OCTOBER Oktoberfest Eins, zwei, drei, g‘suffa! Take a break from your responsibilities, lower your inhibitions, and surrender to the spirit of the annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.
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Kenda Cup West / California State Cross Country Series The best professional mountain bikers in North America will be in Big Bear for the 6th stop on the Kenda Cup West Bike Series. Also, there is racing for all amateur level racers. Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival Enjoy the 7th annual JazzTrax Summer Music Festival from the shores of Big Bear Lake, which features the biggest stars of smooth jazz performing from a floating stage on the lake.
Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival View a variety of independent short and feature-length movies, from the bone-chillingly suspenseful to the gory and grotesque. Attend seminars and receptions during the weekend-long festival.
COURTESY OF BIG BEAR COWBOY GATHERING AND STORYFEST
3rd Annual Blues for the Zoo Concert A special music event to help support Moonridge Animal Park’s sanctuary, rehabilitation, and education programs.
Big Bear Lake Troutfest Anglers can win big at the Troutfest, with over $100,000 worth of prizes in cash, awards, and merchandise.
Tour de Big Bear Ride stunning 25, 50, 70, or 100-mile stages at 7,000‘ including portions of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California route.
Flashlight Safari Bring your flashlight to view the zoo’s nocturnal animals. Learn about their feeding habits, night vision, and more.
23rd Annual Big Bear Fun Run More than 500 vintage autos, muscle cars, roadsters, hot rods, and customs for a Show and Shine event followed by a late afternoon cruise around the lake.
NOVEMBER Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting Ceremony Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for an evening of caroling, the tree lighting ceremony, and entertainment for an old-fashioned Christmas.
Renaissance Faire Meet the queen and her court; see jesters and jousters; enjoy a Renaissance-style feast; and shop for trinkets. Big Bear Cowboy Gathering and Storyfest Cowboy music, poetry, and storytelling, Wild West reenactments, blacksmith demonstrations, Western and Native American arts & crafts, and a cowboy chuck wagon food court.
J U LY Big Bear Bar-B-Que and Beerfest Come taste the best Bar-B-Que in Southern California, with over 50 vendors, for your tasting pleasure. Fireworks Spectacular See one of California’s top ranked pyrotechnic displays reflected on the lake.
Mountain Christmas Boutique A unique high-country shopping experience with a holiday flair and 60-plus vendors from throughout the western U.S. selling handmade goods.
Christmas in the Village An old-fashioned Christmas gathering with strolling musicians, Victorianstyle carolers, children’s choirs, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and, of course, Santa Claus.
Fall Fest Commemorate Labor Day weekend with family fun at Fall Fest, a celebration of the end of summer and the beginning of fall, with live entertainment, games, artisans, and vendors.
Big Bear Paddlefest A two-day expo of clinics, races, and paddling. Big Bear Chili Cook-Off Great chili, live western music, children’s events and activities, fine western artists, and street dancing! Over 100 booths!
New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade Head to Snow Summit for the spectacular sight of skiers and snowboarders gliding down the mountain in a steady stream of torchlights. Later, join friends at either Snow Summit or Bear Mountain for a fun New Year’s Eve celebration.
Endure the Bear Trail Run Starts in the Village and follows pristine National Forest trails on the south shore of Big Bear Lake. Includes 30K and 15K as well as a 5K Family Fun Run & Walk.
Autumn Wine Walk Stroll from merchant to merchant, tasting selected wines. Hors d’oeuvres are served in most locations, and the evening is all about mingling with old friends and meeting new ones. 2012 OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE
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Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Independent feature-length films, student films, short documentaries, family films, animation, and digital films.