Activities and Events

On-Site Events

Thereís something to do every weekend at Thousand Trails campgrounds! Pack your summer with food festivals, Olympic-style competitions, pool parties and country fairs. Itís never a dull moment at Thousand Trails.

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


August 4-5
Julian Star Fest
Explore the world of astronomy at the three day Julian Star Fest. Exhibition areas, guest speakers, an astronomy equipment swap meet, plus more, held at Menghini Winery in Julian, CA. A viewing area with telescopes for star tours led by astronomy experts.
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August 20-21
40th Annual World Body Surfing Championships

Wake up early for the 40th Annual World Body Surfing Championships. Almost 400 bodysurfers International and US body surfers compete in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes at the Oceanside pier and beach in San Diegoís North County. Men and Womenís Grand Champions to be crowned on Sunday afternoon.
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August 6-14
A Peachy Open House

Sample peaches, nectarines and apples that are made into wine. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our pavilion. Purchase of bottle of wine and enjoy it while walking through the orchards and vineyard, or visit the many farm animals.
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August 20
7th Annual Clover Hill Village Wine Festival

10 wineries, 25 craft vendors, and 3 food vendors on hand plus a live band and activities for all ages. This event gets bigger and better every year and is a fun time for the whole family. Click for Details


August 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
Edaville, USA

Edavilleís rides are generally designed for parents and children to enjoy together. Family fun on all of the rides and the Narrow Gauge Railroad. Each weekend has a unique theme.
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August 6
Vietnam History Day at Battleship Cove

Visit Battleship Coveís collection of Vietnam-era helicopters and ships. Special talks from Vietnam veterans, tours and living history displays will be showcased throughout the day. Visit the website for ticketing information.
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August 27
Nevada City Uncorked: Farm to Table

Uncorked is a walk about style format that includes 20 different venues throughout downtown. Step into retail shops, restaurants, or winery tasting rooms for wine tasting and food sampling. This yearís event features a farm to table theme. Participating restaurants and caterers will transform fresh materials from local farmers into signature dishes.
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August 6, 13, 20, 27
Summer Concert Series

The concerts at the Wells Harbor Park are one of the best kept secrets of the summer. If you enjoy the concert, you are encouraged to make a donation to offset expenses. Free parking close by. You are encouraged to bring a cushion for the benches or folding chairs, or blankets for the ground, as well as insect repellent.
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August 10-September 3
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Aladdin) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) join forces to adapt the classic story by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Please note the content advisory: PG-13.
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August 6
16th Annual La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show

Fun for the whole family and one of the northwestís best summertime classic car shows near Seattle and Vancouver BC. Classic cars, motorcycles, classic yachts, working boats and collector boats, all on view at the north end of La Connerís business district and along the Swinomish Channel.
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August 13
Taste of Woodinville Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a Dungeness Crab Feed, with wine, several side dishes, appetizers, and dessert included on a wonderful August cruise. RSVP is required by calling (360) 466-1758.
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August 4 & 11
Summer Courtyard Activities for Kids

Have fun in the sun with activities in our Lightcatcher courtyard. Children and their parents will have good, old-fashioned play with bubbles, clay, and outdoor art. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities happen here, too. For ages 3+.
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August 27-28
Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest

A great weekend for the entire family. Fun activities abound with a grand parade down Birch Bay Drive, Arts and Crafts Fair (Saturday & Sunday) and a variety of food vendors. Live music, beer garden, crab derby & boil. Sponsor a duck for $5, name your duck and root your duck on to the finish line.
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August 5
Wayne County Fair

Enjoy big name country music concerts, painted pony bronc, bull riding, Prevo the Dinosaur wandering the midway, and more. Donít miss the rides, games, car thrill shows, harness racing, tractor, truck and horse pulls, demolition derby, live entertainment, and fireworks.
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August 20
Austin Bat Fest

In mid to late August, thousand of people come to Austinís Town Lake and downtown Austin to see millions of Mexican Free Tail Bats, shop for locally made crafts and listen to over 30 live bands on two stages.
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August 13-14
Sweet Corn & BBQ Festival

Come celebrate the Pennsylvania sweet corn harvest along with the regionís best BBQ delights. Live entertainment including performances from Brian Dean Moore Band and the Cramer Brothers Band. Enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors including local farm stands, mouthwatering sweet corn and BBQ vendors.
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August 20-21
ABC Supply 500

Pocono Raceway hosts the 2016 ABC Supply 500 race weekend. The Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying and Practice on Saturday. The ABC Supply 500 race takes place on Sunday. Speeds are expected to exceed 200 MPH with side-by-side racing and last lap passes to win.
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August 12-14
Abbotsford Airshow 2016

Aviation festival put on by The Abbotsford International Airshow Society (AIAS) and is the premier showcase of the Canadian aviation tradition. Featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
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Every Wednesday in August
Solvang Farmerís Market

Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of agricultural products grown right in our backyard. Seasonal diversity is available year round rain or shine. Join us in Downtown Solvang every week on First Street, between Mission Dr. (Highway 246) and Copenhagen Dr.
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