Jeff Mathieu
City Manager
(909) 866-5832


Summer in Paradise!

Summer is certainly on the horizon. We are experiencing warmer temperatures and longer days and Big Bear Lake is beckoning to provide wonderful outdoor experiences, endless activities and incredible dining. There truly is a something for everyone in Big Bear Lake to thoroughly enjoy.

A small sampling of our resort community’s offering are provided below and contained on our local website:

Beautiful View Sites: picnic or kayak at Boulder Bay Park’s Majestic Rock in the Lake; ride the Scenic Sky chair on your way to a great outdoor lunch at 8,000 feet; hike up to breathtaking views on Castle Rock, walk through the rare Pebble Plain natural botanical preserve

Outdoor Wellness & Activity: 21st Annual Holcomb Valley Trail Run (June 11); 5th Annual Big Bear Triathlon (June 24); YogaCause Big Bear Lake at Snow Summit (August 18-20); Kodiak 100 UltraMarathon (August 25-26); 2nd Annual Big Bear Kids Adventure Games at Bear Mountain (September 2-4);

Cycling: Enjoy the Cycling Capital of Southern California with multi-day weekly community bike rides with the Big Bear Cycling Association as well as annual events including the ); 8th Annual Tour de Big Bear 25 to 100 mile Road Cycling races (August 5); 4th Annual Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo & Grizzly 100 (September 30). Additionally, serious mountain biking is blossoming with numerous beginner trails to advanced single track trails near and around Snow Summit Ski Resort;

Trails: Following its June 2nd official ribbon cutting the Happy Hills Trail is finally open, experience the beautiful ADA Accessible 1,100 ft trail adjacent to the rehabilitated historic Chalet Building and City Hall; families and light cyclists can flock to the Knickerbocker Creek Trail and Alpine Peddle Path; and the US Forest Service offers an array of hiking trails for enthusiasts at all level;

Weekly Events & Activities: Big Bear Famers Market every Tuesday through October at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center; Thursday Night Wine & Music on the Patio at Nottinghams every Thursday (June 1-Sept. 29); Sunday Funday at Nottinghams every Sunday during Summer;

Cars: Corvettes West’s Big Bear Bash 2017 (June 23-June 25); 1st Annual Big Bear Valley Animal Rescue Car & Motorcycle Show at Big Bear Snowplay (July 2); 28th Annual Antique Classic Car Fun Run competitive show (August 11-13) with over 500 vintage & classic cars;

Lake & Fishing Activities: Enjoy a day at one of several full service marinas renting all forms of motorized and non-motorized vessels, and providing tour boats for all ages. Learn the best kept secrets to catching bass and trout with one of our expert fishing guides. And use your skills to compete in the 14th Annual Carp Round-up at Big Bear Municipal Water District (June 17 & 18), or Aaron’s Big Bear Lake Bass Tournament Championship Series (July 15, August 12 & September 9);

Fun for all Ages: 6th Annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire (weekends in August); Big Bear Air Fair 2017 (August 26); 47th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest (weekends beginning September 9);

Music: Big Bear Discovery Center Outdoor Amphitheater begins it’s Music in the Mountains Series beginning in July, The Cave Entertainment Center and Wyatt’s Saloon at the Convention Center offer a diversity of genres ranging from Rock and Jazz to Country or Alternative Music;

Theater & Art: The full spectrum of theater & the arts are on exhibit in the upcoming shows and events: CATS Presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” at the PAC (beginning June 30 various dates & times through July 9); Big Bear Lake Summer Artwalk Festival in the Village and Art on the Corner in the Village (July 1-3 & September 2-4) and Art on the Lake (August 20-21); enjoy art, shopping and wine tasting at the Village Summer Wine Walk (June 10); 76th Annual Big Bear Women’s Club Flower Show at the PAC (July 14 & 15);

Celebrate 4th of July: Ring in our nation’s independence with the community’s various 4th of July events including July 4th Farmers Market & Old Fashioned Country Fair at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center; Annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July BBQ; Above the Boom – 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at 8,200 Feet; Big Bear 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

I hope you take the opportunity to learn more about Big Bear Lake when you visit. Visitor information is provided daily at the Big Bear Visitors’ Center located in the Village at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake 92315, or call 909.866.7000. 


And a few notes and reminders for our local residents and second home property owners:

1. Our annual Spruce Up for Spring has kicked into high gear. After months of record breaking snowfall, we have work crews all over the City making way for a spectacular summer.

  • Re-planting City parks, walkways and the Village
  • Doing extensive pothole repairs and re-paving
  • Improving trails, pathways, and culvert repair 

2. Construction Projects will remain underway throughout the summer build a better Big Bear for the future:

  • Completion of undergrounding of all utility poles and overhead wires along Big Bear Blvd. Work and traffic interruptions will optimally be limited to Monday morning and conclude by 12 noon on Friday during this period.
  • Overlay and reconstructed street construction projects in our residential neighborhoods will continue as part of our Pavement Management program.

Best wishes for your upcoming visit or extended stay in the place our local residents call Paradise! 


 Jeff Mathieu
City Manager


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