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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. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend events feature carnival on Saturday promising 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 to 4 p.m. Cook will surprise us with a selection of entrees for our Saturday night supper beginning at 5:30 p.m. For our last meal of the season, he may serve chili or our manager’s famous hot dogs and hamburgers, or spaghetti - who knows! Have one or some for one low prices. (Note some items may be limited). At dark, we will have a movie night in the park (event will move into the Rec Centre in case of inclement weather.)

Sept. 14: Minter Gardens: Need something to do? Get a group together and carpool to the Minter Gardens. The gardens are absolutely breathtaking. Don’t forget your camera. It is wonderful to stroll around the gardens and take in all the beauty. There is a great little gift shop as well as a restaurant.

Sept. 28: Thanksgiving Potluck: Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving a couple of weekends before the Canadian Thanksgiving. We will supply the turkey and stuffing and would like you to bring your favorite side dish. There will be a sign-up sheet posted in the Rec Hall and you must sign up before 2 p.m. on Saturday to attend this event. Dinner will start at 5 p.m. sharp as this is a rotating potluck and everyone must be in their seats and ready to go at 5 p.m. or you may miss out on some of the food.


Pacific City

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


Sept. 5: Join us for our 4th Annual Hot Rod Parade! As many as 70 cars tour the northside of the preserve. Be there at 3:45 p.m. to get a great seat! Oh, and remember to bring your seat!

Sept. 6: 8th Wheels ‘N’ Waves: Seaside is the place to be to end your summer because downtown Seaside is roaring with ocean waves and hot rods and custom cars.

Sept. 7: We will be enjoying the sounds of Storm‘in Norman, Classic Rock & Roll.

Sept. 12-15: Pickleball Mania continues at Seaside! Join us for our second annual tournament that will surely be a thriller! This USAPA scheduled event will surely become a great tradition at Seaside! It’s for everyone - Novice through Advanced!

Sept. 14: “Almost End of the Season” BBQ Bonanza! Guaranteed to be delicious! Includes brisket, tri-tip or chicken cooked on a Treager Grill! Served with all the fixins! And, we will all be a Rock ‘in and a Roll ‘in with Storm ‘in Norman! And at the same time we will be lighting up the fire pit and cooking some smore’s!

September 5-8
Seaside Wheels ‘N’ Waves Car Show
Seaside’s annual Wheels ‘N’ Waves Car Show brings hundreds of show-quality cars from 1962 and earlier to Seaside. Cars will arrive September 5 and will be on hand through Sunday. Organized by the Seaside Downtown Development Association and sponsored by local and Northwest businesses, this treat for car enthusiasts offers four days of cars, cars and more cars. Events include a downtown cruise, cars for sale, vendors, and an awards presentation. Spectators are invited to talk with car owners and photograph the cars lined along the streets of downtown Seaside.

Whalers Rest

Sept. 7-8: Thanks for the Memories! Celebrating a great summer! We salute you with a free Ice Cream Sundae Social, “Movie In The Park” (weather permitting) and lots of extra fun activities.

Sept. 13-15: We are celebrating “International Chocolate Weekend.” So chocolate lovers set aside this weekend to enjoy camping and share your favorite chocolate recipe at our Chocolate Social.

September 7-8
4th Annual Newport Wild Seafood Weekend
The Newport Wild Seafood Weekend will feature the 6th Annual Great Newport Wild Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday which has fast become one of the most popular culinary events in all of the Northwest. Also there will be the Wild Seafood Market, Wild Fish Walk, where the public can connect with fishermen and buy direct, fresh wild seafood! Event is held at Port Dock 7 of the Port of Newport and along the Boardwalk of Newport’s Historic Bayfront, just five miles north of the preserve. For information visit



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

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.


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, and 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. 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!


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


Lake Minden

September Events: Life’s a Mystery

Sept. 6-8: Mysteries Abound: Bring a “Mystery” addition for the Mystery Soup Pot at the Friday night Mystery Potluck and we’ll puzzle together an evening of fun. On Saturday, be the first to solve the Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Puzzle a photo frame or do other “puzzling” craft projects. Radio Control boats will be back on Saturday and Sunday racing on the lake.

Sept. 13-15: Think Like a Detective: Bring a “Mystery” addition for a Friday night mystery Chef Salad Potluck Social and a Mystery Prize for Brown Bag Bingo. On Saturday, follow the clues and solve the Mystery Scavenger Hunt and then meet back at the Adult Lodge for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. It’s no mystery tha the Jet Skis are racing on the Lake on Saturday so settle in and watch them go. (Swim Beaches will be closed during the Jet Ski Races.)

Sept. 20-22: Elementary My Dear Watson: Bring your favorite “mystery” addition for Mystery Potluck Dinner Social and a mystery prize for Brown Bag Bingo. Enter a Mystery Puzzle competition and see if you can put together a mystery puzzle without the benefit of knowing what it is. Do a Mystery Craft and trade your favorite mystery books at a Mystery Book Book Swap and Coffee. On Saturday, the Float & Fly RC Pontoon Planes will be taking off and landing on the lake. Bring your cameras and get some great shots.

Sept. 27-29: Float and Fly: Celebrate fall at the Friday Night Potluck Dinner and Brown Bag Bingo. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the show as the Fly and Float RC Planes take off from and land on the lake. Do a fall craft or jewelry project or join us for an afternoon game of cards. Don’t forget Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social.

August 30-September 2
Gold Rush Days
This free to the public event is a wildly celebrated favorite of Sacramento’s heritage. Nearly 200 tons of dirt will transform the streets of Old Sacramento’s 27-acre historic district into a scene straight out of the Gold Rush era. Guests to Old Sacramento will be entertained by talented musicians, old west theatrics, family-friendly melodramas, wagon rides, gold panning, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities and watermelon eating contests. Tasty treats are available for purchase in the dozens of local eateries along with barbecued favorites, fish & chips, roasted corn on the cob, fresh-made kettle korn, homemade sarsaparilla, root beer, draft ale, local wines, and more available throughout the event. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Event is held at 1002 2nd Street, Sacramento, just 21 miles from the preserve. For information call (916) 808-7777.

Lake of the Springs

Throughout September: Friday Adult Money Bingo and John Carter at the Family Campfire on Saturdays.

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Craft and Variety Friday through Sunday, plus RV Show with ET Quality RV all weekend. Our 31st Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, and we will also have tie dye, family hayride, Teen Dance and Family Dance with Southern Wings. Sunday Family Dance with Jim Hunter Band, plus Teen Dance.

Sept. 7: Family Dance with DJ Mike Allen.

Sept. 13-15: Horseshoe Tournament, plus Saturday Family Dance with DJ Mike Allen.

Sept. 28: Family Dance with DJ Mike Allen.

Palm Springs

Sept. 15: Welcome Back! Hope your summer adventures were safe and you are ready for a great 2013/2014 season here in Palm Springs. Activities include weekday morning water aerobics and Friday and Saturday night movies. The Recreation Department has been working on new craft ideas and are ready to share these crafts with you.

September 30
The Show presents Little Big Town
This Grammy award winning country music band will perform live at The Show. Event is held at Agua Caliente Casino, 32250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, just three miles from the preserve. For information call (888) 999-1995.

September 28
Woodsist Festival
Folk music at its best! Join in for a wonderful day of music on two stages both outside and inside of Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, just 30 miles from the preserve. Gates open at 2 p.m. For information call (760) 365-5956.

Pio Pico

Sept. 8: Football Fanatic Frenzy! FB cinema screen on Sunday, bring your own drinks and snacks.

Sept. 14: Go Green! Park appreciation and movie on Saturday.

Sept. 21: Grandparents Rock! Friday s’mores.

Sept. 28: Fall Festivities include Saturday Yard Sale and movie.

September 28-29
Adams Avenue Street Fair
Ten blocks of Adams Avenue are closed to traffic and filled with 30 arts/crafts, retail, and food booths. There are also six stages and over 70 performances. Held at Adams Avenue, from 32nd to 35th, just 26 miles from the preserve. Event is free. For information call (619) 282-7329

Friday-Sundays in September
Apple Days (until all of the apples are gone)
A myriad of fun-filled activities, some with tradition dating back 100 years and some that reflect the distinctive four seasons. Held in Julian, just 45 minutes from the preserve. For information call (760) 765-1857.


September 13-15
7th Annual American River Music Festival
Enjoy fine American roots music including the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Paul Thorn, Sean Hays and many many more. The festival includes kids’ activities, art vendors, live art, music jams, dancing, a Friday night showcase, fresh food, local beverages and much more. Held at Henningsen Lotus Park and three riverfront campgrounds, all just one mile from the preserve. For information call (530) 622-6044 or visit

Wilderness Lakes

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: Dominic’s Karaoke provides lots of songs to show your talents. Have fun and maybe you can be the next American Idol. Hit Men will entertain you all evening with music for dancing and great listening too.

Sept. 7: Tony Lopez Live Entertainment performs all types of music for you. Just bring the whole family and enjoy quality time together. Dance, clap your hands and stomp your feet or just listen.

Sept. 14: Do you cook chili? Well guess what? You need to join in our Chili Cook-Off and win one of our fabulous prizes. In the evening you can enjoy a relaxing evening of Blackjack for those 21 years and over. Drawing for prizes will follow before retiring for the evening.

Sept. 21: Movie Night with popcorn.

Sept. 28: Dominic’s Karaoke provides lots of songs to show your talents. Have fun and maybe you can be the next American Idol.


Bay Landing

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Hawaiian Luau/Labor Day: Aloha! It’s island time in Texas. 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 the “Island Magic.” A roasted pig from the guys on the park will make its grand entrance, right before the feast that Angie has prepared for all of us islanders to enjoy. And then the volcano erupts as T-Bone takes center stage at the Beachview pavilion under our own island stars.

Sept. 27-29: Chili Cook-Off Time: It’s that time again to put your special recipes together for the Cook-Off. Bring your favorite pot to the Clubhouse ready to serve and you will be judged. Also, this year a SuperHost group will be having a Cook-Off at the same time. You don’t want to miss this one!

Colorado River
September 26-29
Colorado County Fair
Event features livestock events, live music, clowns, barbeque cook-off and more. Held at the Colorado County Fairgrounds, just 5 miles from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lake Conroe

Sept. 7: Grandparents Day and September Birthday Weekend: This weekend is all about grandparents so bring your grandkids and let’s all have some fun. We also will be celebrating September Birthdays.

Sept. 14: Safari Weekend: Come join us for a great safari weekend and see if you can find all the animals that we have in our park.

Sept. 21: Welcome Autumn Weekend: This weekend will be all about autumn we will be doing some scavenger hunts and looking for that one special leaf that’s better than all the rest.

Sept. 28: S Weekend: SSSSS this weekend is going to sizzle, come join us for a sneaky snake weekend with everything to do with Ss.

Lake Tawakoni

Sept. 7: Walk in the Park from 8 to 10 a.m., 10 a.m Pokeno - bring your pennies. Washer Tossing and Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: Chapel at 8 a.m.

Sept. 14: Walk the Park at 8 a.m. Card Bingo at 10 a.m. - bring three nickels, three dimes, and three quarters. Washers at 1 p.m.

Sept. 15: Chapel at 8 a.m.

Sept. 21: Walk the Park. Bingo at 10 a.m., What’s Happening Meeting at 11 a.m. Potluck Lunch at 11:30 a.m. - bring a dish to feed your family, plus four and your own utensils. Tea wil be furnished. Ice Cream Social at 12:30 p.m. ($1), Washer Tourney at 1 p.m.

Sept. 28: 9 a.m. Walk the Park, 10 a.m. Nickel, Dime, Quarter Bingo. Stew and Cornbread lunch at noon, $3 includes tea, 2 p.m. Putt-Putt Tourney.

Sept. 29: 8 a.m. Chapel Service.

Lake Whitney

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: Saturday pool games, shuffleboard tourney, putt-putt tourney, and horseshoe tourney. Sunday hot dogs and hamburgers at 7 p.m. - Come tell us your summer story adventures!

Sept. 14: Grandparents Day: Come spend the day with your grandparents and share a bowl of ice cream, a float or even a sundae.

Sept. 21: Last Steak Dinner for the season at 6 p.m.

Medina Lake

Sept. 1: We’ll start the day off with Bean Bag Baseball (for all ages - no running or bats required). Wooden pig races and water games at the pool We wll play some mini carnival games in the evening.

Sept. 7: We’re being creative with kids’ crafts. Let’s bulid with Legos and we will have judging of our Lego creations during Ice Cream and Cake Social where we will celebrate September birthday and anniversaries. Cool off at the pool with water games. We compete against others with our Minute to Win It games.

Sept. 14: We will start off the day with craft sale, plus kids’ crafts, wooden pig races and Ice Cream Social. Come cool off wth water games at the pool for a spashing good time. Let’s get crazy with Wacky Golf.

Sept. 21: The kids will be getting creative at kids’ crafts. Let’s build Thomas the Train tracks and take him for a spin. Come to the Ice Cream Social to cool down and if that doesn’t work, play water games at the pool. Shuffleboard in the evening.

Sept. 28: Kids’ craft to start the day, plus puzzles races (a variety of puzzles to complete). Cool off with Ice Cream Social and water games at the pool. Bean Bag Baseball (fun for all ages - no bats running required).

August 29-September 1
Celebrate Bandera
Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World, returns to their roots. It is the time of the cowboys with music, horses, longhorn cattle, gunfights, Intertribal Powwow, bull riding, Wild West show, Cowboy Church and the Kings of Western Swing. Visit for events and times. Held in downtown Bandera, just 22 miles from the preserve. Call (830) 796-4447 for more information.

September 21-22
Annual Seed Stomp
Families are invited to come out to the state park to help scatter wildflower seeds, that, with the help of Mother Nature. the following spring wll bring beautiful wildflowers in bloom throughout the park. Families will also learn about former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson and her passion for nature and the great outdoors. There will be crafts for children. Native seed mixtures provided by the state park. Held at Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, approximately 70 miles from the preserve.



Natchez Trace

Sept. 6-8: Wld Safari Weekend: Friday night hot dogs and s’mores, plus safari flashlight hunt at dark. On Saturday we will have free pontoon boat rides, a nature scavenger hunt and golf cart rides followed by an indoor carnival and karaoke, plus kids’ crafts and Member Coffee and Donut Social. Sunday Bingo.

Sept. 13-15: 15th Native American Celebration: Weekend fun includes Friday night hot dogs and s’mores followed by Casino Night. Saturday is filled with lots of history through the day and learning about Native American clothing, dance, and music. There will be artifacts and a real Powwow. We will also have meals at the Town Hall and kids’ crafts and Member Coffee and Donut Social. Sunday Bingo.

Sept. 20-22: Southern Heritage Festival events include Friday night hot dogs and storytelling around the campfire. On Saturday, we will have kids’ crafts and Member Coffee and Donut Social. Sons of the Confederacy events include showcase of days of the past and North vs. South. We will also have live reenactments and campsites set up in the style of the olden days.

September 13
Antique Cruise-In
Event features antique cars, live music and karaoke. Held in Lawrenceburg.

September 23-29
Middle Tennessee District Fair
Event features rides, games and exhibits just 22 miles away from preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Chesapeake Bay

Sept. 20-22: Bluegrass by the Bay: If you love bluegrass music, this festival is for you. An entire weekend of bluegrass music and field picking. We’ve got food vendors, craft vendors, shirt vendors, specialty vendors and more. Tell your friends and neighbors about this wonderful event which is open to the public. Member tickets are $20; non-member tickets: $40. Make your reservations early, as we will fill the park for this event.

Sept. 27-29: Night at the Oscars: Come in your formal attire or dressed as your favorite celebrity and strut down the red carpet! This is a “celebrity”-filled night with glamour, special awards and dancing!



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. Check website for dates and times. For information call (508) 240-2612 or visit


Through September
Breezelands Orchards
Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick your own apples, plus hayrides, and delicious baked goods.

August 31-September 2
Family Days at Old Sturbridge Village
Come enjoy family time at Old Sturbridge Village where you can learn about the history of Sturbridge. Crafts, games, fun and much more.

September 6-8
Brimfield Antique Fair
Come enjoy one of the biggest antique shows around the U.S.


Gettysburg Farm

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: The last big weekend of the summer is here too soon. Lots to do all weekend long. The Key Largo Band will be playing Saturday evening in the rec hall. There will be a Longaberger basket/cash bingo Sunday afternoon followed by a DJ at the pavilion 1 in the evening. The East Berlin Fire company will once again be serving homemade food all weekend.


Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Labor Day Weekend: Let’s have a super great weekend at the pool. Games, fun and entertainment with DJ Charlotte. We will have our Labor Day Parade so decorate your carts and bikes and walkers too. The pool will close at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Sept. 6-8: It’s our 2nd Astronomy Event and Member Frank Ney will be here to help with the telescopes and plans for the weekend.

Sept. 11: We will have a moment of silence and prayer reading for those who lost their lives on 9/11.


Sept. 14: Fishin’ days and campfire nights. A campfire on the beach at the lake with some good old-fashioned s’mores.

Sept. 20-22: Round Up Weekend in the Poconos: A professional rodeo comes to Shawnee Mountain and we will have our own Cowboy Games at the preserve.

September 6-8
Paranormal Festival
TV celebrities and guest speakers, including members of Ghost Hunters and Haunted Collector appear at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, just 70 minutes from the preserve. For information visit

September 27
Celtic Classic
Athletes from the US and abroad compete in the US National Highland Athletic Championships. Event includes pipe band, haggis and fiddler competitions, plus whiskey tasting, Celtic crafts for adults and kids, merchandise and collectibles.

Timothy Lake North & South

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: End of Summer Party Weekend: Join us for a Carnival at the Courtyard with a clown, balloon animals, cartoonist, Dunking Booth, Moon Bounce, and games at TL North on Saturday. DJ Mike will be spinning away in the Courtyard at North Saturday. Trinidad Steel Drum Band will be playing all your Island and Jimmy Buffet favorites at South on Saturday and Fantasy Karaoke will allow you to sing your little heart out at North on Sunday. Our Potluck Camper Cook-Out will take place Sunday at South.

Sept. 6-8: NFL Kickoff Weekend: We are excited to announce the start of Timothy Lake’s First Annual Fantasy Football League Kickoff Party. DJ Mike will be adding to the fun with some Football Quizzo. Think you make the hottest wings…well here is your chance to prove it at our Football Kickoff Wing-Off

Sept. 20-22: Cancer Awareness & Shawnee Rodeo Weekend: Timothy Lake’s time to give back! Join us for our first Annual Timothy Lake Cancer Walk with DJ Mike at South. All participants are welcome as every mile walked counts to help cure this tireless disease. Timothy Lake, let’s pull together and make a difference!



Kenisee Lake

September 1
Corn Maze & Family Fun Activities
Pick your pumpkin and attempt the 7.5 miles Corn Maze. Loads of fun for everyone. Held at 2678 Countyline Road in Ohio, less than 15 miles from the preserve. For information call (440) 812-4936.

September 28
Geneva Area Grape Jamboree
One of largest festivals in Ohio features rides, food, Grape Stomping, free national entertainment and a large parade. A day of great family fun and entertainment. Held in downtown Geneva, less than 15 miles from the preserve. For information visit