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Yellowstone River

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Pacific City

May 7: Picnic in the Pines at the Gazebo. Honor all moms with a Mother's Day Craft. Enjoy the Kentucky Derby on the big screen TV at the Family Center. Plus Wine & Cheese and Snacks and Soda Social.

May 14: Queen Kitties and King Dogs – Reigning Cats and Dogs pet show. Pet card crafts, puppy paws bingo. Don't miss our local community event – Paws & Stars 4-H dog show at Tillamook County Fairgrounds.

May 21: MayDay at the Beach: Collect beach treasures and make a collage. May 28: Indy 500 Race on the big screen TV in the Family Center. Enjoy a campfire with s'mores and bring your hot dogs to roast.

May 29: Scott Davis annual afternoon magic show and a fun-filled evening of karaoke.

May 28 62nd Annual Clam Chowder Feed Sponsored by the Netarts Community Club, in Netarts, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until chowder is gone! For more information call (503) 842-2153.

South Jetty

May 8: Celebrate Mother's Day: All mothers are invited to the Activities Center at 1 p.m. for cake and coffee.

May 22
Annual Rhododendron Parade

Everything and everybody is decorated in flowers! Parade begins at noon. This year's theme is "Spanning the Years". Come enjoy the fun. Event is just 1 mile from the preserve.

Whalers Rest

May 7: Join us at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse for an Ice Cream Social – moms get a free small sundae.

May 27: Get your motors running with Kinect Xbox racing at 11 a.m. in our South Clubhouse. Then break for an awesome BBQ lunch served outside the South Clubhouse at noon. Afternoon and evening classes for creating a Pinewood Derby car offered in the South Clubhouse. What a great start to our Radical Explosion Weekend.

May 28: Racing the track with breakfast served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Whalers Galley at our South Clubhouse. BBQ and dinners offered too. At 1 p.m. you can attend our Pinewood Derby making class. Ice cream will be served in the South Clubhouse at 2 p.m. The Big Race starts at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. There will be fun Pinewood Derby racing for all ages. Who will be the 2011 winners?

May 29: Breakfast will be served in our Whalers Galley from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with a full menu offered. Kinect Fun will be happening in our South Clubhouse for all ages at noon. Then get ready for some more sweet treats at our Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. May 30: Memorial Day Family Picnic Fun! We will serve up a BBQ lunch with extra fun outside our South Clubhouse at noon.

May 30
66th Fleet of Flowers Memorial Day Ceremony

Attend this nationally acclaimed Memorial Day event and pay tribute to those lost at sea while watching the flower-bedecked fishing fleet sail to sea. Held at Depoe Bay, Oregon Fishing Harbor, approximately 15 minutes from preserve.


Birch Bay

May 6: Phase II and Swimming Pool are scheduled to reopen.

May 13: Starburst Poker

May 20: Starburst Poker

May 21: A Royal Un-Birthday Tea Party for all begins at 3:30 p.m.

May 8-9
Springfest Art Studio tour of Blaine

Plan to join us for this 2-day, self-guided tour through scenic Blaine and the surrounding countryside. Visit the private studios of some of the area's premier artists. For information visit

May 29
Ski to Sea Race

The Junior Ski to Sea Race is a beloved community event held locally at beautiful Lake Padden since 1991. Open to participants who are at least in the 3rd Grade or older. Six member teams register to participate in a 5-leg race consisting of running, three-legged race, biking, soccer, and an obstacle course. Race starts at 8 a.m. at Mt. Baker and finishes in Marine Park in Fairhaven where the festival is held. For information visit


May 6-8: Mother Earth Weekend (Mother's Day): Enjoy a special "Moms" Movie Friday night. On Saturday make Mom a hand-painted firefly keepsake at Family Craft Time. Then bring Mom to a special all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday, followed by contest honoring Mother Earth. We'll be awarding prizes for the best decoration of aluminum recycling containers and host a park-wide scavenger hunt.

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend: Interactive Entertainers Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth and Peter will help you get this camping season off to a great start. We've got a full recreation schedule planned to keep you busy each day and our kitchen and store are open to satisfy your taste buds.

Through October
Local Farmers' Markets

Beginning the end of April and running through October on varying days, events are held in Chehalis, Centralia, Mossyrock, and Tenino, all just 15-25 minutes from the preserve.

Through June
Showers of Flowers

Held at DeGoede Bulb Farm, in Mossyrock. Call (360) 983-9000 for blooming info. through May and June. Bulb Farm is just 25 minutes from the preserve.

Grandy Creek

May 27-29: Memorial Day Weekend: Help us kick off summer! Come create a patriotic pin, help us fill up a memorial board to honor those you know who have served our country, challenge a friend to a mini-golf tournament, join our red, white and blue parade and make your very own tie-dye t-shirt. You won't want to miss out on all the fun.

La Conner

May 7: Bring Mom out for the weekend. Make her a homemade card and enjoy Mother's Day Tea.

May 21: We will be celebrating Queen Victoria's Birthday with an afternoon party.

May 28: Veterans Appreciation Weekend: Come make an Old Glory t-shirt with the Rec. Staff. We will have a Patriotic Parade (weather permitting). Then dance the night away with our favorite DJ, Charlie Moore.

May 7
Swinomish Yacht Club Opening Day Boat Parade

This year's theme is "Hola Mexico". Parade starts at 3 p.m. All boaters are welcome to participate in the parade to celebrate the beginning of boating season. If you are interested in entering your boat, please contact Ellie Baugh at (360) 420-9448.

Little Diamond

May 7: Fishing for Kamloops Trout opens!

May 21: Pool opens for the season.

May 28-30: Memorial Day Weekend: The Music Maker DJ will rock the Family Lodge.

Mount Vernon

May 6: Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi music and theme dinner. May 7: Mother's Day Victorian Tea May 8: Mother's Day Brunch (moms are free). May 13: Seafood TGIF: featuring the best pan-fried oysters in the country, plus awesome clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, steamed clams, crab cakes. May 21: Victoria Day Celebration with dinner and karaoke. May 28: Dog Fashion Show and dinner. May 20: Pool opens, games, tie-dye, BBQ, bingo, s'mores, theme diner. May 30: Memorial Service.

May 21-22
Anacortes Waterfront Festival

Celebrating its 22nd year in 2011, the Anacortes Waterfront Festival combines the charm of an arts-and-crafts fair with live musical entertainment, a great food court, and a variety of family events. The festival celebrates Anacortes' long marine heritage and includes a community "big-top tent" and other educational opportunities. The 2011 event will also see a "quick and dirty" boat building competition/race and a kayaking competition. A gala dinner is always held the Friday night prior to festival weekend. Dinner/dance tickets are $50 and must be purchased through the Chamber office. Festival admission is free. Visit for more information.



Lake of the Springs

May 6-8: Come join the fun and pitch a few on Saturday in our Horseshoe Tournament, plus we'll have a BBQ in the park. DJ Mike Allen entertains at the evening Family Dance. Free French Toast for all moms on Mother's Day so come for breakfast.

May 14: Family Dance with DJ Mike Allen. May 21: Family Dance with DJ Anna Maria.

May 27: Adult Money Bingo is back.

May 28-30: Memorial Day Weekend: Come have some fun with us kicking off our season. There will be a Craft and Variety Fair all weekend, plus RV Show with ET Quality RV, kids' fishing derby, family hayride, kids' waterslide, Teen and Family Dances. Saturday's Family Dance features Jim Hunter Band and Sunday's features The Diamondback Band. We'll have a flag ceremony on Memorial Day. Plus John Carter sing-alongs at the campfire every Saturday and Sunday.


May 17
AMGEN Tour of California

Sponsored by Bike Auburn, Auburn hosts the Stage Three start of the "Greatest Cycling Race in North America." Join all the festivities for this international sporting event The Lifestyle Festival runs form 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. and race begins at 10:15. Three laps through Auburn, activities, food, fun and entertainment, in Old town and Downtown all day.

Rancho Oso

Saturdays throughout May from 11 a.m. to noon – come down to the arena to watch the stock dogs herding sheep and cattle and stay for the bucking bull demo! Get up close and personal with our "baby" bulls as we prepare them for the future in rodeo. A definite photo op. And each weekend join the fun and hop aboard the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to tour the resort.

May 28: Come enjoy entertainer, Topher Gayle, as he performs many different styles of music, using a variety of instruments, one of which he designed – From 7 to 10 p.m., poolside. A good time is on tap for Memorial Day weekend.

Wilderness Lakes

May 8: Happy Mother's Day: Free cake for all moms at the Ice Cream Social.

May 14: Casino Night: Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

May 21: Dominic's Karaoke provides lots of songs to show your talents. Have fun and maybe you can be the next American Idol!

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend: Activities all weekend for the whole family, including outdoor movie on Friday evening, E&E Animals, Wild Rose Road Show, Buttons the Clown & Friends, Hit Men will provide musical entertainment and Sunset Entertainment performs at the Teen Dance in the gazebo.



Bay Landing

May 6-8: Pamper Mom Day: Mom's come kick off your shoes and relax at Bay Landing. Our own Mary Kay Consultant, Cheryl, will be here for facials, plus you can order and restock your supplies. Kids can make a gift at craft time. Mom's – throw away that apron – let Bay Landing do the cooking for you!

May 27-30: Memorial Day Celebration: It's red, white and blue again at Bay Landing. Don't forget to decorate your rig, cabin, and site for the judging (to be announced at the dance). Come to the Clubhouse for the egg toss, water balloon toss, banana-eating contest and much more! There will be a BBQ dinner for you to enjoy, plus a live band dance down at BV with T-Bone Road. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening under the stars.

April 29 - May 1

Wilkommen to the 36th annual Germanfest, sponsored by the Muenster Chamber of Commerce. Events include a 5k and 15k Germanfest Fun Run, a Metric Century Bicycle Rally, a Sausage and Rib Cook-Off, and other assorted competitions. There will be entertainment for the whole family, including mimes, magicians, clowns and storytellers, or the Karneval and Kinder Theater for the children, while Mom and Dad delight in dancing, music, arts and crafts, a rock-climbing wall, folk dancing, and two stages with non-stop entertainment. Located on U.S. Highway 82, 14 miles west of I-35. For more information contact the Muenster Chamber of Commerce at 800-942-8037, ext. 43 or 940-759-2227

May 1
Weatherford First Monday Trade Days

One of the oldest flea markets in Texas, event features crafts, collectibles, antiques and more. For information, call 817-598-4124

Lake Conroe

May 7: Marvelous Mother's Weekend: Let's honor our mothers, grandmothers and mothers-to-be this weekend starting with a pancake breakfast at the Cactus Cafe. And Dads, be sure to bring the kids to the Activity Center to make card and gifts for Mom.

May 14: Friendly Competition Weekend: Enjoy some friendly competition in a Wii tournament. Plus, the kids will be making friendship bracelets on Saturday morning and later in the evening we'll enjoy a talent show. So bring your friends and your talent for an unforgettable weekend.

May 21: Armed Forces Weekend: In honor of all those who have served or are serving in the military we salute you! Join us for a social hour on Saturday as we show our appreciation for your dedication to our country.

May 28: Memorial Day Weekend: Let's get the summer season started with lots of fun activities and music, music, music. DJ Rob will spin the tunes and have a family karaoke on Saturday night. Then Sunday night we'll have a live band for more good music and dancing.

Lake Tawakoni

May 7: Mother's Day activities including Cake and Ice Cream Social.

May 14: Spring Games, Ice Cream Social and games in the Adult Lodge.

May 21: Washer Shoot-out (two divisions).

May 28: Kite Flying, Flag Making, Hot Dog Lunch and Washer Tourney. May 29: Barbeque Dinner and Trey Houston in concert to honor our military. Breakfast served at Armadillo Cafe May 28 and 29.

May 6-8
First Monday Trade Days

Held at the Canton, Texas Fairgrounds, just 3 miles from the preserve this event is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

May 7: Mother's Day Weekend: Come join us and pamper mom. Games will be played, plus Trey Houston entertains. Sunday Chapel Service and Potluck Lunch – bring goodies.

May 14: Birthday Bingo: Happy Birthday to all May birthdays. Cake or cupcakes served. Sunday Chapel Service.

May 21: Armed Forces Day: Salute to all military; past and present. Sunday Chapel Service.

May 28: Memorial Day Weekend: Fun, games, challenges and more. Sunday Chapel Service.

May 13-15
McKinney Third Monday Trade Days

Large Flea Market featuring over 900 vendors. For information call (972) 562-5466

Lake Whitney

May 7: Cinco de Mayo Weekend.

May 14: Mother's Day Weekend.

May 21: Family Fun Weekend.

May 28-30: Memorial Day Weekend.



Peace River

May 28-30: Bring your family and enjoy a 3-day Memorial Day Weekend at Peace River. Enjoy swimming, shuffleboard, campfires, miniature golf and horseshoes in the preserve. Treat yourself to some good food and ice cream at the Hot Fudge Shoppe on premises.

Toby the Clown Museum and Gift Shop
Tour the clown museum and gift shop featuring many clown murals displayed throughout the buildings. This is the home of the Toby the Clown School, where more than 1,500 have been taught the art of clowning. Museum showcases unique and collectible memorabilia. Located in Lake Placid, less than an hour from the preserve.


Lake Gaston

May 27-31: The HUGE Memorial Day Cornhole tournament will kick off the holiday weekend along with the annual tree planning ceremony. Plan to get together for a Sunset Party and DJs on Saturday and Sunday.

May 28
Battle of the Barbeque

Sponsored by the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce, this event features 16-18 barbeque cookers competing for the first place prize. Plates go on sale at noon on Saturday. Call the Chamber at (252) 586-5711 for more information and entry details.

Carolina Landing

May 28-30: On Saturday we'll have a Blues and BBQ Memorial Day Music Festival featuring Roger "Hurricane" Wilson Band and good southern barbeque, from 7-10 p.m., at the amphitheater. Plus we'll have a Memorial Day Celebration featuring Super Slip and Slide, Moonwalk, carnival games, and good food, including elephant ears, lemon shakeups, and root beer floats. The Indianapolis 500, the greatest spectacle in motor sports history, will be televised in the Lodge, so bring your snacks and beverages.

The Oaks at Point South

May 30: Memorial Day: Come join the fun and stay with us! Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, and more on the house cause we love y'all. Plus the pool opens!


Cherokee Landing

May 28: Cherokee Jamboree: All day event features music, activities, and a big southern-style cookout. All are welcome.

Natchez Trace

May 7: Cinco de Mayo Festival, 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

May 8: Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast at the Trading Post.

May 14: May Madness Weekend includes 6 p.m. Scavenger Hunt and Casino Night at 7 p.m.

May 21: Mystery Weekend features Mystery Theater at 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater.

May 28: Memorial Day Weekend events include 11 a.m. Kids' Carnival, 5 p.m. Hog Roast Dinner and 7 p.m. Country Dance with live band.



Gateway to Cape Cod

May 6-9: Mother's Day Weekend: We honor all Moms and Mothers-to-be this weekend with our annual tea party on Saturday afternoon. Kids will make a special gift for Mom during Arts and Crafts.

May 13-15: Walk the Trails Weekend: Take some time to walk around the campground and start your Walk the Trails card for the season.

May 20-22: Potluck Weekend: Everyone is invited to make your favorite dish to share on Saturday evening. Then we can catch up on everyone's winter activities.

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend: Fly a flag to remember and honor those who sacrificed so much. Enjoy our first entertainment of the season on Saturday night.

May 21-30
The Rhododendron Festival

Held at the Heritage Museum and Garden, this event is a celebration of rhododendrons during prime bloom time, that also includes cooking demonstrations, walking tours, plant sale, workshops and lectures. For information visit www.heritagemuseumandgardens.coms.


May 6-8: Mother's Day Weekend: This one is for moms everywhere. We will keep the dads busy. So come to the campground, relax and take some time in the spa and rest…you deserve this. Time for the best woman of the year – and for them we have a great deal.

May 13-15: "Ki Ki Ki, Ma Ma Ma": That's right, you know the sound and you know who is back to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting campers of Sturbridge. We have boat rides, scary movies, and contests for the children during the day. Just make sure they're safe by nightfall so the machete-wielding Jason Vorhees doesn't get them first.

May 20-22: Valentine's Day Weekend: Yes, let's celebrate this weekend with a holiday. Romance will be in the air, the family will be together with plenty to do and then you'll dance a slow dance with our favorite person under the stars.

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend: Red, white and blue – it's true, we all love those colors and this is when we celebrate our flag with family cookouts and cozy bonfires that make us feel so happy to be a part of the USA.


Lake & Shore

May 6-8: Mother's Day Weekend.

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend.


PA Dutch

May 6-8: Mother's Day Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn; Saturday wagon ride and Mother's and Grandmother's Afternoon Tea.

May 13-15: Sun and Sand Weekend: Friday Night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday includes crafts, wagon ride, sand toy fun and sand volleyball for all.

May 20-22: Pirate Weekend: Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday features crafts, pirate costume contest, buried treasure hunt, and a twilight wagon ride.

May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend: our first campaign holiday of the season – pool opens this weekend, plus Friday night Bingo in the Barn, Saturday includes crafts, wagon ride and a special treat – a mini-golf tournament. Sunday will be our first breakfast of the season in the Food Court. On Sunday night w'll have a campfire in the grove and cook hot dogs and s'mores. Monday will feature a Kids' breakfast hunt.

Timothy Lake North

May 6-8: Mom's Special Weekend: Pamper your mom with special events and discount coupons from our Country Store.

May 13-15: Fiesta Time: Join us for piñatas, Mexican arts and crafts and a competitive game of soccer!

May 20-22: Springtime Fun: Springtime scavenger hunt, seed planting, and a springtime photo contest. Don't forget your cameras.

May 27-29: Season Kickoff: Launch the season with family fun events. Back by popular demand, DJ Manny will entertain us this holiday weekend.



Horseshoe Lakes

May 21-22: Relay for Life. May 27-30: Memorial Day weekend festivities.



May 8: Mother's Day Weekend: Tea party and crafts.

May 14-15: Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Better late than never! "Build your own" taco bar.

May 28-30: Memorial Day Weekend features Six Pac Band, site decoration, parade, chicken dinner and pancake breakfast.