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.
Finish the summer with live music, BBQs, and even a wacky camper parade. The fun doesn’t stop! Don’t forget – member appreciation events are happening all weekend!
Cool off by the pool at Paradise (WA) and enjoy local band, Rock City, playing on Saturday afternoon. Enter the Wacky Happy Camper’s Parade at Russian River (CA) where the weirdest and wackiest will be awarded ribbons. Details can be found in the Lodge. Say goodbye to summer on the last big holiday weekend of the summer at Gettysburg Farm (PA). Slip down the giant Slip ’n Slide at Hidden Cove (AL) or attend the Hawaiian Luau for Labor Day at Bay Landing (TX). The luau features a performance by T-Bone Road at the Beachview Pavilion under the stars! Enjoy the last big weekend of the summer at Oakzanita Springs (CA) with live music, a nature program, and a magician.
The autumn season is fast approaching. Check out how these TT campgrounds are welcoming their campers into the new season!
The Clinton County Corn Festival is the same weekend in Wilmington (OH) and celebrates the place’s agricultural heritage and honors one of the area’s biggest industries with a three-day extravaganza. There will be apple picking the weekend of Sept. 18-20 at Rondout Valley (NY), a celebration of September birthdays at Colorado River (TX), a Fall Fest at Tranquil Timbers (WI) and Twin Mills (IN), Colorado River and Pumpkin Weekend at Seapines (NJ). Sept. 25-27, it’s Apple Harvest Weekend at Chesapeake Bay (VA) so enter your favorite apple dish or beverage in the Apple Cook-Off. Apple bobbing and apple races for our kids and the young at heart. At, Pine Country (IL) it’s time for caramel apples, scarecrows, fall colors and punkin’ chunkin’ at Pine Country Fall Fest.
End of Summer Weekends
It’s the end of the summer, but the fun doesn’t stop! See how TT is celebrating the final moments of the summer season.
At Lake of the Springs (CA) it’s Summer’s End Weekend Sept. 4-6 with a kid’s fishing derby, teen dance with a DJ, and a family dance with a live band. Don’t miss the Craft & Variety fair too. The same weekend at Birch Bay (WA), the Replayzmentz will rock the park on Friday night! Saturday is the yearly pool party. End your summer season at Pacific City (OR) with a farewell scavenger hunt, all ages water balloon & squirt gun fight, pickleball tournament, and much more! Sept. 18-20 is Thunder on the Water Weekend at Lake Minden (CA). This event promises rip roaring, lake pounding fun and excitement. Please note that swim beaches will be closed during the boat races. End the summer with a twang and head to the Bluegrass by the Bay Festival from Sept. 17-20 at Chesapeake Bay (VA). Three full days of bluegrass music. Make your reservations early because this event is open to the public and the park will be filled!
This year, Grandparent’s Day falls on Sept. 13th, but Thousand Trails members are celebrating Grandparents all month long!
The folks at Lake Gaston (NC) will return the love back to their grandparents with homemade gifts from the heart. There are planned activities to make memories with your grandparents at Sturbridge (MA). At La Conner (WA) and Moody Beach (ME), there will be heirloom ornament making and a free pancake breakfast. Grandparents can brag as much as they want about their grandkids at Lake Texoma (TX) on Sept.12. Don’t miss out on Old Timer’s Weekend at Lake Conroe (TX) on Sept. 26. They’ll raise a toast to the oldest, longest married, and longest traveled, plus an old-time egg toss and relay races.
Keep up with the friendly competitions for as long as possible with these end-of-the-summer tournaments.
The last fishing tournament of the season at Idyllwild (CA) will take place on Labor Day Weekend, plus a fun craft, weekend entertainment in the amphitheater, and a special meal at the Pine Cove Café. The folks at Green Mountain (NC) will also have Labor Day tournaments including golf, horseshoes, and cornhole, plus a park wide sale and a live band. Games take place at the activity center and there may be brown bag bingo, ice cream bingo, or card bingo – you’ll have to go to find out! It’s Pickleball Mania Weekend at Seaside (OR) the weekend of Sept. 16-20. The 5th Annual Pickleball tournament is a USAPA scheduled event has become a great tradition at Seaside! Novice through advanced skill levels are welcome.
Football Season Begins
Fall means football season is back! Tailgate, pass the ball, and watch sports history happen at these TT campgrounds…
Sept. 5-7 at Twin Mills (IN) will be a weekend of all things football with some competitions and contests. The same weekend, the folks at Bear Cave (MI) will be tailgating for their favorite college and professional football teams! Enjoy a Football by the Fire weekend at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) and don’t forget to show your support for your favorite football team by wearing a logo jersey, hat, or jacket. Sept. 12 at Natchez Trace (TN) is Football Fanatics weekend. There will be a kickoff contest, “Most Team Spirit” contest, and a tailgate party while the game plays on the big screen. Football Weekend is Sept. 18-20 at Moody Beach (ME). Enjoy rooting for your favorite teams on the widescreen TV plus snacks and treats to be provided.
Start the fall season by giving back – these events are for the “do-gooder” in us.
Labor Day Weekend at Chesapeake Bay (VA) features a “Womanless Beauty Pageant” – a hilarious event for a serious cause. Proceeds from this event benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Show your pride and appreciation by supporting this event as a participant or spectator. The fun alone is worth the price! Join Lake Gaston (NC) Sept. 18-20 for a cornhole tournament, bake sale, movie night, and other events as they raise money for a worthy cause. And, at Orlando (FL), it’s Harvest time. Join in for a baking contest and taste test mouth watering treats. All of the proceeds from these events on Sept. 19 will go to the local food bank.
Cook-Offs & Cook-Outs
Have you always dreamed of claiming the title of “Best Chili at TT”? Or, maybe you’re defending your title as “Best Lemon Meringue Pie at TT”! Well, here’s your last chance for glory at these end-of-summer cook-offs.
The 3rd Annual Blackberry Harvest Cook-Off and Potluck is Labor Day Weekend at Chehalis (WA). Bring your berry creations to the cook-off contest on Sunday where the “Berry Best” wins a prize and a potluck will follow. See if you have what it takes to say you have the best ribs in San Benito (CA) County on Labor Day Weekend at the Rib Cook-Off! Bake your best recipe and compete for the title of “Best Baker” on Sept. 18 at Harborview (VA). The Annual Chili Cook-Off at Wilderness Lakes (CA) is on Sept. 12. And, don’t forget to dig out your secret recipes for pie, salsa, and cookies and you could win a prize at the Country Fair on Sept. 26 at Lake Texoma (TX).
Not in the competitive spirit but want some good food? Hit up the end-of-summer cook-outs listed here.
Start your engines! Root on your favorite NASCAR driver on the outdoor big screen at Chesapeake Bay (VA) the weekend of Sept. 11-13. Brad at the Pavilion Trails Café will be preparing a Pig Roast and all the fixings for the outdoor event race weekend. Let others do the cooking at Carolina Landing (SC) on Sept. 19 at their cook-out of hotdogs and burgers. The Third Annual Twin Lobster and Clam Bake takes place on Sept. 25-27 at Moody Beach (ME). $25 per couple and you’ll be treated to an old fashioned clam bake – two lobsters, homemade clam chowder, steamed clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and much more! Bring a dessert to share.
Local Activities and Events
Cultus Lake (BC)
Verde Valley (AZ)
Thursdays in September
Oakzanita Springs (CA)
Lake Minden (CA)
ARTrails Studio Tours
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet artists in their studios. ARTrails aids and supports local artists and provides an educational experience to the interested public.
Wilmington (OH)Sept. 4
ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke
Catch the classic American blues-rock trio and their famous beards. Atlanta southern rockers, Blackberry Smoke opens.
Diamond Caverns (KY)
Turtle Beach (CA)
Lake Gaston (NC)