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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!

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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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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!

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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!

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Willkommen to the 49th 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!

The Village Fall Wine Walk is happening this weekend as well. Come and see what these fantastic annual events are 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!!

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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 Bear. RS 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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After a cool and winter-like Memorial Day Weekend, Big Bear is finally looking at some lovely, springtime weather coming up! This weekend looks to be in the mid to upper 60’s with some afternoon thunderstorms popping up. Next week looks sunny and clear, and temps will be in the low 70’s! Perfect!!

Summertime in Big Bear is almost here and with it come dozens of special events and activities. Now is an excellent time to make your summer plans and reserve the cabin that is just right for your group! Take a look at our clean and cozy cabins – we have a great selection! Don’t forget that our SPRING SPECIAL is still running through June 30: Book 3 or More Nights and 1 Night is FREE! A great deal on already rock-bottom pricing!! Book your Big Bear Cabin today!!

Here are the details for the upcoming weekend. See you soon!!

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Did you know that there is a scenic and safe route along the shore of Big Bear Lake that is the perfect place for all ages to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and lake? If you have never taken a stroll along the Alpine Pedal Path, you have been missing out!

The Alpine Pedal Path is a 5.4 mile asphalt path that wanders along the north shore of Big Bear Lake from Stanfield Cutoff to just west of the Solar Observatory. It is easily accessible for hikers, skaters, joggers, and even strollers and wheelchairs. This path extends through a pedestrian tunnel under North Shore Drive (Highway 38), to the Cougar Crest Trailhead parking lot. The path continues east 0.6 of a mile and connects with the Big Bear Discovery Center.

The Alpine Pedal Path is consistently ranked in the top 10 FREE things to do in Big Bear, so the next time you visit us be sure to take a walk or ride and see what it’s all about!

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Spring is here, spring is here!! We are enjoying gorgeous, springtime weather this week in Big Bear and signs of spring are everywhere. We are looking at a slight cool down this weekend but we will still have clear skies with highs around 60° and increasing to 70° by Wednesday. This is the perfect time to head to the mountains and enjoy a quick weekend (or weekday) getaway!


This is one of those magical weekends in Big Bear that you can really do whatever you’re in the mood for! Want to hit the slopes? Head to Snow Summit for the last weekend of the season and enjoy great spring conditions along with some fun Easter activities. The snow tubing areas are still open, as well. If you’d rather take a hike or bike ride, head on into the forest and enjoy all levels of trails. Want to enjoy the lake? Rent a boat and do some fishing or sight-seeing, or take a cruise. These and so many other activities are available to you this weekend in beautiful and unique Big Bear Lake!! Check out the flyer below for more information on some of the weekend activities.

Here at RS Vacations, we have lowered prices on all of our cabins to the lowest rate of the year. We have cute and well-equipped homes of all sizes for you to choose from so it really is the perfect time to visit! Book securely online at RSVacations.net and let us know if you have any questions. See you soon!!

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lake-header-1.pngBig Bear Lake welcomes spring with beautiful weather this coming weekend. Temps will be in the mid 50’s this weekend with lots of sunshine and light afternoon winds. Gorgeous!

The conditions on the slopes are still fantastic and the weather can’t be beat, so this is the perfect time to get in some turns before the end of an amazing season! Check out the Flyer below for information on some of the other events happening this weekend. There is always something for everyone to enjoy in Big Bear!

Remember to book your cabin with RS Vacations. Not only will you find a wide selection of clean and comfortable cabins, but you will also receive professional and individual service – from inquiry through the end of your stay. Visit us at RSVacations.net and select one of our beautiful cabins! Book your Big Bear Getaway today!

 

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Whether you have already booked a cabin with us for the coming weeks in Big Bear, or if you are still making plans (visit us at RSVacations.net for some great cabins!), you may be wondering what there is to do in December in the mountains when there is no snow on the ground. Don’t worry, there is more to do than you might think! Today I will talk about just some of the fun things to do here in beautiful Big Bear Lake-with or without snow!

Snow Summit boarderSkiing and Snowboarding

No matter what mood Mother Nature is in, Big Bear Ski Resorts take matters into their own hands. With a world-class snow-making system in place, you can hit the slopes even when the snow is not falling. As a bonus, it is much more fun to ski and board when temps are in the 50’s than when it is freezing! STAY TUNED FOR OPENING DAY INFORMATION!!

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Just like our Ski Resorts, Big Bear’s Snow Play Areas have the ability to make their own snow, and boy have they been busy at it! The coverage is great and with their “Magic Carpets”, you can enjoy an entire day of tubing fun without all the climbing!

Biking

Do you feel more comfortable on two wheels than on two planks of wood? Another positive of the mild weather is that you can take a bike ride – IN DECEMBER! Choose a comfort bike and take a leisurely spin along the lake or rent a mountain bike and hit the trails.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the beauty of the mountains and explore the back-country from horseback. You will have some terrific photo opportunities as well when you get to the top and see the gorgeous, panoramic views of Big Bear Valley.

Off-Road 4×4 Tours

Get off the beaten path and see and learn about Big Bear’s rich history when you take an Off-road Tour. Several different tours are available.

Helicopter Big Bear

See Big Bear Lake from a whole new perspective – the air! Enjoy the stunning scenery of our beautiful Valley, Lake and surrounding Forest. Bring your camera!

Hiking

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Another benefit of the fall-like weather we are experiencing is that the trails around our forest are clear and accessible for hiking. Grab a trail map from the Discovery Center and set out on a nature hike with the family. From beginner to expert trails, there is something for every level of hiker.

Ziplining

Experience the sensation of flight as you zip through the forest. A real adrenaline rush for the whole family!

The Big Bear Alpine Zoobaby-raccoon

View and learn about over 180 animals at our local zoo. Check out our Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Mountain Lion, Deer and more. Feeding tours and special presentations on most days.

Bowling, Laser-Tag, Arcade & Ice Skating

Head over to the Bowling Barn and Big Bear Funplex for hours of family fun. Go Ice Skating on real ice, get competitive at Laser Tag or just enjoy the arcade. Have a blast going Glow Bowling at night!

Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Have you ever wanted to be on ‘The Amazing Race’? Now is your chance – sort of! Set out on a 1.5 hour walking adventure in and around The Big Bear Village. Using your smartphone, you will solve clues and complete challenges while learning local history and fun-facts.

Shopping, Eating and Music

Stroll through the Big Bear Lake Village and enjoy the unique shops and quaint atmosphere. Catch a movie at the local Theater, dine at one of the many delicious restaurants, take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride around town or enjoy a live concert at The Cave. When the sun goes down, grab a cup of hot chocolate and sit by one of the fire-pits or check out one of the night clubs for some live music.

The Discovery Center

If you want to find out where to hike, bike or otherwise get in touch with nature, the Big Bear Discovery Center is the place to start. Get trail maps, learn how to be prepared and take an interpretive tour through the forest. Special presentations and celebrations are happening all the time.

 

As you can see, Big Bear Lake has so much more to offer than just snow! Come on up to our sparkling blue skies, crisp air and stunning forest. You will love it!! Do you need somewhere to stay? RS Vacations has cabins for every group and budget. Check out the “Our Homes” tab at the top of this page to see what we have to offer, then visit our website to book your perfect Big Bear Cabin. See you soon!

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Yesterday I mused about dads and how it might be nice to surprise them with something really special this year for Father’s Day instead of getting them yet another tie. 😉 Well, today I will give you some ideas of what kind of fun you can have this weekend (and every summer/fall weekend) in Big Bear Lake. You will be amazed at how many different things to do there are in our little slice of heaven!

Don’t forget to check out our cabins at RSVacations.net! Rates are still at the off-season level (plus we still have specials!!), so there is no better time to treat Dad to a fun, mountain getaway!

 

Lake Activities

 

Fishing – He can bring gear to fish on his own, or you can treat him to a day with an expert fishing guide. Either way, he can grill up some fresh fish for dinner after a relaxing day of fishing!
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Boating – Pontoons, Fishing Boats, and Performance Boats – our local marinas have you covered for a day of fun out on the lake!waterskier
Big Bear Marina

Wakeboarding/Waterskiing/Tubing – Ready to get wet? No problem! Dad (and the rest of the family) will have a blast in the water!
Designated Wakesports

Canoeing/Kayaking/Stand-up Paddleboarding – If he likes to have fun and get a workout at the same time, there are plenty of places to rent these types of equipment.
Captain John’s Fawn Harbor

Parasailing – Perhaps Dad is an adrenaline junkie? Flying above the lake is sure to get his blood pumping!
Pine Knot Parasail

Jet-Skis/Wave-Runners – Everyone loves personal watercraft! Spend a few hours exploring the lake and have tons of fun, as well!
North Shore Landing

Lake Tours – Is he a history buff? Take Dad on a lake tour! We have two different tour boats – the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel and the ‘Time Bandit’ Pirate Ship.
Miss Liberty at Pine Knot Marina
Time Bandit Pirate Ship at Holloway’s Marina

 

Forest Activities

 

Sky Chair – The Sky Chair takes the work out of forest fun! Take a relaxing ride up the mountain, grab some lunch at the top, then hike, bike, or ride the chair back down.
Sky Chair at Snow Summit Resort

Mountain Biking – Big Bear has miles of trails, including fire roads and single-track. We also have the Snow Summit Bike Park which offers a variety of terrain for all levels ofSummitMountainBike dads!
Snow Summit Bike Park

Hiking – If Dad is a nature lover, a mountain hike is just the thing! Explore the forest and see all types of wildlife and vegetation.
Big Bear Discovery Center

Zipline/Tree Climbing – Adventure-seeking dads will love a zipline or tree climbing excursion where they can fly through the forest and over rocky canyons or rope climb one of our towering pines.
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Horseback Riding – Does he love horses? Take him on a tour through the hills on horseback and view some gorgeous vistas.
Big Bear Equestrian Center
Baldwin Lake Stables

4 x 4 Off-Road Tours – Get off the beaten path and do some 4x4ing. Take an Off-Road Tour and give Dad a view of the back-country or let Dad do the driving on a self-drive tour. There are sunset tours, stargazer trips, and a few historical tours!
Big Bear Jeep Experience

Big Bear Off-Road Adventures

 

Around Town Activities

 

Helicopter Tours –  If Dad dreams of being in the air, this is the perfect way to tour the Big Bear Valley!
Helicopter Big Bear

golf in the mountains_0Golfing – He can enjoy the benefits of altitude on his swing and have a beautiful backdrop to play 9 holes at our local course.
Bear Mountain Golf Course

Alpine Slide/Water Slide – For the dad that just wants to have fun, a day at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain is a great way to cool off and have a blast!
Alpine & Water Slide at Magic Mountain

Go-Kart Racing – If he likes speed, take him to Big Bear Speedway and let him compete against the clock at up to 30 mph!
Big Bear Speedway

Escape Room or Scavenger Hunt – For dads that like to use their heads, try an escape room or scavenger hunt. Super fun!
Adventure Quest
Mountain Room Escapes

Bowling – Take him to the lanes for some indoor fun. Let him show of his bowling skills as he aims for 300!
Bowling Barn

Laser Tag/Arcade – Dad can recapture his youth at the Big Bear Funplex. All kinds of family fun in one place!
Big Bear Funplex

Zoo – If Dad is an animal lover, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is full of rescued animals that are local to our beautiful mountains.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Live Music/Nightlife – Take him out on the town and enjoy some live music and a variety of clubs and bars.
The Cave

 

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