Activities and Events

On-Site Events

Here at Thousand Trails, we are really looking forward to hanging out with you all summer long! Whether it’s spending Memorial Day weekend at a BBQ potluck, participating in tournaments at our campgrounds, or just relaxing and spending time with your fellow campers, we can’t wait to spend 100 days of camping with you! We’ve rounded up some of the awesome activities happening all month at our locations across the country.

For a complete listing of events at the preserves, please check out the 2016 Theme Weekends.

Memorial Day Weekend

Join the folks at Bear Cave (MI) to honor of all the hard working men and women that have served our country. Enjoy cake and coffee at Member Appreciation on Saturday. At Timothy Lake North & South (PA), come shake off the cold winter blues with crafts, face painting, and a bounce house. There will be a BBQ potluck and a Member Appreciation event. Dance to the live music at North in the evening! This weekend will be the Annual Hog Roast at Natchez Trace (TN)! Featuring live entertainment, golf cart parades, and movies! Enjoy a relaxing holiday weekend at The Oaks at Point South (SC) exploring nearby historic sites! A list of recommendations is available at the office. Member Appreciation cake and coffee will be served Saturday afternoon. Join the folks at Sea Pines (NJ) for a patriotic weekend where family fun is scheduled all weekend with a pie eating contest, root beer chug, candy bar bingo, and patriotic crafts. Come to the lake at Hidden Cove (AL) where the Giant Slip n Slide gets bigger and better each season! Have some fun with games, tournaments, contests, and prizes!

Celebrate Mother’s Day

Join us at Carolina Landing (SC) for a great Mother’s Day weekend and enjoy a dinner and special prizes on Saturday. Spend this special weekend with loved ones to honor Mom. There will be crafts, including a special gift for Mom, games, and lots of mother and children activities at Lake Gaston (NC). Bring Mom to breakfast, we’ve got a special treat for her, pancakes on us! At Pine Country (IL) we celebrate with a craft made for Mom, chair massages, hay rides, and Dutch Oven Diva cooking class! Show Mom how much you love her! At Gateway to Cape Cod (MA), we honor all Moms and mothers to be this weekend with our annual tea party, Saturday afternoon. Kids get to make a special gift for Mom too!

Summertime Tournaments

The weekend of May 13, “Get Your Sport On” at Green Mountain (NC) for Team Organization weekend! Get your team organized for intramurals. Sports will include volleyball, horseshoes, cornhole and many others. Tournaments will be played all season long. It’s a “Free For All” Games Weekend at Medina Lake (TX) on May 14, Alice is on vacation so come and play all her games! (She will not know!) The following weekend on May 20 - 22 at Chesapeake Bay (VA) is Kooky Kamp Games weekend featuring family-friendly field and camp games with a crazy twist! The First Annual Summer Olympics takes place on May 22 at Lake Whitney (TX). Games include frisbee toss, relay races, long jumps, jump rope, tug-a-war, and many more games to compete in! The 3rd Annual Summer Olympics Weekend at Lake Conroe (TX) with Frisbee toss, relay races, long jumps, basketball free throws, and many more games to compete in.

Air & Sea Weekends

It’s Boating/Watercraft Safety Weekend at Chesapeake Bay (VA) from May 13-15. USCG auxiliary will be here to answer questions and perform safety checks on your boats/water craft to ensure a safe summer on the RIVAH. For your convenience, they are also offering the VA Boaters Safety Class on location! Dolphins, Fish and Sharks…oh my! Explore the fascinating world under the sea at Circle M (PA) for Under the Sea Weekend – May 13-15. We will get creative with ocean arts and crafts and a family game of sand volleyball. Bring your kite to the ballpark at Lake Tawakoni (TX) on May 16 for a high flying time! Some kites will be available to purchase in the recreation office. Let’s see how many kites we can fly in the sky at Pine Country (IL) during our great kite fly, May 20-22! Build your own kite craft & hay rides. Let’s hope it’s a windy weekend! It’s opening of fishing season on Little Diamond (WA) fishing lake.

Armed Forces Day

Firemen, armed services, and police officers are the special guests at Yukon Trails (WI) the weekend of May 20-22. Our special guests receive buy one night get the second night free for tent or water & electric sites. Many other specials will apply, including free train rides and food specials for our special guests! All Service personnel eat free at the All You Can Eat Buffet! We thank the people of the Armed forces at PA Dutch Country (PA) May 20-22 with free lunch! Activities for kids too, with a special craft and a chocolate scavenger hunt. This weekend at Rondout Valley (NY), we will be making cards to send to our veterans in nursing homes and to our servicemen and women serving around the world. We salute all of you who have served, or are serving, in the military at Las Vegas (NV)! So, join us for a social hour on Saturday as we show our appreciation for your dedication and service to our country.

Dance The Night Away

Let’s honor our Mothers, Grandmothers, and Moms-to-be the weekend of May 7. On Saturday night there will be dancing at our annual Mother’s Day Dance at Lake Whitney (TX)! Enjoy a three night weekend and celebrate our veterans by decorating your bikes, golf carts, and strollers in red, white, and blue and join us in our annual parade, May 27-30, at Plymouth Rock (WI). Friday night DJ and Saturday night live music by Dave Steffen! Join our All-American weekend festivities at Kenisee Lake (OH) from May 28-30 with the Flag raising Ceremony, parade, & DJ Rabbit’s dance. The same weekend, Diamond Caverns (KY) relax, sing and play! Enjoy Member Appreciation with a movie and popcorn, karaoke, games by the pool, and some live music you’ll want to dance to, all weekend! The folks at Horseshoe Lakes (IN) are throwing it back to the 50s the weekend of May 13-15 for music, dancing and fun. Dress up in your favorite 50’s outfit and enter our best throwback look contest!

Tasty Times at Thousand Trails

Mom’s will be treated to tacos at the Walking Taco Luncheon at Yukon Trails (WI) on Sunday, May 7. Plus don’t forget the fish fry the day before on Friday May 6. It’s Chocolate Lover’s Weekend at Tranquil Timbers (WI) May 20-22. If you are a chocolate lover, this is the weekend for you! Play Chocolate Bar Bingo on Saturday and join us for a chocolate party where everyone can bring their favorite dessert! Join us at Virginia Landing (VA) for Friday, May 27 for hot dogs and s’mores, family fun and games, hayrides and Ice Cream Social. New members, veteran members and prospective members join us for our appreciation of You. Free cupcakes for all Moms and the Ice Cream Social at Wilderness Lakes (CA) during Mother’s Day weekend! Let’s kick off summer on Memorial Day Weekend at Soledad Canyon (CA) with the opening of the pool and splash pad. There will be a BBQ potluck and cake to show our appreciation to veterans and members that weekend too.

Wine & Cheese Socials

Come on out for what is sure to be a fun weekend May 20-22, for Wine and Painting Weekend at Moody Beach (ME)! Painting activities for the kids on Saturday morning; Saturday evening Wine and Painting for those over 21. Kick back and relax at Sturbridge (MA) the weekend of May 13-15 for Wine and Cheese Saturday night, 5pm. You bring the wine! Bring a bottle of your favorite wine and your favorite glass, and we’ll supply the hors d’oeuvres at Forest Lake (NC) for the women-only Wine and Cheese Social in the Adult Lodge the weekend of May 5. Then dance the night away with Mom at the Family Lodge Patio.

Member Appreciation Events

Memorial Day weekend is also Member Appreciation at Gettysburg Farm (PA) May 27-30. The pool will open plus, enjoy hayrides, a live band Saturday evening and a DJ dance Sunday evening. The wait is over at Lake & Shore (NJ)! Come shake off the cold winter blues and jump into the pool, lake, and water park! Enjoy our pool party on Saturday with DJ Sonja and come on out for our Member Appreciation Event. We’ll have games, contests, and crafts on the list this weekend so don’t miss it! There will be a golf cart parade, horseshoes and cornhole tournaments, plus live entertainment at Green Mountain (NC) to celebrate member appreciation and the holiday weekend! The folks at Peace River (FL) will show members and veterans how much they appreciate them with a special dessert at the annual picnic during Memorial Day Weekend!

Off to the Races Weekends

Watch the race with us at PA Dutch Country (PA) May 6-8 and we will have a race of our own. There will be a free Mother’s Day brunch because Moms are the best! May 6-8 bring a hat and let’s decorate it for the derby or Mom for Mother’s Day Green Mountain (NC) from May 6-8. The more creative the better so that you can be the belle of the derby. We will also have coffee and treats for the Moms. And They’re Off! Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style this year at Twin Mills (IN) from May 13-15. It’s all about the big hats, the horses and the excitement of Churchill Downs! We will be making Crazy Big Hats. Watch the race on the Big Screen and more! Join the folks at Lake Minden (CA) from May 13-15 for the always exhilarating Hydroplane Boat Races Join us for the always exhilarating Hydroplane Boat Races. The weekend after will be the RC Boat Races, also at Lake Minden (CA). Come join in the fun at Paradise (WA) May 21 for the rubber duck racing. Race your duck from one pond to the other just to see who’s is faster.

Local Activities and Events


May 15
Hangtown Car Show

Only 10 miles from park, come see a wonderful display of classic cars! Enjoy food, music, shopping with local merchants and a 50/50 drawing! Admission and parking is free. If you’re interested in entering your classic car in the display, call Mike at (530) 622-1731 for the 2016 show!


May 5-7
Julian Wildflower Show

This year’s theme is “Smarty Plants?” Visitors of this historical flower show will learn about the 855 species of plants that grow within just 25 miles of town. Wildflowers from the surrounding mountains, desert and plains will be on display with information regarding plant intelligence, medicinal uses, and which plants are invasive or noxious.


May 6-7
Grass Valley Old West Antique Show

Witherell’s proudly presents this unique antique show that attracts billionaire collectors from all over the world. Discover one of the richest collections of antiques and artifacts from the historic American West. You’ll find museum quality antique firearms, gold rush memorabilia, rare images and paintings, jewelry, much more.

May 7
Chocolate Festival

Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more.

May 15
Amgen Tour of California

A Tour de France-style cycling road race, the Amgen Tour of California kicks off in San Diego, where the world’s top professional cycling teams will depart for a race covering hundreds of miles along the state’s coastline and highways.


Saturdays in May
Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco

Explore more than 70 vendors along the pedestrian-only Waterfront Way that overlooks the Port of Ilwaco marina and Baker Bay. Regional produce, baked goods, local plans, and homemade crafts on display.

May 27-30
World’s Longest Garage Sale

Miles and miles of bargain-hunting fun to explore for four days at The World’s Longest Garage Sale! Garage sales dot Peninsula streets from Ilwaco to Oysterville.


May 21
78th Torchlight Parade and Lilac Festival

Fun events all day ending with the evening torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane. This year’s theme is “Lilacs in Wonderland.” Registration required for some events. Check website for location and time information.


May 13-15

In Leavenworth there’s only one way to celebrate spring! The sun is out, the apple and pear blossoms are springing to life, and the wildflowers are bursting at the buds! It’s time for our very Bavarian celebration of spring – Maifest!

May 19-22
14th Annual Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest

Join the folks at the Wenatchee River Institute for the 14th Annual Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest and enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities focusing on the birds and wildlife and their north central Washington environments. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, dress in layers, and wear your best hiking boots.


May 7
Magnolia Park Bluegrass and Folk Music Festival

Bring your lawn chairs and hang out at the Magnolia Park Bluegrass & Folk Music Festival in Apopka! Listen to bluegrass and folk music, plus children’s activities, a wildlife exhibit and food vendors. $4 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

May 20-22

The Florida Boat Show, Daytona
Enthusiastic boaters flock to the Florida Boat Show, a three-day event featuring live seminars, live music, and hundreds of boats of all styles displayed and available for sale. Power boats, sail boats, yachts, kayaks and marine accessories including in the selection.

May 29-30

4th Annual Memorial Day Barrel Race
The 4th Annual Memorial Day Barrel Race is a surefire way to start your summer off with a bang! The Arcadia Rodeo hosts a number of barrel racing, bull riding, and shoot out events for rodeo fans of all ages and draws top cowboy and cowgirl athletes from around the nation.


May 28-30
I Madonnari Festival

The Mission Plaza will be transformed by Madonnari, or street painters, to create 150 large scale images. This festival is the sister festival to the Grazie di Curtatone, Italy and benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.


Fiesta Noche Del Rio

A San Antonio tradition, this performance features songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas and occurs Friday and Saturday evenings at the River Walk’s historic Arneson River Theatre.

May 19-21

Culinaria- A Wine & Culinary Arts Festival
The Culinaria Wine & Culinary Arts Festival celebrates San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and an important culinary and cultural gateway to Mexico and Latin America. 5K Wine & Beer Run, Be sure to visit the website to purchase tickets for special wine tastings, sit-down dinners, and classes.


Now through May 28
Memphis in May International Festival

Features the Memphis Italian Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, World Championship Barbecue Competition, and the International Salute to Canada. Be sure to check the website for more details on locations, activities, and events.


May 16
6th Annual John Muir Festival

Celebrate John Muir’s historic walk to Yosemite in 1868 & 1869 in Coulterville, CA for the 6th Annual John Muir Festival. Multiple venues within the Main Street area of Coulterville will open their doors for the event including the John Muir Geotourism Center, Coulter Café, and in Coulterville Park. Live music, silent auction, historic home garden tours, and many more activities to take place! Check the website for more information.

May 31

Women’s Health and Wellness Event
Located at The Grill at Pine Mountain Lake with wine & cheese, live entertainment and door prizes. There will be doctors, healthcare professionals, firemen and local businesses on site with skincare and wellness tips.


May 16-21
Stockcar Racing Experience

Experience the thrill of NASCAR racecar driving for yourself! Guests are welcome to come and watch at no additional charge.