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Yellowstone River

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Member Appreciation Events

Saturday, August 24

All Thousand Trails Locations

Check with properties for a list of times and events



Cultus Lake

Aug. 2-5: BC Day Weekend: Breakfast will be served each day over the weekend. On Saturday night our Casino Night will start at 7 p.m. and go until 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 Cook's famous burgers and hot dogs at 5 p.m.

Aug. 10: Taste of BC and Produce Market: At 2 p.m. we will have samples of local fruits, vegetables and specialty foods such as goat cheese and honey products to taste for free. There will also be many items for sale. The evening meal will be a Spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Aug. 17: Our Luau is simply spectacular and will have you talking about it for weeks. Paul Tavai-Latta will be returning for his 35th year along with his beautiful dancers to take us on a journey thru 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 will go on sale in the Country Store on July 15 (a limited amount of tickets are available and they sell out fast.)

Aug. 24: 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 a Chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. we will be having a dance with The Hong Kong Cowboy.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: We will have a Carnival on Saturday. Fun for the whole family! Enjoy the different events such as ring toss, find the worm eating contest, egg spoon race, adults raw egg toss and the bouncy tents. Don't forget the cotton candy, Sno cones and popcorn. Events run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Our Saturday night supper will be the last meal of the season so the cook is going to surprise us with a selection of entrées. He may have Chili, or Our manager's famous hamburgers and hot dogs, or spaghetti or who knows what else. Have one or some of each for one low price, some items may be limited.


Birch Bay

Aug. 24-31: Summer of Holidays continues with an Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m.

August 3-4
Drayton Harbor Days Festival/Street Fair & Maritime Celebration
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 and much more! Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information call (360) 332-4544. Event is held at the Blaine Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive, just three miles from preserve.

August 12-17
Northwest Washington State Fair
For over 100 years the Northwest Washington Fair has highlighted the agriculture of the Whatcom County area. Dairy and beef cattle, horses, and many other species of livestock are shown by 4H, FFA and Open Class exhibitors. There are hundreds of exhibits featuring baked goods, canning, flowers and fresh produce grown locally. Held in Lynden, just 12 miles from the preserve.


Happy TTrails horse trails are open for you equine enthusiasts (reservations required).

Aug. 2-4: The Wenatchee Youth Circus returns! Three performances - 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday in Roy Rogers Field. Tickets available in advance or at the Country Store. Kids $5, plus tax, Adults $10, plus tax and Family Pack (adults/3 kids) $25, plus tax. Tickets are more-at-the-door! get your tickets early and come and see the show!

Aug. 9-11: Disney Magic Weekend: Find your favorite character in our Disney-themed Scavenger Hunt, make "Land Before Time" Dinosaur eggs at Family Craft time, play candy bar "D-U-M-B-O" Friday and Saturday after Ice Cream Social. Saturday evening Magician Jeff Evans provides a little "magic" of his own...don't miss it! Aug. 16-18: Our Third Annual Bazaar and Craft Fair Weekend: It gets bigger every year and this year the Lodge will be simply bursting! We have Mancave, Tupperware, Emu Oil, Miche Bag, Nerium AD, Partylite, Bandals Footwear, Scentsy, 31 Gifts, Doterra Essential Oils, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Wild Tree, Neal's Yard, Princess House, handmade crafts....,just to name a few! Close to 30 vendors at your disposal, please join us. Slip N' Slide at Central Park.

Aug. 23-25: Hot August Nights: We're cooking now! Lets meet up by the pool for an afternoon sun and swimming, cool off with a root beer float at ice cream social. Saturday night gather around the fire pit in "H" Section, Amy Hindman returns with her guitar and folk music. Slip N' Slide at Central Park.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend ~ Blackberry Harvest: We're picking berries! Join in our picking contest, our cooking contest, and our eating contest! Saturday night Potluck in the Family Lodge. Slip N' Slide at Central Park.

August 3
Vietnam War Era Veterans Remembrance Day
Held at the Veterans Memorial Museum, in Chehalis, just 20 miles from the preserve.

August 8-11
71st Annual Logger's Jubilee
Held in downtown Morton, just 35 minutes from the preserve. All day event - for information call (360) 496-6362.

Grandy Creek

Aug. 2-4: Pirates of the Puget Sound: Pirates have invaded Grandy Creek once AGAIN!!! Ye be invited to help Captain Whitney find her loot … if ye dare! Come walk the plank, join the circle of buccaneers around the campfire, and partake in "pirate" games, like "peg-leg" relay races and capture the flag. Aug. 9-11: Death by Chocolate: Eat it, slurp it, toss it and WEAR it! We'll have chocolate sundaes, our famous chocolate slip-n-slide, chocolate games and even chocolate chip pancakes. Come join the messy family fun!

Aug. 16-18: Aloha Weekend: Dress up in your favorite Hawaiian attire and join us for Luau games like Limbo, tacky tourist relay and musical beach towels. Enjoy tropical music by the pool and don't miss the ducks as they race down Grandy Creek.

Aug. 23-25: Under the Sea: There is something fishy going on at Grandy Creek this weekend. Join us as we explore the world under water. We will have fun fish crafts and activities for all ages.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Celebration: Join us for this end of the summer bash! We will have crafts, games, duck races, tie dye t-shirts, breakfasts and so much more, including our traditional red, white and blue parade through the park! In the evenings we'll have hayrides, a movie on the lawn, a flashlight lollipop hunt and free s'mores around the campfire. Don't miss out on this fun-filled weekend.

August 17-18
Cascade Days
Event includes parade, Logger Competition, Car Show, Fireman's Muster, plus kids' activities, music, contests and more. For information call (360) 853-7867.


Aug. 2-4: Blue Ribbon Bash! - County Fair Weekend: Old fashioned fun with sack races, Balloon Pig Races, On the Farm Ring Toss, Put up the Pickles, Watermelon Eating Contest, Pickleball Tournament, Pitty Pat Card Tournament and Hog Calling Contest! We'll have a Lemonade Social. Kids can craft their very own Best in Show Pig or Sheep. Have your buddy put in to our "County Jail" and they'll need to buy a ticket from the bailiff to get out! Make your best award-winning Blue Ribbon Chili for our Chili "Throw down" & Potluck! Be sure to make enough to share at the potluck. Tasters and Judges needed - please call the resort at (509) 763-2020. Enter your best pie or dessert in our Bake-Off Benefit Auction where the dessert with the highest bid wins the Blue Ribbon and a prize. Rent a craft booth for $5. All proceeds benefit the Cascade H.S. Fine Arts Program. Make Campfire Cones at the campfire. Outdoor movie is "Babe."

Aug. 9-11: Watch for the Squatch! – Bigfoot Weekend: Bigfoot lives and is on the loose in the woods at Leavenworth! Who will have the most sightings? Games and activities include Can You Find Bigfoot's Lair?, a Bigfoot Documentary Marathon, Big 2 Card Game Tournament, Sa"Squash" Tennis Tournament, How Many Bigfoots and more. Kids' games include Big Foot Game and relay race. Make a Bigfoot craft. Enjoy campfire s'mores and a Sasquatch story. On Saturday, enjoy Bigfoot Encounter Mystery (brought to you by the Cascade High School Fine Arts Program). Saturday Dinner is Big Foot-Long Hotdog BBQ and Camp Beans. Dinner reservations required - call the resort at (509) 763-2020. Outdoor movie is "Harry and The Hendersons."

Aug. 16-18: Yo-Ho- Yo-Ho, It's the Pirates Life for Me! Pirate Captain Berk needs shipmates to swab the deck, walk the plank and hunt for long lost treasure! Enjoy a Pirate Dinner and Grog Social. Games include One-Eyed Ring Toss, Peg Leg Races, Cannon Ball Pop, Treasure Toss Pool Game and more. Play Pegs and Jokers, Liar's Dice or Pirate, Pirate, Where's Your Gold! Kids can make a pirate hat and hit the Piñata Treasure Chest. Purchase a ticket to have the captain charge yer best mate fer his crimes, and he shall be accompanied by the crew to walk the plank into our pool! Your friend needs to purchase ticket to be freed). All proceeds benefit the Cascade H.S. Fine Arts Program. Geocache with Pirate Captain Berk on a booty-filled treasure hunt, plus second treasure hunt for Buried Pirate Loot! Enter the Best Pirate Costume Contest, learn some pirate lingo for our Talk Like a Pirate Contest or enjoy our Pirate's Grog, Pegleg's, Cannonballs, & Gold"fish" Social! Campfire singalong plus Pirate's Booty Campfire Popcorn. Saturday night dinner features Tropical Island Chicken, Veggie Coins and Hardtack. Outdoor movie is "Pirates of the Caribbean." Dinner reservations required - call the resort at (509) 763-2020.

Aug. 23-25: Mariachi Huenachi! – Mexican Fiesta! Enter our Mexican Hat Dance competition, featuring award winning Huenachi Mariachi (band)! Make a batch of your homemade salsa for our Salsa "Throwdown" (volunteer tasters are needed, please call the resort at 509-763-2020), plus Jalapeno Eating Contest, Macho Nacho Contest, Who Can Eat the Worm, Taco Fencing, Mexican Train Domino Tournament, La Loteria (Mexican Bingo), and more. Nadarita Punch and Mexican Hat Cookie Social. Kids can make God's Eyes, Tissue Paper Flowers, enter a coloring contest, and take a swing at the Piñata. Make Mexican Dessert Burritos by the Campfire. Mexican market featuring authentic Mexican wares, plus authentic Mexican Food at our Hacienda-build your own Taco and Burrito Bar. Outdoor movie is "Three Amigos".

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: It's Wild West Weekend. Be part of our posse and round up our 10 Most Wanted Outlaws for their camp crimes and get a reward. We will also have Lasso the Horse, Stick Horse Barrel Racing, Horseshoe Tournament, Diggin' for Gold, and Find the Golden Horseshoe, plus Old Time Photo Booth. Enjoy Cowboy Coffee and Peach Cobbler at the campfire. Water shootout at the TT Corral. Kids can craft a horse made from their shoe and enter our Wild West Coloring Contest. Texas Hold Em' Tournament (bartenders and dealers requested - call the resort at (509) 763-2020). Saturday Dinner includes Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Sidekicks- Cowboy Beans, Slaw, and LOTS of root beer. Dinner reservations required - call the resort at (509) 763-2020. Outdoor movie is "The Wild Wild West."

Mount Vernon

Aug. 2-4: Slick back your hair and dust off that poodle skirt because the 50s are back. We have Shane Cobane as Elvis for our Sock Hop. Anything 50s from Hula Hoops to "Goldfish Cracker" contest. It's the cats' meow!

Aug 9-11: Fair Days: While the Skagit Fair is on, we will celebrate country life ourselves. Pie eatings, dog agility course, dig for candy in the straw, kids' events and contests. Come get some hay in your hair with us!

Aug 16-18: Prehistory Weekend: Scott Peterson joins us with his ever popular reptile show. While his animals amaze us, Scott teaches, entertains and makes us laugh. Filling out the weekend (a hard act to follow) we will make a volcano, slime, quicksand and have other fun planned.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1: The Wenatchee Youth Circus needs no introduction to Thousand Trails members. We are thrilled to host them on their last show of the season. May all your days be circus days - or camping days.

August 7-10
Skagit County Fair
Held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, just 12 miles from the preserve, the event features animal, rides, food, dancing, 4-H displays, quilting, flowers, canning and contests, plus Native American, Croatian, Scottish and Latino music. Add to all that car shows and kids' play areas and you've got something for everyone.

August 17-18
Cascade Days - Concrete
Small town flavor at its best and worth the trip out. Enjoy a bed race, chainsaw carving, logging demonstration, fireman's muster, parade, food, music and friendly people. For more information visit


Aug. 2-4: Friendship Day: Make Friendship bracelets for you and a friend. Compete in our ultimate boat relay race with a buddy or two.

Aug. 9-11: Kids Fishing Derby with prizes in each age category.

Aug. 16-18: Family Day: Good old-fashioned fun with relay races, three-legged races, tug of war, and a family version of the ultimate boat relay.

Aug. 23-25: Campfire Night: Come enjoy the big fire pit, bring your hot dogs and s'mores supplies and best campfire stories and songs.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: Wagon rides, boat races and a pool party.

August 2-4
Mossyrock Blueberry Festival
Mossyrock's Annual Blueberry Festival offers a parade, car show, and other fun events at various locations in and around Mossyrock, just five miles from the preserve. Event hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. For information and event details visit

August 13-18
SouthWest Washington Fair
Held at the SWW Fairgrounds, Centralia, Washington just 35 minutes from the preserve. For information visit


Pacific City

Aug. 3: Fabulous 50s. Find Elvis scavenger hunt! Hula Hoopin', bubble gum blowing contest, best 50s costume contest and 50s dance where we will be spinnin' the oldies. Aug. 7-10: Tillamook County Fair Week. Daily events include pig and Ford races, 4-H exhibits/animals, floral hall, food and craft vendors, horse racing and betting, Brad's World of Reptiles, hypnotists, carnival rides and more. Evening Fair Entertainment includes Lee Brice Aug. 7, Travis Tritt Aug. 8, and Foghat Aug. 9, Demolition Derby is scheduled for Aug.10. For a detailed schedule visit www.tillamookcountyfair. Aug. 17: Seascape Weekend: Collect your treasures on the beach and return to make a "Seascape" collage craft. Charles Wayne, DJ entertainment. The "Old Iron Show" at the Blue Heron Cheese Company Aug. 16-18. Aug. 24: Big Bash Bingo and Black Bear Bingo! How many ways can you play? Heritage Country Gospel entertains you with two performances. Aug. 31: Labor Day Weekend events include Mystery Daze. Solve the mystery by obtaining clues at the recreation activities to solve Who Dunnit! Enjoy Ernie Kropf Family Karaoke.


Tillamook Farmers' Market

Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Aug. 8-10: The Pacific City Ramblers are back and will be holding their 5th Jamboree here at Seaside! And you know what that means! Fun, Fun, Fun! There will be auctions, socials, singing at the fire pit, games for all ages. And as usual they will be bringing along Chef John so he can once again amaze us with his world class BBQ!

Aug. 9: We will be enjoying the sounds of Storm‘in Norman, Classic Rock & Roll.

Aug. 19-24: Seaside's First Annual Music and Blackberry Festival. Join us for our first annual Music and Blackberry Festival! Many Thousand Trails Members are getting together here at Seaside to Play, Play, Play!! - Around the campfire, at the clubhouse, hanging out by their rigs. Enjoy music from banjos to mandolins!

Aug. 24: We will be enjoying the sounds of Storm‘in Norman, Classic Rock & Roll.

Aug. 31: We will be enjoying the sounds of Storm‘in Norman, Classic Rock & Roll.

August 9-11
32nd Annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament
The 32nd annual event kicks off August 9 with over 800 teams competing in the World's Largest Amateur Beach Volleyball tournament. For information visit

August 31-September 2
Fort Stevens Battle Reenactment and Living History
The Northwest Civil War Council and the Friends of Old Fort Stevens will host their annual Battle Reenactment event on Labor Day Weekend. This reenactment takes place in the historic area of the fort each year. Fort Stevens is the Northwest Civil War Council's largest event, drawing reenactors from all over the Northwest, including Washington, California, Nevada, Canada and Idaho. The reconstructed earthworks, originally built in 1863 - 1865, is Oregon's only direct link to the Civil War. It's appropriate that this is the site of a battle and living history encampment honoring that link. The battlefield is located in front of the Spanish American War concrete batteries. The public will be able to view the battles from the top of the west battery near the park museum. It is a crowd-pleaser and a great camera viewpoint. For information visit

Whalers Rest

Aug. 2-4: "Arg! Pirates of the Pacific" hit the Whalers Rest Island this weekend. Captain Shari is trying to find her treasure so come help her or you could get thrown into the brig. Saturday Night we will celebrate with Nehemiah Brown and his music in the South Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

Aug. 9-11: It's Our "Un Tea Party Weekend" at Whalers Rest. Hey all kids don't miss the "Golden Key Hunt". It's "Wonderland Party" at 7 p.m. for all ages in our South Clubhouse on Saturday night.

Aug. 16-18: "Ooops, Honey I Shrunk The Kids" Weekend: Come have a crazy fun weekend. Don't miss the "Shrink Party" with our famous Nutty Professor. Dinner and entertainment on Saturday. Dr. Delusions will be amazing everyone in our South Clubhouse on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Aug. 22: "It's A Happy Birthday Party" for all the kids at Whalers. Parents come drop off your young'ins for lots of fun games in the South Clubhouse. Party starts at 6 p.m. and ends with pick up at 8 p.m.

Aug. 23-25: Whalers is "Over The Rainbow" this weekend. Come follow the yellow brick road with us to the Emerald City. Be sure to catch the fun with the Hot Air Balloon Race. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m. we'll have the Graber, Souter & Rupp Band performing some fiddling fun in the South Clubhouse.

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: "Off to the Races" this weekend brings lots of pinewood derby car making. We'll hold the big race Saturday night at 7 p.m. in our South Clubhouse. Racers and fans tune up with our Whalers Rest Dinner in the North Clubhouse at 5 p.m. before the race.

August 16-18
Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show
The Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is honored to welcome to its brand new Waterfront Park Pavilion master guitarist and musical legend, Dan Crary. A flat-picking stylist, Crary is a pioneer of one of America's most powerful forms of music . With more than 40 years of experience, Crary's work transcends boundaries of style and genre. There will be lots of wooden boats, antique shopping, and much much more. Sponsored by the Port of Toledo, event is held just 20 minutes east of the preserve. For information call (541) 336-5207.



Aug. 3: Start out the morning hiking with Pat Boss. We have several trails throughout the preserve with beautiful overlooks. Saturday night put on your dancing shoes and rock the night away with The Remember When Band. There will be a campfire and s'mores.

Aug. 9-11: Aloha! Dig out your Hawaiian clothes and join the Idyllwild staff for our Luau Weekend. On Saturday, plan on attending the Luau Dinner Show which will feature Polynesian dancers and a special dinner planed at the Pine Cone Cafe. Make sure you check the activity schedule in your welcome packet for additional activities.

Aug. 23-25: Oktoberfest Weekend: Plan on a fun-filled weekend with German crafts, games and of course, beer tastings at the Pine Cone Cafe. Sandi Castleberry and the Girls will entertain on Saturday night at the amphitheater.

Aug 31-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: With kids getting ready to head back to school, it's time for one more fun-filled weekend. The Recreation Staff has planned a lot of fun activities so make sure to check your welcome packet for the activities schedule so you don't miss out on any fun. Cowboy Jack will entertain on Sunday at the amphitheater.

August 17-18
20th Jazz in the Pines
The 20th Anniversary Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines will take place amid the towering native pine and oak forest on the Idyllwild Arts campus. World renowned jazz and blues artists perform on multiple stages throughout the weekend. Campus is located at 52500 Temecula Drive, just seven miles from the preserve. For information call (951) 659-2145. Events hours are 10 a.m to 10 p.m. each day.

Lake Minden

Aug. 2-4: Lake Minden's Got Talent: Friday afternoon share your favorite crafting talent and ideas at Adult Craft Show and Tell, then stay for the Friday Night Potluck Social and Brown Bag Bingo. On Saturday show off your physical skills in a Paddle Boat Race on the lake, cool off at the Ice Cream Social then bring your best singing voice and join us for an afternoon of Karaoke. On Saturday and Sunday, the RC Boats will be racing on the lake again.

Aug. 9-11: International Clown Week: On Saturday, Pom Pom the Clown will be visiting us again with a variety of children's activities. Have your camera ready for some great shots; we celebrate International Clown Week with face painting and other silly activities. Maybe you have a few silly tricks of your own to share?

Aug. 16-18: Lake Minden Kids Carnival: Kids there's still time to have fun before school starts. Saturday we'll be celebrating children with a variety of Kids Carnival Games, a Scavenger Hunt, Candy Bar Bingo and other great activities. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

Aug. 23-25: Sandtastic Beach Party: Join us Friday night for Hoagie Sandwich Potluck Social. Then grab a bucket and enter a Sand Castle building competition. Test your skills at the water balloon toss and hula hoop contest or play a lively game of volleyball. Cool off at the Ice Cream Social with a Root Beer Float.

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: End of the Summer Block Party: Wrap up the summer with a Lake Minden 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. Saturday night kick up your heels at an old-fashioned Barn Dance with a live band and karaoke.

Daily in August
Amazing Scavenger Hunt in Sacramento
Discover downtown Sacramento in a whole new way on this exciting scavenger hunt/walking adventure. Solve clues and complete challenges as you make your way from the Capitol District to many other famous and hidden gems of Old Sacramento. For information or to sign up online visit Event runs daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 31-August 4
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, animals plus a wide variety of food and attractions. Held at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, 422 Franklin Avenue, in Yuba, just 20 miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 674-1280.

Lake of the Springs

Every Saturday night we have John Carter at our Family Campfire Sing-along.

Aug. 3: Jim Hunter Band at Family Dance.

Aug. 10: Heading Due West at Family Dance.

Aug. 17: McBride Brothers at Family Dance.

Aug. 24: James Slack Band at Family Dance.

Aug. 31: Southern Wings at Family Dance and Eric at the Teen Dance.

Pio Pico

Aug. 2-3: 50s Flashback.

Aug. 9-10: Totally Tiki Luau.

Aug. 16-17: Wacky Pirate Wild Water Weekend.

Aug. 23-24: Game Show Weekend.

Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Labor Day Weekend.


August 31
32nd Annual American River Festival
The American River Festival is one of the longest running whitewater festivals in the country. Come watch and participate in this fun weekend on water and land! Centered in Henningsen Lotus Park, just 1.5 miles from the preserve, land activities include games, live music, food and merchandise vendors, and great spectator seats. River games and activities include races for those of all abilities, fun fests for kids, and educational clinics. The Festival benefits several river-focused nonprofits. Sponsored by the River Store. For information visit or call (530) 626-3435.

Rancho Oso

Every Saturday: From 11 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 young 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? You can easily arrange a guided winery tour with a local tour company! Later on Saturday, join us for the Ice Cream Social to make your favorite sundae or hot chocolate! Keep the weekend sweet with our Candy Bar Bingo too! Check out our breakfasts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and dinners on Friday and Saturday at the Stone Lodge Kitchen! Our chuck wagon is open serving lunch on Saturday – great burgers!

July 31-August 4
Old Spanish Days Fiesta
The tradition of colorful music, dance, and song, together with a spirit of friendliness, hospitality and tolerance are part of the Santa Barbara heritage which the "Old Spanish Days Fiesta" seeks to preserve and perpetuate. Don't miss the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and the Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo nightly at Earl Warren Showgrounds! Visit for schedule and tickets. Events are held all over Santa Barbara, less than 25 miles from the preserve.

August 17
Los Olivos Quick Draw
The charming town of Los Olivos will host the 27th Annual Los Olivos Quick Draw and Art Auction. The day will feature an artwork competition, silent and live auctions, food and entertainment. Event is just 25 miles from the preserve in Los Olivos.

Wilderness Lakes

Aug. 3: Luau Weekend: Vylani's Polynesian Dancers perform many dances from their native islands. Their Fire Dancers will get your attention very quickly. Contest and prizes for all ages.

Aug. 10: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

Aug. 17: 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.

Aug. 24: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: On Saturday, we'll have 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. On Sunday, Domenic Zuffi's Hit Men Band will be playing a variety of music for your listening or dancing enjoyment. They will be playing outside in front of the Family Pool area.


Lake Conroe

Aug. 3: Great Outdoors and August Birthday Weekend: Come join us for a weekend of great outdoor fun.

Aug. 10: Weird & Wacky Weekend: This weekend will be all about weird and wacky games.

Aug. 17: Bookworm Weekend: Come join us for a great weekend. We will be swapping our favorite books and discussing our favorite authors.

Aug. 24: Back to School Weekend: Hey it's school time again!! So come join us for a great send off to get the kids ready for school.

Aug. 31: Labor Day Weekend: Come join us for music and dancing under the stars. We will also be having some golf cart games and our last water gun shootout of the season.

Lake Tawakoni

Weekend Activities scheduled each weekend.

Aug. 31: We will host our Labor Day Celebration with a Dinner (TBD) and Trey Houston entertains.

Lake Whitney

Aug. 3: Birthday/Anniversary Cake and ice cream at 1 p.m. Candy/Prize Bingo at 2:30 p.m. Both events are at the Fillin' Station. Sign up for Parade Float Volunteers for our October Parade.

Aug. 10: Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m. and Candy Bingo 2:30 p.m. at the Fillin Station. Newlywed Game at 7 p.m. at the Adult Lodge.

Aug. 17: Back to school! Bring the kids for a weekend of outdoor fun. Steak Night at 7 p.m. at the Fillin Station.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend! Mr.Bubble TUG OF WAR! Every game we have or can plan will be going on! Water games, trail walks, crafts, you name it..we will try our best to have it.

Medina Lake

Aug. 3: We'll start the day off with a craft sale, then crafts for kids and Lego fun - let's see what you will create. We will celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries during our Ice Cream Social. We will have water games at the pool and end the day with evening Minute to Win It Games.

Aug. 10: Kids' Crafts, Bingo Day, Ice Cream Bingo - with a free bowl of ice cream during the Ice Cream Social. Have a sweet tooth? Then join us for Candy Bar Bingo. In the evening, we will have Mystery Bingo and you will pick a bag with a great gift or gag gift.

Aug. 17: See what's for sale during the Craft Sale. Kids come do crafts with us. There will be outside activities during the day including Wacky Golf, volleyball, water games at the pool, lawn dice and more.

Aug. 24: Yes kids, school is just around the corner so let's play some Back to School Bingo and instead of candy game we'll have a School Supply Game. We'll also have kids' crafts, water games, and burgers and hot dogs for lunch at the pool.

Aug. 31: Labor Day Weekend: Come see what their selling in the Craft Sale, then let's decorate our bikes and golf carts for a Labor Day Parade on the park. Banana splits during Ice Cream Social, plus BBQ dinner at Top of the Trail Cafe. We'll end the day with a dance and Bimbo and the Borderline Band will have you kicking your heels and snapping your fingers.

Saturdays Throughout August
Banderas Farmers' Market & Cowboys on Main
Browse the farmers' market goods every Saturday in front of Sid's Bar B Que on Main Street from 8 to 11 a.m. Enojoy the Cowboys on Main, with Western displays and strolling musicians from 1 to 4 p.m.

Flying L Cowboy Chuck Wagon Dinner & Show
Family fun and entertainment with BBQ chuck wagon dinner, wagon rides, roping lessons, cowboy state show, gunslingers and line dancing. Event hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and it is held at the Flying L Guest Ranch, 20 miles from the preserve. For information call (800) 292-5134.



Natchez Trace

Aug. 2-4: Crazy Campers Weekend: Saturday is our Field Day with flag football, softball, sack races, 3-legged races, balloon toss, tug-of-war, and more., Also, our NASCART races, complete with pit crew and pit stops, plus lots of laughs and outdoor cookout.

Aug. 9-11: Our Splish-n-Splash-n-Pool Party on Saturday, plus outdoor games, a carnival and burgers and hot dogs.

Aug. 16-18: Hillbilly Hootenanny: Saturday is filled with all kinds of crazy competitions from toilet tossing to spam carving. On Saturday evening, we end the day with the Ward Family Bluegrass Band - a group of sisters that are awesome.

Aug. 23-25: Classic Cruise ‘n' Car Show: Sock Hop Friday night, and Saturday Swamp Meet and Car Show. Car Show includes hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, motorcycles and tractors. Prizes awarded for all categories.

August 12-17

South Central Area Fair

Four-county fair held at Memorial Park, in Hohenwald, just 15 miles from the preserve. Event includes nightly entertainment, carnival rides, motocross race, demolition derby and money drop. For information call (931) 796-5425.



Gateway to Cape Cod

May through October
Tours at Nauset Lighthouse
Nauset Light Preservation Society volunteers lead tours of the lighthouse and provide historic information. Tours are free, donations accepted and some parking fees may apply. Tours run Sunday May 12 and May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. - check website for other dates and times. For information call (508) 240-2612 or visit


Rondout Valley

Aug. 3-4: Pig Roast/Down on the Farm Weekend: Event features a Pig Roast by Irve Decker - Yes He's Back! Come enjoy the fantastic culinary results of years of experience and dedication to barbequing by the "Master Irve." You will not go away hungry! Purchase your tickets early as there may be a limited number of seatings. Tickets available at the Store or Activities Department. The farm comes to Rondout with horses and other farm animals so join the Activities Department for lots of barnyard games. Also don't forget to get your tickets for the pig roast! Saturday entertainment is music by The Carl Richards Band from 5 to 9 p.m.

Aug. 24-25: Flea Market/ Penny Social Weekend: This weekend we will have our Third Flea Market. Activities will include crafts, games, vendors in the pavilion and more. Music by the Don Butler Band.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: Bring your family here this weekend and you're sure to have a great time! Various scavenger hunts, plus Bingo Mania will be on the agenda along with The Miss Rondout Pageant. So guys get into your wife's closet and pick out something great to wear. We also have other great activities! No Limit performs on Saturday night and DJ Joey "B" entertains on Sunday.



Aug. 10: Bash to Bedrock Weekend: Come on to the T-Rex show on Saturday at 8 p.m. We will have a DJ Dance Party from 8 to 11 p.m. - all ages, no dinosaurs allowed.

Aug. 24: Deja Vu: What do the cards hold for you? Our Tarot Card reader will search out the answers on Saturday at 5 p.m. In the evening, dance your cares away in the Rec Hall with DJ Tom.

August 2-4
Drum & Bugle Corps, DCI Eastern Classic
The best of the best Drum and Bugle Corps compete in this event that includes exciting presentations of the corps most difficult and moving routines. Don't miss the Tour of Champions on August 4.

August 31
A street festival with food, fun, music and entertainment. Event hours are 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and event is held on Main Street in Stroudsburg, just 10 minutes from the preserve. For information call (570) 420-2808.



Kenisee Lake

Aug. 10: Corn Roast and Luau Weekend featuring special local music group,The Castaways. Lots of events planned, fun for the whole family. Come and enjoy the weekend with us.

August 24
Celtic Feis 2013
Northeast Ohio's largest Scottish and Irish Festival, now in its 25th year. Entertainment, food and merchandise vendors; music begins at noon. Gate admission. Additional date: August 25, 2013. Event is at 481 Lake Road E, in Geneva–on-the-Lake, approximately 15-20 miles from the preserve. For information call (800)-uncork-1.


Aug. 2-3: Wet 'n Wild Pool Party: Your kids will love our pool party, pool games, and other water sports throughout the entire weekend. So bring something you wouldn't mind getting wet or dirty and look forward to a good time!

Aug. 16-17: Alien Invasion: Aliens have invaded Wilmington! Your kids will have a blast making homemade slime, having slime filled water balloon wars, and so much more out of this world fun!

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: Prepare for an exciting weekend to celebrate all of your hard work. Many fun games, scavenger hunts, crafts, and live entertainment all weekend long. Join a friendly game of water volleyball or one of our many fun-filled pool games before the pool closes for the season on Tuesday. Join us on Sunday for entertainment by Debbie Bryson, Sonship, and Majestic Sounds.