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: 11/13/23

2024 Event Dates Announced!

Big Bear is Southern California's premier outdoor destination that plays hosts to numerous races and non-competitive events on the trails, in The Village, on the lake, and throughout the valley. Join in the fun all year long and escape the hustle and bustle of city-life.

2023 Year - End Events:

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Nov. 23, 2023

Run, walk, or waddle along the 3, 6, or 9 mile course. This community event benefits local food pantries and welcomes trotters of all ages. Wear your best turkey costume for a chance to win prizes!

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2024 Events Calendar:

Big Bear Polar Plunge

March 16, 2024

Plunge into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Inland Empire. Plungers have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin' for a reason: to help support Special Olympics programs and athletes.

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Big Bear Spartan Trifecta Weekend

May 18-19, 2024

Big Bear Spartan Race challenges every racer to strive to be their best. Whether you're racing with the top elite athletes, pushing your own limits, or enjoying a great event with friends, there's a race for you. Spartan also features kids and trail running races.

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Memorial Day Weekend Grill & Chill

May 25-26, 2024

Grill & Chill makes Big Bear Lake a must visit over Memorial Weekend! This BBQ & Beer Festival is FREE to attend, but be sure to purchase your Ticket Books to sample the best BBQ and craft beers in town. Grill masters will compete head to head (or should we say grill-to-grill) for a prize purse.

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Fishin' For $50K

June 8-9, 2024

Try your luck at reeling in the winning trout this summer! With five opportunities to hook a $10K fish, Fishin' For $50K is the most exciting fishing experience to date. Prizes are also given for top 3 trout weight for Men, Women, Girls, and Boys.

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Highlander Adventure - Big Bear

June 19-23, 2024

Highlander invites everyone 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


4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

July 4, 2024

Big Bear is proud to host this incredible event every Independence Day.

Tour de Big Bear

August 3, 2024

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 25/50 mile gravel rides - there’s a route for every cycling enthusiast!

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Kodiak Ultra Marathons

Oct 11-12, 2024

Kodiak teams up with Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) for the second year in a row. This ultra-marathon trail race treats runners to epic views and challenging terrain over 3 days of racing on 5 courses. Each distance presents a unique running experience.

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Stay tuned for more 2024 events as they're added to the calendar!