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Yellowstone River

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Cultus Lake

August 4-6: BC Day Weekend: Breakfast will be served each day on the long weekend. On Saturday night our Casino Night runs from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Every parent needs a night out once in a while, so come and enjoy our Casino Night. There will be horse races, Blackjack, Bingo and much more. Come try your luck and see what prizes you go home with. Supper will be our Manager's famous burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob at 5 p.m. (note earlier supper time due to set up for Casino Night).

August 11: Taste of BC and Produce Market: At 2 p.m. we will have all local fruits, vegetables and specialty foods such as goat cheese and honey products to sample. There will be many items for sale. Tickets will be available for purchase to taste a variety of BC wines. The evening meal will be an All You Can Eat (AYCE) Spaghetti Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

August 18-19: Luau Weekend: Our Luau is simply spectacular and will have you talking about it for weeks. Paul Tavai-Latta, with his beautiful dancers, takes us on a journey through Polynesia. Audience participation is also part of the show and good for a few laughs. The dinner show will start after the meal has been served and will feature the dancers showing us their authentic Polynesian costumes. Our Luau meal will be a real pig roast with all the trimmings. Tickets available in the Country Store. There is a limited amount of tickets available and they sell out fast.

August 25- 26: Wet ‘n Wild: Kids, bring your bathing suits and towel to the Rec. Centre at 2 p.m. and be prepared to get wet!! Come and enjoy AYCE Chili dinner at 5:30 pm. From 7 to 10 p.m. in the Rec Center spend the evening dancing to music by Kevin our local DJ from Chilliwack - lots of selections to choose from.



August 11-12: Bend/Sunriver's Own 2012 Summer Olympics feature gymnastics, river races, swimming, track and volleyball. Join a team or bring your own. Don't miss this one! August 25: Penny Party: How many games can we play with pennies? Lots of fun and a bit of laughter along the way.

August 10
Sunriver Music Festival Pops Concert
Classical Mystery Tour is a tribute to the Beatles. More than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded; includes full orchestra to create a powerful presentation. Held at the Bend High Auditorium, just 20 miles from the preserve. Event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information call (541) 593-9310.

Pacific City

August 4: Gone to Wonderland events include Off with ‘Yer Head Goose Golf, "Hearts" Bingo, Mad Hatter tea party, and find "Alice" Scavenger Hunt.

August 11: Country Fair Daze events include watermelon eatin', partner puddin' eatin', lemonade social, and barnyard critters skit.

August 18: Fire Fighter Daze events include Bucket Brigade Relay, and Get "Hosed" in our squirt gun event. Lee King entertains.

August 25: Garden Daze events include make a garden trivet, Veggie Races, and Bugs and Butterflies edible craft. Heritage County/Christian Trio entertains.

August 8
Tillamook County Fair
Pig and Ford races, 4-H exhibits, floral hall, food and craft vendors, horse racing and betting, demolition derby, Ricky Scaggs, Jo Dee Messina and Smash Mouth music concerts, hypnotists, jugglers, reptile exhibit, carnival rides and more. Rated #1 in Oregon. For information visit


August 4: We will all be a rockin' and a rollin' with Storm‘in Norman! And at the same time we will be lighting up the fire pit and cooking some s'mores!

August 11: We will be enjoying the sounds of the Salty Dogs and at the same time we will be lighting up the fire pit and cooking some s'mores!

August 22-29: By formal request! "They're Back!" Who do you say! Well of course it's "The Pacific City Ramblers" holding their third Jamboree here at Seaside! And you know what that means! Fun, Fun, Fun! There will be dessert auctions, socials, singing at the fire pit, games for all ages, all day, every day! And as usual they will be bringing along Chef John so he can once again amaze us with his world class BBQ on the 25th! Last year we had over 186 in attendance! Amazing! Throughout the month, Christopher & Minda will be cooking breakfast on the weekends and we are sure to have a few extra events and socials organized!

August 12-14
Seaside Beach Volleyball
Enjoy the largest amateur beach volleyball tournament in the world with over 800 teams playing on 100 plus courts. Divisions range from parent and child to Masters 55+, along with our Men, Women and Co-ed Open Divisions that feature current and retired AVP ranked players. Seaside Beach Volleyball is consistently the highest ranked and most visited amateur beach volleyball tournament around! For more information visit

August 18
A Day in the Park
This will be our 3rd annual A Day in the Park. Last year's event was a lot of fun and this year it promises to be even better. Join us for an eating contest, games, a Saturday market, live music and a whole lot more. This event is held in Broadway Park next to the Sunset Pool. This is a free community event, so come out and enjoy some fun in the sun! For information visit

South Jetty

August 9-12: Book Lover's weekend at South Jetty! We will be celebrating all things books! A whole weekend dedicated to books! On

August 11 we will be having a Book Swap. Bring books that you have loved and want to give a new home and find new books to take with you on your adventures! We will be making laminated bookmarks so that you can treat your books to a handmade gift! Make a notebook to keep a log of your adventures or maybe you are an aspiring author yourself and you can start your own book within the pages of your notebook!

August 10-11
Relay for Life

There are many ways to help! You can join a team, sponsor a team, purchase luminaries or volunteer time! The theme for this year is "We believe in Magic. Relay, Hope, Life". Help someone else celebrate another birthday with this great fundraiser! Visit for more information. Held at Miller Park, just 2 ½ miles from the preserve. For information call (541) 997-3441.

August 12
Concours at the Coast
A showing of the best possible field of collector automobiles displayed at the exciting Three Rivers Casino & Hotel in Florence. Displays include Class A 1900-1931, Class AA 1931-1945, Class B 1946-1963, Class C 1964-1983, Class D 1984-Present, Class E Special Interest. Registration is free and includes a Collector's Package. Held at Three Rivers Casino, approximately 3 miles from the preserve. For more information call (541) 902-6607.

Whalers Rest

August 3-5: Welcome the "British Invasion" at Whalers Rest! Join us this weekend at the Beatles Tournament with our Wii Guitars. Saturday night at 7 p.m. we will have Nehemiah Brown entertain us in the South Clubhouse.

August 10-12: It's "Dipty do Dah Weekend" at Whalers Rest. We'll be dippin' everything from wet swimsuits to strawberries. Oh and the frozen chocolate bananas - "Yum"! Dinner will be served and following will be a fun "Family Night Bingo" time in our North Clubhouse.

August 17-19: Watermelon Galore Festival is taking ground this weekend. Don't be a melon head and miss all the fun Saturday night at the "Watermelon Party" that starts at 7 p.m. in the South Clubhouse. Bring a melon carved for the watermelon carving contest too!

August 23: Tonight is Kids Extreme Play Night from 7 to11 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. Sign up your kids for a jam-packed fun evening with games, swimming, snacks and a great movie. Adults you can take tonight off.

August 24-26: "Whalers Block Party" weekend at the coast. It will be a fun weekend with a blowout of a BBQ with all the fixins'. Tie-dye for the crazy at heart. Join in the music fun with Ron Diller as he performs in the South Clubhouse Saturday night at 7 p.m.

August 31-Sept. 2: Whalers remembers "The Dirty 30s" this weekend from the Great Depression. Bring your treats for the Box Supper and Pie Auctions. It will be fun to see who you end up meeting at the table. Wayne Graber Band will perform great fiddling music in our South Clubhouse, Saturday night at 7 p.m.

August 3-4
Quilts by the Sea
Quilt Show, held at the Newport Recreation Center, just 5 minutes from the preserve. Recreation Center is located at 225 SE Avery Street in Newport. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit or


Birch Bay

August 4-5: Check out our Red Canopy Karaoke Booth at the Harbor Days Festival in Blaine, See you there! Come join us and sing a few songs too!

August 25: Fear Factor Event for ALL ages.

August 5
Drayton Harbor Days Festival - Street Fair, Maritime Celebration and Pet Show
A weekend packed with fun for the entire family! A two-day weekend event packed with kids games, crafts, scavenger hunt, the "Prestigious George Raft Race", pirate costume judging contest, arts, crafts and food vendors, vintage steam boats, Plover Ferry ridges and much more! New this year to the festivities is a Pet show to be held Sunday at 2 p.m. Adults and kids of all ages enter can enter their pet lizard, cat, duck, dog! Prizes!!!! Event is held at the Blaine Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive, just 4 miles from the preserve. For information call (360) 332-4544.

August 13-18
Northwest Washington Fair
Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. Vendor booths open at 10 a.m. and close at 10:30 p.m. Carnival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The fair office is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exceptions of the week prior to fair when office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday prior to fair, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the week of the fair.


August 3-5: The Biggest Little Circus in the World comes to Chehalis. Be amazed as the Wenatchee Youth Circus sets up in Roy Rogers Field and performs three times over the weekend. Don't miss this terrific show!

August 10-12: Pirate Weekend! Bring your spoils to sell and your pieces of eight to spend at the Pirates Plaza bazaar. Sharpen your swords for a weekend of pirate games, contests, and fun. Mellow out Saturday evening to the music of Stormin' Norman!

August 17-19: Polynesian Holiday…put on your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and join us for a TT-style luau weekend. Bring your favorite tropical dish to share at the Saturday night potluck, and enjoy Hawaiian style smoothies while you learn to hula!

August 24-26: Enjoy a weekend of browsing booths of Artisans and Crafters with great wares to tempt you! Or rent a table and display your own work! This event is growing every season, so don't miss it!

August 31-Sept. 3: It's the Last Hurrah! Labor Day weekend is always full of fun, including tunes by RAM Karaoke and two days of Slip ‘n Slide for your excitement!

August 10-12
70th Morton Loggers' Jubilee
Event includes demonstrations, a parade, booths, and games. Held in Morton, just 25 minutes from the preserve.

La Conner

August 3: Campfire with Amy Hindman.

August 4: Happy Birthday To You! Join us for cake and homemade ice cream.

August 11: Michelle's Country Around the World.

August 17: Campfire with Amy Hindman.

August 18: Water Weekend with our Slip ‘n Slide.

August 25: Game Show Weekend:

August 11
12th Annual La Connor Classic Boat and Car Show
Start off the morning with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by Rotary of La Conner and Sea Scouts from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Swinomish Yacht Club. The Boat and Car Show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. for cars and boats on trailers. Bring the family and enjoy vendors, raffle prizes, swap meet, demonstrations and music. Be sure to vote for your favorite car and boat!


Every summer weekend we have disc golf contest on our nine-hole course, volleyball matches on our two courts, team kickball on our baseball field, horseshoes contests, mini-golf matches on our 18-hole course, and table tennis matches. We'll also have obstacle course contests, paper airplane building and flying contests, paper boat building and sailing on our creek, Wii dance contests and movie and popcorn nights. Every Saturday and Sunday, join "Thousand Trails Ernie" for a guided hike. He has some fascinating tales to explain some of the unique features and oddities you'll find along our trails. Guided tours are fun for both kids and adults. Make sure you sign up as soon as you arrive.

Little Diamond

August 3-5: Mad Hatter Tea Party: The ultimate unbirthday party! Fun and unusual games are planned as part of the surprise package this weekend. Be a player and bring your own costume to add to the fun in our wonderland experience. Tick-tock!

August 10-12: When you Wish Upon a Star – Star Gazing Party: Astronomy enthusiasts and amateurs alike will enjoy the scope and spectrum of the night sky presentation. Maximum Perseid meteor show activity is expected this weekend. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars, lounge chairs, snacks and hot chocolate! The Spokane Astronomical Society will be providing several large telescopes and will be available to answer questions and give direction for your viewing pleasure. Plenty of activity planned for the daylight hours for those who are not night owls!

August 17-19: Pirates' Costume Party: Climb aboard! Pirate ship photo op, join the treasure hunt, enter the peg leg races, walk the plank…cuz we will be pirates! Argh! Don't forget to bring your pirate costumes. Prizes awarded for the best costumes. Also, a good game of Capture the Flag is in order. Outdoor Theater night featuring pirate movies, of course!

August 24-26: Iron Man Competition: Row your boat, ride your bike, run the race! There will be divisions for all age brackets, singles and teams wanting to compete. Plus, don't miss the Pumping Iron challenge! Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Long Beach

August 4: Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day includes Craft Hour mid-afternoon to make hats and eye patches! Saturday night's movie will be from the Pirates of the Caribbean series-yarrr matey!

August 18: Aloha Saturday Afternoon includes fun with leis, ring toss, water balloon fights and Tiki Bean Bag Toss! Plus goody bags for the kids!

August 20-26
Annual Washington State International Kite Festival
This all-day event was voted "Best Kite Festival in the World" by the Kite Trade Assn. International. Event includes a full week of festivities including competitions by professional and amateur kite flyers and teams, mass ascensions, fireworks, lighted night kite flies, trick flying competitions, food and crafts, vendors and much, much more! Held in downtown Long Beach, just four miles from the preserve. For information call (360) 642-4020.

August 17-19
Blues & Seafood Festival

Start the weekend off with hot blues bands and a food court with local seafood specials, regional beer and wine venues along the marina at the Port of Ilwaco. Then continue the festivities on the 19th at Ocean Park's Jazz & Oysters, featuring live jazz bands and plenty of grilled oysters, fruit and cheese plates and desserts, beverages and libations.

Mount Vernon

August 11: Elvis is in the House: Shane Cobane is an Elvis impersonator with costume and song. Gals bring out your poodle skirts and Guys slick back your hair. Wear your leather jacket and take a stroll down memory lane.

August 18: Membership Appreciation: Join us for Potluck Dinner and meet and greet your neighbors. We will provide the main entree.

August 25: Hawaiian Days: Once again we are having our Hawaiian theme day with entertainment by the Aloha Dancers. Dress for the occasion and join in the contests. Dinner plans announced later.

August 10-13
Skagit Valley Fair
Celebrate the country's agricultural heritage with farm animal showing, a carnival, craft and hobby displays, vendor booths, music and more. Held at the Mount Vernon Fairgrounds, just 15 miles from the preserve. For information call (360) 336-9453.


August 18-19: 1st Annual "Thunderbird Open" Miniature Golf Tourney. Participants will be broken into groups based on age and skill level. Come see who is the next "Great American Golfer"!

August 23-September 3
Evergreen State Fair
The Evergreen State Fair is the largest annual event in Snohomish County. Approximately 900,000 visitors walk through the gates to eat food on a stick, ride the rides, play the carnival games, see all the 4-H exhibits and farm animals and gather around stages to hear big name music acts. Don't miss the Fair Days Parade at 11 a.m. on the 25th on Main Street in Monroe. For more information on the fair call (360) 805-6700. Held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, just 7 miles from the preserve.




August 3-5: Beach Mountain Party Weekend: Cool off in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains. There will be a watermelon eating contest on Saturday followed by a hula-hoop contest. Hope you save room for s'mores! Join Glen Smith at the Amphitheatre for some oldies but goodies, some twist and shouting and of course, s'mores!

10-12: ALOHA! Pack your Hawaiian shirt and spend your weekend in the islands. The Pine Cone Cafe will be preparing an island-style dinner. After feasting on dinner Saturday, our campers will be treated to entertainment featuring hula dancers and music of the islands. During the weekend, there will be lots of fun activities planned to make this the perfect island getaway.

August 24-26: First Annual Oktoberfest in August: The Pine Cone Cafe will be serving authentic German meals. There will be beer tasting, German games, contests, German music and dance.

August 25-26
19th Annual Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines
This event was the vision of two music lovers who wanted to find a way to promote America's original art form – jazz, as well as raise money for scholarships for the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Two days of live jazz, entertainments, good food and vendors. Held at the Idyllwild Arts Academy campus, just 7 miles from the preserve. Events hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For ticket information call (951) 500-4090.

Lake Minden

August 3-5: RC Boats/Olympic Games: On Friday, we'll continue our Olympic Celebration with a "Flavors of the World" Potluck Social, Brown Bag Bingo and a Family Movie. On Saturday morning, Pom Pom the Clown is here for Super Silly Olympic Games. Watch the Radio Controlled (RC) Boat Races on Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

August 10-12: Olympic Games Continued: On Friday we'll be doing scrapbook pages so bring along your favorite photos for some new scrapbooking ideas. On Saturday we will continue our Olympic Games with Paddleboat Races and Cold Water Limbo followed by Candy Bar Bingo and Root Beer Floats at the Ice Cream Social.

August 17-19: Wrapping up the Olympics: We'll wrap up the Olympics with a Closing Ceremony Viewing and Potluck Social. Join us Saturday for miniature golf, water play, Candy Bar Bingo, and the Ice Cream Social followed by Family Karaoke. Kick up your heels at the Saturday Night Barn Dance.

August 24-27: RC Boat Races: We'll wrap up the summer at Lake Minden with an End of the Summer Block Party. We'll have a variety of activities on the main lawn including horseshoes, volleyball and face painting. Bring your favorite potluck dish and join us for a picnic lunch by the lake followed by Candy Bar Bingo and an Ice Cream Social. Later, take your turn at karaoke and show us who's got talent…and who doesn't!

August 1-5
Yuba Sutter Fair
Since 1934 the Yuba Sutter Fair has featured fun for the entire family including children's activities, entertainment, music, rides, commercial vendors, agricultural exhibits, and animals, plus a wide variety of food and attractions. Held at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds, just 20 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 674-1280.

Lake of the Springs

Every Friday in August come play some Adult Money Bingo put on our by Volunteer Fire Department. Join us every Friday and Saturday for dinner and every Saturday and Sunday for breakfast. John Carter performs at the Family Campfire Sing-along and Marshmallow Roast every Saturday in August.

August 4: The McBride Brothers entertain with music from the 60s at the Family Dance.

August 11: James Slack Band plays country favorites at the Family Dance.

August 18: Southern Wings perform a little country and a little rock and roll at the Family Dance.

August 25: Heading Due West performs good old country music at the Family Dance.

Pio Pico

August 4: Animals, Animals, Animals Weekend: Pet health seminars, pet show, dog Frisbee demos, dog training classes, and dog crafts.

August 11: Hula Hula Weekend: Hula crafts, pineapple scavenger hunt, Luau dinner and entertainment. Call (619) 216-6900 for dinner reservations.

August 18: Pirates of the Caribbean Weekend Fun: Pirate crafts, pirate treasure hunt, first annual Pio Pico 8-Ball Shootout, singles and doubles competition.

August 25: 1st Annual RC Zoom Fest: Race on down to Pio Pico for a weekend of speed and excitement. Bring your RC cars and race around our new dirt track. Prizes awarded to the winners in our Saturday competition. For detailed event information and daily and weekly activities please see our Facebook page at You can share photos with us. We will be having a drawing beginning September 1 and running through October 1 for a "Two nights free stay" at Pio Pico.

August 12
Chula Vista Lemon Festival
Chula Vista, once known as the Lemon Capital of the world, celebrates its heritage with food, craft booths, and entertainment. Event is held in downtown Chula Vista, just 20 miles from the preserve, and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call (619) 422-1982.


August 18
Michael Chapdelaine in Concert
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm and blues. Event is held at David Girard Vineyards, in Placerville, just 5 miles from the preserve. For information visit

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon come on 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 a future in rodeo! A definite photo op! Every weekend join the fun and hop on board the famous Rancho Oso hay wagon to take a tour of our beautiful resort! Wagon will drop off passengers at the barn for the stock dog and bucking bull demo and barn tour. Don't forget to call the stables at (805) 683-5110 and book your unforgettable horseback ride for ages 8 and over. Of course, your little buckaroos can get their first ride on a big horse, led by one of our friendly wranglers! This is a great "photo-op" for your scrapbook. The weather is perfect for hiking, swimming, riding, photography, or wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley, only a scenic half hour drive away. Don't want to drive? Let us help you arrange a guided winery tour with a local tour company! Later in the day, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too! Check out the new menu items on Friday and Saturday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen! Rancho Oso is one fun place!

August 1-5
Old Spanish Days Fiesta
The Fiesta Historical Parade is one of the largest equestrian parades in the US. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street. Viewing the parade is free, but shaded reserved seating is available for purchase. Visit for reserved seating information and the entire Fiesta Event Schedule.

August 2
The Professional Bull Rider (PBR) Challenge Tour
The toughest sport on earth returns with the nation's top riders competing in the fast growing sport. The action is so close you'll feel the sweat and dirt! The event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. For more information visit

San Benito

We now have Friday night dinner specials – each week is something different. Serving begins at 6 p.m. at Reba's Cafe in the Family Lodge. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first Saturday is our Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. Ice Cream Socials are every Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m. Plus, Tea Time Social on Wednesday, Bunco Thursdays and movies in our Fireplace Room and Ice Cream Socials on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

August 11: Luau! If you have never been, this a must to see and enjoy. We have a beautiful Polynesian troop performing all day long. From 1 to 3 p.m. a small band will play outside on our patio. Luau dinner served at 3 p.m. At dusk, the Polynesian troop will be performing pool side with hula girls, fire dancers and wonderful island music. You don't want to miss this event.

August 18: BBQ Lunch on the patio at noon. A swinging sock hop is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. with the fabulous tunes of the Corvairs.

August 25: Karaoke with Noni, plus complimentary snacks, at 7 p.m.


August 4: Wild Things Animal Show at 11 a.m. at the Recreation area.

August 25: Wild Things Animal Show at 11 a.m. at the Recreation area.

August 4
Nevada City Uncorked: A Food & Wine Experience
Wander through downtown Nevada City sampling local wines and food. Events hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 day of event. This includes a commemorative wine glass to use at each wine tasting plus five food tickets. For more information call (800) 655-6569 or visit Nevada City is just 30 miles from the preserve.

Wilderness Lakes

August 4: Luau Weekend: Sunny Sunshine & Twinkles our clowns will be here to paint your face and make balloon figures. Vylani's Polynesian Dancers perform many dances from their native islands. Their Fire Dancer will get your attention very quickly. Contest and prizes for all ages.

August 11: 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.

August 18: Dominic's Karaoke for the whole family. Come and enjoy the evening. You can listen or sing along. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

August 25: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.



Bay Landing

August 3-5: Safari Weekend: Hop aboard Bay Landing's safari wagon where the adventure to the jungle begins! See how many "jungle animals" you can find and pick up to keep. There could be a monkey in a tree, a snake on the ground or watch out for the lions and tigers! Don't forget to enter the "Tarzan Yell" contest. You can even make a mold of all the prints you find in the park, maybe even a bobcat, deer, or a mountain lion!

August 31-Sept. 3: Hawaiian Luau/Labor Day: 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 the leis that will be made special by your own hands. It will be a day filled with that island magic. Even a roasted pig from the guys on the park makes it grand entrance, right before the feast that Angie has prepared for all us islanders to enjoy. And then the volcano erupts as T-Bone Road take center stage at the Beachview pavilion under our own island stars.

Colorado River

August 3
18th Annual Liz Cook Trailride, Texas Super Trailride, Rodeo and Parade
Fun-filled rodeo event including midnight trailride, campout under the big Texas sky, demonstrations on horsemanship, Competition rodeo, DJs, and food vendors. Sponsored by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, event is held at the Colorado County Fairgrounds in Columbus, just 4 miles from the preserve. For information call (979) 732-5385.

Lake Conroe

August 4: Potluck Pigout & August Birthday weekend: We will be celebrating August birthdays so come join the fun and enjoy some cake. Bring your favorite dish to the pavilion to share with your fellow campers and get to know your neighbor! We'll also be having entertainment from Cindy Renee'. She will be putting on an exciting and high energy show so we can all work off all the potluck extra they we enjoy so much.

August 11: Kids Weekend: This weekend will be all about kids so we will be playing a lot of games and making kids crafts. There will also be golf cart races and parades and snow cones and hot dogs will be served from the Cactus Cafe.

August 18: Back to School Weekend: Bring all the kiddos and let them say their goodbyes to the summer. We will be having all kinds of contests and games to get the kids thinking it is still summer. By the time they leave they will be thinking of the great times they will be having at school.

August 25: Beach Boys Weekend: This weekend will be all about the Beach Boys music. We will have a volleyball game at the lake while listening to the Beach Boys music. We will be saying goodbye to summer with all kinds of summer fun.

Lake Tawakoni

August 4: Summer's Last Big Splash Weekend includes pool activities.

August 17: Member-generated Casino Run to Choctaw. All other activity schedules will be in check-in packets or by calling the Ranger Station weekly. Adult Center is available for weekend member-generated activities. Friday and Saturday night game night.

Throughout August
First Monday of the Month
Held in Canton, just 30 miles from the preserve, this is one of the world's largest trade days.

Lake Texoma

August 3-4 Tournament Weekend: Find out who's the best of the courts during our pickleball tourney and free throw contest. There will also be a horseshoe tourney and an 8-Ball Pool Tourney. You won't know if you're the best if you don't sign up. The Back Road Band will provide evening entertainment. Friday Bingo features RV/Household prizes.

August 10-11: Anything Goes Weekend: Lots of laughs when you play our version of "Krazy" golf on the mini-golf course. There's a Wii Bowling Tournament for the adult crowd and shuffleboard for the entire family. Friday Bingo features candy bars. We will be regaled Saturday evening with songs by renowned Blues singer Stephen Pride.

August 12: Games Weekend: We will have games available for every age group – indoor, outdoor, Loopz, Pegs and Jokers, Wii, Jenga, Minute to Win It stunts, "Patio" hockey, and much more. Allen Hurt and His Troupe will keep your feet tapping and hands clapping through the night.

August 25: Back to School Weekend: Win some school supplies playing "Back to School" Bingo. This will be your last chance to become a "Minute to Win It" star for the 2012 season. The 13-18 year old teens will have a "Back to School" pool party featuring Tyler Bratcher as the DJ.

Lake Whitney

August 11: Sign up by August 4 for our first ever Triathlon for all ages. Participants will walk/run, swim and ride bicycles. All participants will receive a free hot dog lunch, which includes chips and drink. This is for all ages and we will have various age categories with distances chosen according to age and capability. This should be a great time so bring the whole family. We will be selling hot dogs, chips and a drink, for a small price, to all non-participants. We will be set up in front of the Family Pool and start at 8 a.m. so we can finish by noon. Start getting in shape and be ready to win! We will have great prizes for all the winners! Look forward to seeing you there!

August 1-4
Plaza Play House presents: Footloose the Musical
Based on the smash movie sensation by the same name, Footloose is the story of Ren, a young man from Chicago, forced to move with his mother to a puritanical, small town after his father abandons the family. To Ren's shock and amazement, dancing and rock and roll are forbidden. Through tenacity and clever use of the Bible, Ren manages to convince the local minister, Reverend Moore, to let the town's high-schoolers dance again. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., plus an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 3 p.m. Theater is located at 111 S. Main Street, in Cleburne, just 30 miles from the preserve. For information call (817) 202-0600.

Medina Lake

August 4: Craft sale, kids' craft, wooden pig races, celebrating August birthdays and anniversaries during Ice Cream Social; water games at pool and Minute to Win It Games.

August 11: Back to School Weekend: kids' craft, school supply (candy) game, Kids' Bingo, water games at the pool, hamburgers and hot dogs at the pool and Ice Cream Social.

August 18: Craft sale, kids' craft, bean bag baseball, water games at pool, shuffleboard and Ice Cream Social.

August 25: Kids' Craft, Candy Bar Bingo, Brown Bag Card Bingo, water games at pool and Ice Cream Social.

August 3
BR Lightning Ranch Summer Buckle Series Rodeo
Lightning Ranch featuring bull riding, steer riding, calf roping, barrel racing, mutton busting and more, plus high-diving aqua mules. Held at Pipe Creek, just 13 miles from the preserve. Event starts at 8 p.m. For more information call (830) 535-4096.

August 11-12
Boerne Market Days
Market Days in Boerne has become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with artists, craftsmen, and vendors showing their creative talents and wares set to the background of music of some of Texas' best homegrown musicians. Jewelry, plants, collectibles, antiques and more, plus great food with local flavor! Held in Boerne Main Plaza, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information call (210) 844-8193.



Lake Gaston

August 3-5: Wacky Olympics: In celebration of the 2012 Olympics we will conduct our own Olympic Games. These games will come with a twist of "wackiness".

August 17-19: ODW Kitchen: At ODW we love to socialize and make new friends. There is no better way to make friends than by sharing recipes and eating together. Children will have a great time making snacks during activity time. We are also encouraging recipe swapping.

August 3-4, 10-12
A parody of the fan favorite show that ran weekly from 1969 to 1997 with skits such as "Pickin and Grinnin", "The Haystack" or "Pfft You was Gone". This is a fun-filled night of country singing, comedy sketches and good old down home entertaining. Now ya'll remember, Littleton spelled backwards is Not-Elltil. All evening performances start promptly at 8 p.m., matinees at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes prior to show time. Held at the Lakeland Cultural Arts Theater, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information call (252) 586-3124 or toll-free at (877) 330-0574.

August 11
The Crossing
Swimmers, walkers and non-motorized vessels cross the one-mile body of water. This fundraiser helps support non-profit organizations that support Lake Gaston. Bring the entire family and have a fun-filled morning. Held at Eaton Ferry Bridge, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information call (252) 586-5711 or toll-free at (866)-730-5711.


Chesapeake Bay

August 4: Cornhole Tournament:

August 10-11: Pirates of the Piankatank: Friday night, watch the third "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie at the Golf Cart Drive-In Movie Theater. On Saturday, we call all pirates and wenches to the DJ Dance!

August 12-18: Children's Music Camp: Led by professional music teacher, Jean McEntire, this very affordable music camp includes short daily rehearsals and a Saturday concert for two age groups: 3-5 year-olds, and 6-12 year-olds. Call (804) 695-9645 to register in advance.

August 18: Camp Swap Meet: Buy, sell or trade your used "heirlooms". Set up and sell from your campsite (this day only!) or bring your treasures to sell at the Pavilion.

August 25: Scrapbooking and More.

Harbor View

Every Saturday we'll have Kids' Crafts. Drop your children by the Rec Hall before heading to the pool for Adult swim from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Your children will enjoy bringing out their artistic selves! Cost is $5 per child.

August 11: Luau at the Pavilion: Come dressed in your ALOHA attire and bring your own meat to grill and a side to share!

August 25: Pirate Party at the Pavilion. Dress to impress! Bring your favorite punch and finger food to share!

Every Wednesday and Saturday in August
Texas Hold ‘Em
Tournament Style Texas Hold ‘Em, for adults 21 and over, held at the Riverboat on the Potomoc, which is just 8 miles from the preserve. Games begin at 7 and 9:30 p.m. For information call (804) 224-7055.

August 18-19
33rd Annual Rod Run to the Beach
Sponsored by the Colonial Beach Education Foundation, event features hot rods, customs, and street machines. Held at Town Hill in Colonial Beach, just 8 miles from the preserve. For information call (804) 224-0690.



Moody Beach

DON'T FORGET AUGUST IS LOBSTER MONTH IN MAINE! Sign up for the Surf and Turf dinner on August 11! Call Country Store for details.


Gateway to Cape Cod

August 5: Carnival Weekend – Our most popular Saturday of the year (except "maybe" Halloween) features clowns, entertainment, donkey race, games and prizes, and face painting. Fun for all ages!

August 18: Luau – Plan for a fun Island Day with leis, grass skirts, and Hawaiian shirts.


August 11: Craft weekend for all ages.

August 25: Clown Around Weekend: We will take a frown to a smile with entertainment, contests, and face painting.

August 31-Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend: This is the last long weekend so let's have some fun with DJs on the beach, lots of activities and much, much s'mores!


Chestnut Lake

August 3-5: Luau Weekend includes pig roast, hula skirt making, lei making and a great time for all.

August 17-19: Hobo Weekend: Join our Hobo Parade and enjoy some Hobo Stew.

Sea Pines

August 3-5: Wild West Weekend.

August 10-12: Teen's Weekend.

August 17-19: Summer Picnic Weekend.

August 24-26: Just Messin' Around Weekend.

August 31-Sept. 3: Labor Day Weekend with DJ and Live Band.

August 4
Antique, Classic and Hot Rod Car Show
Car show features classic cars and refreshments. Held in Wildwood Crest, just 20 minutes from the preserve.



August 11: Spellbound! Come watch your fellow campers perform under a hypnotist's spell. Lots of laughs. Dare to try it yourself? Volunteers welcome.

August 25: It's in the Cards: What does the future hold for you? Come have your cards read. The cards can reveal the answers. Be sure to reserve your time slot at check-in. This is a very popular program.

August 18
The Mud Run
Mountain Trail Run with natural and man-made obstacles, rocky, wooded and wet terrain, shallow water crossings and mud! Get a team and get dirty. Families, spectators, and costumes welcome! Live music and awards, plus BBQ food and beverages available. Event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held at Shawnee Mountain, just 15 miles from the preserves. For information call (570) 421-7231 or visit



Indian Lakes

August 3-5: Carnival Weekend includes Open House, Band, DJ and lots of carnival fun.

August 10-12: Back to School Weekend: Big fun-filled week before heading back to school.

August 17-19: Looney Olympic Weekend includes movie, Olympic games and a caravan dinner out on the town.

August 24-26: You Gotta Regatta includes movie and craft. Let's float your boat and set your duckies a'sail.


Kenisee Lake

August 3-5: Newlywed Game Weekend: Whether you have been married for one day or 50 years come join us for our version of the newlywed game!

August 10-12: A Night Under the Stars Weekend: Come join us for a weekend of campfires and cooking on the fire!

August 17-19: Craft Extravaganza and Tiki Torch Time Weekend: Come join us for a Craft Show! We will have different crafters here to showcase and sell their work. Also, join us for our Luau! We will be having a dinner, games, and DJ/karaoke!

August 23-25: Ready, Set, Play Weekend: Come join us for a weekend of games! We will have anything from board games to relay races!

August 7-12
Ashtabula County Fair
Fair includes animals, exhibits, exciting games, shows, food, rides and fun! Held at the Ashtabula Fairgrounds, just three miles from the preserve. For information call (440) 576-7626 or visit


August 11-12: Who's Got Talent? Any talent that you might have, singing, dancing or just be creative. Karaoke will be set up for your use. Have a favorite craft? Sign up for the craft demonstrations and let others see how creative you are.

August 25-26 Back to School: Kids don't get the blues, let's have fun. There will be Slip 'n Slide, pool games and fun at the pool. You can make a special craft at the Lodge to take back to school. Ice Cream Sundaes will be served at the Store.

August 31- Sept 3: Labor Day Weekend: Poolside party with hamburgers, yummy homemade Belgian Waffles, entertainment by Rockin' Hillbillies featuring Chubby Howard and performances by gospel groups Church, Majestic Sounds, Evening, and Sonship on Sunday.

August 17-18
Wilmington Art & Pottery Festival
Juried art and pottery are featured at this artisan festival, plus demonstrations, food and a great time for all. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children under 12. Hours are Friday from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held at the Roberts Conference Center, just 15 minutes from the preserve. For information call (937) 382-6442.