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Big Bear's 2019 Special Events

Big Bear Lake is a four season destination with something to do each weekend of every month! The natural alpine scenery that surrounds Big Bear Lake, from lakeside to mountaintops, creates stunning backdrops for events, which explains why so many events are held each year at the mountain resort. Pack your schedule with music concerts, food festivals, fishing contests and so much more. For a complete list of all Big Bear events, visit the Events Calendar, and for some of our favorites, see below:

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." 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. 


THIS IS SPARTAN

Compete like your life depended on it in May during the Spartan Race and answer the question, are you Spartan Strong? The Big Bear Beast, Sprint, Kids and Trail Races are at Snow Summit. Conquer obstacles that are designed to test your mental fortitude and physical strength. Which race will you choose?

GRILL & CHILL

The Big Bear Lake "Grill & Chill" takes place Memorial Day Weekend and features a sanctioned KC BBQ State Championship Competition with more than 30 cooks competing for a $10,000 prize purse. Attendees can attend the event for FREE and enjoy full portions of competition BBQ, a beer, wine and cocktail garden, live music and more! And NEW for 2019... a prehistoric DINO LAND for kids! Get your Grill Master on now!

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Each 4th 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. The Cave is Big Bear's year-round concert venue, offering weekly live entertainment from original bands, tribute bands or comedians. 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.

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 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.


RIDE WITH US IN THE 10TH ANNUAL TOUR DE BIG BEAR

Join us in the "Cycling Capital of Southern California" for some epic rides. With 10k, 25, 50, 70, 106 and 109 mile courses, there's a competitive route for every level of cycling enthusiast. Check your schedule and get more details for the Tour de Big Bear.

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.

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.

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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