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Special Events

Big Bear's 2017 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 2017
Snowboard and Winter Events Big Bear LakeJanuary

• Snowshoe Tours
• Bald Eagle Celebrations

        Snowshoe Event Big Bear Lake

• USASA Boardercross
• Bald Eagle Celebrations

  Ski Events Big BearMarch 

• Polar Plunge
• USASA Halfpipe

Farmers Market Opens Big Bear LakeApril

• Fishing Season Opens
• Farmer's Market Opens

        Southern Ca Mountain Biking Events

AMGEN Time Trial Weekend
1st Annual PubFest
May Trout Classic


Fishin' For $50k
Summer Wine Walk
Big Bear Lake PaddleFest
Golden State Harley Rally
• Big Bear Triathlon
Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Southern Ca Fourth of July EventsJuly

July 4th Rotary Fireworks Spectacular BBQ
• July 4th Party at Summit
• Chili Cook-off/Outhouse Races
• Big Bear Paddlefest
Music in the Mountains Concert Series
Crafts and Cranks
• Big Bear Cycling Week

        Southern Ca Summer Events

Music in the Mountains Concert Series
• Tour de Big Bear
• Antique Car Club Fun Run
Big Bear Air Fair
Kodiak 100 Ultra Trail Run


Music in the Mountains Concert Series
Big Bear Lake Fall Troutfest
• Village Autumn Wine Walk
Kid's Adventure Games at Summit Bike Park
• Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
• Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails
Run for the Grizzlies


• Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
• Spartan Race at Bear Mtn
• Halloween in the Village

        Big Bear Village Events

• Big Bear Lake Comedy Festival
• Turkey Trot
• Santa's Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting Ceremony


• Santa Claws at Big Bear Alpine Zoo
• Christmas in the Village
• New Years Eve Torchlight Parade
• Bear Mountain New Years Eve Party
• Snow Summit New Years Eve Party
• New Years Eve Parties in Big Bear


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.


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.


Another fall staple is The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. It's where cinema meets the fresh alpine air. It showcases the emerging talents of screenwriters and independent filmmakers on the silver screen, all brimming with creativity. For three days audience members choose from documentaries, shorts and feature-length films, some moving, some daring, some thought-provoking, and others downright hilarious. The film festival is also a forum for those interested in all aspects of the film industry. 


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.


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.


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) .


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.


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.


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.


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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