Plein Air Registration & Lodging


Pre-Registration & Final Registration Defined:

  • Pre-Registration: Online Pre-Registration is required for all so we can share details to help you prepare for the Competition in September. Note: Pre-Registration does NOT guarantee a place in the competition. Final registration must be completed once you arrive in Big Bear where your blank substrate/s are stamped.

Pre-Registration Open!

  • Final Registration: All Final Registration takes place during the month of September in Big Bear at the Big Bear Lake Visitor Center located at 40824 Big Bear Boulevard. Final Registration is open daily from 9 AM - 5 PM.

Final Registration Requirements

  • Payment of $35 Registration Fee
  • Sign Competition Rules and Release of Liability
  • All blank substrates (canvas/panel(board)/paper) must be stamped PRIOR to painting.
  • No unstamped art will be accepted.
  • You may have ten (10) blank substrates stamped but no more than one (1) can be submitted for the competition.
  • Once your final registration is complete you will receive an email confirming your place in the competition.
  • If you are booking subsidized lodging you will need this email as proof of enrollment for your lodging host to honor the cleaning fee refund and special pricing.

Review Competition Rules

Subsidized Lodging

We understand that booking lodging for special events can be challenging. Plein Air is extending a helping hand to our contestants to simplify the travel process. All rental homes in the subsidy program have agreed to these terms:

  • No Cleaning Fee - Please note: At reservation, you will be asked to pay the cleaning fee. This is refunded once you arrive in Big Bear and provide your Rental Host with your email confirmation of final registration.
  • Each qualified attendee can utilize one (1) Cleaning Fee Rebate
  • $125 per night, 2 Person Maximum, 2 Night Minimum

Qualifying for Subsidized Lodging

To qualify for subsidized lodging you must reside outside these zip codes.

Lodging taxes will apply as well as any rental terms required by the Host - i.e. rental contract, refundable deposit, cancellation policy, etc. Each property owner will have their own rental requirements with reasonable expectations. The monetary agreement is firm.

If you wish to visit Big Bear more than one time, you are welcome to reach out to your Rental Host. If available, they will offer the same low nightly rate but would require a cleaning fee.

Please complete the Pre-Registration process to verify you qualify for the subsidized lodging. Once you complete this process you will receive an Email confirmation which will include available Listings that have agreed to the discounted pricing.