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A beautiful, early fall weekend is in store for Big Bear Lake with high temps in the low to mid 70’s. We have clear blue skies and cool evenings. Ideal mountain getaway weather!

Willkommen to the 52nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest! The fun continues this weekend so grab some friends and head on up for some fun, food, music and BEER! Come and see what this fantastic annual event is all about! RS Vacations has cabins available, and we are featuring lower off-season pricing as well as some awesome specials! Head over to our website and book today!!

There is still so much to do and enjoy in Big Bear! Fall is the perfect time for Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, strolls through The Village, Zip Lining, listening to live music, and so much more. The crowds have thinned, our prices have dropped, and the weather is gorgeous!! Come on up!

If you are planning to join us for the holidays, be sure to book your cabin with us soon, as our calendar is starting to fill up. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the magic of the holidays in Big BearRS Vacations has all sizes of cabins with awesome amenities and unmatched customer service! You will not be disappointed!! Book a Big Bear Cabin today!

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Oktoberfest – Herzlich Willkommen!

Sept. 10 – Nov. 5, 2022

Located in a quiet, forested town, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest continuously ranks among the top Southern California festivals year after year. This authentic German celebration highlights family, friendship, and togetherness.

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German Feast & Beer, Prost!

Come hungry for a German feast fit for a king. Enjoy bratwurst, knockwurst, or kielbasa with home-style sauerkraut or German potato salad (served warm), Bavarian potato dumplings, beer cheese soup, and colossal, mega-sized pretzels. Save room for desert because the fresh German apple strudel with warm vanilla sauce drizzled on top is a dream come true for taste buds!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest also has a solid reputation for its wide selection of German beers like Spaten (lager and Oktoberfest), Franziskaner, Warsteiner (pilsner and dunkel) and Konig Ludwig. There are two full-service bars located inside the Convention Center and four different beer gardens outside, which includes The High-Altitude Beer Garden, The Sports Garten, Warsteiner Bier Garten and the Tiki Bar.

Traditional Contests & Live Music

Oktoberfest contests and games are designed to give revelers a chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights, which include stein holding matches, log sawing competitions, the safe slam beer drinking races (non-alcoholic), and the annual Queen Stein Carrying Contest.

Children’s fun-and-games include the pretzel toss, kiddy mug-holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. The only thing that matters about Oktoberfest contests is people have tons of fun!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is proud to bring traditional live German music to the 2022 festival!

Frankenrebellen Express from the Franconia region of Bavaria is slated to perform October 1-2 and October 7-9. They sing with thick German accents and deliver exuberant party music that’s driven by a hearty, rhythmic oompah-pah sound. Oktoberfest’s other seven weekends are booked with Southern California’s top German-style bands including Die Sauerkrauts, Hazelnuss Das Music, Da Stuben Buden, and Ladyhosen featuring international yodeling sensation Kathrin Jakob.

These bands perform on the main stage inside the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Each band is known to stir up good times with a mix of popular cover songs, original tunes, and of course traditional Bavarian sing-alongs like “Ein-Prosit,” “Hands to Heaven,” and “Das Esellied” that are certain to bring plenty of smiles and cheers. A second stage located outside, in the High-Altitude Beer Garden, features a variety of regional bands that perform rock ‘n’ roll and country music.


Sunset Concert Series

X Ambassadors play to the crowd at the 2022 sunset concert series in big bear lake

Visit Big Bear presents…

Sunset Concert Series round 2 this September at Veteran’s Park. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free concert series featuring three performance dates showcasing some of the music industry’s brightest stars right here in Big Bear Lake. See who’s coming to town!

Admission: All concerts are free to attendees of all ages! Snacks, beer & wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Picnicking is welcome, however outside alcohol will not be permitted.

You asked and we listened! Lawn chairs will be permitted in a designated area and well-behaved dogs on a leash will also be permitted on the grounds. Also! We’re proud to feature a selection of local Big Bear musicians in our Opening Talent roster.

Veteran’s Park is located at 40870 Big Bear Blvd.

Date: Sept 24 – Headliner: The English Beat; Opener: To be announced

Schedule:

2 PM – Gates Open
3 PM – 
Opening Act
5 PM –
 Headliner Act

Parking:

Free parking is available in The Village at Bartlett Parking Lot, Knickerbocker Parking Lot, and Pennsylvania Parking Lot. ADA Parking is available onsite in the Community Church parking lot.

Get Your Oktoberfest Voucher!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Sept 10! Head over to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center for traditional German fare, fun, and live music after the Sunset Concert Series. Pick up your 50% OFF admission voucher when you arrive at Veteran’s Park. Vouchers are good for current weekend only.

Venue Information:

  • Seating in grass area available on first come, first-served basis. Bring blankets!
  • Designated seating available for guests with chairs
  • Designated ADA seating available.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase. See below for vendors.
  • Retail vendors to showcase local shops and artisans.
  • Take a free picture at the Visit Big Bear selfie booth!
  • Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome
  • No bicycles, skateboards, roller blades/skates inside venue
  • No outside beverages permitted. Sealed water ok.
  • All backpacks & bags to be searched at entrance

Featured Food & Drink

An expanded variety of restaurants will be featured at the September Sunset Concert Series! Get ready for:

Take a Selfie!

Stop by the Visit Big Bear photo booth to snap a free picture of your experience at the Sunset Concert Series!

Radford Fire
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
The incident is currently being managed by the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, and the Sheriff’s Department in unified command. For updated information on the Radford Fire’s status, check here:  Radford Fire Information – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov).

The City of Big Bear Lake is closely monitoring the Radford Fire and wants to ensure all Big Bear Valley residents are informed with the most up-to-date information. Please utilize the links below for current information regarding evacuation warnings/orders, road closures, communication from the Bear Valley Unified School District, and more.

EVACUATION WARNINGS/ORDERS: For an interactive map of the evacuation warnings click HERE.
Sign up for future alerts and information through the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire Departments high-speed mass notification system called TENS – Telephone Emergency Notification System. http://www.sbcounty.gov/SBCFire/TENS/TENSContact.aspx

LOCAL EVACUATION CENTER: The American Red Cross will be opening an evacuation center at the Big Bear High School, 351 Maple Lane, Big Bear, CA.
Red Cross Evacuation Shelter Information
For assistance with animal evacuations, contact SB County Animal Care and Control at 800-472-5609.

AIR QUALITY: For smoke information, visit http://Airnow.gov

ROAD CLOSURES: https://roads.dot.ca.gov

ADDITIONAL LOCAL INFORMATION
Big Bear Fire Department
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Big Bear Station
Bear Valley Unified School District
Mountain Transit

Happy-Labor-Day

3 Nights for the Price of 2

We still have a few cabins left! Head over to RSVacations.net and find your perfect cabin for Labor Day. The special will automatically apply when booking! See you soon!!

LABOR DAY WEEKEND FIREWORKS

Visit Big Bear hosts the first-ever Labor Day Weekend fireworks show this Sunday, September 4th. Join us for the unofficial close of the summer season.

COOL RUN IN THE MOUNTAINS

The Cool Run Car Show comes to Big Bear Lake Convention Center this September 3 and features 100+ classic cars, vendors, and live entertainment. The event raises funds for local charities including Doves and Animal Rescue programs.

SUMMER FUN OVER LABOR DAY

While Labor Day marks the unofficial close to the summer season, there’s still plenty of summer fun to go around. Explore Big Bear outdoor recreation, tours, and more!

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS – SEPT 3

The final Music in the Mountains performance features Deja Vu – A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and opener Taylor Made, a tribute to James Taylor. 

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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 dedicate Tuesday’s Topic to upcoming events so that you can plan ahead to join us for the fun!

August

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


Music in the Mountains

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is bringing back the popular Music in the Mountains series this 2022!

Take a seat under the stars at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater and enjoy the best in country, classic and contemporary rock, 7,000 feet above Southern California! A ticket to a Music in the Mountains concert does more than get you into a great show, it helps to protect your public lands. Proceeds support the Southern California Mountains Foundation and its powerful conservation, recreation, and education programs: The Big Bear Discovery Center, National Children’s Forest, The Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire, Fire Lookout Hosts, Off-Highway Vehicle, and Adopt-a-Trail.

When: August 6: DSB – Tribute to Journey
August 20: Hard Day’s night – Tribute to The Beatles
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center
Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/southern-california-mountains-foundation-2933301377


Conquer The Wall

A 1-mile run, uphill, starting at 7000′. The task may be simple but it’s far from easy! Challenge yourself to the toughest mile race to exist. The 2021 Conquer the Wall event welcomes competitive runners, kids & families, and general gluttons for punishment. The trek may be daunting but the finish line will taste so sweet!

When: August 13, 2022
Location: Snow Summit Resort
Contact: tamarastiles@aol.com

September

Cool Run in the Mountains

11th Annual Cool Run In The Mountains Car Show

The Cool Run Car Show features 100+ unique and classic cars, vendors, live entertainment. Presented by Rodriders of Big Bear, the event raises funds for several local charities including Doves and local Animal Rescue programs.

When: September 3, 2022
Location: Big Bear Convention Center
Contact: Jim Eakin 949-378-8936


Kodiak Ultra Marathons

This year we’re hosting a 100M, 100K, 50K, Half Marathon, and 10K! The 100M & 100K start on Friday, August 19th, while the 50K/Half Marathon/10K will take place on Saturday, August 20th.

Bring your friends, family, and kids so they can experience a little bit of the Big Bear trails for themselves!

When: August 19 & 20, 2022
Location: 40803 Village Dr. Big Bear Lake
Contact: https://www.kodiak100.com/


Music in the Mountains

The Southern California Mountains Foundation is bringing back the popular Music in the Mountains series this 2022!

Take a seat under the stars at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater and enjoy the best in country, classic and contemporary rock, 7,000 feet above Southern California! A ticket to a Music in the Mountains concert does more than get you into a great show, it helps to protect your public lands. Proceeds support the Southern California Mountains Foundation and its powerful conservation, recreation, and education programs: The Big Bear Discovery Center, National Children’s Forest, The Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire, Fire Lookout Hosts, Off-Highway Vehicle, and Adopt-a-Trail.

When: Sept 3: Deja Vu – Tribute to Cosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center
Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/southern-california-mountains-foundation-2933301377


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 September 10 – November 5
Location: Big Bear Convention Center
Contact: https://bigbearevents.com/oktoberfest/

October

Big Bear Yoga Festival

Welcome Back to the Big Bear Yoga Festival!

Two days of music, movement, health, food & fun! You can choose from lectures on health and wellness, a wide range of yoga classes, music, yummy food, live music and guided meditation along with lots of outside fun like hiking, browsing in Vendor Village with live music, Kid’s Play Area, and more! Absolutely plan on coming, it will be phenomenal!

When: October 1 & 2, 2022
Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center
Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-bear-yoga-festival-2022-tickets-332835027527?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Big Bear Grizzly 100 & Gran Fondo

The Big Bear Gran Fondo Mountain Bike ride offers four different routes to fit all levels of riders. With the 30k Skyview or the 50k Skyline course, you’ll enjoy the best riding that Big Bear has to offer. And if you’re looking for more challenge and adventure, check out the Grizzly 100 or 75k!

The Big Bear Grizzly 100/75 is a National Ultra Endurance Race series event. Professional mountain bike racers from all over the world will compete for points and prizes in this national series. Race or ride the 100K or 75K and experience some of Southern California’s best single track and technical riding right in the heart of the San Bernardino mountains.

All tracks will be set up with first aid stations and rider support provided by the Big Bear Valley Race Association.

When: October 8, 2022
Location: The Village at Pine Knot Blvd. & Village Dr.
Contact: https://www.bikereg.com/grizzly-100


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Independence Day is just about here and there is no better place in Southern California to celebrate America than beautiful Big Bear Lake! Not only do we have the absolute BEST Fireworks Spectacular, but we have dozens of fun activities and recreation for everyone in the family, top-notch restaurants and bars, and the weather this week will be LOVELY!

RS Vacations.net has a few clean and comfy cabins left for groups of all sizes. Check out what we have available and book today before they are all gone!

Here are just some of the fun things going on in Big Bear this week:

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Big Bear Lake’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular ranks Top 5 in Southern California. Viewable from on the water, along the shoreline, from the trails, and around town, the Fireworks Spectacular is a must see every Independence Day.


ABOVE THE BOOM

See one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks shows from the top of Snow Summit. The viewing party includes a ride on the Scenic Sky Chair, live DJ music, and panoramic views of the fireworks over the lake.


WYATT’S INDEPENDENCE DAY FAIR

Head to the Convention Center during the day on July 4th and experience the annual craft fair with handmade goods like home decor, jewelry, vintage clothing, candles and health products and more. Kids activities include a bounce house, a balloon artist, and crafts. Admission is free for all!


RED, WHITE, AND BOOZE

Grown ups! Sip on some wine and get into the patriotic spirit during Barrel 33’s 4th of July paint and sip event on June 24th. This 21+ only events runs from 6pm-8pm. Cost per person is $45 and includes all supplies and first alcoholic beverage.

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.

REGISTER

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.

Big Bear Spring

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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Happy New Year!!