Privately Owned and Operated Campgrounds Now Offer A Wide Variety of Shoulder Season Activities and Entertainment Throughout September and October


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Entertainment is available in campgrounds for people of all ages, from classic rock concerts to Oktoberfest

celebrations and pre-Halloween themed weekends with campsite, costume and pumpkin carving contests


AUBURN, Calif., Sept. 2, 2015 — Labor Day weekend will always be one of the busiest camping weekends of the year. But thanks to California’s privately owned and operated campgrounds, it no longer spells the end of the camping season.


In fact, some campgrounds offer such fantastic pre-Halloween themed activities that they are booked solid for several weekends in a row this fall. 

One case in point is Far Horizons 49er Village Resort in the historic Sierra Mother Lode town of Plymouth, which is sold out for the last three weekends of October because of popularity of its Halloween-themed events, which include a “best scream” contest. 


Families also create haunted campsites. The campground also invites drama students from neighboring Amador High School to come over and read scary stories to the younger campers. 


“Private campground operators have realized they can extend their season simply by offering fun things for people to do,” Sipe said, adding that fall activities are not limited to Halloween-themed events. 


“Campgrounds are offering everything from outdoor concerts to guided nature walks to Oktoberfest celebrations to potluck cookouts where campers get together to share their best recipes,” Sipe said. 


Here’s a sampling of some of the activities taking place at privately owned and operated campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in California this fall:

  • Campland on the Bay in San Diego: In addition to featuring classic rock cover bands, this park has numerous scheduled activities throughout the fall, including games of capture the flag, dodgeball and pickleball. The park also has arts and crafts classes, tie dye T-shirt classes, kayaking classes and adult dart tournaments.
  • Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton: This park, which has RV sites as well as park model cottage rentals, has several activities, including Friday night Tri-Tip barbecues, Saturday night ice cream socials and movies under the stars and Sunday breakfast in bed delivery service. The park is also hosting a vintage RV show Sept. 25th and 26th.
  • Frandy Park in Kernville: The last weekend of September this campground will host the Kern River Rock N Blues Festival with live bands Friday and Saturday. Check for details. On the first weekend of October the park will host Malone’s Dutch Oven Cookoff and the Kernville Kampout, a motorcycle gathering. One the weekend of Oct. 23-25 the park will serve as a base camp for the Kernville Fall Festival, which has a haunted maze, vendors and games.
  • Kamp Klamath in Klamath: The annual salmon run is taking place right now on the Klamath River. Salmon are coming in from the Pacific Ocean to spawn in the river, whose waters are being cooled and replenished by periodic releases of water from dams upstream. Kamp Klamath’s activities include Saturday night barbecues with salmon and chicken and stir fry vegetables. Live music is also provided.
  • Lake Minden RV Resort in Nicolaus: This Sacramento Valley park’s fall activities include hydroplane boat races Sept. 18-20; a “Fly and Float” weekend Oct. 2 - 4 in which resort guests can watch radio controlled planes take off and land on the lake. The park is also planning a pre-Halloween themed weekend Oct. 16-18 with fall themed crafts, a ghost and goblin scavenger hunt. On the weekend of Oct. 30-Nov. 1 the park is planning a “scarier by the hour” movie marathon, Halloween candy bingo, an ice cream social and trick or treat hayride. A prize will also be awarded for the campsite with the best Halloween decorations.
  • Lake of the Springs RV Resort in Oregon House: This park’s fall activities include a Fall Line Dance Festival Oct. 19-21. The park will also celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31 with a fishing derby, a pumpkin carving contest and a campsite decorating contest. There will also be trick or treating and a haunted house.
  • Meadowcliff Lodge and Coleville KOA in Coleville: This park’s fall activities include its annual “Concert under the Cliffs” on Sept. 26 in which a local band called Nighthawk will play Western and rock music from 4 to 8 p.m. Food will also be provided by the local Lion’s Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities.
  • Oakzanita Springs RV Resort in Descanso: This park’s fall activities include an Oktoberfest weekend Oct. 10-11. The park will offer beer tasting, as well as sausage and kraut.
  • Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort in Cathedral City: This park will have Halloween campsite and costume contests and Halloween themed movies on Oct. 30 - 31.
  • Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach: This resort also offers bicycle, golf cart, kayak and sailboat rentals in addition to guided kayak nature tours and kayak and sailboat lessons. Resort accommodations include 24 park model cottages and 382 RV sites as well as a full-service restaurant, the Back Bay Bistro, which offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with menu options ranging from local seafood to meat dishes. 
  • Rancho Oso RV Resort in the mountains between Santa Barbara and Solvang: Guests at this park can watch stock dogs herding sheep and cattle every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The park also offers a bucking bull demo with “baby” bulls that are being prepared for future work in rodeos. On Halloween, the resort will a costume contest, pumpkin painting and trick or treating. The resort’s accommodations include five rental cabins, plus several covered wagons, which are arranged in a circle around a campfire pit.
  • Russian River RV Campground in Cloverdale: This park’s fall activities include a homemade soup potluck the weekend of Oct. 3. Campers are invited to bring their homemade soup to the event. The park will provide bread and beverages.
  • San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista: This campground will have two fall festivals the weekends of Oct. 16-18 and 23-25 with pumpkin carving, hayrides for families, pets and people costume parades, trick or treating, and rock wall climbing. The campground is also planning a beer tasting weekend with Oktoberfest treats at its onsite restaurant, the Sand Castle Cafe. 
  • Smithwoods RV Park in Felton: This park plans to host a Halloween spaghetti dinner with Halloween related activities and a spaghetti dinner on the Saturday before Halloween.
  • Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley (near Lake Tahoe): This High Sierra resort offers several special activities, including a two-day geology program, Sept. 8 - 9, in which former NASA Apollo geophysicist Al Graf will explain the region’s geology and how it impacts the Sierra’s natural history. The program starts with an evening video and slide show presentation and is followed the next morning by an auto tour to geologic sites near Sorensen’s Resort. Other fall activities include a two-day historic Emigrant Trail trek tour on Oct. 4-5, which includes a slideshow presentation on the struggles and triumphs of the colorful characters who created the Sierra Nevada’s original emigrant trails. A fall color hike has been set for Oct. 9
  • Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs, Calif.: A major snowbird destination, this park will serve as a base camp for people attending the 50th Annual Borrego Days Festival, which takes place in neighboring Christmas Circle Community Park. Festival activities include a parade with equestrians, marching bands, floats, clowns and dancers. There will also be a carnival zone with inflatable slides, an obstacle course and bull rides. Springs at Borrego RV Resort’s onsite activities include Thursday or Friday night wine tastings and a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. Future events will also include star parties with world-renowned astronomer and sky photographer Dennis Mammana. “At these parties, we start out with a light dinner and beverages. Then sit back while Mr. Mammana presents a photo show on the big screen with star talk about what to look for that night,” said Daniel Wright, general manager of the Springs at Borrego RV Resort.

Of course, these are just a sampling of some the activities and special events taking place at campgrounds and RV parks across California in the coming weeks. Consumers can find private campgrounds in their area by checking, the travel planning website of the California Association of RV Parks 

and Campgrounds in Auburn, Calif. The site includes links to RV parks and campgrounds, which provide their own “activities” or event calendars, which can help you figure out which parks have activities your family will enjoy. 


For additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest camping trends in campgrounds and RV resorts or for leads on parks in your news coverage area, please contact Debbie Sipe at the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds at (530) 885-1624.