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Big Bear's 2018 Special Events

Each weekend you can count on any number of things to do at one of Big Bear's special events happening in the Valley. It might be lively characters in 16th century costumes causing a mighty stir at the Big Bear Renaissance Faire, or it could be a troupe of tiny tots dressed in lederhosen and dirndls prancing around to polka music at the Big Bear Oktoberfest. One thing is for certain, there are plenty of Big Bear special events to keep you entertained. For a complete list of all Big Bear events, visit the Event Calendar.

 Special Events | January - December 2018
Snowboard and Winter Events Big Bear LakeJanuary

• Shwayze at The Cave
• Bald Eagle Celebrations
• USASA Slopestyle

        Snowshoe Event Big Bear Lake
February 

Fishbone at The Cave
• Bald Eagle Celebrations

  Ski Events Big BearMarch 

Polar Plunge
"Zeppelin USA" at The Cave
• USARC Ski-A-Thon
• "Beatles vs. Stones" at The Cave
• Bald Eagle Celebrations
Supergirl Snow Pro
• USASA Halfpipe

Farmers Market Opens Big Bear LakeApril

• Fishing Season Opens
• Farmer's Market Opens

        Southern Ca Mountain Biking Events
May

May 17th: Kodiak Kids Trail Run #1 at Woodland Trail
May 18-20th: Big Bear Lake Association Fishing Festival at Pine Knot Marina
May 19th: Dave Mason at The Cave
May 19-20th: Spartan Race at Snow Summit
May 26th: 1st Annual Wyatt’s Maifest at the Convention Center
May 26th: Pato Banton LIVE at The Cave
May 26-27th: Art on the Corner at The Village
May 26-27th: Memorial Day Weekend "Grill & Chill" KC BBQ and Craft Beer Festival
Grill & Chill
May 26th: Memorial Day Weekend 5K/10K at Meadow Park
May 25-28th: Art on the Corner at the Xmas Tree Lot in Village
May 27th: Memorial Day Show and Shine at Snow Play
May 31st: Kodiak Kids Trail Run #2 at Woodland Trail

 
June

June 1: Buckcherry at The Cave
June 2nd: "Desperado" Eagles Tribute at The Cave
June 2nd: Coast Guard Auxillary
June 2-3rd: Team Big Bear Mountain Bike Shootout #1 at Snow Summit Team Big Bear
June 2-3rd: Outdoor Adventure Days in the Village - FREE ECO TOURS!
June 3rd: Zoo Fundraiser Event
June 9-10th: Fishing For $50K Trout Derby
June 9th: Summer Wine Walk in The Village
June 9th: "Uptown Funk" Bruno Mars Tribute at The Cave
June 15th: Al Jardine at The Cave
June 15-16th: 15th Annual Carp Round-up at Big Bear Municipal Water District
June 16th: Discovery Center 20th Anniversary Celebration Mountains Foundation
June 16th: Snow Summit Mountain Bike Series #1
June 16th: Movies in the Meadow at Snow Summit: Rango
June 16th: 22nd Annual Holcomb Valley Trail Run
June 16th: Puddle of Mudd – LIVE
June 22-24th: Big Bear Lake Association Fishing Festival at
Holloway's Marina
June 22-25th: Big Bear Run hosted by the Big Bear Trailriders at the Convention Center Big Bear Trail Riders
June 23rd: "Aeromyth" Aerosmith Tribute at The Cave
June 23rd: 6th Annual Big Bear Triathlon at Veteran’s Park
June 23-24th: Team Big Bear Mountain Bike Shootout #2 at Snow Summit Team Big Bear
June 30: Mountain Communities Health Fair
June 30: Queen Nation- Queen Tribute at The Cave
June 30: Art on the Corner
June 30: Snow Summit Mountain Bike Series #2

Southern Ca Fourth of July EventsJuly

June 30- July 1: Art on the Corner at the Xmas Tree Lot in Village
July 1st: Sirius XM Summerland Tour w/Everclear, Marcy Playground & Local H at The Cave
July 2nd: Ted Nugent at The Cave
July 4th: Big Bear 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Big Bear Lake
July 4th: Above The Boom - 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at 8,200 Feet! at Snow Summit
July 4th: 4th of July 5K/10K at Meadow Park
July 4th Independence Day Festival at the Convention Center Big Bear Events
July 4th: Rotary Fireworks Show over Big Bear Lake Big Bear Rotary
July 4th: Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July BBQ Big Bear Rotary
July 6th: Pancho Sanchez at The Cave
July 7th: Snow Summit Mountain Bike Series #3
July 7th: Movies in the Meadow: Wonder Woman
July 7th: Paddle Big Bear at East Boat Launch Open Air Big Bear
July 7th: Music in the Mountains (#1)"Led Zepagain" (Led Zeppelin Tribute) at the Big Bear Discovery Center
July 8th: Wedding at Vets Park
July 13-14th: The 76th Annual Big Bear Women's Club Flower Show at the PAC
July 14th: Big Bear Chili Cook-off at the Bartlett Events Area in the Village
July 15th: Plant and Garden Décor Sale at the PAC
July 21st: Music in the Mountains (#2) The Garth Guy (Garth Brooks Tribute) at the Big Bear Discovery Center
July 21-22nd: Big Bear Lake Summer Artwalk Fine Arts Festival
July 21st: The 16h Xeriscape Garden Tour
July 21st: Old Miners Doo Dah Parade in Fawnskin Old Miners
July 21st: Movies in the Meadow: Coco
July 21-22nd: Big Bear Renaissance Faire
History Alive Chautauqua: "Eliza Tibbets - Pioneer of the Riverside Citrus Industry" at the Library
July 27-29th: Big Bear Lake Fishing Association All Fish Tournament at Pleasure Point Marina
July 28th: Dancing for the Lake at the Lodge – TBA local fundraiser
July 28th: 7th Annual “Spirits of the West” Brewfest and Celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy at the Big Bear Convention Center
July 28th: August 5 - Big Bear Cycling Festival at Big Bear Lake
July 28-29th: "Craft and Cranks" Brew Festival and Mountain Bike Racing Big Bear Mountain Resorts
July 28-29th: Outdoor Adventure Days - FREE ECO TOURS! at the Big Bear Discovery Center Eco Tourism Big bear
July 30th-August 4th: Big Bear Cycling Week Big bear Cycling

        Southern Ca Summer Events
August

August 3rd: "AbbaFab" Abba Tribute at The Cave
August 4-5th: 5th Annual Quilt Show at the Lodge
August 4th: Movies in the Meadow at Snow Summit: WALL-E
August 4th: Music in the Mountains (#3) "DSB" (Journey Tribute) with "Live from Earth" (Pat Benatar Tribute)
August 4th: Tour de Big Bear Cycling Tour
August 4th Big Bear Renaissance Faire In Fawnskin
Big Bear Cycling
August 5th: Big Bear SPNDX Stampede in The Village
August 9th: Kodiak Kids Trail Run #3 at Summit
August 10-12th: Antique Car Club Fun Run in the Village
August 11th: 2nd Annual Ryan Hall’s Conquer the Wall at Summit Conquer The Wall
August 11th: Movies in the Meadow: A Wrinkle in Time at Snow Summit
August 11-12th: Big Bear Renaissance Faire In Fawnskin
August 17-18th: Kodiak 100 Ultramarathon Kodiak100
August 18th: Music in the Mountains #4 Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) & Petty and the Heartshakers at the Big Bear Discovery Center
August 18th: Coast Guard Auxillary
August 18th: Dave Brocks Wild Child Doors Tribute at The Cave
August 17-19th: Big Bear Lake Fishing Association All Fish Tournament at Captain John’s Marina
August 18-20th: Antique Wooden Boat Show at Pine Knot Marina
August 18-21st: Big Bear Romp
August 19th: Fairy Garden Festival at Summit Christian
August 19th: Ice Cream Safari at Big Bear Alpine Zoo
August 23rd: Kodiak Kids Trail Run #4 at Summit
August 24th: Faster Pussycat’s Glitter Box Tour at The Cave

  September

September 1st: 9th Annual "Cool Run in the Mountains" Car Show at the Big Bear Convention Center
September 1st: Music in the Mountains (#5) The Long Run (Eagles Tribute) with Shannon Rae & 100 Proof at the Big Bear Discovery Center
September 1st: Herman's Hermits Featuring Peter Noone at The Cave
September 1-3rd: Art on The Corner at The Village
September 1-3rd: Kid’s Adventure Games At Bear Mountain
September 3rd: Labor Day
September 8-9th: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
September 14-16th: Big Bear Lake Association Fishing Festival at Pine Knot Marina
September 15th: Village Autumn Wine Walk at Bear Village
September 15-16th: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
September 22nd: Hot Dawgs and Hand Rails at Bear Mtn Resort Big Bear Resort
September 22-23rd: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
September 29th: Big Bear Grizzly 100/MTB Gran Fondo bbvrace
September 29th: Oct 1 Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events


October

October 1st: 38th Annual Soroptimists Home and Hearth Tour
October 6th: Oktoberfest “Locals Night” at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
October 7th: Occupy Big Bear Car Show at The Lodge
October 6-7th: The 14th Annual Western Outdoor News Big Bear Lake Troutfest WONews
October 6-7th: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
October 13th: Oktoberfest “Unplugged” at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
October 13-14th: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
October 20-21st: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
October 27th: Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center Big Bear Events
October 27th: DOVES Starry Starry Night AT THE COMMUNITY CHURCH
October 31st: Halloween in The Village

        Big Bear Village Events
November

November 2-3rd: Big Bear Lake Comedy Festival in The Village
November 22nd: Big Bear Lake Turkey Trot at Meadow Park Open Air Big Bear
November 23rd: Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting in the Village The Village
November 24-26th: Big Bear Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center
November 24th: Big Bear City Tree Lighting at the BBC Fire Station
November 24-25th: Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs Claus The Village



 
December

December 1-2nd: Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs Claus The Village
December 5th: Soroptimist’s 35th Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction at the Lodge
December 8-9th: 9 Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs Claus The Village
December 11th: USASA Rail Jam #1 at Bear Mountain Big Bear Mountain Resorts
December 15-16th: Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs Claus The Village
December 22-23rd: Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs Claus The Village
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade at Snow Summit Big Bear Mountain Resorts
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Party at Snow Summit Big Bear Mountain Resorts
December 31st: Wyatt’s Family New Year’s Celebration at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center


BIG BEAR SETS THE STAGE

The natural alpine scenery that surrounds Big Bear Lake, from lakeside to the mountaintops, creates stunning backdrops for events, which explains why so many events are held each year at the mountain resort. Summertime is the perfect fit for festivities, with a deep blue lake at center stage, thousands of shady trees swaying to the sounds of nature, and cool mountain breezes providing a natural air conditioning system for those looking to escape the heat.

BIG BEAR LAKE OKTOBERFEST

In the fall the most notable event is the annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, the highest-altitude Oktoberfest celebration in the United States. For 44 years, this event has attracted thousands of visitors to enjoy German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands, traditional dances and competitions, such as the Queen Stein Carrying Contest.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

It only makes sense to kick off the summer months with a celebration to honor the great outdoors. National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day (hosted by the Big Bear Discovery Center) does just that, providing both traditional and innovative new ways to experience mother nature up close and personal. Open Air Big Bear takes it to the next level by promoting a healthy lifestyle with events to inspire people to get outside and stay active with a series of outdoor events with "altitude," such as Team Big Bear's Mountain Bike Shootouts, Gran FondoBig Bear Lake Paddlefest, Grizzly Stage Race and Endure the Bear Trail Run. In fact, the Open Air Big Bear series challenges individuals to the best of their abilities to finish each race to become part of "Conquer the Bear." It's a challenge that will change your life! Those looking for a more casual pace can choose from community group bike rides sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association or nature walks, canoe tours, and kayak tours offered by the Discovery Center every weekend from May to October.

SUMMERTIME ROLLS

Mothers are honored at a hotrod show dedicated to motherhood at the Moms and Rods Antique Car Show. Artists display fine works of art on the water's edge at the annual Art on the Lake. Wine aficionados and casual sippers alike venture into Big Bear Village to sample various wines and hors d'oeuvres at the Summer Wine Walk in the Village. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo gets into the act with a variety of events from its Old Time Bear Country Fair to the fun-filled Ice Cream Safari.

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Each Fourth of July in Big Bear, thousands gather around the lake's 22 miles of shoreline to witness one of California's top-rated fireworks displays. This fireworks spectacular shoots off top-of-the-line fireworks that cascade over the lake creating a brilliant display of colors. It's a lengthy show of 30 minutes in duration, and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake and throughout Big Bear Valley. Don't miss the Rotary Club BBQ that offers an amazing lakefront view (sells out early, we recommend to pre-purchase tickets online) .

MUSIC FILLS THE AIR - SUMMER CONCERTS

All summer long the air is filled with music from rock 'n' roll concerts in the park to tribute bands at the Big Bear Discovery Center's woodsy amphitheater or at The Cave in the Village. Save the date to enjoy live music in a beautiful, outdoor forest setting at one of Big Bear Discovery Center's Music in the Mountains Summer Concert series. Music in the Mountains features a diverse mix of genres including rock, bluegrass, blues, western and even Celtic. The Cave in the Village is Big Bear's newest concert venue offering weekly live entertainment from original bands, tribute bands or comedians.

SPICE IT UP, CHILI TASTING COOK-OFF

If you're looking for a little zest to spice up your vacation then mark your calendar for the annual chili cook-off every July. This event draws more than 40 cooks from all over the southwest cooking up tasty concoctions, some mild and some with a zip. Visitors are invited to taste test, enjoy live music and entertainment, food and drinks in the Bartlett Parking Lot in the Big Bear Village.

VINTAGE BIG BEAR

In August, more than 500 vintage autos, dragsters, and custom coupes climb the mountain highways to congregate in the Big Bear Village for the popular annual two-day Antique Car Club Fun Run.

SNOWBOARD AND SKI CONTESTS AND WINTER HOLIDAY EVENTS

Snow covered mountains in winter means ski and snowboard competitions at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Christmas in the Village kicks off the holiday season with strolling musicians, Victorian-style carolers, Christmas tree lighting ceremony and of course, Santa Claus. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders descend down the mountain at Snow Summit's annual New Year's Eve torchlight parade.

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