Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill Festival

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This Memorial Day Weekend bring the family out to enjoy the Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill BBQ festival. Grill-masters from across the nation will hash it out over the barbeque for a KCBS State Championship and People's Choice Award. Attendees can sample some of the best BBQ and craft beers around while enjoying live music, shopping, kids activities and more!

Festival Details

Dates: Sat & Sun, May 27 & 28, 2023
Location: 630 Bartlett Road in The Village at Big Bear Lake
10 AM – 5 PM both days
Tickets: Pre-purchase food & drink tickets or purchase at the event.


General Admission ticket purchasers receive a ticket book with 10 (ten) tickets to be redeemed for craft beer and BBQ samplings. Includes 5 oz. sample glass.

VIP Single Day ticket purchasers receive 15.5 oz. mug, with a 5 oz. fill line, a day pass for unlimited pours from breweries, and meal ticket to one BBQ team.

A man and woman stand in the street at the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival in Big Bear Lake, CA hold two plates of food forward.
Grill & Chill BBQ Festival

BBQ Festival & Competition

The Grill & Chill puts grill-masters to the test to compete for a KCBS championship and People's Choice Award. Grill teams will sizzle their way to victory in Brisket, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Chicken categories. Judges will award the championship and you will vote for the People's Choice winner! The People’s Choice contest is held both Saturday and Sunday.

Looking to join the KCBS competition? Add your spatula to the mix and enter your grill team in the 2023 competition event.

Rack of ribs rests on top of a sheet of aluminum foil on a grill during the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival in Big Bear Lake, CA

Beer Festival

A BBQ just isn't a BBQ without a beer in hand. The Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill includes a two-day beer tasting festival in tandem with the BBQ festival. Over 40 breweries are lined up to give attendees a sample pour of their craft beers, special brews, and brand favorites. So, raise a sampler and sip to Memorial Day Weekend and all the servicemen and women who defend us everyday. Breweries include:

  • Big Bear Lake Brewing Company
  • Bottle Logic Brewing Company
  • Coronado Brewing Company
A couple cheers the day

Kids Zone

Grill & Chill is always a family friendly event, so bring out the kids to enjoy a range of activities including:

  • Bounce Houses
  • Balloon Animals
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting

Kids' activities wrist bands are $10 at any ticket booth.

A boy sits on his father's shoulders and waves at the camera. They are enjoying an event in Big Bear, California.