18 Perfect Excuses to Squeeze in One More Weekend of Camping

September 8, 2012

Labor Day used to be the official end of summer — which also marked the end of camping season. (Boooo!) But not anymore. (Yehhhh!) One of the big differences at KOA is that we extend the fun far into the fall across our entire network of campgrounds. The days are still warm and the nights are just right for camping.

Here are just 18 great examples of fall-themed events scheduled at KOAs throughout North America. Want even more, including Hot Deals on camping at your favorite spot? Visit KOA.com, click into the page of the place you’d like to visit and use the tabs at the bottom of the page for listings on events and exclusive pricing.

Participating KOAs Across North America

Date: September 14- 15, 2012
Event Name: VKR Appreciation Weekend
Event Description: We’ve got a special weekend offer just for Value Kard Rewards members! Stay Friday, September 14, 2012 and get Saturday, September 15th free at participating KOA locations. Just a small token and expression of appreciation to you, our amazing campers, for sharing your adventures with us! Thank you for celebrating 50 years with us and for being a part of the KOA family.
Special Offers: Get a free night of camping.
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Copake KOA
2236 County Route 7
Copake, NY 12516

Date: September 7-9, 2012
Event Name: Annual Fireman’s Appreciation Weekend
Event Description: The Millerton and Copake Fire Departments will be organizing fireman’s games, so bring your turnout gear. We will have a fire truck parade with the departments that can bring a truck to the campground. Firefighter-themed crafts and games for the kids. Saturday’s festivities culminate with the live music of The Stoners. As New Yorkers. we will never forget. So every year on the closest weekend to 9/11 we host this event.
Special Offers: All campsites in the entire campground are discounted to $20 per night with valid fireman ID. Site maximum of 6 people included in this rate. Hot Deal Code CF.
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Date: September 15, 2012
Event Name: 2nd Annual Care Camp Poker Run
Event Description: Join Copake KOA owners Gary and Tom Reinard as we ride the beautiful upper Hudson Valley stopping at the Saugerties KOA, Woodstock Harley and more on our second annual Care Camp poker run fundraiser.
Special Offer: Cost is $10 dollars to enter. Winner with best poker hand wins 50% of the pot, the Care Camps get the other 50%. Second and third prizes are free camping certificates at the Copake or Saugerties KOA. This is the Value Kard Holder appreciation weekend, so use Hot Deal Code *V.
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Date: September 22, 2012
Event Name: Apples, Apples, Apples
Event Description: Join us for our third annual apple-picking event. We will be carpooling from the campground to Love Apple Farms where you can pick your own apples and enjoy their free petting zoo. Then back to the campground for apple-themed activities and a Best Apple Dessert Contest.
Special Offer: Best Apple Dessert will win $100 worth of free camping to be used within one year at the Copake KOA. No exclusions on this award.
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Myrtle Beach KOA
613 5th Avenue South
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date: October 26-28, 2012
Event Name: Halloween Spooktacular
Event Description: Get your costumes ready as we prepare to celebrate Halloween 2012. Win prizes for the best-decorated site and cabin, best costumes, pumpkin carving and coloring contest. Come out for a howl and a scream at the outdoor movie and campfire then hang with the ghouls and goblins at the costume pizza party!
Special Offer: Reserve now! Camping Cabins available for $25 per night for one room (sleeps 4) or $35 per night for a two-room (sleeps 6).
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1,000 Islands/Ivy Lea KOA
514 1,000 Island Parkway
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0

Date: September 14, 2012
Event Name: Septemberfest
Event Description: Oktoberfest, but way better! Fall is such a lovely time of the year to visit Ivy Lea. Our maple and oak trees begin to change colour and the cooler weather is perfect for enjoying our beautiful nature trails. An inviting serenity befalls the park and with it the return of deer, turkeys and other magnificent wildlife wandering throughout the park. Come celebrate fall with a bratwurst BBQ, apple pie and ice cream, a wagon ride with hot cider, outdoor movie with hot chocolate and s’more popcorn, tattoos and a fall scavenger hunt. Create a beautiful fall-inspired wall hanging in our craft workshop. Make time stand still for just one weekend and enjoy all that is important to you.
Special Offer: Kids camp FREE!
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Date: September 21, 2012
Event Name: Customer Appreciation Weekend
Event Description: Pay for Friday night and with your $10 donation to KOA Care Camps you get Saturday night and all the weekend’s fun-filled activities for free. Included: BBQ, movies, bingo, pancake breakfast, wagon rides, tattoos, horse races, games and more. WOW!
Special Offer: Stay for Friday night and with a $10 donation to KOA Care Camps Saturday is on us.
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Date: September 28, 2012
Event Name: Chocoholic Weekend
Event Description: Imagine white, milk and dark chocolate fountains with marshmallows, fruits and candy to dip. A chocolate buffet filled with exquisite chocolate desserts from Godiva chocolate cheesecake to Belgium chocolates. Everything is wonderfully chocolaty — from movie night with hot chocolate and s’more popcorn to chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. This is everything a chocolate lover could dream of and more. All these delightful chocolate treats are included with your registration! Space is limited, so book early to reserve your space in chocolate heaven!
Special Offer: Kids camp for FREE.
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Emmett KOA
3864 Breen Road
Emmett, MI 48022

Date: 14th September, 21st September, 28th September, 5th October, 12th October
Event Name: Halloween Weekend Fun
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Brattleboro North KOA
1238 US Route 5
East Dummerston, VT 05346-9764

Date: September 28-30, 2012
Event Name: Tin Can Tourists National Rally
Event Description: As a TCT friendly campground, we support the 2012 National Rally. All vintage campers are invited to camp with us that weekend and show off your pride and joy, participate in a swap meet, and enjoy group activities. Vermont foliage should be vibrant!
Special Offer: Stay Friday night and receive a 50% discount for Saturday night! Use code CV.
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Date: September 21-23, 2012
Event Name: Wine & Harvest Weekend
Event Description: Wine & Harvest Festival Top Ten Fall Event — The 5th Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Festival Wilmington, Vermont. This is a weekend showcase for Vermont wines, Vermont specialty foods and artisans of all types celebrating the rich uniqueness, quality and ingenuity of Vermont producers. Set in the backdrop of our world renowned Vermont fall foliage; attendees will discover, savor and enjoy Vermont vintners, small specialty food producers, painters, publishers, cheese makers, potters, jewelers, chefs, photographers and farmers.
Special Offer: Come for the weekend and get either Thursday or Sunday for free! Use code CA.
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New York City North/Newburgh KOA
119 Freetown Highway
Plattekill, NY 12568

Date: October 5-8, 2012
Event Name: Columbus Day Weekend
Event Description: Fall festivities and apple fun that’s sure to make you smile. Dip caramel apples, run apple relay races, make a no-bake apple pie. Indulge in the harvest!
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Date: October 12-13, 2012, October 19-20, 2012, October 26-27 2012
Event Name: Halloween Spooktacular Weekends
Event Description: Tour haunted house Saturday nights, trick or treating, costume contests and Pumpkin Chunkin’ and win site decorating contest. Scare or Be Scared!
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San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA
20 Rainsville Road
Petaluma, CA 94952

Date: Weekends in October
Event Name: Halloween Activities
Event Description: Tons of Halloween activities including costume parade, hayrides, face painting, pool heated until Nov. 1, rock wall, bounce pillow and a Spooktacular Potluck on the 20th and 27th of October.
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Date: October 9-11, 2012
Event Name: Veterans Day Potluck and huge parade in downtown Petaluma
Event Description: Petaluma hosts the largest Veterans Day parade in Northern California! Enjoy floats, food, music and a flyover of historic aircraft. The campground will have a Friday night potluck including a veterans’ ceremony.
Special Offer: Veterans get an additional 10% off their registration at check in.
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Date: December 9-11, 2012
Event Name: Santa Claus is coming to town
Event Description: Enjoy a weekend of holiday crafts, activities and a holiday dinner on Saturday Night. Santa will arrive at dinner with a gift for registered kids. Santa will take pictures with kids and families, perfect for your Christmas card!
Special Offer: $20.00 off your two-night stay in a Wine Country Lodge.
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San Diego Metro KOA
111 North 2nd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Date: October 19-21, 2012, October 26-28, 2012
Event Name: Fall Fest
Event Description: Fall festival activities include pumpkin carving, hayrides, pancake breakfast, outdoor movies, pets and people costume parade and more!
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Hagerstown/Antitam Battlefield KOA
11759 Snug Harbor Lane
Williamsport, MD 21795

Date: Each weekend starting September 28th thru October 28th
Event Name: Halloween Weekends
Event Description: Site and cabin decorating – Mad Man Mike, DJ, trick or treating, blow up maze for little ones, magic show each Friday night, pumpkin carving, BYOP or for sale at the store, krafts, food and fun.
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