Activities and Events

On-Site 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.

Fishing Tournaments

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!

Tiki Time!

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)

August 7-9
Abbotsford International Airshow

Demonstrations by aviation teams like Breitling Jet Team, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes, plus many more. A commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Enjoy fireworks and concessions. It will be fun for the whole family.

Natchez Trace or Cherokee Landing (TN)

August 1
First Saturday Art Crawl in Downtown Nashville

The Nashville Wine Auction hosts this and numerous other events throughout the year to raise money to fight cancer. This event celebrates a particular wine and winemaker during an evening of wine tastings, a gourmet dinner, auction, and more.

Whalers Rest (OR)

August 8
4th Annual Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge

Presented by the Oregon Albacore Commission and the Port of Newport. Over 30 teams will compete for $3700 in prize money. Admission gets you samples of tuna, plus access to the major classic car show with cars from the collection of the Bay City Cruisers and Rollin’ Oldies.

August 14-16
Lincoln County Fair

Organized by Oregon State University Extension Lincoln County/ Four-H Youth Development. Bringing together artists, fishermen, farmers, crafters, singers, restauranteurs, dancers, service providers, photographers, musicians, non-profits, comedians, writers, animal lovers, gardeners.. .you get the idea!

Rancho Oso (CA)

August 5-9
Old Spanish Days Fiesta

Santa Barbara celebrates its Spanish heritage with five days of events around the Santa Barbara area. Catch the 91st Anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade on August 7.

August 6-9
Fiesta Stock Horse & Rodeo

Don’t miss the PBR Bull Riding Show at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Only 20 miles from Rancho Oso!

Lake of the Springs (CA)

August 12-16
Nevada County Fair

Five days of excitement and fun planned for fair-goers of all ages! The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment at affordable family prices!

August 16
Yuba Feather Museum Ice Cream Social

The Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader flat hosts old fashioned ice cream socials with delicious flavor selections and toppings on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays from June to August.

Birch Bay (WA)

August 1-2
Birch Bay's 1st Annual Rollback Weekend

Enjoy live music, a classic car show featuring over 250 cars, beer garden, food, and dancing.

August 14-16
Birch Bay Music Festival

This festival takes over 7.5 acres next to the Birch Bay Water Slides for three days of music plus food vendors (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly!) and a beer/wine garden, to raise money for non-profit animal rescue organizations.

Idyllwild (CA)

August 9
Butterfly Daze

Fun-filled day at the Idyllwild Nature Center featuring the Monarch Butterfly. Learn about the life cycle and migration characteristics of the Monarch Butterfly.

August 15-16
The 22nd Annual Jazz in the Pines

Idyllwild’s “American Idol” finalist, Casey Abrams will perform with special guest, Haley Reinhart, on Sunday. Be sure to check out all the great acts this weekend.

La Conner (TX)

August 22
Winemaker Dinner Cruise

Take a fantastic scenic cruise with owner/winemakers from Pomum, Stevens & Woodinville Wine Cellars. This Dungeness Crab Feed will feature several delicious dishes as you voyage northbound to the mystical Mermaid Rocks, the Cone Islands, Toehead Pass, Obstruction Pass off of Orcas Island, Thatcher Pass, Lopez Spit, Decatur Island, and the marine sanctuary off of Bird Rocks.

Medina Lake (TX)

August 8-15
Kidcation Week Kick Off Event at the Witte Museum

Hosted by Our Kids Magazine, San Antonio will transform into a citywide playground. Families can enjoy exclusive money-saving deals and free activities throughout town. Activities include games, giveaways, balloon artists, face painting and more.

August 20-23
Gillespie County Fair

Join in for a fun weekend of Texas Hill Country and Gillespie County hospitality at the Oldest Continuous County Fair in Texas - the Gillespie County Fair. Featuring food, livestock judging, agricultural and household exhibits, arts & crafts, antique tractor shows and live pari-mutuel horse racing.

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!

August 7-9
Bowie Trade Days

Located in Bowie, Texas, browse 20 acres with hundreds of vendors offering new and used items, flea market finds, and an assortment of food vendors.

Diamond Caverns (KY)

August 20-30
Kentucky State Fair

Major musical acts, Meghan Trainor, Barrels and Boots Music Fest, and An Evening with Aretha Franklin. Daily shows, food vendors, product showcases, cultural exhibits on Kentucky history and bluegrass, the Turf Concert Series, daily breed shows. Don’t miss the prestigious Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions at the livestock show.

Lake Minden (CA)

August 1-2
Yuba Sutter Fair

Spend a day at the fair and discover why the Yuba Sutter Fair is the best in Northern California. Enjoy a variety of attractions, from rides and food, to carnival games and children’s activities. Ongoing entertainment and live music, agricultural exhibits, and fair competitions in everything from livestock to fine arts.

August 7-16
Music in the Park Marysville

Grab your chairs, friends, and family, bring your appetite and get ready to enjoy local bands of all genres. Fun, friends, music, dancing, and a good time to be had by all.

Ponderosa (CA)

August 15
CP Country Fest

Come out for a day of music, food, and fun! CP Country Fest is a light-hearted, down-home style festival with a redneck twist. Free admission for this family-friendly event features live country music, a backyard BBQ competition, demonstrations, arts & crafts, plus more. Backyard BBQ competition is open to 15 teams for $75 per team and attendees can purchase tasting tickets.

Lynchburg (VA)

August 15
Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty'

The Academy of Fine Arts Children’s Theater will present, Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

August 29

Labor Day Wine & Music Fest The 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.