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Come on up to Beautiful Big Bear Lake this spring and enjoy everything our Mountain Playground has to offer for the lowest price of the year!

Now through June 15, 2022 (excluding Memorial Day Weekend), ONE NIGHT IS FREE when you book three or more nights at RSVacations.net – the special will automatically apply! We have dozens of cabins for every size group and budget, and your cabin will be clean and ready for your arrival. 

Book your Big Bear Cabin today!!

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Big Bear has so many events happening all the time, it can be hard to keep up! On the first Tuesday of every month, we will dedicate Tuesday’s Topic to upcoming events so that you can plan ahead to join us for the fun!

We are currently enjoying lovely, spring weather and we have a chance for some rain showers next week. The lake is open, the slopes and snow play areas are still open, and Big Bear is making the transition from Winter Wonderland into Springtime Paradise. Come on up and enjoy the clear blue skies and flowers in bloom. It’s beautiful up here!!

Check out our wide variety of cabins at RSVacations.net and find the perfect mountain cabin for your spring getaway. We have clean cabins with the amenities you want, and the best customer service in Big Bear. Book your Big Bear Cabin today and escape to paradise for the lowest rates of the year!!

Here are just some of the special events coming up in Big Bear Lake:

April

Big Bear Valley Farmer’s Market at the Big Bear Convention Center

Enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers all summer long.  Shop arts, crafts, health products and a huge variety of collectibles.

When: The Market is open 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday morning.
Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 909-585-3000 | website

Discovery Center Nature Walks

Join a volunteer naturalist on a 1/2 mi. loop trail. Learn about the flora and fauna, as well as some lake history. Hike is easy and for all ages.

When: (4/2 – 10/30) Saturdays 1 PM & 2 PM start times | Sundays 11 AM & Noon start times
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/Hwy 38, Fawnskin, CA 92333
Contact: 909-382-2790 | website

Bald Eagle Viewing

Join naturalist Robin Martin to get an up-close look at the nest and eagles with a spotting scope. Attendees will also learn facts about the bald eagles.

When: Saturdays in April | 9 AM – 2 PM
Location: Dana Point Park at 39369 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333
Contact: 909-382-2790 | website

Wildflower Walks

The Southern California Mountains Foundation will once again host guided wildflower walks at the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve. Wildflower walks, guided by Discovery Center volunteer naturalists, will teach you about the unique flowers, many of which are found only in Big Bear. No pre-registration is required, and parking is free. Dates are subject to change based on weather and staffing conditions.

When: Saturdays (with the exception of April 16), beginning April 2 – June 25 | 10:30 AM & 12 PM
Location: Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve at 44999 North Shore Drive, Baldwin Lake, CA
Contact: Wendy Craig, at wcraig@mountainsfoundation.org

May

Big Bear Jeep Jamboree

The 2022 Jeep Jamboree in Big Bear Lake, California, is an off-roading festival that offers a range of trail outings for off-roading enthusiasts in the San Bernadino mountains. This year marks the event`s 30th year. The event tackles a range of trails, from moderate to difficult, offering options for a range of vehicles and driving skills. If you have a stock vehicle, you`ll go on appropriately rated trails, and, similarly, heavily modified vehicles can tackle more challenging trails.

When: May 5-7, 2022
Location: Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge #1787 (BBLEL) at 40611 Village Drive Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 909-866-6190 | website

Mother`s Day Brunch

Celebrate Mom during Wyatt`s Annual Mother`s Day Brunch featuring a Buffet Breakfast and a la Carte menu, Bottomless Mimosas, Live Music, and a flower for each mom.

When: May 8, 2022 | 9:30 AM to 4 PM
Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 909-585-3000 | website

Spartan Trifecta & 10k

Calling all Spartans, A Roo A Roo! Spartan Race returns to Big Bear in May 2022! Do you have what it takes to conquer the Beast? Or the Super? Ultra? Or all of the above?

When: May 14-15, 2022
Location: Snow Summit at 880 Summit Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 844-GO2-BEAR | website

Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge

Hike for Wishes! If you crave adventure, love the outdoors and welcome a challenge, then this is the experience for you! Through the Trailblaze Challenge, you will challenge yourself, meet new people and help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Designed as an endurance event, the Trailblaze Challenge is a 28-mile hike where participants tackle the beautiful terrain of the Pacific Crest Trail – all in one amazing day! This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. By supporting the Trailblaze Challenge, participants help Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles grant more wishes. Take the opportunity to push your limits and truly challenge yourself. Grab your friends, family and co-workers and truly make a difference.

When: May 20 – 22, 2022
Location: Pacific Crest Trail
Contact: website

Big Bear Maifest

Oktoberfest in May? YUP! Well sort of… The Annual Big Bear Lake Maifest is the little sister to Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, a traditional German springtime celebration that dates back to the 18th century. While Maifest is scaled back a bit from her big sister Oktoberfest, there`s one thing for certain and that is she packs a big punch! Here`s what you can expect: * Festive Maypole – Adorned with Colorful Ribbons *Maibock (Traditional German Springfest Beers) *Maibowle (Champagne-style punch) *Sizzling Bratwursts Hot Off the Grill • Homemade Sauerkraut • Fresh Pretzels • Apple Strudel w/ Vanilla Sauce • Live Band • Entertainment • Kids • Activities • Log-Sawing Contests • Stein Holding Competitions • Corn-Hole Toss

When: May 21-22 & 28-29, 2022
Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 909-585-3000 | website

“Grill and Chill” KCBS State BBQ Championship

The 2022 “Big Bear Grill & Chill” KCBS BBQ State Championship will be held in Big Bear Lake, CA at the Bartlett Events Area in The Village @ Big Bear Lake. The event is a KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Competition. All KCBS rules are in effect and will include Brisket, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Chicken. This year will be a double competition. People`s Choice will be limited to the first 10 teams. The People`s Choice portion is held on both event days (Saturday and Sunday) and will be surrounded by live music, vendor village, and more.

When: May 28-29, 2022
Location: Bartlett Events Area in The Village of Big Bear Lake at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake
Contact: 800-424-4232 | website

Beyond

Fishin` for $50K Trout Derby

Our annual Fishin` For $50K trout tournament is scheduled for June! Enjoy a weekend on Big Bear Lake with friends and family and try your luck at reeling in five $10K tagged rainbow trout!

When: June 11-12, 2022
Location: Check-In: Bartlett Event Center at 630 Bartlett Rd. Big Bear Lake, California 92315
Contact: 800-424-4232 | website

Independence Day Fair

Big Bear Lake Independence Day Fair – Two days of fun for the entire family under the pines. Arts & crafts, personalized collectables, jewelry, clothing, soaps and lotions. Live entertainment, kids` activities and bounce house.

When: July 4, 2022
Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 909-585-3000 | website

Big Bear Fireworks Spectacular

Come attend the biggest 4th of July fireworks display in Southern California on Sunday, July 4th. The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake directly off of Pine Knot Landing. Fireworks begin between 8:45-9:15pm. Viewable from any of our public parks or the best spot, from a boat on the Lake. Make sure to bring a jacket or blanket because it can get cold.

When: July 4, 2022
Location: Big Bear Lake from Pine Knot Landing

Annual Tour de Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is touted as the “Cycling Capital of Southern California”! The annual Tour de Big Bear features legendary aid stations, beautiful mountain scenery and spectacular summer weather. With a 5K, a 25, 50, 70, and 100 mile course and 50 M gravel ride, there`s a route for every cycling enthusiast! The 2022 Cycling Expo will be held Friday and Saturday at Bear Mountain Ski Resort. The start and finish areas will also be located at Bear Mountain Ski Resort. Thursday, August 4 – Glow Ride Friday, August 5 – Poker Ride Saturday, August 6 – Tour de Big Bear Sunday, August 7 – Recovery Ride

When: August 4-7, 2022
Location: Bear Mountain Resort at 43101 Goldmine Drive Big Bear Lake, California 92315
Contact: website

Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run

Each year, the Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club hosts the Big Bear Fun Run. This 3-day car show event is held in The Village of Big Bear Lake and features about 500 classic cars, a Saturday afternoon `Cruise Around the Lake` and a Sunday morning drive through awards presentation. The Village streets are lined with beautiful antique automobiles and spectators are free to walk and talk with the owners about their shared interest. The event includes a vendors areas for food/drinks and souvenirs as well as Big Bear Village businesses, great live music, many people with similar interests and beautiful weather. The “Cruise Around the Lake” event is a fun way to see all of the cars driving by.

When: August 12-14, 2022
Location: The Village of Big Bear Lake

Oktoberfest

Located in the mountain town of Big Bear Lake, this annual celebration has always been based on the lore of the world`s original Oktoberfest. Over the years, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has become world renown for its own traditions and old-world ambiance, celebrating friends, family and good times. A festival like no other, guests are treated to authentic German entertainment; feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher; and enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich`s Oktoberfest for more than 150 years!

When: Weekends beginning September 10, 2022
Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: 909-585-3000 | website

Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, April 2 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2022 – the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin’ for a reason: to help support Special Olympics.

Ways To Participate

The Polar Plunge is a wacky, fun event and a unique way to support persons with intellectual disabilities.

Join a team or Plunge by yourself, either way you’ll join hundreds of people that are freezin’ for a reason!

  • Register as a Plunger and create a fundraising page where you can collect donations online.
  • Too chicken to plunge? You can still support the cause through donations while you keep your feet on dry land. Cheer on the plungers as you stay warm in the ‘chicken coop’.
  • Start or Join a Team – Create a team or join an existing team’s fundraising page.
  • Support a Plunger – Want to support a friend? Make a donation.
  • The more you raise, the more you can earn.

What To Expect

The Polar Plunge takes place Veteran’s Park, but there’s more than just swimming to look forward to. A Family Fun Area will include law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (weather dependent), a silent auction, raffle and more.

Costumes are not mandatory but encouraged! Brave the waters as Superman, rock out like a superstar, or dive in with a swimsuit.

Schedule

  • Friday registration from 5-8 PM at Big Bear Chamber of Commerce at 630 Bartlett Rd.
  • Registration opens at Veteran’s Park (40870 Big Bear Blvd) at 10 AM on April 2.
  • Opening Ceremonies begins at 11:45 AM
  • The Plunge begins at Noon!

Family Fun

A Family Fun area will include many activities, including law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (dependent on weather), a silent auction and raffle, and much more.

How Your Donation Helps

Every dollar raised through the Polar Plunge will help fund Special Olympics Inland Empire programs in

your community. Special Olympics is more than a sports organization, our athletes are twice as healthy as non-participating people with intellectual disabilities. We also offer free health screenings, nutrition and wellness programs, and leadership opportunities for our athletes. Special Olympics Health is made possible by a generous gift from Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation.

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. When people with and without intellectual disabilities connect on the sports field, hearts and minds are opened and barriers are broken down.

Contact Event Coordinator Abbey Leffler at 951-703-6502.

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As we have been enjoying spectacular, spring weather the last several weeks, I got to thinking how very much I love this time of year in Big Bear. It brought to mind a post of mine from several years ago at this time and I decided to share it once again. Yes, Big Bear is a beautiful wintertime destination and is what we are known for, but it is not only a wintertime destination. Enjoy!

As winter in Big Bear Lake has come to a close, I can’t help but look forward to spring and summertime in the mountains. I love the warming days and cool nights, the flowers and trees blooming, the blue skies….truly beautiful.

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One of the most surprising things to me is that most people believe that Big Bear is strictly a winter destination – no more than a ski town. I can’t even count how many guests ask me what we do up here the rest of the year. Or, when I suggested that they visit us in spring or summer, they asked “but what is there to do?”

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I guess I take it all for granted because I moved to Big Bear as a small child in 1977 with my family, but truly winter is my least favorite season in Big Bear. Don’t get me wrong, the snow is beautiful and I do enjoy skiing, but there is just so much more to do in the other months. Lake activities such as kayaking, fishing, boating and more, golfing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, the zoo, go-karts, ropes courses, climbing walls, ziplines, the alpine slide, and waterslide. The list goes on and on!! Not to mention the shopping and restaurants in The Village, art shows, wine walks, car shows, music events, theater offerings, and holiday events – including the annual Independence Day fireworks show.

While ‘June gloom’ gets you down, we are enjoying sparkling blue skies! When you are sweating it out in July, we are putting on a light sweater for our evening walks. Seriously people, it is GORGEOUS up here in the spring, summer, and fall!! And guess what? It is less expensive to enjoy Big Bear in the “off” seasons as well. Do yourself a favor and come up to explore Big Bear Lake in the warmer months. You will be amazed at our perfect weather and how much there is to do up here.

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RS Vacations offers cabins of every size and location. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for your sweetheart or want to have a fun weekend with family and friends, we have what you are looking for. Do you want to bring up the boat and need a lakefront with a private dock? We can help you. Looking for something close to the National Forest to do some hiking? You’ve come to the right place! Plan to do some shopping in The Village? We have cabins within walking distance. Golfing or Mountain Biking? A whole bunch of cabins close by. We have some really great specials from time to time, so check out our packages and specials page.

Keep an eye on this blog (subscribe!!) for what’s going on and visit our website at RSVacations.net to check out our wide selection of cabins. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!! See you soon!

Happy New Year!!

El Dorado Fire Update #8
September 22, 2020 – 5:30 pm
BIG BEAR ADVISORY LIFTED
As a result of firefighters gaining additional containment on the El Dorado Fire over the past several days, Fire incident commanders have ordered the fire advisory for the Big Bear area to be lifted effective immediately. There are currently no restrictions on travel to and from the Big Bear Valley.
THREAT FROM EL DORADO FIRE GREATLY REDUCED, CITY TO DISCONTINUE UPDATES
Thankfully, the threat to Big Bear from the El Dorado Fire has been greatly reduced due to the dedicated work of Fire personnel over the past two weeks. The City greatly appreciates their hard work!
Unless the fire becomes more concerning to Big Bear, this will be the final update from the City of Big Bear Lake regarding the El Dorado Fire.
The City will initiate additional public communications as necessary for any future threats from the El Dorado Fire or any new emergencies impacting Big Bear Lake.
Frank A. Rush, Jr., City Manager – City of Big Bear Lake
El Dorado FireUpdate #5
September 17, 2020 – 5 pm
BIG BEAR ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THIS WEEKEND, VISITORS STILL ENCOURAGED TO POSTPONE TRIPS UNTIL AFTER THE FIRE THREAT HAS PASSED.
The City of Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley remain under a fire advisory for this weekend due to the El Dorado Fire, and visitors are still encouraged to postpone trips until after the fire threat has passed.
Although not an imminent threat to Big Bear Lake at this time, the El Dorado Fire is still a significant concern for our community. It is important for our community to be as prepared as possible IF an evacuation warning or order becomes necessary, and we are still seeking to minimize the population in the Big Bear Valley to enable a faster, more efficient evacuation IF ultimately necessary.
EL DORADO FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN JUST SOUTH OF SR 38, FIRE PERSONNEL ARE SUCCESSFULLY HOLDING THE FIRE THUS FAR.
The El Dorado Fire has continued to burn in the same general area for the past few days, and the northern edge remains just south of SR 38, approximately 5 1/2 miles due south of Big Bear Lake. Fire personnel continue to work hard to contain the fire, and efforts are focused on preventing the fire from crossing SR 38. Thus far, their efforts have been successful, and the City greatly appreciates their diligent efforts.
The El Dorado Fire (thankfully) does not pose an imminent threat to Big Bear Lake at this time, but it remains a significant concern and we continue to closely monitor the threat to our community. City officials remain in close contact with Fire officials, and will adjust our guidance for our community if / when necessary due to changing conditions.
Much of the terrain between the El Dorado Fire and the City of Big Bear Lake is steep and rugged, and SR 38 and the Santa Ana River are key trigger points for future Fire management decisions. IF the El Dorado Fire crosses SR 38, it is possible that an evacuation warning will be issued. IF the fire crosses the Santa Ana River, it is possible that an evacuation order will be issued.
The City encourages everyone to remain vigilant, continue to monitor the fire status, and plan accordingly if the fire threat escalates.
Map Below Courtesy of ESRI US Wildfire Reports – 5 pm 9/17/2020
BIG BEAR LAKE IS STILL NOT UNDER ANY EVACUATION WARNINGS OR ORDERS AT THIS TIME.
The City of Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley remain under a fire advisory due to the El Dorado Fire, and this advisory is intended to raise community awareness about the potential threat to our community from the El Dorado Fire.
Neither the City of Big Bear Lake nor any other communities in the Big Bear Valley are under an evacuation warning or an evacuation order at this time. Residents should continue to monitor the City’s email updates (subscribe by clicking here), the City’s website, the City’s Facebook page (City of Big Bear Lake – City Government), on Twitter (@CityofBBL), or on Instagram (citybigbearlake) for the most current information pertaining to the City of Big Bear Lake.
The next step, IF it is eventually warranted, is the issuance of a formal evacuation warning, which will direct our residents to prepare for a potential evacuation order. The purpose of the evacuation warning is to provide ample time for residents to gather important documents, medications, clothing, and pet supplies, and make other arrangements IF an evacuation order ultimately becomes necessary. IF an evacuation order is issued, residents will be advised to leave Big Bear immediately due to an imminent fire threat.
All residents are advised to closely monitor the El Dorado Fire, and take appropriate precautions based on your individual circumstances. Everyone is always under a voluntary evacuation order at all times, and if you have special needs or concerns, please make appropriate preparations based on your specific circumstances.
Be safe!
Frank A. Rush, Jr., City ManagerCity of Big Bear Lake39707 Big Bear Blvd. PO Box 10000, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315Phone: (909) 866-5831 | Fax: (909) 866-5491www.citybigbearlake.com

RS Vacations Big Bear is doing its part to help everyone stay safe and healthy.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION:

We want you to know that we take cleaning and disinfecting seriously, and our cleaners are trained and supplied with specialty cleaning supplies that are designed to kill the virus on all surfaces. Each cabin is thoroughly cleaned and made ready just before your arrival.

Although we are still stocking our cabins with basics including paper towels and toilet paper, supplies are limited. During your stay in Big Bear please plan on bringing your own groceries, and extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. if you think you will need them. We only have 2 grocery stores and many items are out of stock – and that’s just with our local residents shopping.  Bringing your own groceries, and extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. will assure you have everything you need for a great getaway, and will save you time and frustration in the grocery store.

Here are links to the most current COVID-19 Information:

California COVID-19 Response Page

CDC Coronavirus Page

FEMA Coronavirus Response Page

Federal Government COVID-19 Page

Big Bear has a chance for a quick snow storm tonight adding to our already fantastic snow totals received so far this year! The ski resorts and snow play areas arekeep-calm-and-think-snow-5 going strong and it is the perfect time to come up and enjoy the mountains.

In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, take some time to visit The Big Bear Lake Village. Here you will find shops of all kinds as well as a variety of food and drink options. In the evening, sip some hot chocolate next to one of the outdoor fireplaces or check out some live music at one of the local nightclubs. Take a look at the flyer below to see some of the special events happening around town this weekend.

Don’t forget that Presidents Day Weekend is right around the corner so be sure to visit our website to book the perfect cabin for your mountain getaway. We have several cabins still available including homes with spas, a cabin with an absolutely fantastic game room, pet-friendly cabins, a condo at the base of Snow Summit, and more! Book your Big Bear Cabin today before they’re all gone!!

1.16.20Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

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Beautiful fall weather continues in Big Bear Lake this week with highs in the 60’s, lows in the 20’s, and lots of sunshine. Take advantage of these fantastic conditions to see the explosion of autumn colors all around the Valley. Some suggestions? Take a hike to Castle Rock, ride the chairlift at Snow Summit and mountain bike down miles of trails, take a 4 x 4 expedition through the back country, fly through the forest on a zip-line adventure, take a lake cruise and see the colors from below or take a helicopter tour and admire the beauty of the mountains from above. There is so much to do in Big Bear and this is one of the most enjoyable times of year to experience it!

The Oktoberfest continues this weekend along with many other “spooky” themed activities such as Zombie Lazer Tag, Pumpkin Smash Zipline Tours, and more! Check out the flyer below for details and head to RSVacations.net to book a cabin for your Big Bear getaway!!

Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com