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Big Bear's 2015 Special Events

Each weekend you can count on any number of things to do at one of Big Bear's special events happening in the Valley, whether it's the call of brass horns, the cadence of thumping drums, the electric twang of a steel guitar or harmonious voices of a theatrical chorus line. It might be lively characters in 16th century costumes causing a mighty stir at the Big Bear Renaissance Faire, or it could be a troupe of tiny tots dressed in lederhosen and dirndls prancing around to polka music at the Big Bear Oktoberfest. One thing is for certain, there are plenty of Big Bear special events to keep you entertained. For a complete list of all Big Bear events, visit the Event Calendar.

Snowboard and Winter Events Big Bear LakeJanuary

• Snowshoe Tours
• Volcom PB&J Rail Jam
• Bald Eagle Celebrations

        Snowshoe Event Big Bear Lake
February 

• USASA Halfpipe
• Bald Eagle Celebrations

  Ski Events Big BearMarch 

• Polar Plunge
• C.A.T.S presents "Broadway Broads"

Farmers Market Opens Big Bear LakeApril

• Fishing Season Opens
• Farmer's Market Opens
• Aaron's Big Bear Spring Bass Blast
• Earth Day Expo

        Southern Ca Mountain Biking Events
May

• AMGEN Tour of California "Big Bear Time Trial"
• Spring Air Fair
• May Trout Classic
• Big Bear Memorial Day 5K Fun Run
• Antique Car Club Show & Shine/Pine Wood Derby

  Southern Ca Fishing Tournaments and Events
June

• Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby
Summer Wine Walk
• Big Bear Heritage Parade
• Big Bear Triathlon
Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Southern Ca Fourth of July EventsJuly

• July 4th Rotary Fireworks Spectacular & BBQ
• Chili Cook-off/Brewfest
• C.A.T.S: "Annie Get Your Gun"
• Big Bear Paddlefest
• Bear Country Fair
• Music in the Mountains Concert Series
• "Spirits of the West" Brewfest
Big Bear Gran Fondo & Cycling Week

        Southern Ca Summer Events
August

Music in the Mountains Concert Series
• Tour de Big Bear
• Antique Car Club Fun Run
• Renaissance Faire
• Big Bear Air Fair
• Art on the Lake 
• Antique Wooden Boat Show
• Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show

  Southern Ca Fall Wine Walk and Film Festival EventsSeptember

Music in the Mountains Concert Series
• Autumn Wine Walk
• Endure the Bear Trail Run
• Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
• Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Hot Dawgs & Hand Rails


October

• Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
• Flashlight Safaris
North Shore Half Marathon/10K/5K 
• Big Bear Lake TroutfesT
• Grizzly MTB Stage Race
• Wolf Awareness Day
• Halloween in the Village
• Boo in the Zoo

        Big Bear Village Events
November

• C.A.T.S: "A Christmas Carol"
Turkey Trot
• Santa's Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting Ceremony
• Mountain Christmas Boutique



  Southern Ca Winter Mountain Resort EventsDecember

• Santa Claws at Big Bear Alpine Zoo
• Christmas in the Village
• New Years Eve Torchlight Parade
• Bear Mountain New Years Eve Party
• Snow Summit New Years Eve Party
• New Years Eve Parties in Big Bear

BIG BEAR SETS THE STAGE

The natural alpine scenery that surrounds Big Bear Lake, from lakeside to the mountaintops, creates stunning backdrops for events, which explains why so many events are held each year at the mountain resort. Summertime is the perfect fit for festivities, with a deep blue lake at center stage, thousands of shady trees swaying to the sounds of nature, and cool mountain breezes providing a natural air conditioning system for those looking to escape the heat.

BIG BEAR LAKE OKTOBERFEST

In the fall the most notable event is the annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, the highest-altitude Oktoberfest celebration in the United States. For 44 years, this event has attracted thousands of visitors to enjoy German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands, traditional dances and competitions, such as the Queen Stein Carrying Contest.

FILM FESTIVALS

Another fall staple is The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. It's where cinema meets the fresh alpine air. It showcases the emerging talents of screenwriters and independent filmmakers on the silver screen, all brimming with creativity. For three days audience members choose from documentaries, shorts and feature-length films, some moving, some daring, some thought-provoking, and others downright hilarious. The film festival is also a forum for those interested in all aspects of the film industry. 

TROUT FISHING TOURNAMENTS

Of course the lake is teeming with rainbow trout, which means it's only natural to have fishing tournaments such as the May Trout Classic, Fishing for $50K and the October TroutfesT. There's even a way to win some big bucks! And all it takes is some fishing gear, bait, patience and a little luck. Anglers have the opportunity to catch a tagged trout worth $50,000 at Big Bear Lake's Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby in June.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

It only makes sense to kick off the summer months with a celebration to honor the great outdoors. National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day (hosted by the Big Bear Discovery Center) does just that, providing both traditional and innovative new ways to experience mother nature up close and personal. Open Air Big Bear takes it to the next level by promoting a healthy lifestyle with events to inspire people to get outside and stay active with a series of outdoor events with "altitude," such as Team Big Bear's Mountain Bike Shootouts, Gran Fondo, Big Bear Lake Paddlefest, Grizzly Stage Race and Endure the Bear Trail Run. In fact, the Open Air Big Bear series challenges individuals to the best of their abilities to finish each race to become part of "Conquer the Bear." It's a challenge that will change your life! Those looking for a more casual pace can choose from community group bike rides sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association or nature walks, canoe tours, and kayak tours offered by the Discovery Center every weekend from May to October.

SUMMERTIME ROLLS

Mothers are honored at a hotrod show dedicated to motherhood at the Moms and Rods Antique Car Show. Artists display fine works of art on the water's edge at the annual Art on the Lake. Wine aficionados and casual sippers alike venture into Big Bear Village to sample various wines and hors d'oeuvres at the Summer Wine Walk in the Village. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo gets into the act with a variety of events from its Old Time Bear Country Fair to the fun-filled Ice Cream Safari.

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Each Fourth of July in Big Bear, thousands gather around the lake's 22 miles of shoreline to witness one of California's top-rated fireworks displays. This fireworks spectacular shoots off top-of-the-line fireworks that cascade over the lake creating a brilliant display of colors. It's a lengthy show of 30 minutes in duration, and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake and throughout Big Bear Valley. Don't miss the Rotary Club BBQ that offers an amazing lakefront view (sells out early, we recommend to pre-purchase tickets online) .

MUSIC FILLS THE AIR - SUMMER CONCERTS

All summer long the air is filled with music from rock 'n' roll concerts in the park to tribute bands at the Big Bear Discovery Center's woodsy amphitheater or at The Cave in the Village. Save the date to enjoy live music in a beautiful, outdoor forest setting at one of Big Bear Discovery Center's Music in the Mountains Summer Concert series. Music in the Mountains features a diverse mix of genres including rock, bluegrass, blues, western and even Celtic. The Cave in the Village is Big Bear's newest concert venue offering weekly live entertainment from original bands, tribute bands or comedians.

SPICE IT UP, CHILI TASTING COOK-OFF

If you're looking for a little zest to spice up your vacation then mark your calendar for the annual chili cook-off every July. This event draws more than 40 cooks from all over the southwest cooking up tasty concoctions, some mild and some with a zip. Visitors are invited to taste test, enjoy live music and entertainment, food and drinks in the Bartlett Parking Lot in the Big Bear Village.

VINTAGE BIG BEAR

In August, more than 500 vintage autos, dragsters, and custom coupes climb the mountain highways to congregate in the Big Bear Village for the popular annual two-day Antique Car Club Fun Run.

SNOWBOARD AND SKI CONTESTS AND WINTER HOLIDAY EVENTS

Snow covered mountains in winter means ski and snowboard competitions at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Christmas in the Village kicks off the holiday season with strolling musicians, Victorian-style carolers, Christmas tree lighting ceremony and of course, Santa Claus. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders descend down the mountain at Snow Summit's annual New Year's Eve torchlight parade.

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