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.

Get Down by the Lake and Sandy at the Beach!

Whether you’re building sandcastles on the beach or racing your RC boat on the lake, there’s plenty of beachside fun to be had at Thousand Trails this summer.
Bring your boat out on the lake on July 9 and July 22-23 at Carolina Landing (SC). The RC Boat Races are back again at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of July 15-18. Friday night features a Hot Dog Bar Potluck and RC boat races take place on Saturday and Sunday. Build sand castles and launch a man-sized cardboard boat at the regatta on the beach! There will also be a Fishing Derby at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of July 22-23, plus a park-wide scavenger hunt and paddle boat races. Put your serving skills to the test at the volleyball game at Bay Landing (TX) the weekend of July 22-24. Join the recreation staff at Bend-Sunriver (OR) on July 30 for the Deschutes River Tube outing. Rent a tube (limited supply), bring your own, or buy one from the store. Free hot dogs, too!

Vegas, Baby!

Think you’ve got Lady Luck on your side? Come find out at these gambling weekends at Thousand Trails!
To celebrate the 47th anniversary of Thousand Trails, the folks at Rondout Valley (NY) will be hosting a Poker Walk at the store plus other cool games. Casino games, an auction, and maybe even an Elvis sighting at Green Mountain (NC) from July 8-10, plus live entertainment on Saturday night. Be sure to hang out at Colorado River (TX) on July 11 for Dice It Up Weekend. Bring your favorite junk food to share and join us for fun dice games. Join the folks at Little Diamond (WA) for some Vegas-style gaming the weekend of July 23-25. There will be Yahtzee, 52 card BINGO, dice bowling, poker chip guessing, and more.

Stay Cool This Summer

Staying cool this summer is easy at Thousand Trails! There are plenty of pool parties, water games, and splish splashin’ activities for everyone this July.
Don’t miss out on the frozen t-shirt relay, frozen treat relay, slushie eating contest and other frozen themed activities at Hershey (PA) from July 1-4. Bring your family to relax with a weekend of fun in the sun at Tranquil Timbers (WI) the weekend of July 8-10. There will be a poolside party and water games so don’t forget to bring your swimsuits. Have an evening cool down at Forest Lake (NC) on July 29 for a movie at the family pool. Then, on Saturday, join the water battles and games and a pool party plus a sandcastle building competition at the beach. Be sure to purchase advanced tickets to the Wet N’ Wild Luau on Saturday night. Get soaked at Kenisee Lake (OH) with water games and water gun battles the weekend of July 29-31 and dry off around the campfire.

Retro Weekends

Throw it back in time at these retro themed weekends!
Show off your best sock hop or disco dance for the Scotrun (PA) Retro Weekend, July 15-17. The same weekend will be an 80s Weekend at Moody Beach (ME) and prizes will be awarded for best costumes and dance moves! Relive that special prom weekend at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) or bring back the boogie at Green Mountain (NC) ‘70s Disco weekend from July 15-17. Join the folks at Tranquil Timbers (WI) from July 29-31 for an ‘80s & ‘90s Rock Party and Game Show Weekend hosted by Brian Blahnik. Dress like a rock star and play fun game shows for prizes. Enjoy ‘50s themed games and treats at the Rockin’ Oldies Weekend at Diamond Caverns (KY) the weekend of July 22. On the weekend of July 29, the folks at Pio Pico (CA) are bringing the ‘50s back with a Doo-Wop Weekend and so will the folks at Medina Lake (TX). Slick your hair back and get your best ‘50s themed outfit together for the costume contest.

Fireworks on the Fourth

What is an Independence Day celebration without fireworks? It’s a good thing we’ll never find out since there are so many options this summer at Thousand Trails!
Join the excitement this holiday weekend at The Oaks at Point South (SC) for a local fireworks display. Enjoy the fireworks from the Peace River (FL) campground or join the fun atLake of the Springs (CA) who will have a spectacular fireworks show in addition to lots of other patriotic activities like tie-dying, the Family Parade down Lodge Hill, camp singalong, a marshmallow roast, plus more! The folks at Las Vegas (NV) are hosting a weekend long celebration that ends with a fireworks show off the hotels on the Strip! Join the folks at Harbor View (VA) for a fireworks display at Colonial Beach or at Seaside (OR) for a parade and fireworks on the coast!

Bazaars/Fairs/Thrifting/Flea Markets/Craft Fairs

You never know what kind of trash may become your own treasure! Whether you’re looking to get rid of some old junk or find some treasures of your own, Thousand Trails campgrounds has flea markets, craft fairs, and bazaars galore.
It’s flea market time again at Rondout Valley (NY) the weekend of July 8. Bring your “unwantables” for those who think they are “wantables” to the Pavilion at Medina Lake (TX) on July 9 for Flea Market Days! Oakzanita Springs (CA) is hosting a craft show on the patio so bring your best crafts to sell and your wallet to help support our local crafters. Kids will make Christmas and winter crafts and play reindeer games to celebrate Christmas in July, the weekend of the 16-17. It’s yard sale weekend July 15-17 at Diamond Caverns (KY). Set up your site with all of your salable wares and count your dollars at the end of the evening while enjoying camp-wide karaoke! The Community Yard Sale will take place at Lynchburg (VA) the weekend of July 16-17. There will be plenty of games, activities, and crafts if selling isn’t your deal.

Challenge Yourself

Play to win as you challenge yourself and others at these crazy competitions, eating contests, and tournaments at Thousand Trails.
The annual Horseshoe Tournament at Bend-Sunriver (OR) will take place until July 5, plus there will be special games just for the kids. Take advantage of the Noah’s Ark Waterpark Special and be prepared to get soaked during the water gun fight, dollar diving, water balloon games and best belly-flop contest at Arrowhead (WI) the weekend of July 8-10. Test your skills during the game show-themed activities at the “Minute to Win It” weekend Lake Gaston (NC) July 8-10. Challenges include “A Bit Dicey,” “Tweeze These,” Stack Them Up and “Volcano” games. It’s Battle of the Sexes weekend at Kenisee Lake (OH) from July 8-10 so see who is really better at all types of games and contests! Don’t miss Tournament Day on July 6 at Yosemite Lakes (CA) and play to win at mini-golf, volleyball, horseshoes, and billiards. Come hungry to Bend- Sunriver (OR) on July 9 for Eatery Treatery Saturday and the 2nd Annual Eating Contest! Competition is open to all ages, including adults.


Summertime and music simply go hand-in-hand. Visit Thousand Trails for a dose of music in your summer activities.
Gettysburg Farm (PA) will be decked out in red, white, and blue to celebrate the Fourth of July and a live band will play Sunday evening. Bring your instruments and join the folks at Forest Lake (NC) for the Forest Lake Jamboree, July 15-17! This camp-wide event will have you and your friends pickin’ and grinnin’ plus other events that weekend including Forest Lake’s 1st Annual “Cash Cart.” Bead Trapper performs on July 23, at South Jetty (OR) and Nehemiah Brown performs in the South Clubhouse at Whaler’s Rest (OR) on July 2. Lasso your friends and dust off your cowboy boots for the live performance by Run Carolina Band at Plymouth Rock (WI) on July 30. It’s going to be a Rock ‘N’ Roll weekend at La Conner (WA) when The Fabulous Murphtones play July 22-24.

Giants, Superheros, and Dinosaurs, Oh My!

Get ready for a weekend of super heroes, giants, and dinosaurs.
There will be a Best Dressed Superhero Contest at Wilmington (OH) the weekend of July 15-17 and don’t miss out on the Superhero Obstacle course! Beware Bigfoot lives and is on the loose in the woods at Leavenworth (WA). Be on the lookout to Watch for the Squatch July 8-10. Raptors and other prehistoric beasts will take over Whaler’s Rest (OR) the weekend of July 8-10. Everyone at Lake & Shore (NJ) has a favorite superhero, so dress up like your favorite and you may win a prize the weekend of July 15-17, and don’t miss the showing of “Marvel’s The Avengers” on the big screen on Sunday night. The folks at Chestnut Lake (NJ) will honor the firemen, police officers, and first responders who are our real-life heroes! Also learn about safety and join in on the Superhero Cape decorating craft and contest!

Scavenger Hunts

Get in the competitive spirit at Thousand Trails by participating in a summertime scavenger hunt!
Are you competitive? Come see if you can beat the others at the scavenger hunt on July 9 at Lake Whitney (TX). Also on July 9, the folks at Russian River (CA) invite participants of all ages to the Scavenger Hunt and there will be lots of prizes and smiles! Indian Lakes (IN) will kick it up a notch with a wacky golf cart scavenger hunt the weekend of July 8-10. Go on a seaside Scavenger Hunt at Seaside (OR) during the Beachcomber’s Weekend, July 8-10, then warm up with a hot dog roast at the bonfire. It’s everybody’s birthday at Little Diamond (WA) the weekend of July 9-11 so to celebrate, there will be a scavenger hunt and a “Toy Story” showing! Participate in the out of this world activities during Cosmic Weekend at Pacific City (OR) July 8-10, which includes an extraterrestrial scavenger hunt.

Local Activities and Events


July 1
Trace Adkins Live at Billy Bob’s Texas

See Trace Adkins play live at Billy Bob’s Texas, the largest honky tonk in the world. Only 40 minutes from Bay Landing (TX) and has activities like shopping, music, museums, bull riding shows, lots of food and drink in addition to concerts.
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July 2
Independence Eve Party

Annual party at The Weimary featuring music by Briana Adams and Barney Sledge. Music is from 6-9pm and stay after for the fireworks display!
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Every 3rd Saturday
Smithville Trades Day

Vendors, music, antiques, clothing, art, home décor, arts and crafts, good ol’ junk.


July 23-24
Sandcastle Competition

Come build a castle and compete on the beach!
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July 29-31
Birch Bay Music Festival

Music Festival to raise money for local animal rescues.
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July 2
Fireworks at the Port

Dubbed, “Feel the Thunder,” there will be fireworks to celebrate Independence day at the Port of Ilwaco at dusk.
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July 16-17
Clamshell Railroad Days

Clamshell Railroad Days explores Ilwaco’s historic Freight Depot and offers attendees a chance to step inside an original Clamshell Railroad passenger car, the Nachotta, which is only open twice a year.
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July 4
July 4th Family Blast

Bring your coolers, propane BBQ’s and your dancing shoes! Please leave your pets, charcoal BBQs and glass containers at home. Enjoy kid’s activities, food, beverages, and live music from 6-10pm. Hay mazes, arts & crafts, games, and fireworks once the sun goes down.
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July 4
Manteca 4th of July Celebration

Get a front row seat before the parade begins at 10am Over 100 entries are in the parade including floats, bands and more! Spend the rest of your day at the Big League Dreams Complex on Daniels drive in Manteca. Fireworks begin at dusk, so bring a blanket or chair to lay back and enjoy the show.
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July 4
Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Art in the Park

The Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in downtown Ocean Park is a true slice of Americana. Classic cars, homemade floats, chalk art, and waving flags. The parade begins at 1pm. Between 10am and 3pm there will be Art in the Park at Sheldon Park which will feature the works of local artists, food and more!
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July 2
Redbud National Motorcross Event

It’s a full weekend of motorcross events, with the feature event Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Motorcross Championship. In addition to the racing, we have fireworks Saturday night around 10:30pm.
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July 16
Summerfest Music & Microbrews

SummerFest Music & Microbrews is the perfect way to experience the region’s finest craft breweries and mouthwatering cuisine from nearby restaurants. Combine this with incredible live music set against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Michigan on Silver Beach and you have one amazing SummerFest!
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July 16-17
Pocono’s Wurst Festival

Wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies, brews; three stages of music, traditional costumed dance performances, pig and hot dog races, craft vendors; new Bier Stein Olympics; children’s entertainment. Ticket prices vary, please see website for details.
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Thursdays in July
By the Lake Concert Series

This weekly summer concert series at the Mariners’ Museum & Park features performances by Borderline Crazy, Hey! Hey! Hooligan, The Fuzz Band, and Party Fins this month. Bring a blanket and a picnic and hang out listening to summer tunes.
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July 13-16
Capital Ale House National Beer Expo

The NBE is a destination craft beer and food event celebrating artisan made American craft beer and Richmond’s cultural and culinary offering.
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July 15-25
Beaufort County Water Festival

The festival has attracted residents and visitors since 1956 for the two-week long celebration of the coastal Lowcountry. There are two dozen individual sporting events including bocce ball, children’s fishing, and croquet, plus arts & crafts, music, and the best of Lowcountry cuisine.
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Throughout July
Wine Country Adventure

Let the folks at DeeTours take you on a wine country adventure tour! For 90 minutes, you’ll get to cruise around Santa Barbara in a bright red Jeep limo or one of the smaller Jeep Wranglers along amazing vistas to the verdant countryside of the Santa Ynez Valley.
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Every Friday in July
All-American Muscle Car Cruise at Old Town

Cars start arriving at 4pm! Every Friday, join the excitement for our All-American Muscle Car Cruise which features show-quality, American-Made Muscle Cars from 1964 and newer.
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Every Saturday in July
Summer Music Series at Lakeridge Winery

Looking for something special to do with your summer weekend, then come along each Saturday afternoon in July and enjoy live music by the area’s most talented musicians on the outdoor stage. Each week a different band will perform for your entertainment. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.
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July 4
Rotary Club’s 50th Annual 4th of July Parade

Watch the Rotary Club’s 50th Annual 4th Of July Parade, followed by the Fourth Of July Family Freedom Festival at the Idyllwild Community Center Site.
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July 9-10
Lemon Lily Festival

The Lemon Lily Festival, at the Idyllwild Nature Center, fosters an appreciation for the threatened native lily (lilium parryi) and to educate the public of its plight and relevance to Idyllwild. Features live music, arts and crafts for children, food, local artisans, guided nature hikes, and more!
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