Jeff Mathieu
City Manager
(909) 866-5832


Temperatures are dropping and our long days of sunshine are shortening as summer winds down, but our beautiful mountain home still offers a wide array of activities to keep you busy while you welcome in Fall. A small sampling of offerings are provided below and contained on our local website:

  • Lake Activities and Fishing Competitions: Bid adieu to the fishing season with the Big Bear Lake Fall Fishing Festival (September 29 – October 1)

  • 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 the breathtaking views on Castle Rock.

  • Halloween in The Village: take part with several thousand children and parents in the huge annual Big Bear Tradition with trick-or-treating in the Village starting at Pine Knot and Village Drive (October 31)

  • Outdoor Wellness & Activity: The Alpine Pedal Path Rehabilitation Project is nearly complete and the family friendly path now offers a full 12” smooth winding trail beside the beautiful lake; stretch and breath in the fresh mountain air at Big Bear Yoga Fest at City’s Performing Arts Center (October 14); get ready for your Thanksgiving Day stuffing with the 5th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot (November 23); for regular and more relaxed strolls the Big Bear Discovery Center offers a multitude of nature walk options regularly year around

  • Bicycles, Road Cycling and Mountain Biking: Participants may join community bike rides with the Big Bear Cycling Association; mountain biking continues to blossom with numerous beginner to advanced single track trails near and around Snow Summit Ski Resort; test your limits in the 4th Annual Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo and Grizzly 100 (September 30); for the first time the highly competitive running event called Spartan Race will make its way to Big Bear (October 28 & 29)

  • Music: The Cave Entertainment Center and Wyatt’s Saloon at the Convention Center offer diverse genres ranging from Rock and Jazz to Country and Alternative Music

  • For the Kids: Back for its second year Flashlight Safari at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo every Friday and Saturday in October; enjoy a special afternoon of Ticks ‘n Treats for children with Boo in the Zoo also at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo (October 28);

    City of Big Bear Lake Civic Center and Performing Arts Center 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, P.O. Box 10000, Big Bear Lake CA 92315-8900 909/866-5831 Fax 909/866-6766

  • Additional Offerings: A favorite event, the 47th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs through October 28th; Soroptimists International of Big Bear Valley hosts the 38th Annual Hearth and Home Tour (October 7); ring in the holiday season with Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting at Christmas in the Village (November 24)

Summer repaving and beautification projects are winding down and making way for winter operations preparation. Our newly repaved main thoroughfare, Big Bear Boulevard, has a particularly welcoming feel and plans continue for traffic ease as we prepare to welcome another successful winter season. 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.


 Jeff Mathieu
City Manager


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