Activities and Events

On-Site Events

There’s something to do every weekend at Thousand Trails campgrounds! With wonderful Labor Day festivities, it’s never a dull moment at Thousand Trails.

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

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is September 3-5! Hang out at Thousand Trails for a fun-filled last weekend of summer.
Close out the summer with a long weekend at Long Beach (WA). Sept. 3-5 is jam-packed with entertainment, games, volleyball, BBQ, and Ice Cream Social. The folks at Idyllwild (CA) will be closing out their season with a bang with Wilderness Weekend Firefighter and Law Enforcement Appreciation! Celebrate the men and women who keep us safe year-round. Welcoming back a law enforcement K-9 demonstration, Hike the Trails with Pat (retired U.S. Forest Service), various firefighter activities, crafts, games, scavenger hunt, a Club Blazer kid’s hike, Hit Men will be performing, karaoke, and lots more! Don’t miss out! A discount will be offered to all firefighter and law enforcement personnel (with ID). The folks at Peace River (FL) will be enjoying a weekend of rest and relaxation, and hosting the Annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday the 5th. At Natchez Trace (TN), the Labor Day celebration features live entertainment, golf cart rides, hayrides, hot roast and more! Join the folks at Bear Cave (MI) for food, games, and prizes to celebrate another fantastic summer in Michigan. The summer winds down splashin’ around with Rainbow the Clown at Ponderosa (CA) and the Family Lodge will be hopping with cotton candy, shaved ice and the end of the season karaoke!


Get crafty at Thousand Trails! Maybe even get a head start on some holiday gifts while you’re at it...
Bring your favorite wine and enjoy it as we explore the art of watercoloring at Medina Lake (TX) on Sept. 24. Kids can decorate a picture frame for their school photo and play old-fashioned recess games at Verde Valley (AZ) the weekend of Sept. 2-5. There will also be a member appreciation activity and entertainment on Saturday night. Kids can enjoy tie-dying on Sunday Sept. 4 at Moody Beach (ME). The folks at Snowflower (CA) will have all the supplies for Tea Strainer Keepsake Necklaces including beach glass and sea shells or you can bring a special charm of your own. Come make these on Sept. 4. The following weekend at Snowflower (CA), We will fill a glass globe with things found or brought and we will add snow for a beautiful Snow Globe Scene.

Final Pool Parties

Here’s your last chance to swim! These pools are closing soon so get out there for some final dips in the pool.
Join us for Member Appreciation Day, BBQ dinners and horseshoe tournament for an end of summer weekend at Pacific City (OR) from Sept. 2-5. We know the answer to the question “Who Let the Dogs Out?” This weekend it’s Leavenworth (WA), so join us for Pooch Party Weekend, Sept. 9-11. Calling all kids for a last big party before school starts at Horseshoe Lakes (IN) on Labor Day Weekend! Poolside pizza party with karaoke!!! Join us for an end of the year barbecue and some music! Dogs take over the family pool at the Doggie Dive and Swim the weekend of Sept.10-11 at Bend/Sunriver (OR).

Flea Markets and More!

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…come see for yourself at these yard sales happening at Thousand Trails!
There will be a property-wide craft and flea market at your site the weekend of Sept. 2-5 at Hershey (PA). Please register your site with recreation. The folks at Lake Conroe (TX) will be having a park-wide site sale on Sept. 12 so now is the time to go thru your summer items to downsize for the winter. Enjoy the rummage sales on Labor Day Weekend at Plymouth Rock (WI). Sign up early for the craft show and flea market at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of Sept. 2-5. The same weekend, Twin Mills (IN) will also hold a flea market along with games and a sculpture contest! Sell your unused items with proceeds to be donated to a great cause at PA Dutch Country (PA) the weekend of Sept. 9. Outdoor sporting games and races, soccer, wiffleball, punt pass and kick tournament, horseshoes, and a trail hike are also in store for this active weekend. Everything must go the weekend of Sept. 23-25 at Whaler’s Rest (OR)! We are clearing out all the extra goodies from throughout the year with a huge end of season yard sale Saturday. Finally, there will be a flea market on Sept. 10 at Medina Lake (TX).

Local Musicians

The small town cultural scenes are often carried by local bands. Check out these performances by local acts.
Bring your red, white, and blue and enjoy entertainment with Trey Houston on Saturday night at Lake Tawakoni (TX) on Sept. 5. T-Bone Road takes center stage at the Beachview pavilion under our own island stars for a Hawaiian Luau at Bay Landing (TX) on Labor Day weekend. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Pio Pico (CA), The Hit Men Band will play outside the Family Pool area. Come out and finish the summer off with the folks at Paradise (WA) and a local music group Rock City. Enjoy the summer heat by our cool refreshing pools as you hear the band in the background on Saturday 3 in the afternoon. We are jamming it all for one final fantastic weekend at Lynchburg (VA) Saturday Sept. 3, there will be music at the pavilion and Mad Ladd jams out the season at the pool Sunday, Sept. 4.

Grandparents Day

Grandparent’s Day is the weekend of September 9!
Celebrate Grandparents Day at Lake Minden (CA) with an Old-Fashioned Potluck Social followed by Candy Bar Bingo and an Ice Cream Social. We’ll play a variety of card and board games. Take a craft class, then show off your favorite photos in a pocket sized Brag Book you made yourself. These are so cute that you may want to make one for a friend. Join us at Green Mountain (NC) for tales of days gone by and celebrate our Grandparents and long time members. This is the day for the grandparents to enjoy! Kids, come to the Family Center to makes something special for your grandparents at Lake Whitney (TX). Our Grandparents are so special to us, it’s time we showed them! There will be gift making on Saturday morning and a pancake breakfast where Grandparents eat free Sunday morning at Moody Beach (ME) and Sturbridge (MA).

Festivals/Shows/Live Music

Whether you’re rockin’ and rolling’, square dancing and doe-si-doeing, there is some live music for everyone!
2nd Chance Band plays at Hershey (PA) on Sept. 3! Spend the weekend rocking with the oldies. Elvis may have officially left the building, but his memory is alive and well at South Jetty (OR). Join us the weekend of Sept. 2-4 for hula- hoop and bubble gum chewing contests plus rock ‘n’ roll crafts! Sip on a cherry Coke float for a nostalgic taste of the past and then Bead Trapper performs on Saturday, Sept. 3. Bead Trapper performs in the South Clubhouse at Whaler’s Rest (OR) on the evening of Saturday Sept 17. Barbecues, golf cart and campsite decorating contests, pool and yard games, marshmallow roast, Monkey Business Band for the pool festivities, plus Member Appreciation at PA Dutch Country (PA) on Labor Day Weekend. Join us at Yosemite Lakes (CA) on Saturday, Sept. 4 or the Mountain Fever Band with s’mores around the campfire at the pavilion. Back by popular demand, Mount Olive, will be performing on Saturday 4 in the evening at Plymouth Rock (WI). It’s the 10th year of the Bluegrass by the Bay Festival and it at Chesapeake Bay (VA) and it just keeps getting better and better! Three full days of bluegrass music and field picking, along with vendors selling food, crafts, shirts and more. The festival is open to the public, so tell your friends and neighbors. And make your reservations early, as we fill the park for this event on Sept. 15-18. A classic rock’n’roll show is planned the weekend of Sept. 16-18 at St. Clair (MI), so go see what it’s all about.

Summer’s End

Summer is almost coming to a close. Relish in the last lazy days of summer with these relaxing weekend events.
Enjoy the last summer parade at Kenisee Lake (OH) plus the last dance of summer with DJ Rabbit on Labor Day Weekend. Let’s go out with a bang and head to Hershey (PA) on Labor Day Weekend for a parade, karaoke, and the annual member appreciation event of the season! Bring those floats and towels and join us at Colorado River (TX) on Sept. 5 for one last pool splash of the summer. Join the fun before the season’s done at Virginia Landing (VA). We’ll be having Friday night dogs and s’mores by the fire, family fun with hayrides, and fun and games at the Family Lodge. Sept. 2-4 is the Labor Day End of Summer Palooza at Thunderbird (WA). Everything is Palooza-style this weekend: pancake-palooza, sundae-palooza, watermelon eating contest, and a palooza of lawn games! Birch Bay (WA) will have their Big Summer Blow Out the weekend of Sept. 3-4 with the yearly Adult Pool Party on Saturday Sept. 4. Join us at Grandy Creek (WA) for an end of summer bash the weekend of Sept. 3-5! We will have kids activities, duck races, tie-dye, breakfast, and more! Don’t miss out on our traditional Red, White, and Blue Parade through the park and Member Appreciation event!

Special Performances

From a circus performance, to an RV show, as showcase of hot rods, these special performances and presentations are not to be missed!
Enjoy a weekend relaxing with the family with games, movie, and a campfire with s’mores and hot dogs plus it is the Hershey RV Show Week, Sept. 14-18 at PA Dutch Country (PA). Come watch the amazing Youth Circus who will be performing twice on Saturday, Sept. 3, and once on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Mount Vernon (WA). Make sure to buy your tickets and join the fun! Saturday Night we will be showing “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D”! They’re back! The 1st Maryland Winder Calvary will be with us at Gettysburg Farm (PA) the weekend of Sept. 16-18. Visit their encampment and see their horses for this living history weekend. Join us at Long Beach (WA) on the peninsula for the 33rd Annual Rod Run, Sept. 9-11. This weekend will be all about cars so bring your classic and let’s cruise.


Don’t let the summer end without heading to a summer carnival!
The folks at Lake of the Springs (CA) will hold a Craft & Variety Fair the weekend of Sept. 2! Dig out those recipes and see who has the best pie, salsa, and cookies at Lake Texoma (TX) on Sept. 26 for Country Fair Weekend. Our famous Kids Carnival at Cultus Lake (BC) will be Saturday Sept. 3 from 2 to 3:30 pm. Come out for sack races, egg toss, face painting, bean bag toss, apple bobbing and more! Then dance the night away with the Hong Kong Cowboy 7 to 10:30 pm! Sept. 3-5 is Carnival Week at Little Diamond (WA). We’ll have live music, Bingo, tile crafts, and kids can decorate a new back pack at family craft time.There will be lots of “County Fair Games” plus food, bean bag toss tournament, cotton candy, ring toss, and more at Yukon Trails (WI) on Labor Day Weekend! Don’t miss the pool party that weekend too.

Local Activities and Events


Sept 3-4
Wenatchee Youth Circus

WYC is undeniably one of the four top nonprofessional troupes in the nation. Over the years the circus has played to audiences totaling over two million people in the western states from California to Alaska and in Canada as well, averaging 12,000 miles a year.
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Sept 2
Lake Erie Monster Crawl

Travel the Strip collecting shops at the local businesses and win a Monster shirt at the end!
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Sept 17-18
Antiques Engine Show

TWO days! Displays, demonstrations, tractors, engines, antique cars & trucks. Delicious food served all day. 20th Annual Fall Show & Flea Market.
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Sept 4
Free Sunday at the Mayborn

Explore discovery rooms and interactive natural science and cultural history galleries, including outdoor exhibits.
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Sept 14-16
Solanco Fair

Annual Southern Lancaster County – an agricultural fair with tractor pulls, baby parade, tug of war, contests, and much more. See website for more details.
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Sept 17-18
Jazz’s Alive Summer Concert Series

Some of the nation’s top jazz entertainers, along with regional and local talent, take over Travis Park and dazzle the crowd with their smooth sounds. Times vary for performances; see website for details.
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Sept 24 through October
Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fright Fest

Don’t miss out on spooktacular live entertainment, chill-inducing rides and spine-tingling excitement for the whole family that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Sept 1
Edible Extravaganza

Join us for Center for Human Services’ Edible Extravaganza and taste the region’s finest in food and drink! This event features the best restaurants, caterers, bakers, confectioners, vintners, beverage purveyors and local growers that our area has to offer.


Sept 9
Second Friday Art Walk

The second Friday of each month several galleries in Colonial Beach open up for patrons to gather and view featured artists.
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Sept 7
Hot Chili and Cool Cars

The 23rd annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars event will feature some of the area’s most popular automotive beauties. Chili cooks will also vie for the chance to be crowned champion of the chili cook-off. The kid’s area will boast bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting, games and crafts to entertain the younger set, along with the traditional midway.
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Sept 2-5
Gold Rush Days in Sacramento

Get ready to turn back time at this annual festival that transforms Sacramento’s 28-acre historic district into a scene straight out of the 1850s. Costumed performers portray historical figures, personalities and just plain folks, bringing history to life while old-timey musicians perform on multiple stages, evoking the vivid tunes and sounds of the times.
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Sept 16-18
WO-ZHA-WA Days Fall Festival

A festive celebration of autumn, Wo-Zha-Wa Days is filled with family activities, including an arts and crafts fair, antique flea market, live entertainment, Maxwell Street Days and a 100-unit parade. Visitors are also invited to participate in a street carnival with refreshments and the Wo-Zha-Wa Run.


Sept 3-4
Red Rock Music Festival

Incredible chamber music including Romantic Journey, An Arizona premiere, Sonoran Storm, for solo viola by Nokuthula Ngwenyama, performed by the composer.
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Sept 16-17
16th Annual Thunder Valley Rally

A Cottonwood traditional and national event, you can expect two days of free concerts, incredible food/vendors, bands, and brew!
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Sept 3
Cruise Night on the Square

Watch the locals cruise the square in their old cars and say “wow”. Pretty cool to see some real oldies!
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Hell’s Belles in Concert
Swinomish Casino & Lodge is excited to bring Hell’s Belles, a renowned all-female AC/DC tribute band, to the casino during Oyster Run weekend. Watch them perform on our Main Stage.


Sept 3
6th Annual Labor Day Wine & Music Fest

Come join us on the shady grounds of the picturesque Rebec Vineyards. This weekend event you won’t want to miss. The 6th Annual Labor Day Wine & Music Fest is a celebration of food, wine, music and artists.
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Sept 24-25
Drumheller’s Orchard Apple Festival

Featuring apples, apple butter, cider, honey, country hams, pumpkins and baskets. Food available for purchase, apple sling shot, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, hayrides and corn maze. Free parking and entertainment.
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Sept 2-5
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

Guests can watch over 300 tons of sand be carved and molded into beautiful sculptures. Held at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal alongside San Diego Bay, the summer event features live entertainment, food trucks and unique rides for kids including a zipline that flies over the show.
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Sept 23-25
MCAS Miramar Air Show

This award-winning, world-class air show features the best military and civilian pilots in the world, including the U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels. Miramar Air Base; exit Miramar road off of I-15.
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Sept 10-11
Constitution Days

The 50th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a weekend of festivities Sept. 10 & 11, 2016 in this historic California Gold Rush town. The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features more than 100 entries and culminates other activities. Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America." target="_blank">Click for Details


Sept 3
Bret Michaels in Concert

Join Bret and The Party Starts Now 2016 World Tour at Gypsies and enjoy the after party with the International Bikini Team at Get Wet Ultra Pool.
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