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.

March 2018....

TBA: Big Bear Lake "Polar Plunge" at Swim Beach

April 2018....

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 2018.........


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




Hosted by Big Bear’s Antique Car Club. Admission is free for show cars & spectators. For more details  call (909) 866-3938


JUNE 2018...

Summer Wine Walk in the Village

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-8044 Website: www.bigbearlakevillage.com


TBA- $50K Trout Derby -

fishin-50K-winners-big-bear 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.


cowboy-gathering-big-bear THE ANNUAL BIG BEAR COWBOY GATHERING -

DATES FOR 2018 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 2018....

July 1 - Labor Day - ALL SUMMER LONG!!! DINOSAURS & FOSSILSFossil_discovery

Dino-Mite Dinosaurs & Fossil Fest – Calling all Carnivores, Herbivores, and Omnivores, let us hear you roar like a dinosaur!

dinosaur_jurassic_jungleStomp on over and take a selfie with our dinosaurs, have fun digging in our paleo pit and discovering some awesome REAL fossils!

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.

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 4FIREWORKS 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.





....... 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.

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

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. This event is a great opportunity for the entire family to have fun.

Location: Big Bear Chili Cookoff (Cottage Lane & Bartlett Parking lot in the Village) Cost: FREE for Spectators, There is an Entry Fee for players.

AUGUST 2018....



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


big-bear-renaissance-faire TBA - Big Bear Renaissance Faire








SEPTEMBER 2018....

Sept. 9 - Nov. 3 - Fall-O-Ween at Gold Rush Mining Adventures: Enjoy the bounty of the harvest with a variety of fun activities themed for the season as well as an early celebration of All Hallows Eve. Visit our Gold Rush Ghost Town for a glimpse of the past and lots of fun photo opts. Pan for real gold and treasures or choose to try your hand at our "Make & Take" concoctions inspired by the season and haunting holiday! Call for MORE INFORMATION: 909-866-5678

Oktoberfest - Weekends beginning in Sept.

oktoberfest-big-bearExperience 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- Big Bear International Film Festival

TBA - Autumn Wine Walk in the Village

OCTOBER 2018....

OCTOBER -- NOV.. 3 - Fall-O-Ween at Gold Rush Mining Adventures: Enjoy the bounty of the harvest with a variety of fun activities themed for the season as well as an early celebration of All Hallows Eve. Visit our Gold Rush Ghost Town for a glimpse of the past and lots of fun photo opts. Pan for real gold and treasures or choose to try your hand at our "Make & Take" concoctions inspired by the season and haunting holiday! Call for MORE INFORMATION: 909-866-5678

TBA - Big Bear Lake TroutFest

troutfest-big-bearAnglers compete for $130,000 in cash and prizes.
(909) 866-5796



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

909 878-4200

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.

NOVEMBER 2018......

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 clause-big-bear 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.



DECEMBER 2017......

Dec. 31 (every year) – The Torchlight Parade

torchlight-parade-big-bear 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.

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