Activities and Events

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Musical Theme Weekends

From a 50s sock hop to an all day gospel concert weekend, theme weekends at Thousand Trails get more musical every year! See where to catch live music events at our campgrounds this January and February.

January | The folks at Palm Springs (CA) have got a whole line-up of musically themed weekends this winter. First, Cowboy Jack is back to entertain with his vintage country tunes and stories on Jan. 7. On Jan. 21, there will be “An Evening with Charlie Ferris” and Ferris will play a variety of oldies for you to dance to. All the way on the other side of the country on Jan. 14-15, the folks at Orlando (FL) will have a country weekend featuring live country bands and line dancing! Dress up with your best poodle skirt and sweater set for the 50s Sock Hop the weekend of Jan. 21. Don’t miss the 3rd Annual All Day Gospel Concert the weekend of Jan. 27 at the outdoor amphitheater at Orlando (FL).

February | Bring back the 60s at Orlando (FL) the weekend of Feb. 4! Brush up your crazy dance moves from back in the day so you can twist the night away! The same weekend at Peace River (FL), Matt Babar brings his smooth vocals to the Meeting House at 7pm. The folks at Orlando (FL) are hosting a music mixer on Feb. 18 where people can enjoy soft rock and roll that will bring on the nostalgia! To cap off the month, there will be a second country weekend but with a pop twist! Don’t miss it Feb. 24-25 at Orlando (FL).


Venture out with your fellow members on some fun excursions off-campus.

January & February | Take a bus trip with the folks at Wilderness Lakes (CA) on Jan. 2 to see the Annual Rose Parade! Jan. 7-8 is a Wanderer’s Weekend at Peace River (FL)! Take a trip on Saturday with fellow TT members to Solomon’s Castle and Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions training session. Plan on purchasing lunch from the “Boat on the Moat” at the castle! You don’t have to leave the grounds to take an excursion at Peace River (FL) for Artful Antics Weekend, Jan. 28-29! Scavenger hunts, charades on stage, and lots of fun activities for the whole family! Stay tuned for more, clowns may be in store! The following month on Feb. 25 at Peace River (FL), you can sign up to participate in an airboat tour down the Peace River and for gator watching!

Party Time!

Bring on the new year with some socializing at Thousand Trails! Check out some of the best parties happening at our campgrounds this winter.

January | The folks at Three Flags (FL) will waste no time getting the party started in the new year on Jan. 7 for a Fiesta Weekend! Start the new year a celebration featuring a taco bar and a piñata! Don’t miss the Fiesta Fun at Peace River (FL) the weekend of Jan. 21! We will provide the shells and wraps for the Taco Stuffer Potluck and you bring the fillings and other Tex Mex foods to fill out the menu! The Trey Dees Dance Party will be on Saturday at 7PM in the Meeting House.

February | Dance the night away at Palm Springs (CA) the weekend of Feb. 11 for Valentine’s Day! Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with a masquerade dance at Soledad Canyon (CA) on Feb. 18! The folks at Peace River (FL) will also celebrate Mardi Gras by decorating their own masks for the Big Easy Bash the weekend of Feb. 18. Also, Jerry Jones will perform here on Sunday at 7PM in the Meeting House. Enjoy a weekend of dancing, music, and art at Orlando (FL) Feb. 11-12! Saturday night is Valentine’s Dance and on Sunday, wander through the beautiful display of original Florida photography presented by Mike Thomas.

Tournaments Under the Sun

If you’re looking for a bit of friendly competition, look no further than Thousand Trails. Some of our Florida and California campgrounds will be hosting friendly tournaments this January and February.

January | The Third Annual Ironman of Games Tournament will take place Jan. 14-15 at Peace River (FL) where participants will compete in a series of easy going games and contests to win the coveted blue ribbon! Pio Pico (CA) hosts the first round of the Annual Traveling Pool Tournament, Jan. 25-29 and is open to all members. And don’t forget to show off your fandom for your favorite sports team by decorating your site at Three Flags (FL) on Jan. 21!

February | Thousand Trails members at Palm Springs (CA) have two weekends chocked full of tournaments! The Annual Horseshoe Tournament will take place Feb. 11-12! Join horseshoe players that travel near and far to play in this tournament. The Second Annual Couples Shuffleboard Tournament on Friday Feb. 11! Play pickleball with other TT members at Palm Springs (CA) during the weekend of Feb. 24-25 or join in on Casino night to play blackjack and Texas Hold ‘em with your fellow campers. Play doubles and singles at the Annual Horseshoe Tournament at Wilderness Lakes (CA) the weekend of Feb. 16.

Local Events


Jan 26-29
Farmers Insurance Open 2017

The annual PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open men’s golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open. Be sure to check the website for detailed information about special events and tickets.

Jan 21-22 & Feb 11-12
Free Weekend at Borrego State Park

To kick off its golden anniversary, Anza-Borrego Foundation will offer “BPC for Free” – six weekends of free access for new visitors to the Park’s most popular hiking trail. Borrego Palm Canyon (BPC) is a family-friendly, three-mile hike known for its oversized palm tree grove and bighorn sheep sightings, culminating in a palm oasis and waterfall.

Month of February
Museum Month

Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 40+ San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.


Jan 28
Hearts for Horses

The annual “Hearts for Horses” benefit auctions will feature great food, live music, and auctions. This is the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s largest fundraiser that supports the “tuition assistance” program for persons who would benefit from equine assisted activities and therapy programs.

Feb 23-26
Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Taste award-winning wines, meet winemakers, and see who is up-and-coming in the wine world. The Newport hosts the longest continuous wine competition in the Northwest for the last 40 years.


Feb 25
Clint Black

Country music superstar, Clint Black, plays Billy Bob’s of Texas in Fort Worth.


Jan 20-29
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ gothic American masterpiece about two brothers vying for their dying father’s inheritance. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Feb 15-20
Hardee County Fair

There will be arts & crafts, live entertainment, livestock, midway and pageants.

Feb 10-18
Highland County Fair

Live entertainment, food, rides, livestock competition, and more, this fair has been entertaining families since 1938. Check website for ticketing information.


Jan 13-Feb 4
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Fort Worth Will Rodgers Coliseum and North Side Area including Billy Bobs Parade, Fort Worth Stock show exhibits including cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, birds, rabbits, petting zoo. Huge exhibits from vendors of all sorts. Ticket prices vary by event type. Be sure to check the website for the most up to date ticketing and event information.

Until Jan 16
Panther Island Skating Ice

Panther Island Ice, a Fort Worth holiday tradition, returns for another season and continues until January 16, 2017.


Jan 17
A Game of the Gods

Dr. Todd Bostwick, our Director of Archaeology, will present current ideas about Hohokam ball courts and their importance in facilitating trade and resolving social conflicts in prehistoric Arizona. Photos taken by Dr. Bostwick will be shown of ball courts in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Arizona.

Feb 14
New Discoveries in Belize Archaeology

Dr. Jaime Jose Awe is a Belizean archaeologist who specializes in the ancient Maya. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University and the Director of the Belize Archaeological Reconnaissance Project.


Jan 14-15
Bavarian IceFest 2017

Come see Leavenworth dressed in over half a million twinkling lights! There will be snow sculptures, ice fest games, the Great Frisbee Swap, ice fishing, and many more frosty activities. MORE DETAILS »


Jan 21
2017 Art & Wine With Something More

Local wineries, microbreweries, distilleries, plus the best restaurants and caterers present their fare amidst some of the most unique artwork made by artists with disabilities. The annual Art & Wine Festival also features live and silent auctions, and a dessert auction MORE DETAILS »


Jan 15
Chevron Houston Marathon

Be a spectator at this annual 26.2, 13.1, and 3.1 mile run which begins and ends at Downtown’s George R. Brown Convention Center, has steadily grown to attract more that 20,000 entrants from all around the world and over 200,000 spectators.

Feb 17-28
Mardi Gras Galveston

Mardi Gras was publicly observed on Galveston Island as early as 1867, but was discontinued during World War II. The Island’s celebration was resurrected in 1985 and since then has become one of the most popular events along the Texas Gulf Coast. It is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the US.


Jan 13
Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration

Hale Milgrim, former President of Capitol Records and Santa Barbara music promoter, has chosen to pay tribute to the indomitable Bob Dylan by presenting highlights from the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, recorded October 16, 1992, at Madison Square Garden. Enjoy performances by members of Booker T. and the MG’s, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Kris Kristofferson, Roger McGuinn, Mike McCready, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Lou Reed, Ronnie Wood, Eddie Vedder, The Band, Neil Young, Johnny Winter and of course, Bob Dylan.

Feb 1-11
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s dazzling La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Visit the website for screenings, locations, and tickets.