Low-cost Activities August 2022

Here’s my August list. Only one more month to go. I hope you enjoy and are able to do some of these! With the exception of August 27th, most are free, averaging out to just over 16 cents per day plus gas (if required).

A glimpse of Mt. Rainier, one of the many National Parks you can visit for free on August 4th!

Low-cost August Activities

Monday, August 1st–  Gather local tie-dye materials and white clothes or other fabric items on hand (https://www.grove.co/blog/natural-tie-dye)

Tuesday, August 2ndGo to the Salmon Creek Farmer’s Market 11-3 https://salmoncreekfarmersmarket.com/

Wednesday, August 3rd– Get and create an experience kit from any FVRL library

Thursday, August 4th- In honor of the Great American Outdoors Act https://salmoncreekfarmersmarket.com/, visit any National Park for free.  This includes:

  • National Wildlife Refuge, such as Ridgefield or the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for Columbian Whitetailed Deer
  • any Fort such as Vancouver, Clatsop, or Stevens 
  • and any National park such as Rainier, Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, or Olympic

Friday, August 5th Tie-dye with natural materials gathered on August 1st. https://www.grove.co/blog/natural-tie-dye

Saturday, August 6th– Attend the Ridgefield Forest Fair in Abrams Park 11-7 https://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/ridgefield-forest-fair

Sunday, August 7th– Date night!  Attend Much Ado About Nothing for free at the Mended Oak Winery 


Monday, August 8th – Paint some rocks for Vancouver Rocks then go hide them throughout the community http://columbiariverimages.com/Regions/Places/vancouver_rocks.html

Tuesday, August 9th– Columbia Play Project Pop-Up Parties in the Park at Holley Park in La Center 5-8 pm https://www.vbjusa.com/datebook-events/columbia-play-project-pop-up-parties-in-the-park-7/

 Wednesday, August 10th– Attend the online bilingual concert with Nathalia Palis- https://fvrl.librarymarket.com/bilingual-family-concert-nathalia-palis 

Thursday, August 11th– Peak of the Perseids- observe from Goldendale Observatory ($10 entrance fee, free with Discover Pass), any other observatory open to the public, or any place where stars can easily be viewed

Friday, August 12th– Peak of the Perseids- observe from Goldendale Observatory ($10 entrance fee, free with Discover Pass), any other observatory open to the public, or any place where stars can easily be viewed

Saturday, August 13th– World Roping Series, Clark County Saddle Club, 11407 NE 174th Circle, Battle Ground, Washington- outside arena- if the gates are open, come on in.  This event may take place all day.  Yes, admission is free!  https://www.clarkcountysaddleclub.com/calendar/

Sunday, August 14th– World Lizard Day! Celebrate by trying to find common lizards in our area.  https://www.burkemuseum.org/collections-and-research/biology/herpetology/amphibians-reptiles-washington

Monday, August 15th– Go gold panning in Brush Prairie (#9 on the map) https://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/ger_gold_panning.pdf 

Tuesday, August 16th–  Tour the 78th Street Farm https://extension.wsu.edu/clark/2022/07/guided-tour-78th-street-heritage-farm-august-16/

Wednesday, August 17th– Go on a wildflower hike and gather flowers to preserve for drying (3 links) https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/preservewildflowers.shtml



Thursday, August 18th– splash in the lesser- known high lakes of Cowlitz County https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/locations/high-lakes?name=&county=63&species=

Friday, August 19th– Free movie at Lake Sacajawea-https://www.mylongview.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=464&month=8&year=2022&day=1&calType=0

Saturday, August 20th Attend the Skamania County Fair https://wwwust.skamaniacounty.org/departments-offices/events-and-recreation/events-festivals/skamania-county-fair-and-timber-carnival

Sunday, August 21st– It’s Internet Self Care Day!  Take a break from the World Wide Web and write handwritten thank you cards to local businesses you buy from.

Monday, August 22nd-Visit Silver Lake and try to catch a glimpse of the wild horses (no, this is not a myth and it is only 55 minutes from Vancouver!)  This is one that’s on my local bucket list for sure! https://triplemountain.com/blogs/news/silver-lake-wild-horses

Tuesday, August 23rd– Take a Portland movie tour- https://globalgrasshopper.com/destinations/north-america/movies-filmed-in-portland-oregon/

Wednesday, August 24th– Picnic outside at a local location with waffles for National Waffle Day- make your own or go to the Syrup Trap, a personal favorite 


Thursday, August 25th– Visit a local farm for home-grown goods https://clarkfarm2go.com/all

Friday, August 26th– Go camping- you can go for free to a number of places including your own backyard- with a discover pass, you can get into several primitive campsites for free https://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/31/About-the-Pass

Also, some are available with an Oregon State Pass


Saturday, August 27th– Visit the Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatics Center $5 admission per person https://www.ci.chehalis.wa.us/parksandrecreation/gail-and-carolyn-shaw-aquatics-center

then Penny Park where it’s located https://www.ci.chehalis.wa.us/parksandrecreation/recreation-parkpenny-playground

Sunday, August 28th– Take a vintage schoolhouse tour https://nearvancouverwausa.com/2021/10/03/schoolhouse-rock-part-one/

Monday, August 29th– Take a garden tour at Pacific Community Park, then play baseball there https://clarkgreenneighbors.org/en/demonstration-gardens

Tuesday, August 30th– Tour the Pendelton Woolen Mill- advance reservation required https://www.pendleton-usa.com/mill-tours.html

Wednesday, August 31st- Toasted Marshmallow Day!  Visit a Clark County park with grills available and make some s’mores https://clark.wa.gov/public-works/find-park-or-trail

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