This Memorial Day Weekend bring the family out to enjoy an 'oh so American' BBQ festival, the Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill! Grill masters from across the country will flock to our little mountain town to hash it out over the barbeque. This smokin' event lets attendees sample some of the best BBQ around complete with sides.

Local event hosts Bones & Brews are bringing back their Beer Tasting Festival to complement the cook-off. Sip on ice cold samplers while you dig into mouth-watering grub. This event is kid friendly, with rock walls, bounce houses, face painters and more!

Festival Details

Dates: Sat & Sun May 28 & 29, 2022
Location: 630 Bartlett Road in The Village at Big Bear Lake
10 AM – 5 PM both days. VIPs may purchase BBQ at 10 am, general public at 11 am.
Tickets: Pre-purchase food & drink tickets, until May 27, then purchase at the event. Prices will be slightly higher at the door.

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
Click Image to Register Your Grill Team!

BBQ Festival & Competition

Sponsored by Vacasa Real Estate, the Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill is a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition and State Championship event. All KCBS rules are in effect and will include Brisket, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Chicken categories. The competition is held Saturday only but attendees can enjoy the mouthwatering BBQ Festival on both Saturday and Sunday!

Grill masters will be serving up sample portions of BBQ and sides and attendees can participate in the People’s Choice competition to vote for their favorite griller! The People’s Choice competition is held on both Saturday and Sunday and will be surrounded by live music, a vendor village, and more.

Add your spatula to the mix and enter your grill team in the 2022 competition event. Click the image to register.

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 30 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
  • 5174 Brewing Company
  • Alosta Brewing Company
  • Belching Beaver Brewery
  • Bottle Logic Brewing Company
A couple cheers the day

Live Music

Grill & Chill is happy to announce the 2022 stage sponsor, Big Bear Cool Cabins. This talent stage has been the site of much groovin' and movin' with genres like jazz, rock, country, tribute bands, and more! This year's musical talents include:

  • Morgan Leigh Band - One of Southern California’s high energy country bands! Morgan Leigh was a contestant on American Idol S12 and S14, was the Texaco Country Showdown State Winner, was nominated for Best Country/Americana by San Diego Music Awards, and much more. Playing both days.
  • Stun Grenade, playing both days.
  • Twisted Gypsy: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band - Sing along to some of Fleetwood Mac's most famous song with Twisted Gypsy the ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Playing Saturday 6-9 PM, and Sunday morning.

Performances are both Saturday and Sunday on the Big Bear Cool Cabins Stage. Stage acts and production made possible by Big Bear Cool Cabins; take advantage of Memorial Weekend savings on 2+ night stays. Learn more here.

Kids Zone

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

  • Bounce Houses - free
  • Balloon Animals - free
  • Climbing Wall - free
  • Face Painting - $10 donation

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Chill out and enjoy BBQ!