A team wearing banana costumes runs into the water at the Polar Plunge in Big Bear

Big Bear Events To Keep You Active & Outdoors!

Posted: 04/10/23

2023 Event Dates Announced!

Just a couple of hours from LA and San Diego, Big Bear is Southern California's premier outdoor destination. Escape the traffic and hustle and bustle of city-life and get above it at 7,000 feet!

Big Bear has something special for anyone who wishes to partake in one of the many biking, running, and adventure events for beginners and advanced athletes.

2023 Events Calendar:

Polar Plunge

April 22, 2023

Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, March 4 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. Participate in the coolest event of 2023 - 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.

Spartan Race Weekend

May 20-21, 2023

Every Spartan races for different reasons. For some, it means competing at the highest athletic level, for others it’s a way to get back into shape, others like the social aspect. Regardless of your motivations, there's a race category for you to ensure you have the best experience possible!

Highlander Adventure

May 24-28, 2023

Highlander invites you to ascend from your daily routine to experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure hiking and camping along the trails of Big Bear, connecting with nature, and becoming a steward for the environment. The unique aspect of Highlander lies in its concept: IT IS NOT A RACE.

Memorial Day Weekend Grill & Chill

May 27-28, 2023

Grill & Chill makes Big Bear Lake a must visit over Memorial Weekend! This BBQ Festival is FREE to attend, but be sure to purchase your Ticket Books at the entrance to sample the best BBQ in town. Grill masters will compete head to head (or should we say grill-to-grill) in the KC BBQ State Championship for a prize purse. Live music, ice cold craft beer, and BBQ samples will be available both days.

Holcomb Valley Trail Run

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Run through the beautiful Holcomb Valley scenery just outside the Big Bear Valley. This trail running event is a fundraiser for the local volunteer search and rescue organization who staffs the event aid stations, safety operations, communication program, and more.

Fishin' For $50K

June 10-11, 2023

Try your luck at reeling in the winning trout this summer! With five opportunities to hook a $10K fish, this the most riveting and exciting fishing experience you'll ever encounter. Prizes are also given for top 3 trout weight for Men, Women, Girls, and Boys.

Carp Round-Up

June 17 -18, 2023

Welcome to Big Bear Municipal Water District's (BBMWD) Carp Round-Up! Take part in the reaping that helps control Big Bear Lake's invasive carp population. Participate as an individual hunter or as a team of two. All hunters have the choice of fishing by rod & reel or bow & arrow. Choose to fish from shore or by boat. All bowfishing teams will compete as a team of two and can choose to hunt along the shoreline or by boat. Rod fisherman will compete alone.

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

July 4, 2023

Slated for Independence Day, Visit Big Bear will be hosting this incredible event in 2022!

A hiker walks a trail during the Highlander Adventure event. She carries a backpack with her supplies.

Tour de Big Bear

August 5, 2023

Touted as the cycling capital of Southern California, the Tour de Big Bear features 4 days of cycling adventure complete with aid stations, beautiful mountain scenery and spectacular summer weather. With a 5K and 25, 50, 70 and 100 mile courses - and a new 25/50 mile gravel ride - there’s a route for every cycling enthusiast! The 2023 event will also include a Thursday Glow Ride, a Friday Poker Ride, and Sunday Recovery Ride after the Saturday main event.

Conquer the Wall

August 12, 2023

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! Join your fellow runners the night before for a Spaghetti Dinner and load up on those carbs! All proceed benefit BBHS XC!

Kodiak Ultra Marathons

2023 Date TBD

This course is the much anticipated Big Bear Lake loop with the most epic views and climate you could ask for. In 2020, athletes will be running clockwise around the lake with nearly 17,000′ of vertical climbing and sustained running at 7,000+′ in elevation.

Grizzly 100 & MTB Gran Fondo

October 7, 2023

The Big Bear Grizzly 100 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. The Gran Fondo is a friendly mountain bike ride experience for all ability levels. All tracks will be set up with first aid stations and rider support provided by the Big Bear Valley Race Association.