Tailgate parties are awesome already, but there’s always room to liven up the party with adding in some games to your tailgate party. As football fans we are competitive already so it’s always fun to bring a bit of pre or after game competition with some games of your own. That’s why these tailgate games and accessories we are sure will be a hit. They also double as portable games that work great as backyard games too.
We understand that for many parties outside arena and stadiums you do not have a lot of room, and normally on cement. For this we wanted to choose more compact game and activities to play from the tailgate of your truck. Yes, there are classic options like cornhole, which we included in our list, but here’s some ideas on new games to bring to your tailgate party.
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This game is a football themed game, that is perfect for the tailgate party! By far our favorite tailgate game, I guess that is why we chose it as number one. First-N-Ten is a mix between Ring Toss, Kan Jam, and Horseshoes. Score points by throwing the ring and hitting the upright field goal, throwing through it, or landing around the top of the uprights. It will have fans all over watching and cheering as you toss rings for the goal post themed game. It does require a bit more space, but after seeing how fun it is the problem will be how many spectators you have. Read the full First-N-Ten rules to play with our special backyard drinking rules. Get the price.
2. Portable Beer Pong
Grab your balls, time for some tailgating beer pong! Since beer is an essential for any football party, beer pong is a classic tailgate game. Do not worry about packing up your 8-foot dinging room table, or throwing on an uneven tailgate, when there are portable and compact beer pong accessories. You can choose between a foldable and compact table, or the MegaPongo round tailgating game that is a new crowd favorite. Grab your beer pong rules and some of our 25+ other awesome beer pong accessories.
Cornhole, the classic tailgate game that inspired a new generation of backyard games. The cornhole rules are simple, but still challenging enough to get an exciting game going. The goal of the game is to see who can score 12 points first by throwing bean bags at the cornhole board. Depending on how portable you want the game, you may choose a plastic version over a wood version. It’s a classic for a reason, cornhole will be the hit of the tailgate. Get the price.
BulziBucket is one of our Top Rated Games, and needs to be in your Tailgate Collection. It is a 2 or 4 player game, and a mix of Horseshoes, beer Pong, and Bean Bag Toss. Did we mention that it even floats? Different points are awarded for landing in different sections of the buckets, and always grabs a crowd. There is far too much to write about in this post so make sure to read the full BulziBucket Review and Drinking Game Rules blog for more information. Get the price.
No matter what game you are playing, or watching, its easy to forget what the actual score is, especially after a few beverages. The Score Tower Combo Set solves this problem for any tailgate games. Not only this but it includes 4 beverages holders and is gigantic, so everyone can see how much you are beating your friends by. Plus, you will not have the hassles of ever looking or bringing a paper and pen. You could do the “techie” thing and scorekeep on the app but then how would your spectators see the score. Get the price.
The most hilarious tailgate game to play. There’s no need for a table or stand if you can just wear the football post ring toss game as a hat. One of our favorite drinking games is the Inflatable Head Ring Toss Game. You may think that you look a little ridiculous, which you probably do. But you will be having fun until one of your friends lands one of the rings on your head making you drink and cheer for the home team. If you miss, your friends get to pick up the rings and use it later when you might not be looking. Get the price.
Sure, sitting in the arena watching football is fun, but why not rile up the tailgate party by your own pre-game football toss competition. Remember the days when we use to play Football, well time to showcase some of those skills. Or if you do not want to risk throwing out that shoulder or walking to pickup balls, at least it will keep the kids busy. If you still throw around a football time to time, disregard those comments and know that those past couple sentences made me feel my age. There are actually quite a few game like this, get the price.
Pin the tail on the donkey may be a good kid, but put the football throw the goal posts is a tailgate game favorite. It is a fun tailgate game for the halftime, this is an easy game to put up. Rules are simple, after a few beers and between quarters take turns seeing who can put the football between the uprights. All you do is blindfold the player, spin them around a few times, and point them towards the end zone. Get the price.
Between games on some of those hot days, your going to need a spot to hide outside besides hoping in the truck. TailBrella is huge 9-foot water-resistant umbrella that is perfect to shade you from sun or rain. It is perfect for the outdoor barbeques, chairs, or playing some games under. You will attract attention with this umbrella setup. Get the price.
A lightweight, portable, and most important comfy chair is essential for any tailgate party. Bonus if it turns into a game like the football folding chair below. Some come with coolers, come with umbrellas, some have reclining foot or zero gravity, but make sure they come with drink holders. Get the price.
Hook and Toss is already a popular backyard or patio games, that has been made into a tailgating classic. The most popular versions are tiki toss or hookey. Not only is this special version shaped of a football, but it has a bottle opener on it. It’s practical in case your friends bring some of those fancy Smirnoff Ice type drinks versus a good old can. Get the price.
As a kid we used to fold paper and use our fingers for the classic flicker game. For those who lack the time, or creativity, you can buy this game for about $10 and play the Tailgate Flicker Game. They come with 2 goal posts with suction cups. I guess and feels better then what you may make with a stick of glue and few crayons. Perfect option for those who don’t want an active game. Get the price.
Your tailgate game collection is not complete unless you have a football in it. Now we are not saying you need a classic and heavy pigskin ball, but at least a fun nerfs or spiral football you can throw and catch with one hand. Here’s a couple:
You don’t need to be a golf pro to play this game. Any one who has fun playing miniature golf but likes cornhole will like this game. It’s like the classic Bean Bag Toss, but with golf balls instead. It is one of the fun less physical games, but can be a fun challenge to get your ball all the way to the top. It’s also pretty compact and easy to setup. Get the price.
Washer Toss is a classic backyard game, but so portable that it makes a perfect tailgate game too. The rules are so simple that all ages can easily play this game. Simple, get the washer in the cup, or in the box. For more of a challenge, simple stand farther away. This is one that people of all ages and abilities can play for hours of entertainment. Get the price.
Ladder Ball is another classic Backyard Game that belongs in your Tailgating Games Collection. Easily one of the most well known games that gives players an instant ease of use. Make sure not to get a cheap set that easily tips over or falls apart or make your DIY ladder ball game from wood or pvc. We recommended a set we play with below as well have another post of the Rules for Ladder Ball and our review of the game. Get the price.
Sometimes it is just nice to sit down and play a fun card game. We have a list of 25+ Drinking Card Games that include Kings Cup, Go Fish, Speed, Crib, Big 2, and many more for your tailgating card games. Plus a simple card game keeps you from having to find portable games and can keep that deck of cards in the console of your truck to be handy whenever a tailgate rendevous might pop up.
As fun as Monopoly and other board games are, you do not have the time or attention spend to play them when your Tailgating. Therefore, you will love Go Long Football Dice Game! It is fast paced, strategic, and hilarious fun football themed game. Each play begins with the roll of dice where you can choose to run, pass, or even go for a 100-yard touchdown. Be aware though, they are sacks, interceptions, and penalties. For kids and football newbies, it teaches them the rules and strategic elements behind America’s Favorite Sport! Get the price.
The last thing you want while playing your Tailgate Games is for your drinks to go cold. To make the most out of this, you may want one that plugs into your cigarette lighter, so you can always keep it cool even if you run out of ice. Not only do you want a big cooler, but a miniature cooler when your off visiting other friends. So many fun options for this one and by far one of the most important ?. Get the price.
20. Tailgate Cooking Supplies
Everyone is going to get hungry, so you will need the necessities. This includes an awesome collapsible drink table, plates and napkins, a barbeque, and other essentials the chef will need to throw the ultimate tailgating party.
That’s it! Happy Tailgating and hope that we inspired some fun 🙂 Comment below your favorite tailgate games!