Activities and Events
This month’s theme weekends are chock-full of fun ways to celebrate the end of summer! For a complete listing of events at the preserves, please view our Theme Weekends directory.
Back to School
Done with school? Never going back to school? Celebrate at Wilderness Lakes (CA) on August 15 with a poolside cookout. There will also be a back to school party with a DJ, hayrides, movie on the lawn, and s’mores around the campfire. The last weekend of the month, La Conner (WA) and Grandy Creek (WA) will have back to school celebrations with games and parties. The folks at Lake Gaston (NC) will be holding a spelling bee and making bookmarks, pencil holders and other back to school crafts while at Colorado River (TX), there will be a school supplies drive and items will be donated to the local schools who need it the weekend of August 7-9.
Make a cane pole and try your luck to reel in those fishies! The folks at Lynchburg (VA) will have a Fishing and Tournament Weekend on August 8-9. Take on a different challenge and try your luck at corn hole, horseshoes, or the mini golf tournaments taking place as well. Get those poles and grab your bait! There will be prizes at Lake Conroe (TX) on August 29 for the biggest, fattest, and ugliest fish caught during the Fishing Derby Weekend!
Summer’s Last Hoorah
At Medina Lake (TX), you can bring your four legged family members to a special parade and if they have a hidden talent, let them show it off! Treat your pet to a free scoop of doggie ice cream at the Ice Cream social, too, on August 8! The folks at Grandy Creek (WA) will also recognize man’s best friend from August 14-16 at the pet parade, agility course, and tricks competition. Enjoy live music and dancing on the grass followed by a pot luck BBQ and movie in the park at Turtle Beach (CA) on August 15. Crafts, activities and a fabulous beach party at Lake Gaston’s (NC) Grand Finale on August 28-30.
Smooth Sounds of Summer
Enjoy tie-dye crafts, rock 'n' roll music poolside, Slip ’N Slide, and a live classic rock performance from Norman Lynns on Saturday night at Chehalis (WA) during the Rock 'n' Roll Festival weekend from August 14-16. The folks at Natchez Trace (TN) will put their musical focus on gospel the weekend of August 28-30 for Gospel Fest. And, the T3 Band is back at Birch Bay (WA) on August 29! Bring your dancing shoes and let your kids participate in making some of their own musical instruments!
Camp Wars Weekend
Join the folks at Pacific City (OR) for a fun weekend of outdoor fun on the Oregon Coast! Activities include a scavenger hunt, sand castle building, outdoor bingo, and the PC Olympics which now includes ladder golf, can jam, pickleball, and more on August 22. La Conner (WA) is hosting a Lawn Games weekend with tug of war, egg toss, three legged races, and much more! Don't miss this one from August 21-23. Camp Wars Weekend takes place August 7-9 at Lake & Shore (NJ) and will compete against the folks at Seapines (NJ) on Saturday in a range of classic camp wars events like tug-of-war, dodge ball, egg and spoon relay, sack races, and much more!
Who doesn’t love a good tiki party? There will be a luau and a talent show from August 14-15 at Cultus Lake (BC). There will be a dinner show put on by Paul Tavai-Latta with his beautiful Polyneisan dancers and a pig roast with all the trimmings. Little Diamond (WA) and Long Beach (WA) will host a Hawaiian Ice Cream Social plus hula hoop and limbo contests the weekend of August 14. There will be a screening of “Blue Hawaii” at Morgan Hill (CA) plus ocean crafts and games for the kids the weekend of August 14. Don’t miss shaved ice, fruit smoothies, hula dancing contests, lei making, and sensational fire dancers performing after a traditional pig roast at San Benito (CA), August 15-16.
Carnivals & County Fairs
Head on over to the Carnival Jamboree at Bend/Sunriver (OR), their biggest event of the year! Come enjoy all the fun carnival staples like games, prizes, Silly Lilly sculpting balloons, and face painting with Terra Bun the clown on August 1. At Pacific City (OR), enjoy a breakfast at the lodge followed by a special scavenger hunt during the day on Saturday, August 8, and the Tillamook County Fair in the evening. The folks at Paradise (WA) will be enjoying the Southwest Washington Fair. Bring the kids to Indian Lakes (IN) for an Old Time Fair & Carnival where there will be old fashioned carnival games, a giant water slide, vendors and food booths.
Blast from the Past
Feeling nostalgic? Head to Cherokee Landing for oldies music, ice cream floats, hula hoops and much more from August 7-9. It’s Flower Power Weekend at La Conner (WA) from August 14-16 and everyone’s dressing up with hippie beads and tie-dye t-shirts. The folks at Pio Pico (CA) will be remembering the '60s on August 22 with tie-dye, peace signs, and all the far out music that defined the decade! Still believe disco is alive? Then head to Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) the weekend of August 14 and show off your disco moves and outfits on Saturday night.
Local Activities and Events
Cultus Lake (BC)
Natchez Trace or Cherokee Landing (TN)
Whalers Rest (OR)
Rancho Oso (CA)
Lake of the Springs (CA)
Birch Bay (WA)
La Conner (TX)
Medina Lake (TX)
Bay Landing (TX)August 1
Tanya Tucker Performs
Tanya Tucker will be singing live at Billy Bob’s of Texas, the largest Honky Tonk in the World!
Diamond Caverns (KY)
Lake Minden (CA)
Labor Day Wine & Music FestThe 5th Annual Labor Day Wine & Music Fest is a celebration of food, wine, music & artists. In addition to many selections offered by Rebec Vineyards, several guest wineries will be offering tastings.
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