Much can be said about one of Southern California’s favorite vacation destinations: Big Bear Lake. With four seasons of fun, events and plenty of activities to enjoy, you will always have the time of your life! Before summer takes a bow to fall, there are still plenty of events in Big Bear Lake to enjoy in August and Labor Day Weekend:
15th Annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire
August 20th to 21st, 2016 is the final weekend of the 15th Annual Renaissance Faire. Knights, wenches, pirates and bags of loot all come together on the north shore of Big Bear Lake located at 39115 Rim of the World Drive in the outskirts of Fawnskin, a small city, hidden beside the mountainous hills at Pedersen Sawmill. The main event – one might dare say – is the jousting; where riders emblazoned with armor and crests shining in the light, duel for the Queen’s hand and title of Warrior. Besides the combat, there is merriment! There are five stages of entertainment including three general stages, a children’s stage, and a NC-17 stage. Stationed in the area, will be a deluxe food and beverage court that serves everything from plump turkey legs to scrumptious chowder served in a bread bowl. The Bear Bones & Dragon Ale Stand serves Dragon’s Blood (red wine) and Unicorn’s Breath (white wine). Also on hand is a full array of ales and meads including Dragon’s Breath, a popular blend of wheat beer and pomegranate mead. Guests should also expect to see full-costumed vendors and crafters hawking everything from feathered hats to leather goods, medieval swords and fine crafted jewelry. If you visit and like what you see, please be sure to take a photo and tag @visitbigbear on Instagram so all other travelers can enjoy your findings!
Music in the Mountains Session #5: The Eagles Tribute
Music in the Mountains concert #5 with “The Long Run” Eagles Tribute at the Discovery Center will take place on Saturday August 20th. Be prepared, this popular musical event honoring legends “The Eagles” does not disappoint and will likely sell out, Shows plays on September 3rd as well from legendary tribute bands. Call (909)-382-2790 for ticket info and prices or visit their Website at: www.mountainsfoundation.org/music-in-the-mountains.for up-to-date concert news.
Big Bear Lake loves holidays, and Labor Day is no exception! But, perhaps, many of us fail to remember why Labor Day is an official United States Holiday or what it stands for, other than knowing with a satisfied smirk that you have an upcoming 3-day weekend with the family and the BBQ out back will be working extra hard all weekend long!
33rd Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show at Pine Knot Landing
From 9 AM to 3 PM on August 20th you will be able to gaze in transfixed delight at the gorgeous offering at the Antique Wooden Boat Show, a local and tourist favorite! The show itself features classic wooden boats, Chris-Craft models and other antique vessels not normally viewed to the public. There is expected to be between 25 or 30 boats to start arriving on Thursday August 18th. A Big Bear Lake Poker Run is scheduled for Friday August 20th for participants in the show. Boats will be on display at the Pine Knot Landing Docks from 9 AM until 4 PM on Saturday. Admission is free, and most of the boat skippers will be there to talk about the history of their boats and answer any questions you have.
The 18th Annual “Art on the Lake” Exhibit in the Village
On August 20th The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley presents the 18th Annual Fine Arts Festival: “Art on the Lake” which kicks off Friday evening with an opening night reception set to take place from 7 PM to 9 PM. Saturday viewing hours are 10 PM to 7 PM and Sunday hours will be 10 PM to 4 PM. Admission is FREE. Expect to find 40+ artists from around the region exhibiting their work for sale as well as Live music, beer, wine and food along with craft vendors. The event will be held at 630 Bartlett Road near the Visitor’s Center and information.
Dino-Mite Dinosaurs and Fossil Fest at Gold Rush Mining Adventures
On August 20th you and the tykes (and teens) can learn all about the dinosaurs and their past stomping grounds! Enter and enjoy the themed mining adventures and explore the lost world of our prehistoric past by discovering fossils. Paleontologists will be on hand to show real fossils as well as help start you off by getting you your very own Dinosaur Hunting License! A life sized T-Rex footprint will be on site to show you how your footprint compares to the size of one of Jurassic World’s most famous members! This fun-filled-summer-experience is located at 40016 Big Bear Blvd before you hit the downtown Village.
The Mermaids Sea of Treasures at Gold Rush Mining Adventures
Daily, from August 15th to September 4th you can learn all about these mysterious aquatic creatures! A mermaid princess will be on hand to celebrate one of their newest treasure adventures as well as escort you to their mermaids gathering place. Lots of sea items to explore! Finding Dory and her friends won’t be difficult, just keep swimming. Nothing fishy about it – the loot is real! The location is at Gold Rush Mining Adventures at 40016 Big Bear Blvd in Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Please call 909-866-5678 for full details and times of this kid-friendly event.
Aaron’s Big Bear Bass Tournament: Championship Edition
Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournament(s), Big Bear Charter Fishing and Big Bear Cool Cabins are hosting 5 bass fishing tournaments on Big Bear Lake this year. Championship Series events are on August 30th (along with previous dates this year) with a Two Day Tournament of Champions September 17th and 18th coming up shortly. Get your rod and reel out of the closet; it’s time to learn a thing or two about catching Bass from the pros!
In short, this is the standard definition: A national holiday in the United States and Canada in honor of working people. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September.
So, we are basically honoring our hard working mothers, fathers and family If you have ever held down a job, then the holiday celebrates you, too! Big Bear Lake is the perfect playground for your 3-day vacation destination on this popular holiday, Besides activities that revolve around the water or on the mainland, such as shopping or climbing trees, there are also several events that requires your (very possible) attention:
The Inaugural Big Bear Kids’ Adventure Games at Bear Mountain
The Inaugural Big Bear Kids Adventure Games at Bear Mountain starts up September 3rd through 4th featuring a kid sized adventure race where teams of two navigate a terrain inspired obstacle course. This event allows kids ages 6 through 14 an opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing, while learning teamwork skills and honing confidence in a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience just for them. Kids can expect mountain biking, hiking, zip lines, a Tarzan rope swing, giant Slip-n-Slide, river tubing, cargo nets, mud pits and more. A fun and healthy experience for the whole family! For more information visit BearMountain.com/KAG and sign up and secure your spot or register online at: kidsadventuregames.redpodium.com/bigbear-kag-2016 Your kid will certainly remember this Labor Day holiday! The Olympics are over – time for the kids to shine!
Art on the Corner
September 3rd/4th/5th from 10 PM to 6 PM enjoy a NEW art show hosted by The Village in the heart of it all on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue in beautiful downtown Big Bear Lake. Fine Art and Craftsmanship will be featured in a variety of timeless mediums. Enjoy a glass of wine, enjoy the music and browse the wonderful artwork. The viewings are FREE to attend at any age!
Lyvyn Skynyrd at The Cave!
Lyvyn Skynyrd is the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. Based out of Southern California, and on September 4th from 6:30 PM to 11 PM you can enjoy these consummate musicians and soulful rockers bring home the energy! The Cave is a intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you varied performers all year long. Doors open at 6:30 PM… Visit www.thecavebigbear.com for the cost of tickets are other show times at this incredible event and music center.
“Summer lovin’, had me a blast. Summer loving’, happened so fast…” While those song and dance numbers from Grease long linger in our dreams, so do the days of summer, which those lyrics hold true – summer goes by fast even though we had a blast but, here in Big Bear, we aren’t letting go so soon!