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Yellowstone River

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Pacific City

Sept. 5: Labor Day Weekend: Celebrating the U.S.A. Scavenger Hunt, America bookmark craft, plus carnival games and balloon artist, Scott Davis. Entertainment by the Fabulous Cover Dawgs Band.
Sept. 12: Wizard of Oz Weekend: Find the characters from these classical movies; plus Over the Rainbow mobile craft.
Sept. 19: Safari Weekend: Enjoy the animal safari scavenger hunt, then make an African safari mask.
Sept. 26: Think Green & Recycling Weekend: “Find the Recyclables”scavenger hunt, plus nature wild bird feeder craft.


La Connor

Sept. 4-6:  On Friday, join us for our last hayride and campfire of the season, plus singing with Amy Hindman. “Kidz Rule then Back to school” back to school party on Saturday with live DJ Charlie Moore.  Sunday chapel with Mark and Mel.
Sept. 12
Classic Yacht and Car Show
Held in downtown La Connor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., just 5 miles from the preserve. Sponsored by the La Conner Chamber of Commerce.

Whalers Rest

Sept. 4-6: Cruisin’ USS Whalers:  Join the captain with our very own “Bon Voyage to Summer Party.” Saturday night Dee Smith will entertain us with the old tunes in the South Clubhouse.
Sept. 11-13: This weekend we salute all grandparents. For our Grandparents Salute weekend, please bring all your grandkids photos to the South Clubhouse to share. Join us around the BBQ at lunchtime Saturday to share some of your favorite memories. Wayne Graber and his group will share some great country music in our South Clubhouse. 
Sept. 18-20: It’s a Blast from the Past this weekend at Whalers Rest. Slick your sideburns back and grab your poodle skirt as we celebrate rock & roll. We’ll be hosting Whalers’ own “Rock & Roll” party in our South Clubhouse Saturday night.
Sept. 25-27: Blub, Blub! It’s “Under the Sea” weekend. Join us and all other fishes for the “Sushi Party.” We will be having lots of fun games and you can compete in the scuba diving competition if you want a real challenge. Nehemiah Brown sings for us in the South Clubhouse.

Sept. 4-6
Toledo Art Walk
Toledo prides itself on local artists throughout the community. Enjoy viewing their work and take part in a free raffle for quality work by local artists. 10 a.m. to 5 pm.



Verde Valley

Sept. 5-7:  Labor Day Weekend: Club Blazer team will hold a farewell party at the pool on Saturday with a final feast of BBQ ribs at the Family Center. Join us on Sunday for Dogs and Burgers after a day of “In the Pool” games with our recreation staff. Breakfast served on Monday followed by Walker Wolf tossing the final ball pitch of the season. Backwards Baseball is his game so bring the whole family for a day of fun.

Sept. 22-27
Jazz on the Rocks
The 28th annual event takes place in Sedona and features great jazz complemented by the famed Red Rocks. For more information, call (928) 282- 1985.


Lake Minden

Sept. 4-6:  Labor Day/1950s Sock Hop: Fun for the whole family. Join us Friday night for a Pizza & Root Beer Float Potluck dinner, followed by B-I-N-G-O. Make a hip 50s craft, take a polymer clay class or compete in a Monopoly playoff. We’ll roast hog dogs and s’mores and head to the barn for a Rock and Roll Barn Dance, complete with bubblegum blowing, limbo, and hula hoop contest.
Sept. 11-13: America the Beautiful: Join us for an All-American Weekend. Friday night is the Potluck Social and apple pie ala mode. Plus inter-play Monopoly marathon, puzzling competition or chase down clues on a Fall scavenger hunt. Play DVD board games or get a head start on those Christmas crafts and gifts by taking a Beaded Ornament Class or crafting a mini album.
Sept. 18-20: Chili Cook-off: Bring your best pot of chili and join us for a potluck social. Too much good chili? How about a brisk walk around the lake? Take a polymer clay holiday bead making class or do a fall craft. Not crafty, try karaoke.
Sept. 25-27: Falling for Fall: Come to an apple cider tasting and sample a variety of spiced apple ciders. Take a Fall-themed oil painting class, or do Fall inspired crafts. Not into crafts? Enter a monopoly or mini-golf challenge.

Fridays in September
Friday Night Farmers’ Market
Join us from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday nights through September 25 for the best in local produce, food, arts, crafts, entertainment and activities. Sure to be fun and healthy for the entire family. Held in downtown historic Marysville, just 19 miles from the preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Sept. 4-6: Friday features adult bingo put on by our volunteer fire department; on Saturday enjoy the family campfire with John Carter, then dance the night away with Joanie Lee and the Branding Iron. Your teen will have a good time at the teen dance. On Sunday, roast marshmallows at the family campfire and sing a song with John Carter. Joanie Lee will be back for another night so come on down to the family dance; teens don’t miss out on the last dance of the season.
Sept. 12: Marshmallow roast and sing-along with John Carter at the family campfire, family dance with DJ John King.
Sept. 19: Family entertainment to be announced; family campfire and marshmallow roast with John Carter.
Sept. 26: Marshmallow roast and sing-along with John Carter at the family campfire; family dance with DJ John King.

Rancho Oso

Throughout September:  Enjoy guided trail rides for beginners to experts, ages 8 and over, and hand-led rides for “little wranglers,” ages 7 and under. Call (805) 683-5110 for ride reservations. Ranch activities include stock dog demonstrations, and the country bears ride the bucking bulls. Country breakfast served Friday through Sunday.

Sept. 5-6: Stan Wayne sings your favorite oldies, country and rock and roll at the Pool Patio, Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m.; DJ Avery Wright Teen Dance at the Pool Patio, Saturday; Everyone welcome from 7 to 8:30 p.m., teens only from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
Sept. 11-12: Horseshoe Tournament, 4 p.m. Friday, Yard Sale at your site on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sept. 18-20
Danish Days Weekend in Solvang
Celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the rich Danish heritage. U.S. and Danish flags line the streets, people don colorful costumes. Free concert and Torchlight Parade. Aebleskiver eating contest in Solvang Park. For more information, call (800) 468-6765 or visit

Sept. 25-26
3rd Anniversary Solvang Jazz Festival
A world class lineup of jazz legends and bright new stars, including Eugene Maslov Trio and a tribute to Freddie Hubbard. Visit for more information.

San Benito

Sept. 5-7: Labor Day weekend is a great way to bring in September as we will be loaded with great crafts for the kids, a watermelon eating contest, BBQ dinner and dancing to music of the 50s and 60s with the Corvairs. The fun continues through Sunday evening with Leo and Magic Show.
Sept. 25-27: Fall Horseshoe Tournament, along with BBQ lunch on our Country Store Patio


Bay Landing

Sept. 4-7: Hawaiian Luau/Labor Day: Aloha! It’s island time in the Texas heat. Hula skirts will be rolling off the tables just as fast as we can make them, along with leis that will be made special by your hands. It will be day filled “island magic.” T-Bone Road takes center stage at the Beachview Pavilion under own island stars.
Sept. 11-13: “S” Weekend: anything and everything that starts with “s” will be tried at Bay Landing! Sack races, spaghetti slurping, spider walk, sponge toss, sauerkraut eating contest and much more.

Lake Conroe

Sept. 5-6:  Labor Day Weekend/Happy September Birthdays: Decorate your bikes and golf carts for a patriotic parade and join us in the AC for crafts and Candy Bar Bingo. Volleyball at the lake.
Sept. 12-13: Games People Play Weekend/Potluck: This is one event you do NOT want to miss if you’re a lover of games. We’ll be playing Left Right Center, Farkle, Nine Card Golf, Fruity Bingo, plus many others. Come join the fun.
Sept. 19-20: Pet Parade Weekend: Let’s show off those pets. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, largest, smallest, and most “owner look-alike.”
Sept. 26-27: Horseplay Weekend: Put on your western duds and join us for the “Best Dressed” contest, try your hand at horseshoes and run in the horserace or compete in our “ropin’” contest.

Lake Texoma

Sept. 4-7: Birthday Bingo with cake for all. Wet and Wild pool games and hot and sweaty relays followed by an ice cream social. Evening entertainment provided by DJ Chad Wander. Sunday potluck for all.
Sept. 11-13: Team up with “Gran” for a ladder golf tourney and Saturday evening join us for a “Not-so Newlywed” game. 
Sept. 25-27: Wear your Western gear and join us for a wild, wild, west squirt gun shootout, cow chip tossing contest and horseshoes. A good old-fashioned relaxing evening with local favorite “crooner” Trey Houston. Don’t forget to check out the “Frontier Days” events in nearby Pottsboro.

Lake Whitney

Sept. 4-6: Friday night enjoy evening hotdogs. On Saturday, we’ll have outdoor activities; evening steak dinner and entertainment provided by Plumb Country Band, and on Sunday enjoy games, lunch and evening bingo.
Sept. 12: Backwards Weekend features a day of games (of course everything will be backwards), plus evening potluck and bingo.
Sept. 19: Safari Weekend with games, including animal safari and evening potluck.
Sept. 26: Games, movie and evening potluck.

Medina Lake

Sept. 5: Labor Day Weekend: Join us for bike parades, hay rides, banana splits, piñatas, pie-eating and Jell-O sipping on Saturday and play the Medina Prize Game Saturday night. On Sunday we’ll have a pool tournament, pig races, and BBQ dinner with Bimbo and the Borderline Band playing on the pavilion Sunday night. Top of the Trail Café will be open for breakfast Monday.
Sept. 12: Tournaments today and game night.
Sept. 19: Join us today for pig races and a pool tournament.
Sept. 26: Medina Lake Cajun Festival and Preserve-wide Yard Sale: We encourage everyone to attend the Cajun Festival at the Civic Center about one mile from the preserve. While all that is going on we’ll have a preserve-wide yard sale – bring your treasures to sell on your site until 2 p.m.

Sept. 26
Medina Lake Cajun Festival & Great Gumbo Cook-off
The heart and soul of Louisiana is brought to Lakehills, Texas for the day. Sponsored by the Medina Lake Betterment Association, this event features authentic foods, game booths and five different Cajun bands to entertain you all day. Don’t forget the Gumbo Cook-off with judging in the afternoon. Event is held at the Lakehills Civic Center from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be shuttle buses to the event from the Methodist church on 8th street (1/4 mile from the preserve entrance.) For information, call (830) 751-9904.



Moody Beach (OW)

Sept. 4-6:  Friday Scavenger Hunt, Saturday Night Entertainment, Sunday Campfire and Cook-outs.
Sept. 12-13: Make a special gift for Grandparent’s Weekend on Saturday; on Sunday celebrate Grandparent’s Day.
Sept. 18-20: Friday Card Games; Saturday Board Games and Pizza; Sunday Snacks.
Sept. 25-26: Potluck Weekend; on Sunday enjoy food and conversation in the Member’s Lounge.

Sept. 12 and 13
Annual Summer Solstice Craft Show II
Two juried craft shows featuring exceptional New England crafters and artists. Held at the elementary school, 276 Sanford Road, in Wells, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (207) 646-2451. 

Sept. 12-13
Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival
Sponsored by Laudholm Farm, nearly 100 jury-selected crafters will exhibit their wares. Music, food, and environmental education as well. All proceeds will benefit the Laudholm Trust, a non-profit organization supporting the Wells Reserve. Held at Laudholm Farm, 10 minutes from the preserve. For more information, call (207) 646-4521.


Gateway to Cape Cod

Sept. 11-13: Grandparent’s Weekend, also Apple-Peach Week in Rochester featuring good pies and other items for sale at the local peach and apple farms.
Sept. 25-27: Nascar Weekend: wear your favorite driver’s racecar number. 

Sept. 13
4th Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival
Sponsored by the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce, approximately 30 area restaurants and caterers will serve sample-size portions of Portuguese and New England fish dishes. Held at the Custom House Square, 20 miles from the preserve.

North Carolina

Lake Gaston (OW)

Sept. 15:  Wakeboarding extravaganza! Pump up the music, bring a chair and sunglasses for a day full of excitement. Regional wakeboarding competition. Remember Grandma and Grandpa this weekend and wish them a Happy Grandparent’s Day. 

Sept. 4 and 5th
25th Annual Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival
Local festival featuring live band, rides, food, and vendor booths. Saturday includes a car show along with the music, rides, food and vendors. Sponsored by the Littleton Lions Club and held in downtown Littleton, just 3 miles from the preserve. For information, call (252) 586-4681, (252) 586-4832 or (252) 586-6828.



Sept. 19: 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival: Bands include Made from Scratch, Solid Rock, Mark Templeton and Remington Ryde. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the sensational bluegrass music throughout the day. Food cooked here at the campground available for sale.

Harbor View

Sept. 25-27: Club Blazer get-together. Come camping and meet some new Trailblazers and join the adventure.

Sept. 12-13
43rd Annual Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Festival
Walk along Colonial Beach Boardwalk, on the Potomac River, and enjoy the works of local artists and crafters.  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Held at Colonial Beach, less than 7 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (804) 224-3500.

Sept. 26
Northern Neck Food and Harvest Festival
Celebrate the fall season with a fun festival for the whole family. The day includes hayrides, music, food, gristmill tours, and colonial games and activities just for kids, as well as regional artisans and wine tasting. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, 10 miles from the preserve. For information, call (804) 493-8038.



Kenisee Lake

Sept. 5: This weekend will feature our own “Top Chef” contest. Those members who were trained by David Roberts will compete in the contest. We will also be having a chicken/steak dinner.
Sept. 12: Come one, come all to our Annual Chili Cook-off. This is the time for all you expert chefs to show off your cooking abilities. Couples can come down to the barn and participate in the Kenisee Lake version of “The Newlywed Game.”
Sept. 19: Clams, clams and more clams. Sign-up early for our annual clambake feast.  In addition to the clambake, we will serve BBQ chicken and prime rib.
Sept. 26: Time has come to say “Thank You” to all our members and staff that helped make this camping season a success. We will be hosting a dinner to honor these individuals.

Fridays in September
Local Farmers’ Market
Buy fresh, buy local! Market features fruits and vegetables, baked goods, music and kid’s activities. Sponsored by the local farmers and Village of Jefferson. Market is held every Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. Just 2 miles from the preserve at the northeast corner of the intersection of State Route 46 (Chestnut Street) and Jefferson Street. For information, call (440) 576-7112.


Sept. 7: Labor Day Weekend is full of activities and games everyone can enjoy. Whether you’d like to chill poolside with our “Dive-In” movie or join us in our potluck dinner we’ve got just the right weekend planned to help you celebrate the end of summer.