Dad as well as treating him to FREE pancakes for breakfast on Sunday.

Check our Rock Garden, outside the pool lodge. For the second year, we encourage our guests to find a special “flat” rock of any shape or size, bring it to the Pool Lodge during craft time and work with our staff to design, create and decorate.  Our team of special judges will be judging your creations for first, second and third place prizes. You don’t have to be present during the judging – we will make sure you receive your award.

June 8
Annual Taste of Sedona
Enjoy the beauty of the Sedona Red Rocks as you enjoy a creekside celebration of fine food and drink at the Los Abrigado Resort and Spa. Chefs and fine food critics gather on this day to display, demonstrate and tempt you with the finest aromas and tastes. For more information, call (928) 828-0122.


Lake Minden

June 5-7: Survivor Weekend kicks off with a Friday night Taco Potluck Social – are you brave enough to try our Hot, Hot and Hotter Salsa or will you stick with the mild?  On Saturday we’ll introduce our newest weekend activity - the Lake Minden Survivor.  Teams will compete for awards and immunity from eviction from the game. You can also challenge your cleverness with our weekend long treasure hunt when a new and puzzling clue will be posted

Morgan Hill

June 5-7: Let’s Go to the Races Weekend: Join us for some fun racing games and create your own horse picture to take home with you. Donald Prieto will be here as the “King of Rock and Roll – Elvis Presley.” There will be a whole lot of shaking going on as we rock the night away with great music, a warm fire, marshmallows and hayrides.
June 12-14: Take Me Out to the Ballgame Weekend: with baseball season in full swing we will feature our bat decorating event and more baseball fun.  The Corvairs entertain on Saturday evening and we’ll have manager’s hayride and campfire with plenty of marshmallows roasting.
June 19-21:  Father’s Day Weekend:  Join us as we celebrate those wonderful men that we call Dad and Grandpa. Bring information concerning you family tree and we will create one for you to give to your Dad or Grandpa as a reminder of his great family. The Dancing DJ will be providing music, fun and games on Saturday evening while the campfire burns, the marshmallows roast and the hayride rolls.
June 26-28: Yee Haw Western Weekend featuring “spirit of the west” events including roping, water pistol duels and stick horse races. Saturday night has plenty of country songs, manager’s hayride and marshmallow roasting.


June 13:  Cosmic Carnival:  the aliens return as a Ponderosa tradition continues.  The fun starts out with flying saucer golf; then join our extra-terrestrial guests as they host you in all your favorite cosmic games, including spaceballs, intergalactic shooting range, flying saucer throw, Rings of Saturn toss and more!
June 20-21: Father’s Day events – walk the trails with Dad, design a personalized gift, or help him fill his tummy by treating him to an ice cream at our social or a meal at our barbecue; Gary Burnett returns to perform Saturday night. Breakfast discount for Dads on Sunday morning.
June 27: Ponderosa Paradise - the greatest discovery in the history of the state of California occurred a mile and a half away from our preserve – the discovery of gold! Join us as we caravan to Marshall State Park and take in the sights and sounds of Coloma, our historic Gold Rush town. Back at the preserve take in some local culture as Ponderosa favorite Lumadae performs.

June 6th
Coloma Blues Live
Sponsored by the El Dorado Arts Council, this family friendly, all-day blues festival in the heart of California’s gold country features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Mighty Mike Schermer, and more. Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children 6 years and under.  For more information visit or call (530) 295-3496. Held at Henningsen-Lotus Park, in Lotus, just 1.5 miles from the preserve.

June 13
Placerville Founders’ Day and Highway 50 Association Wagon Train
To celebrate Founders’ Day, this street fair features living history exhibits, gold-panning, fire engine displays, a dunk tank, a costume contest, music, antique farm equipment, banners display and more. Event is free to the public. The Broadway Association will be hosting a craft fair and chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mountain Democrat parking lot.  The Placerville Drive Business Association will host a BBQ and dance in the evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the County Faire Shopping Center.  For information, call (530) 672-3436 or visit  Held in Placerville, just 12 miles from the preserve.

Rancho Oso

Throughout June:  Horseback rides for beginners to experts, age 8 and up.  Riding lessons for beginners ages 10 and up and adult riding lessons are available. Handheld rides for “little wranglers” ages 7 and under. 
Call (805) 683-5110 for reservation.

Weekends in June – enjoy a delicious country breakfast served every Friday through Sunday; also enjoy our Friday Night Spaghetti Dinner and Saturday Night Western Style Barbeque.  Childrens and vegetarian dinners also available. Chuck Wagon open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  

June 6:  Swimming pool games from 1 to 2 p.m.
June 20: Horseshoe tournament with two groups – 18 and over and family. Beer tasting from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
June 27:  Adult pool tournament in the Adult lodge at 1 p.m.

June 13
Elks Old Santa Ynez Day
Come join us for a day of fun in Santa Ynez. The celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events include food and vendor booths, music, parade, kid’s games, and exhibits. Fun for everyone! For more information call (805) 688-3448.

June 19-21
Live Oak Music Festival
A 3-day camping event featuring music ranging from traditional and bluegrass to blues and classical. The event also features kid’s program plus a beautiful location in the Santa Ynez Valley. For more information call (805) 781-3020.

June 19-20
Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration
Celebration starts Friday in Alameda Park with food, beverages, vendors and more.  Event continues on Saturday with a tennis tournament, Earth Day Celebration, mask-making workshop, and Masked Ball in the evening. Highlight of the celebration is the Solstice Parade on State Street. For more information call (805) 965-3396 or visit

Soledad Canyon

June 6: Club Blazer Nature weekend featuring classes on how to save our planet with challenges, coloring contest and creative craft, nature walks, 5K run/walk, Tai Chi class.
June 13: Family Vacation Weekend:  spend quality time with your kids – fishing, swimming, hammer striker tournaments and family dances.
June 20:  Class of 2009 Graduation and Club Blazer Initiation Weekend: High School, College and University Pride is our main goal this weekend which includes tournaments in swimming and basketball, a 5K run, hammer strike. Club Blazer initiation and campfire also.
June 27: Cowboys and Indians Weekend: get dressed up in your favorite Cowboy or Indian outfit and enter our most creative and realistic outfit contest; family dance, Club Blazer initiation and family campfire at our Indian Village.

Wilderness Lakes

June 6: Sit back and listen or kick up your heels and dance to live music from the 50s and 60s, country and more with “Highway 90” Tony Lopez, who takes requests to accommodate everyone’s taste in music.
June 13: “Marlin’s Karaoke” provides entertainment for the whole family with plenty of songs to choose from for all age groups. Come on out and show your talents and have some fun!
June 20-21: Be Nice to Dad Weekend:  we’ll take your picture and you can create your own picture frame for Dad at the Kids Crafts activity; treat Dad to a steak dinner Saturday night in our kitchen; enjoy Casino Night and play blackjack for free, play with “Wilderness Money” and get rich. All players must be 21; Mini-golf tournament features Dad vs. the family; free cake for all Dads at our Sunday Ice Cream Social.
June 27: Annual Fishing Derby; Coyote Country DJ plays any type of music you can imagine – bring the whole family and enjoy quality time together.


Lake Texoma

June 6: Birthday Bingo Weekend: Bingo; swimming for all ages.
June 13: Flag Day Weekend: breakfast and activities for all.
June 20: Father’s Day Weekend featuring Father’s Day crafts and activities, steak dinner plus live music with Trey Houston.
June 27: Casino Weekend featuring poker, casino night and fun for everyone!

Thursday in June
Hot Summer Nights
Bring your lawn chairs and the kids and enjoy live events on the Sherman Municipal Lawn, located in Sherman Texas just 35 miles from the preserve. Events begin at 7:30 p.m. For event information visit

June 6
Texoma Fun Fish for Kids
Come fish for the many types of fish that lurk in the deep blue waters of Lake Texoma.  Brings your own pole or use one provided by the park.  All bait is provided.  Fishing will be done from an enclosed floating boathouse. Educational games and fishing-related activities will be held immediately after the fishing derby. Located at Eisenhower State Park in Denison, just 35 miles from the preserve.  For information call (903) 465-1956.

June 20
Ray Stout Memorial Warbird Fly-in and Pigs Can Fly BBQ Contest

See historic and classic aircraft, static displays, and aerobatic air shows acts as well as the Oklahoma State KCBS BBQ Championship Contest. Event is in Ada, Oklahoma, 77 miles from the preserve.  For information contact (580) 436-0770.

Lake Whitney

June 5-6: Western Weekend featuring best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contests; cow patty tossing, watermelon seed spitting and roping contest, plus evening hamburgers and boot scootin’ contest.
June 13: Clowning Around Weekend with clowns, balloons, face painting and water games, plus evening hot dogs and bingo.  
June 16: Father’s Day Celebration featuring putt-putt tournament, special lunch just for Dads, cards and games, plus taco dinner, movie and popcorn. 
June 27: Fun in the Sun Weekend featuring volleyball, basketball, and much more including afternoon pool party and evening hot dogs and hay ride.

Medina Lake

June 6: Join us for water games at the pool, an ice cream social, yard games on the pavilion and the Medina Prize Game in the evening.
June 13: Join us for a pet parade, washer toss and evening Family Scavenger Hunt.
June 20: Father’s Day Weekend featuring mini-golf tournament, sack races, pie eating contest, jello sipping contest and movie night.  Dads receive free ice cream during social and on Sunday Dads eat free for breakfast when Mom and the kids come in for breakfast at the Top of the Trail Café.
June 27: Super Bingo Weekend with Brown Bag Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo and Super Bingo in the evenings.

San Benito

June 20-21: “Salute the Red, White and Blue” – a special Father’s Day Weekend:  surprise Dad or Grandpa with a special gift you made for him; come down and enjoy a game of golf, pool or shuffleboard or play an hour of Wii with the special guy in your life. Saturday dinner at the Quail Run Café will be geared towards Dads. After dinner bring your camera and your dancing shoes to the lodge for an evening of music and dancing especially for Dad, featuring Mike Noonan.  Join us Sunday morning when Dad and Grandpa are invited to the Lodge for a complimentary “All You Can Eat French Toast” breakfast. After breakfast the guys can relax and watch TV in our Fireplace Room or play bingo – it’s all up to Dad!



Diamond Caverns

June 13:  School’s Out Party featuring games and fun all day; party for school age kids; dancing, contests and refreshments.
June 20: Father’s Day Celebration with breakfast in the pavilion - Dad’s eat free until it’s gone! Kids can make gift for Dad; Karaoke – bring Dad and have him sing!
June 3rd through 5th
400 Mile Yard Sale
400 miles of bargains! Located on Highway 68-80, just 15 miles from the preserve.  Call (270) 651-3161 for more information.

June 6th
Youth Fishing Contest
Sponsored by the Barren County Lodge the event is open to the public youth; just 25 miles from the preserve at Barren River Lake.  For information call (270) 646-2151.

June 13th
Bow Fishing Contest
Sponsored by Barren River Lodge at Barren River Lake, just 25 miles from the preserve.  Call (270) 646-2151 for more information.

June 19-21
Murder by the Book
This play features local actors/actresses and is sponsored by the Far Off Broadway Players at the Glasgow Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, just 15 miles from the preserve.  For more information, call (270) 641-3161.

June 19-21
Annual Weldon Tennis Tournament
Held at Weldon Park, just 15 miles from the preserve, the event features some big-name players.  For information, call (270) 651-3811.


Gateway to Cape Cod

June 5-7: Potluck Weekend:  Make your favorite dish to share and join us for an evening of good food and conversation on Saturday night in the Member’s Lounge.
June 12-14: Flag Day:  Fly a flag at your site; make a flag at Arts & Crafts and help decorate the hay wagon to look like a flag – then we’ll show it off through the park!
June 19-21: Father’s Day Weekend:  Honor Dad and spend some time with friends in the pool!  Sleep late and play games all day long.  Enjoy these days of leisure because they go by so quickly! Join us at the pavilion for entertainment on Saturday night.

June 3-8
Vietnam Moving Wall
View a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Event is located at Shirley Square, Plymouth, just 15 miles from the preserve.  For information contact Phil Ryan at (508) 746-0107.

June 6-8
11th Annual Day of Portugal Festival
Traditional Portuguese fiesta featuring ethnic foods, entertainment, folkloric groups and artisans.  Located in on Acushnet Avenue, in New Bedford, just 15 miles from the preserve. For information contact Maria Tomasia at
(508) 997-7928.

Thursday in June
Plymouth Musicians Union Concerts
Enjoy evening concerts on the waterfront in Plymouth.  For information contact Don Besegai at (781) 585-6870


Scotrun (OW)

June 5-7: Race Weekend featuring exciting activities and events to tie in with NASCAR’s first race at the Pocono Raceway on June 6.
June 12-14: Bring on the Sun Weekend featuring mini-golf, basketball, volleyball and shuffleboard competitions.
June 19-21:  “Hey Dad! Summer is here!” Dads can sign up for mini-fishing derby, 8 ball and mini-golf tournaments.
June 26-28: Share the Fun Weekend and bring some friends up and show them the good times to be had at Scotrun, featuring a DJ dance party on Saturday night.


Natchez Trace

June 6: Western Days Weekend featuring BBQ Contest, dinner serve from 4 to 6 p.m., Country Music Karaoke at 7 p.m. 
June 13: Tropical Pool Party, 6 p.m.
June 20: Casino Night, 7 p.m.
June 27: 50s Sock Hop at 7 p.m., featuring Tony Malagin, plus Nifty 50s Costume Contest.



June 5th and 6th
Uncle Billy’s Day
Sponsored by the Alta Vista Chamber of Commerce this event includes quality entertainment, pony rides, flea market, craft shows, car shows, children’s games, firefighter exhibits and fireworks.  Admission is free. For more information call (434) 369-6665.


Indian Lakes

June 6-7:  Our Wild West Weekend will be a rootin’, tootin’ time featuring dancing to country music and chowin’ down on BBQ.
June 27-28: Don’t miss our Wild and Wet Weekend and sign-up to go tubing down the White Water River.