Activities and Events

Every weekend at Thousand Trails and Encore campgrounds there are activities and fun for kids and adults of all ages. Check out what's in store for this month and be sure to also check out your 2017-2018 Theme Weekends to get you going on your summer plans at Thousand Trails and Encore campgrounds!

On-Site Events

Labor Day Weekend

Extend your summer by staying at Thousand Trails! We’ve got activities galore to last you until the end of summer and beyond.

Live music, a dj dance and the annual Chinese Lantern Lift-Off to celebrate the last weekend of the summer at Gettysburg Farm (PA). Join the fun at Virginia Landing (VA) before the season’s done and enjoy Friday night hot dogs and s’mores by the fire plus hayrides, fun and games at the Family Lodge. Enjoy sweet blackberry pie to celebrate summer’s end at Snowflower (CA) and fly your kite with us. The inflatable bouncy ship will be docked at Sea Pines (NJ) on Saturday for a Pirate Festivities Weekend, sending off the summer with a big, “AHOY!” Decorate yourself, your pet, your bike and enter the Wacky Happy Camper’s Paradise parade during Labor Day Weekend at Russian River (CA).

Arts & Crafts/Hobbies

Show off your best work or try a DIY you’ve never tried before with us at Thousand Trails. There are plenty of arts and craft activities for kids and adults alike.

Join us at Chestnut Lake (NJ) Sept. 2-4 to make your favorite arts and crafts plus camping stories at the bonfire with hot dogs and s’mores to enjoy the last weekend of the summer season. Pirates are set to invade Ponderosa (CA) on Sept. 16 so join ‘em, don’t beat ‘em, by making your own pirate mask. Share your favorite hobby or get a few new ideas at the Hobby Lover’s Hobby Share and Coffee at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of Sept. 22-24. The same weekend is bound to be a weekend full of nature crafts, walks, campfires and stories at Timothy Lake N & S (PA). Bring your favorite wine to enjoy as the folks at Medina Lake (TX) explore the art of watercoloring on Sept. 23. Kids will make fall crafts with leaves from the area at Horseshoe Lakes (IN) the weekend of Sept. 30 for a kids weekend.

Cooking Champs

Show off your best recipes and wow your neighbors at these cook-offs happening this month at Thousand Trails.

Close out the summer at Soledad Canyon (CA) with an end-of-summer rib cook-off during Labor Day Weekend. Sign up in the office for the Third Annual Chili Cook-Off and Member Appreciation at Harbor View (VA) on Sept. 2! Also holding their Third Annual Chili Cook-Off will be Carolina Landing (SC) during the Labor Day Celebration. Join us at Oceana (WA) on Labor Day Weekend for old-fashioned fun and games and yes, a chili cooking contest plus pie -eating contests, root beer floats, sack races and more. Expect tons of activities like golf cart races, water slides, mini-golf, and more too! Submit your favorite chili recipe for prizes at Wilderness Lakes (CA) on Sept. 16. What better way to meet new friends and members than over pots of chili? At Bay Landing (TX), prizes will be awarded to the best judged chili the last weekend of the month, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Football Season Has Begun

Show off your best recipes at these food competitions this summer!

Get into the fall mood with a flag football game and enjoy the harvest of our community garden at Kenisee Lake (OH) the weekend of Sept. 8. Show your support for your favorite football team by wearing your team gear the weekend of Sept. 8-10 at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA). Who will have the most team spirit at Natchez Trace (TN) the weekend of Sept. 22? There will be a Team Spirit Campsite contest and a chili cook-off. Pack your jerseys and join us at Circle M (PA) for a chili cook-off tailgate the weekend of Sept. 29. Football season is back at Lake Texoma (TX) so join us for punch and sample all kinds of different cheese, chips, and dips on Sept. 30.

Luau Weekends

See how low you can go at these Luau Weekends.

A BBQ potluck, pass the coconut, horseshoes, limbo contest, watermelon eating contest… sounds like a luau to us! And it’s happening at Twin Mills (IN) the weekend of August 4. Enjoy Hawaiian burgers, hula-hoops and the Limbo at Birch Bay (WA) the weekend of August 12. Kids can make decorations for our festivities too! Join us at Chehalis (WA) the weekend of August 18 for a Hawaiian dinner, limbo contest, hula-hoop challenges, for our luau! The same weekend, guests of San Benito (CA) will have a luau complete with Hawaiian Shave dice, hula dancing contests, lei making, and fire dancers performing after the pig roast dinner.

All About Pets!

Bring your furry friends and family to these Thousand Trails campgrounds for lots of animal fun this September!

We are all about ducks at Whaler’s Rest (WA) the weekend of Sept. 1-4. Come get your very own duck at one of our many fun-filled activities. A prize will be awarded for most ducks gathered over the weekend! Enjoy the last big weekend of the summer at Oakzanita Springs (CA) with live music and a live animal presentation! Sept. 9-10 will be the dog’s favorite weekend, when they take over the family pool at Bend-Sunriver (OR) for the Doggie Dive & Swim! Show off your furry family members at Leavenworth (WA) on Sept. 8-10. Moms, dads, kids, grandparents - they all had their weekends. It’s all of our pets’ turns at Circle M (PA) and be sure to bring along a picture to enter into the Cutest Pet contest the weekend of Sept 22-24!

Member Appreciation

We appreciate all of the good times we spend with our members at Thousand Trails! Let us show you how much we appreciate you at these member appreciation events in September.

The weekend of Sept. 2 is Member Appreciation weekend at Orlando (FL). There will also be a Wet & Wild Wagon Ride, plus cake and coffee to celebrate! Grab your partner at Mount Vernon (WA) for the Western Theatre and hayrides, bucking broncos, and a western costume contest the weekend of Sept. 2 for Member Appreciation weekend! Join us at Green Mountain (NC) for a sweet treat to celebrate our members the weekend of Sept. 1-3. Free continental breakfast, mini-golf, wagon rides, crafts, bingo, outdoor movies and more at Twin Mills (IN) the weekend of Sept. 22 for Appreciation Weekend. Join us at Birch Bay (WA) on Labor Day Weekend for a member appreciation barbecue and cake & ice cream party!

Grandparents Weekend

Honor your elders and tell your grandparents how much you love them by celebrating Grandparents Weekend this September at Thousand Trails.

Honor your grandparents by making them a craft at Forest Lake (NC) the weekend of Sept. 8-10. Celebrate your grandparents with an old-fashioned potluck social at Lake Minden (CA) followed by brown bag bingo or bring them to the ice cream social and creative crafter’s circle! Come to the Family Center at Lake Whitney (TX) to make something special to give to your grandparents and show them how much you appreciate them! At Moody Beach (ME) we’ll show our grandparents how special they are to us by giving them a gift we made! Plus a special pancake breakfast on Sunday morning where grandparents eat free!

Live Music

Dance and sing along to the sounds of live performances of your favorite bands at Thousand Trails this September!

Enjoy a weekend of rummage sales and music by Riding Shotgun on Saturday evening at Plymouth Rock (WI) on Labor Day Weekend. American Made Band and Lighthouse join us at Wilmington (OH) for some entertainment on Sept. 4. Sign up and bring a beverage and a dish to share while listening to the sounds of Justified at Harbor View (VA) on Sept. 9. The Max Headroom Band joins us on Labor Day Weekend for an entertaining performance at Timothy Lake N & S (PA). Rock City Live plays to the crowd at Chehalis (WA) on Saturday Sept. 2. Summer is winding down at Hershey (PA) so let’s go out with a bang with a performance by Almost Famous (former, 2nd Chance Band) on Labor Day Weekend.

Welcome to the Fall Season

Welcome the new season with warm apple pie, cozy outdoor movies, and fall-themed crafts with Thousand Trails.

Join us at Wilmington (OH) and the locals in the town of Wilmington at the Clinton County Fair Grounds to celebrate the harvest and our agricultural heritage the weekend of Sept. 8-10. The season is ending at Tranquil Timbers (WI), where the fall season is truly beautiful, so spend the day together with a Fall Fest. We’ll enjoy an outdoor movie, wagon rides, apple cider, and apple pie the weekend of Sept. 15-17. The Festival of Fall is coming to Twin Mills (IN) the weekend of Sept. 15-17 and there will be wagon rides, pie social, leaf crafts, wheelbarrow races, plus more fun-filled fall themed activities! Sept. 22-24 is apple picking weekend at Rondout Valley (NY). There will also be a pie baking and pie eating contests after all that apple picking! We’re Falling Into Fall Weekend at Verde Valley (AZ) Sept. 16-17 features creating floral centerpieces and pine cone wreaths for your rig! We’ll provide the materials and you supply the pine cones!

Good Old Fashioned Potlucks

Potlucks are practically a Thousand Trails tradition! Celebrate with friends and food at these upcoming potlucks in September.

Spend the weekend with us at Cherokee Landing (TN) and enjoy a member appreciation potluck where we will provide the meat! A member appreciation celebration will follow the big BBQ dinner at Chehalis (WA) on Labor Day weekend. Come enjoy a weekend of rest and relaxation and the Annual Labor Day Picnic on Sept. 2 at Peace River (FL) Share a potluck dinner with the cast and crew of Mystery Shop, a virtual game of clue at Pine Country (IL) the weekend of Sept. 15. Do you love shrimp? Come hungry and order as many as you like at Chesapeake Bay (VA) the weekend of Sept. 29! Sides and dessert will be available as well. Bring a friend to Potluck Weekend at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) the weekend of Sept. 15.

Local Events


Wednesdays in September
Wells Farmers Market

New and returning vendors in 2017 at the new location at Wells-Moody Center. Every Wednesday from 1:30-5pm.

September 9-10
9th Annual Summer Solstice Craft Show

The best of traditional, country, and contemporary arts and crafts with 70+ juried crafters at Wells Jr. High School. 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Parking and admission are free.


September 8
Car Cruise

See cars from a time gone by or bring your vintage ride to show at the Village Greene at Historic Smithville. Free admission.

September 9
Travis Manion 3.5K Run

3.5K Run benefitting the Travis Manion Foundation, founded to assist nation’s veterans and families of the fallen in all stages of their personal journey.

September 30
Italian Festival

Live music and entertainment; fine New Jersey wine tasting; food; desserts; artisan vendors; Italian Classic Cars; register for bocce ball by contacting John Demarco at


September 2-3
Pocono Garlic Festival

Celebrate the Hardneck Garlic harvest at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area at the Pocono Garlic Festival.

September 23-24
Pocono Puppy Palooza

Bring your pooch to the first annual Pocono Puppy Palooza! Lots of activities for you and your dog a the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.


September 23
Museum Day Live!

Interactive exhibit at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Walk through multiple aviaries displaying birds from almost every continent. Museum Day Live! is a free admission museum day.


September 2-4
Packwood Flea Market

Peruse hundreds of booths at the world’s longest swap meet. Takes place all weekend at Hwy 12 at Packwood.

September 16-17, 23-24
ARTrails Open Studio Tours

150 local artists open their studios for visitors. Local galleries and other venues open extended hours.


September 3
Free Sunday at the Mayborn

Free admission at the Mayborn Museum the first Sunday of every month. This museum features “hands-on discovery roms and interactive natural science and cultural history galleries.”

September 13-16
Will Rogers Memorial Center – Extreme Mustang Makeover

Celebrate the spirit and power of mustang horses at the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Trainers have 100 days to train, break and develop a trusting relationship with the horse.


September 15-23
Washington County Fair

Attractions for families; rodeo; bbq and chuckwagon cook-offs; tournaments; pet show; greased pig contest; youth hay hauling contest; livestock & dairy judging; plus so much more! Ticket prices vary by day; see website for detailed ticket information.


September 2 & 3
51st Annual Boardwalk Art & Crafts Festival

Booths and tents line either side of the Colonial Beach Boardwalk to display wonderful works of art and creative crafts by talented artists.

September 16-17
Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival

This popular event features wines from Virginia wineries and oysters from Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater oyster growers. Savor the varied tastes of oysters and a wide variety of seafood options. Advanced tickets online. See website for detailed ticket information.


September 9
45th Annual Fiesta De Tiaquepaque

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a day of traditional food, lively mariachis, Flamenco dancers for young and old. Admission is free.

September 15-16
Thunder Valley Rally 2017

Blue Oyster Cult, The Mods, and Santana play at the Thunder Valley Rally, taking place in Cottonwood, AZ at Freedom Bird Park and Old Town Cottonwood. Beer, wine and food vendors. Tickets available on the website.

September 16
Sedona Airport Family Fun Day

See old military, antique, restored and modern aircrafts. Walk and talk with pilots and learn about the world of aviation; take a ride with a pilot; food and beverages supplied!


September 29
Bret Michaels in Concert

See the multiplatinum superstar and philanthropist play rock n’ roll at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased on SKYPAC’s website.


September 15-17
Cruisin’ Reunion

Bring your classic car or walk along Euclid Avenue. This event is free to the public. Twenty-two city blocks of cars and hot rods parking and cruising for three days along the streets of downtown Ontario, CA.

September 1-24
LA County Fair

Concert series’; over 500 vendors; special entertainment; horse racing; historical trains; so many attractions!


September 1-3
Lakeland Flying Tigers

Attend a Lakeland Flying Tigers home game with your family and friends. The Flying Tigers are based in Lakeland and play at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Merchant Stadium.


Every Friday Night in Sept
Music on the Square

Live bands and food on the square in downtown Bolivar. This free event boats an old town atmosphere with crafts, music, dancing, and food lasting into the evening.


September 1 – October 9
Animals A-Z

Join the Wildling Museum of Art and Nature for its newest exhibition, Animals: A-Z. The museum will showcase a diverse artistic representation of animal species, from aardvarks to zebras and everything in between. Artworks range from realistic to abstract and represent a variety of mediums.