We all know the best part of the big game is the tailgate and the best part of the tailgate is the games. Or maybe it’s the food. Or maybe it’s the beer. No matter which part of the tailgate is the best part, these are the best tailgate games!
1. Cornhole (Of Course)
The best and greatest tailgate game that ever was and ever will be, cornhole is played with two teams of two players or solo. For a refresher on the rules, check out our official Cornhole rules article and to transport your Cornhole game to the tailgate and back, get our Cornhole carrying case (they’re also great for storage).
2. Catch & Toss
Fun for kids and adults, Catch & Toss is a game where players toss fuzzy balls to each other and catch them on a Velcro-covered paddle. Less competitive and more collaborative, this game is ideal for smaller kids who need to burn off some energy but don’t necessarily have the coordination to catch with their hands—or for adults who’ve already played some Beer Pong and could use a velcro assist!
3. Beer Pong
Remember how much fun you had in your college days with this classic drinking game! Beer pong is played with two teams of two or more players, a table, a ping pong ball and 6 to 10 cups filled with beer and set up in a triangle at each end of the table. Each team takes turns bouncing their ping pong ball across the table and tries to land it in the opposite team’s cups. When the ball lands in a cup, the cup is removed from play and the team on that side of the table drinks the contents. The game lasts until the beer is gone or you get tired of drinking.
Tip: For a non-alcoholic variation, you can fill the cups with non-alcoholic drinks like soda or fruit punch and the winner gets to drink!
4. Kan Jam
Kan Jam is played with two teams of two, a Frisbee, and two buckets. The buckets are placed fifty feet apart and players take turns trying to throw the Frisbee into each other’s buckets with one player throwing and one player from the opposite team deflecting. You play until one team reaches 21—or until someone throws the Frisbee through the instant win slot. Kan Jam is ideally played when you have some space to really throw the Frisbee around and it’s a great game to play as a tournament.
Not the most traditional tailgate game, but still loads of fun! Jenga™ is a great portable game option that can be played on any reasonably flat surface. The Jenga tower is made by stacking 54 blocks in 18 layers of three, rotating halfway on each layer. Any number of players can take turns pulling a block from the tower and placing it on the top, whoever pulls the block that topples the tower loses. If you want something with higher stakes, consider our supersized Tumbling Tower game. Its 54 extra-big blocks in 18 layers promise dizzying heights and catastrophic lows—you can even personalize it for special events or with your family name.
What is your favorite tailgating game? Let us know in the comments below!