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Memorial Day Weekend Activities & Events

Posted: 03/06/20 | By Matt McCabe

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, many people are planning their three-day weekends of adventure or relaxation.

As such, I thought it would only be a fair public service to you, my esteemed readers, to let you know about some of the fun and exciting things to do in beautiful Big Bear Lake.

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Big Bear Grill & Chill BBQ Festival

If there's one way you should spend your Memorial Day Weekend, it's with lots and lots of barbecue. The Big Bear Grill & Chill is a free outdoor festival and a BBQ competition all in one, so it's an ideal way to celebrate the beginning of summer. Grab some fresh samples cooked by Kansas City BBQ State Championship contestants and kick back to the sound of live music. Don't forget to pick your favorite BBQ sample- the contestants will be competing for a $10,000 prize! The festival is on both Saturday and Sunday, so there's plenty opportunity to get your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ fix.

Big Bear Lake Maifest

I'm sure we've all heard of Oktoberfest, but fewer people know about its springtime counterpart- Maifest! "Oktoberfest's little sister" is a traditional German celebration of the spring season, and Big Bear Lake does not overlook the holiday. Head to the Big Bear Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend for the Maifest festivities: stein-holding competitions, the Maypole, log-sawing contests, and of course plenty of Maibock (a German beer) and Maibowle (a German wine punch). Tickets can be purchased here.

The Discovery Zone

Another great place to spend this Memorial Day Weekend would be the Discovery Zone at the Big Bear Discovery Center, where families can learn about the great outdoors hands on. The Discovery Zone is a fully interactive classroom focused on the fun side of learning about how things work in our own corner of the National Forest. Points of interest in the Discovery Zone include arts and crafts with materials harvested directly from our local forest, as well as a very web-like climbing area, accessible stage for music, and creative ways to learn to be stewards of our environment. While much of this is ideal for ages 2-7, I think most parents will find it to be a great way to unplug and really focus on learning about nature and participating with their kids... And I wouldn't be surprised if a few parents find their inner child taking root in such a whimsical atmosphere.

After you've gotten in touch with the playful side of nature, I suggest heading to the south side of the lake to check out what Snow Summit has to offer.

Scenic Sky Chair at Snow Summit

Scenic Sky Chair

The Scenic Sky Chair at Snow Summit runs from Memorial Day Weekend through most of the fall season on East Mountain Xpress, better known as chair 1 by the locals. My family and I take this ride at least once a year, and I'll tell you...this is an amazing way to get a beautiful view of the community. The Sky Chair ride takes about 15 minutes both up and down the lift. See ticket information here.

From large-scale festivals to local attractions, Big Bear Lake has a lot to offer during Memorial Day Weekend. If you're seeking even more ways to get outside, check out our outdoor activities page.

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