Family walks on a dock

Fun Labor Day Weekend Activities & Events

Posted: 08/25/13 | By Kelly Garfield

Thoughts of Labor Day typically invoke memories of park side lounging, delicious BBQs, friends and family and of course – invaluable memories.

Big Bear Lake is the perfect summer setting for those memories. Labor Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to honor numerous labor associations' strengths and contributions to the United States. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor parties – making Big Bear Lake a popular destination for celebration and relaxation.

Serving the LA and San Diego area as the go-to vacation spot, Big Bear Lake offers an abundance of lodging, dining and shopping opportunities to please everyone on their long weekend. Tourists may enjoy their own lakeside cabin or condo, cozy lodge room or romantic bed and breakfast in the mountains. Dining choices over your three day weekend include Indian, Italian, Japanese cuisine or casual American food. As for the shopping, you'll find everything you need in Big Bear's Village – women's clothing and accessories, sporting goods, Native American goods, art and so much more in the varied choices around town. Over the holiday weekend, you will also find several establishments playing live music – such as the Wolf Creek Wine Room, Chad's Place, Black Diamond Tavern, Nottingham's and Club Bombay.

For events over Labor Day, look no further than the Annual Fall Festival. The Big Bear Lake Convention Center hosts the popular attraction – complete with food, craft/art vendors and live music throughout the weekend. It draws the crowds with the outdoor and indoor areas and attractions, perfect for families with children or anyone interested in a casual day outside. Another popular event is the Ice Cream Safari at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, on August 31st from 11 AM to 2 PM for anyone with a sweet tooth! Admission is standard rates; there are five ice cream stations inside the zoo, all with a different flavor of ice cream to enjoy. Participation in the Ice Cream Safari is only $5.00 for five scoops of ice cream. A perfect way to beat the heat!

The lake in Big Bear will surely be the major attraction of the holiday – you'll find yourself wanting to take a dip or ride a boat at least once during your visit. Big Bear Lake offers fishing, swimming, personal boat rentals, tours, wake sports and jet skiing. The water is currently perfect to swim in and The Swim Beach at Meadow Park offers an affordable way to play in the water in a safe environment complete with rafts, slides and a sandy beach to relax on. The Swim Beach is located at 41220 Park Ave. and is open daily during the summer, weather permitting. The recreational park besides it, Meadow Park, offers the perfect spot to use the public BBQ and cook the perfect meal for your friends and family while relaxing by the shores.

Cooking outdoors? Big Bear Lake offers two major chain grocery stores for your shopping needs this holiday. We recommend you shop early to beat the crowds and enjoy more time on Big Bear Lake by preparing ahead of time for your stay.

If you want to enjoy an activity with your family away from the sunshine, Big Bear Lake offers The Bowling Barn and Funplex attractions. With cooler temperatures indoors, everyone can enjoy a game of laser tag, bowling, bumper cars and arcade games. Located near The Village, these activities can be walked to from a variety of lodging choices beside The Village, and around town, you'll find them just a short drive away. You can also enjoy the selection of movies at the local movie theater in The Village for a cooler activity over the holiday weekend.

With the lake and gorgeous outdoor setting, you'll find Big Bear Lake to be the perfect vacation destination for this Labor Day and for celebrations to come.