October Activities and Events
October sure is a fun month! In addition to the sheer pleasure of watching the leaves change color, you can also expect to find an Oktoberfest or two, definitely some comfort food cook-offs and of
course, finish it off with spectacularly spooky fun as Halloween closes the door on this month. There's something for everyone to enjoy at a Thousand Trails preserve in October. For a complete listing, check out the Theme Weekend directory.
Rondout Valley (NY) brings the brats and asks guests to
bring their best German side dish to share at their Oktoberfest, scheduled for October 3-5.
Wilderness Lakes (CA)
will host an Oktoberfest on October 11, offering German beer to adults and root beer for the kiddies.
Verde Valley (AZ) treats guests to their version of this October classic on October 18 when the preserve hosts their Oktoberfest, which includes plenty to eat as well as a live music.
They're calling it an Autumn Fest, but the menu at Peace River (FL) during the weekend of
October 18-19 includes kielbasa and sauerkraut.
You Should be Dancing!
Come to Lake of the Springs (CA) and enjoy their annual Dance Festival. Take Line Dance classes and then show off your new moves at the Family Dance planned for October 18.
Falling for a Cause
Three Flags (FL) is hosting a Pink Party for their Breast Cancer Awareness Day during their Fall Fest Weekend October 17-19.
The nearby Bushnell Fall Festival promises plenty of fall festivities.
Orlando (FL) is looking to smash previous year's records for the Toys for Tots events so bring a new (unwrapped) gift to this year's effort scheduled for October 18. Your contribution is your ticket to the super-fun "Hay Hay Hay" ride around the preserve
Fall Foodie Fun
Do you think your chili recipe has what it takes to take first place at Indian Lakes' (IN) Chili Cook-Off competition scheduled for the weekend of October 3-5? Bring your best recipe and see if you do!
Several of Chesapeake Bay's (VA) October events revolve around food. Whip up a batch of your best chili for their Chili Cook-Off weekend October 3-5 and sample some seafood during Seafood Saturday scheduled for October 11.
Gettysburg Farm (PA) also has two fun weekends dedicated to food – go whole hog at their Pig Roast Potluck the weekend of October 10-12 or participate in their Annual Chili Cook-Off October 17-19.
Lake Minden's (CA) Friday Night Potluck, October 24, features a Chili Cook-Off so bring your recipe and compete for prizes.
While it may officially fall
on the last day of the
month, it seems like
Halloween start once
Autumn is officially here.
Our preserves have
plenty of events planned
for the actual date, which
luckily falls on a Friday
this year, but they've
also got a lot of
planned, as well. Again,
these are just a few of the
events planned – check the Theme Weekend directory to see what's happening at your favorite preserve.
St. Clair (MI) gets a jump on things and starts off October with a Halloween celebration the weekend of October 3-5. Be prepared to trick or treat, decorate your site, take a haunted hayride, and attend the DJ dance, in costume of course!
Natchez Trace (TN) does the same with their Spooktacular Weekend scheduled for the
first weekend in October.
Don't miss the Haunted Hayride and spooky carnival.
Pacific City (OR) has set aside October 4 for Halloween decorating and invites all to come decorate the lodge in preparation of the spooky Halloween festivities scheduled for October 25.
Hershey (PA) has so much planned for Halloween they had to spread it over three weekends. The Hershey Haunted Trail fun begins October 10-12 with games and crafts, continues October17-19 with a parade and costume contest and culminates the weekend of October 25-26 with trick or treating, site decorating, more costume contests and pumpkin carving. Pick one or enjoy them all!
Lake Minden (CA) will host a Saturday night Barn Dance on October 11 and dares guests to come in costume. The following weekend, October 17-19, they get into the Halloween spirit during their "Ghoulish Good Fun" weekend that includes a Ghost and Goblin Scavenger Hunt as well as Halloween crafts.
It's Monster Mash Time at Indian Lakes (IN) the weekend of October 17-19, when fun will include a spooktacular dessert pitch-in, costume contests for both kids and adults, pumpkin painting, site decorating and DJs Cree and Geri at the official Monster Mash party.
It's a veritable Fright Fest at Lake & Shore (NJ) the weekend
of October 17-19 as their frightening activities planned include a Monster Mash and a haunted hayride.
Chestnut Lake (NJ) becomes a Camp of Horrors during the weekend of October 24-26. You can expect parades, costume contests, trick or treating and more in what they're calling the scariest weekend of the year!
Grandy Creek (WA) promises a "Very Scary Halloween Weekend" October 24-26 with ghosts, goblins, and witches galore. Enter the jack-o-lantern carving contest, march with all the creepies in the costume parade and participate in a very frightening hay wagon ride.
Come to Lake Texoma's (TX) Masquerade Ball, on October 25
and try to guess who's behind
La Conner's (WA) Haunted House is talked about far and wide – come creep your way through
this masterpiece of horrors and then laugh it off as you trick or treat, parade in costume and carve a jack-o-lantern during their Halloween Weekend October 31-November 2.
Colorado River (TX)
Saturdays in October
Painted Churches of Texas Tour
Enjoy a driving tour of churches in the area that have been hand-painted with murals and frescoes representative of the Czech and German immigrants who settled in the area. Churches are in and around Fayette County. For more information call (979) 743-4515.
Lake Conroe (TX)
Saturdays and Sundays in October
The Texas Renaissance Festival
This enchanted 55-acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with theme weekend events. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting almost 400 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts or delicious food offerings. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and the human-powered rides. For more information on special theme weekends, event hours and ticket prices, visit www.texrenfest.com. Festival is located just 36 miles from the preserve.
Diamond Caverns (KY)
29th RollercoasterYard Sale
A three-day grassroots extravaganza from Mammoth Cave, KY, to Tennessee – around Dale Hollow Lake and back to Glasgow, KY, with over 150 miles of yard sales, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, southern foods, BBQ, entertainment, souvenirs, flea markets and more! For information visit www.therollercoasteryardsale.com.
Apple Harvest Festival
This year's festival celebrates Onalaska's Centennial and includes four days of activities that include a parade, live music, a farm and craft market, local wines and microbrews, a pancake breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, an Apple Pie Contest and more. For information visit www.onalaskaalliance.org.
Pio Pico (CA)
Oktoberfest in La Mesa
This traditional German celebration features dancing, food, Bavarian bands, arts and crafts and commercial booths, all located in the city of La Mesa, just 18 miles from the preserve. For information visit lmvma.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
October 4, 11 and 18
Old Jail Ghost Tour
Experience ghostly happenings, wander the dark cells of the old jail, and hear spine-chilling talks of unseen touches, mysterious voices and black shadows. Held in the town of Jim Thorpe, just 45 minutes from the preserve. For information call (570) 325-5259. Hours are 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day listed.
South Jetty (OR)
Wine and Chocolate Gala
Held at the Three Rivers Hotel & Casino, this event is a major fundraiser that features a Silent Auction, raffle, wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Event hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there is an entrance fee. For information call (541) 997-3164.
Coloma Gold Rush Live
Experience life as it was during the 1850 California Gold Rush era in the place where it all began. Enjoy live music, live history, tent encampments, historic trade demonstrations and historic reenactments – all less than a mile from the preserve. For information visit www.marshallgold.org.
Palm Springs (CA)
American Heat Motorcycle Weekend
You'll find stunt shows, live entertainment and retail vendors galore at this event just 10 miles from the preserve. The lush mountain ranges are perfect for a ride and tours of the desert cities. Open to all motorcycles. For information call (775) 329-7459.
Art Walk and Wine Tasting
Sponsored by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, event allows guests to stroll the streets of Idyllwild with their keepsake wine glass, hearing the sounds of live music as they view special art exhibits. Each member gallery will host one or more southern California wineries and offer a wide selection of gourmet cheese and crackers. Tickets available online or day of event. For more information visit www.artinidyllwild.org.
Pio Pico (CA)
Little Italy Festa
This colorful Italian celebration features music on three stages, Italian food served al fresco, and "Gesso Italiano," traditional Italian chalk painting, chalk art for kids, a kids Fun Zone, face painting, balloon art, an Italian Motor Sports exhibit featuring cars and motorbikes, and a bocce tournament. Held in Little Italy, just 27 miles from the preserve. For information visit www.littleitalysd.com. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
South Jetty (OR)
Columbus Day Chowder Voyage & Wine Walk
Held in historic Old Town Florence, visitors can wander around Old Town with Columbus and Queen Isabella, sample chowder and other tasty Italian and Spanish fare at local restaurants (from noon to 4 p.m.) and enjoy a leisurely Wine Walk through the town (from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.). There will also be live entertainment and a drawing from a treasure chest of prizes. For information call (541) 997-3128.
Trail of the Acorn
Come enjoy a beautiful fall forest day and follow the "Trail of the Acorn." Get ready for some hands-on activities, fun learning opportunities, games, crafts and more. Held at the Idyllwild Nature Center, just three miles from the preserve. For information visit www.rivcoparks.org or call (951) 659-5278.
Hall of Fame Adventure Ride
This is a 150-mile motorcycle ride on paved and dirt back roads through the Florida countryside. Starting point is at the Orange County Convention Center, just 15 miles from the preserve.
Pocono Food Truck Festival
Festival features food trucks from Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey and other Pennsylvania locations. There will also be two live bands, monster truck rides, chairlift rides, juggling show and FMB freestyle motocross show. Located at Shawnee on Delaware, just 35 minutes from the preserve. For more information visit www.shawneemt.com.
Bay Landing (TX)
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Festival
Top music, cowboys, chuck wagon cooks, poets and more, plus rodeo and youth fiddling contests are at this great event that is held just 45 minutes from the preserve at the Stockyards of Texas. For more information visit www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com.
Pumpkin Steam Train Ride
An annual tradition of Pumpkin Train Rides behind a vintage 1916 logging locomotive continues. Children receive a treat bag and then get a chance to hunt for their perfect pumpkin. There will also be a costume contest. No reservations are necessary, but come early to ensure your ride in your choice of open or enclosed cars. Seating is limited to the first 250 passengers. For information visit www.steamtrainride.com.
Palm Springs (CA)
Classic Car Show & Chili Cook-Off
Enjoy classic cars and lots of homemade chili, with over 15 different varieties to be tasted. Event is held at the Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, just eight miles from the preserve. For more information visit www.palmspringsairmuseum.org.
La Conner (WA)
Boneshaker Bike Fest & Metric Century
Come join the crowd of creepy creatures for this fun and spooky Halloween gathering. For information visit www.boneshakerbikefest.com.
La Conner (WA)
Scream & Scamper 5K
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Skagit County Scream and Scamper 5K Fun Run/Walk is a themed run throughout the "boo-tiful" area. Spooky themed activities for the entire family will also be on hand and will include Trunk or Treat Circle, face painting, costume contest and music.
Palm Springs (CA)
Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade
The world famous Palm Desert Golf Cart parade, which originated in the 1960s, is a fun event with food and golf vendors in addition to the parade. Event is just five miles from the preserve. For information call www.golfcartparade.com.