Labor Day Weekend, Big Bear Lake


Top 10 Things to Do in Big Bear Lake This Weekend:

1. Fall Festival at The Convention Center
Location: Big Bear Lake Convention Center
Date: Saturday, Sunday
Time: All Day

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with family fun, arts & crafts, great food and live entertainment. Crafters and artists sell goods and demonstrate their fine-tuned crafts. Browse shops for handcrafted gems like hand-carved bears, handmade dolls, hand-thrown pottery, homemade jams and unique wire-wrapped jewelry. Call (909) 585-3000 for more info.

Google Map: Convention Center

2. Discovery Center Summer Concert Series: James Curry – A Tribute to the Music of John Denver
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center
Date: Saturday, 09/05/2009
Time: 07:00 pm

James Curry’s Tribute to the Music of John Denver
Held at the Discovery Center Amphitheater, an outdoor theater with stage, bench seating, lots of open space for additional seating, restroom facilities and full snack bar with space for additional food vendors. It’s located under the pines at 7,000 feet and affords an incredible concert experience. Ticket prices: Adults $15-$20 (18+); Teens $10; 12 and under FREE
Season Tickets Available Adults $55 Teens $45. Get 6 Shows for the Price of 4! Gates open at 5:30pm. Concerts begin at 7:00pm. Americana food plus beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase; no outside beverages allowed; parking is FREE
Tickets available at the Discovery Center Adventure Outpost or online at Ticket Hotline (909) 382-2780.

3. Holcomb Valley Rendezvous with the Big Horn Mountain Men
Location: Holcomb Valley Boy Scout Camp
Date: Thursday-Monday
Time: All Day

A living History Encampment of the Fur Trade Era of the American West, spanning the time period of the French and Indian War (1700) to 1840. Fun for the whole family – Step back in time and visit a high mountain encampment of Mountain Men and their families. Meet colorful characters in costumes of the time period. See history come alive with demonstrations of primitive skills: flint and steel fire starting, Dutch oven cooking, basketmaking, leather work, scrimshaw, tomahawk and knife throwing, target shooting with muzzleloading rifles, pistols and trade guns. Mountain Men live in tipis and a wide assortment of period canvas tentage; trade goods and primitive clothing available for sale at several traders. Visitors welcome with or without period costumes! Check our website for up-to-date information, directions and gate hours. For more information call: Andy Mathews at (951)780-9331, or Ron Anderson at (951)785-0727.

4. The 2nd Annual Antlers & Hot Rods Run to Fawnskin
Location: Moose Lodge in Fawnskin
Date: Saturday, Sunday
Time: All Day

The 2nd Annual Antlers & Hot Rods Run to Fawnskin custom car show will be held at the Fawnskin Moose Lodge on Saturday, September 5th beginning at 8 AM. The event is open to all custom and classic cars, trucks, hot rods and sports cars. Admission is FREE and the public is invited to bring their cameras and meet the vehicles’ owners. The Moose Lodge will offer a BBQ lunch. Trophies will be presented at 3 PM. For a registration form, contact Alan Belanger at 909-585-3566 or Presented by the Bear Valley Cruisers and the Fawnskin Moose Lodge.

5. Concerts on the Beach: Latin Society
Location: Swim Beach at Meadow Park
Date: Sunday, 09/06/2009
Time: 05:30 pm

The Big Bear Valley Parks and Recreation’s Concerts on the Beach series presents the group “Latin Society” at Swim Beach at Meadow Park on Sunday September 6th. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Gates open at 5:30 PM and the concert starts at 9:00 PM. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Snack bar will be open. Ticket holders may bring their own cooler, food and beverages. No Glass Please. All proceeds to benefit the Big Bear Youth Center. For more details please call (909) 866-9700 or visit

6. Friday Nights in the Village
Location: The Village
Date: Friday, 09/04/2009
Time: 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm

The Village Business Association in conjunction with The City of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce present Friday Nights in the Village. Family Entertainment, Great Shopping, Fine Dining, Arts and Crafts Fair, Live Music and more. Every Friday from July 10th until September 11th. For more details please call (909) 866-4607.

7. Ice Cream Safari at Moonridge Zoo
Location: Moonridge Zoo
Date: Saturday, 09/05/2009
Time: 11:00 am – 02:00 am

You are invited to experience a very flavorful and tasty adventure in the Moonridge Animal Park located in Big Bear Lake, California on Saturday September 5, 2009 starting at 11AM and lasting until the ice cream is all gone. You can buy one or more tickets for $5.00 each and get 5 scoops of ice cream. Five Ice Cream Stations, each with a different flavor, are located throughout the park. As you walk through the park among the animals, you can stop for tasty ice cream too. This year the Ice Cream Safari is sponsored by Rite Aid, North Pole Fudge & Ice Cream Company, and Get The Burger. The Friends of the Moonridge Zoo are hosting this event as a fun sweet-tooth experience. Standard park admission applies: Ages 11-59 $9.00, ages 3-10 and seniors $6.00, under 3 years old is free, and Friends the Moonridge Zoo members are free. For more information call 909-878-4200.

8. Canoe Tours at the Discovery Center
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center
Date: Saturday, Sunday
Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Learn how to canoe on a leisurely 2-hour guided tour of beautiful Big Bear Lake. After a quick paddling lesson, you will cruise along the shore looking for beaver, great blue herons, and ducklings. Along the way you will learn the natural history of the Big Bear Valley along with the various flora and fauna found in the area. Children must be at least 6 years old and all children need to be accompanied by an adult. Includes water and a snack. Tours caravan to lake. Tours are limited to 14 people, reservations recommended. Call (909) 382-2790 or (909) 866-3437 for reservations. Fee: Adults $25, Children (6-12) $15 Dates: May 22-May 31: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 4pm-6pm & Sunday; 9am-11am.
June 4 –September 6: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; 4pm-6pm & Sunday; 9am-11am.

9. Paul Ortuno Horsemanship Classes
Location: Los Vaqueros Arena in Big Bear City
Date: Monday, 09/07/2009
Time: 05:30 pm – 07:30 pm
URL: www.losvaquerosridingclub.comPaul Ortuno is continuing his summer-long horsemanship series at the Los Vaqueros Araena this year. Paul will take what you have learned with him or with Paul Dietz, and provide continuity for the development of the relationship between you and your horse! Join Paul on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 pm . For more information about the Paul Ortuno Horsemanship series, please call Paul Ortuno at 909-744-0899, email him at, or visit his website:

10. Big Rummage Sale at United Methodist Church
Location: Big Bear United Methodist Church
Date: Saturday, 09/05/2009
Time: 08:00 am – 03:00 pm

Big Bear United Methodist Church will hold a terrific Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5. Hours open are 8 am to 3 pm. There will be a many items for sale, including furniture, linens, electronics, books, toys, CD’s, DVD’s, household small appliances, clothing and much more. Great bargains! Be sure to stop in to browse and buy. Our famous “Holy Hot Dogs” will be available for a nominal fee, if you wish to have a delicious quick lunch while you are buying! If you have items in good condition that you would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the church after August 26. If you have larger items that need to be picked up, call the church office to arrange a time to have them picked up. Please, no mattresses. The Church is located on the corner of North Shore Drive and Holden Ave in Big Bear City. For more information call: 909 585-4089.

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