Attractions, Activities and Events Calendar for Big Bear Lake
There's lots of fun things to do in Big Bear! Our calendar of events will help you with a few options to consider. The attractions and activities to choose from in Big Bear seem endless. Big Bear is a 4 season resort that offers many attractions and activities throughout the year. Seasonal changes add to the opportunity to offer a variety of attractions and activities for both individuals and families alike. Our events calendar below is just a small sampling of events offered throughout the year. New attractions, activities and events are added all the time. There’s always somethin’ goin’ on in Big Bear Lake, California. Check our events calendar often for new attractions, activities and events in big bear. Come on up and get an altitude adjustment, we have blue skies and clean air up here at 7,000 feet. Big Bear is a breath of fresh air just waiting to engulf your senses. Once you arrive you won’t want to go back. We hope to welcome you again and again. There's so many events happening throughout the year, not all of them are published here. Below are some of the main things to do in Big Bear. Visit our site often to review the updates on our Big Bear activities calendar.
TBA: Big Bear Lake "Polar Plunge" at Swim Beach
April 1 - Sept. - Big Bear Farmers Market
Tuesday Mornings 8:30am to 1:00pm
At the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake
(Corner of Big Bear Blvd. and Division)
Everyone loves going to a Farmers Market. Small market growers within a 100 mile radius of Big Bear Lake participate to make this market a local favorite. Fresh hand picked vegetables and fruits are harvested just before the market opens and are delivered straight from the growers to you. All farmers are State Certified.
You will have your choice or natural produce or organic. A large variety of other food items as well as freshly baked breads, nuts, honey, juices, farm fresh eggs, and pies are just the beginning of options to purchase.
In addition to the edible items there are also unique gifts that include soaps, lotions, health and specialty items and unique gifts of all kinds.
Added this year is an outdoor patio with dining and espresso bar to enjoy!
Visit the Farmers Market Web site.
May 1 - FISHING SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May - TBA – MAY TROUT CLASSIC – Jim Hall Memorial – www.maytroutclassic.com
May - Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Opens for Season
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Opens for Season. Come and visit the museum where thousands of Big Bear historical artifacts are displayed. Adults $3, Under 14 Free
Location: Greenway Drive, Big Bear City CA 92314
Contact: Tel: (909) 585-8100 Website: www.bigbearhistory.org
TBA– ANTIQUE CAR CLUB SHOW & SHINE/PINE WOOD DERBY -
Hosted by Big Bear’s Antique Car Club. Admission is free for show cars & spectators. For more details call (909) 866-3938
Summer Wine Walk in the Village
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-8044 Website: www.bigbearlakevillage.com
TBA - PIRATE FAIRE
TBA- $50K Trout Derby -
In past derbies there are ten trout that are tagged and one that will be the big winner if caught! Come on up and enjoy a great 2 days on a beautiful lake surrounded by tall pines and clean air. What could be better, even if you aren't the big winner you are still a winner in enjoyment. Relax and unwind while casting a line for Southern California's big angler event. The event is limited to only 750 anglers.
THE ANNUAL BIG BEAR COWBOY GATHERING -
DATES FOR 2017 WILL BE ANNOUNCED. Featuring outstanding musicians, authors, storytellers and poets. Evening shows are at the PAC on Friday and Saturday Night. Also included is an outdoor mercantile. This event is rated “F” (Fun for the Family). Sunday, cowboys and cowgirls can get a real cowboy breakfast, attend cowboy church and more. If you aren’t a cowboy when you arrive you’re sure to be a cowboy/girl when you leave! Full details call (909) 709-0449.
Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office. Location: 39707 Big Bear Blvd.
July 1 - Labor Day - ALL SUMMER LONG!!! DINOSAURS & FOSSILS
Dino-Mite Dinosaurs & Fossil Fest – Calling all Carnivores, Herbivores, and Omnivores, let us hear you roar like a dinosaur!
Stomp on over and take a selfie with our dinosaurs, have fun digging in our paleo pit and discovering some awesome REAL fossils! This summer (starting in July, each Sat. &
Sunday thru Labor Day) we are celebrating the prehistoric era with our
“Dino-Mite Dinosaur & Fossil Fest”!
Our expert Paleontologists will be on hand to help you explore the lost world of our prehistoric past and take you on a journey of discovery with real fossils and elements to assist you in comparing yourself to a life size T-Rex footprint and more. Stomp on over to enjoy our jurassically themed celebration. Light refreshments and goodies will be served from 9:00am – 11:30am while supply lasts. Take home an unforgettable souvenir and experience moments to remember.
Guaranteed to be a T-Riffic time! Don’t wait until this celebration is extinct, you’ll be sorry-a-saurus if you miss the fun.
July 4 – FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA - Sponsored by the Big Bear Rotary Club. Known as the largest display in Southern California. Fireworks festivities begin at approx. 8:45 – 9:15pm. Rent a boat and watch the fireworks shoot out over the lake and over your head. What a beautiful site as their reflection on the water and beautiful color illuminate the sky! The fireworks are shot off from a barge on the Lake directly off of Pine Knot Landing. Viewable from any of Big Bear’s public parks or any shoreline location around the lake.
Two Weeks of SHARK WEEK!
....... at Gold Rush Mining Adventures
Duh Nuh Duh Nuh Duh
Nuh, it’s almost here, don’t miss it, catch the big one…..Here’s a ‘fin-tastic”
opportunity to enjoy a shark themed celebration. Lot's of opporunities for selfies with the various sharks we have swimming our cabin store, coast on over for lots of fun! Something’s fishy here, enjoy our kind of shark chum and take a bite out of our
treasure tanks. Learn about the Megalodon, the biggest shark that ever lived.
Tell us the meaning of the word, “galeophobic”, give us the “scientific name” for the megalodon as well as what “era” the megalodon lived and receive a prize. Take your picture with our 7 foot shark or our megalodon tooth replicas, compare yourself to a life size Megalodon, and more.
Light refreshments will be served on Wednesdays 9:00am – 11:30am, Saturdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm and Sundays from 9:00am – 11:30am. Enjoy our recipe of ocean potion sea water, shark bait snacks, and fun stuff while supplies last. Don’t let this be the, “ ONE THAT GOT AWAY!” Sea (pun intended) you there!
The Old Miners Association has their own website: www.oldminers.org
Big Bear Old Miners Association Chili Cook Off and BrewFest in the Village
ICS Regional Big Bear Chili Cook Off - Located in the Big Bear Village, both local and visiting contestants vie for cash prizes and awards, including the coveted opportunity to advance to the World Championships. This is your opportunity to sample an awesome selection of chii, salsa, food & spirits as well as enjoy wonderful live music. Other activities include Climbing wall, gold panning, pony rides, hoppy horses, potato sack races, face painting and more. This event is a great opportunity for the entire family to have fun.
TBA - Calcutta Auction - Have fun bidding on the potential chili winner of the Chili Cook Off. Winner will receive a portion of the proceeds won by the Chili Champion.
Annual Outhouse Race- Big Bear Valley's newest sport returns in the Annual Old Miners' Outhouse Race. Come to the Calcutta Luncheon & Outhouse Auction and bid on the fastest People-Powered-Potty in the West! The person who buys the winning race team splits the pot of dough with the winning team and the Old Miners' Association. Cast your vote for the best decorated Outhouse and Team costume. Watch teams push an outhouse along a designated race track, the most difficult course known to the sport so far! The winning teams will receive a cash prize, a coveted trophy and a complimentary entrance fee for next year's race.
Location: Big Bear Chili Cookoff (Cottage Lane & Bartlett Parking lot in the Village) Cost: FREE for Spectators, There is an Entry Fee for players.
TBA – BIG BEAR FUN RUN -
Sponsored by the Antique Car Club of Big Bear – Location: Village
The Fun Run features a car show with 500+ cars - roadsters, classics, antiques and hot rods
TBA– ANTIQUE & CLASSIC WOODEN BOAT SHOW
Oktoberfest - Weekends Sept. - Oct. 31, 2016
Experience Southern California’s best and Big Bear Lake’s most cherished event – Annual Oktoberfest! If you haven’t experienced the culinary pleasure of tasting German cuisine this is the place for you! Not able to use your miles for tickets to Germany? Well, not to worry, the cheapest way to experience the highlights of German life is to visit our Big Bear Lake’s Oktoberfest, voted the best in So. Cal. Enjoy various foods, drinks (try German Beer), games, dancing (learn the Chicken Dance) and traditional German music await you.
Located at the Big Bear Convention Center in Big Bear Lake.
TBA - Autumn Wine Walk in the Village
TBA - Big Bear Lake TroutFest
Anglers compete for $130,000 in cash and prizes.
Oct. 31 – BOO in the Zoo!
Wow, how can you go wrong with combining kids and exotic animals in the Moonridge Animal Park. This fun loving event starts out your Halloween early. What a great way to be able to use the costume more than once. Don’t forget to bring a container to put your candy in as well, you will be trick-or-treating in the zoo. Yes, and, don’t forget, adults and children are highly encouraged to come as you are not! Win a prize for the best costume(s) in a number of categories. There is Graveyard, Pumpkin Patch, Electric Dungeon of Doom, Witches Brew, Scarecrow Land, Witches Lair, and Goblins throughout the park. The animals in the park will be fed their treats for party goers to watch the fun. Admission: General Zoo admission, Adults (ages 10-up): $12, Seniors (age 60+): $9, Children (ages 3-9): $9, Children (2 and under): Free.
visit the website.
Time: 1:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
43285 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Oct. 31 (every year) – Halloween In The Village
Here’s another fun event that your kids will remember for years to come. Adults and kids are encouraged to dress in their spooky best and trick or treat in the village. This fun loving event has been known to attract crowds upwards of 5,000 treaters when Halloween falls on a weekend, there’s plenty of room for more and fun for all. The traffic in the Village is roped off to provide a safe environment for all. We recommend this event as a must do on your list if you are here over the Halloween holiday.
The Trick or Treat festivities begin at 5:00 PM and conclude by 7:30 PM.
Christmas in The Mountains of Big Bear Lake
What a great way to find unique, one of a kind gifts for that hard to buy for friend or relative. Or, just get a great gift that is guaranteed not to be a duplicate! Get your shopping done early and have the rest of December to party hardy! This event is geared for all ages and is held at the Big Bear Convention Center in central Big Bear Lake.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Here is your chance to experience a wonderful small town celebration. Become part of the community by visiting the Big Bear Village L and enjoy the wonder and excitement of the festivities surrounding the lighting of the largest Christmas Tree in Big Bear. Guests are treated to warm hot chocolate, joining in singing Christmas carols, and just good ol’ fashioned warm your heart fun! Santa’s entrance is always a show stopper. Once Santa arrives he and Mrs. Claus is available for the kiddies to tell their wishes too. Santa is available every weekend thru the holiday.
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
In the Village at the L
– Santa & Mrs. Claus’ Arrival to Big Bear
You better watch out and you better not cry, why? Because Santa Claus is comin’ to town! Participate in the pageantry and special ceremony of welcoming Santa to our Village. He and Mrs. Claus will make there grand entrance and settle in their cabin to make sure they are here to welcome all the little boys and girls and adults too who want to tell Santa their wish list. Once Santa arrives he will be available throughout Big Bear for many breakfasts’, lunches, and events as well as in his Village Cabin on the weekends to greet all who come. Located in central Big Bear Lake.
Dec. 31 (every year) – The Torchlight Parade
An annual event always held on the last night of the year.
This is truly a sight to behold, hundreds of skiers coming down the mountain carrying torches makes for the most beautiful sight to bring in the New Year just right! Snow Summit in Big Bear hosts this amazing event.