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Memorial Day in Big Bear

Updated: May 25

Looking for the perfect getaway this Memorial Day weekend? Look no further than Big Bear! Big Bear offers a multitude of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventure-filled vacation, Big Bear has something for everyone. And when it comes to accommodation, Big Bear Lake has you covered. With a wide selection of cozy cabins to choose from, you'll experience the ultimate comfort and relaxation. So pack your bags, leave the city behind, and immerse yourself in nature's beauty this Memorial Day weekend in Big Bear.


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The Grill and Chill Festival: Savor the Flavors

Hosted at the iconic Bartlett Event Arena in the heart of Big Bear Village, the Memorial Day Grill and Chill Festival promises a delightful fusion of culinary delights, friendly competition, and family-friendly entertainment. This two-day extravaganza, free of charge for all attendees, invites guests to indulge in a mouthwatering array of barbecued delicacies, craft beers, live music, and a lively market showcasing local artisans' handcrafted wares. Whether you're a seasoned grill master or simply seeking a memorable day out with loved ones, the Grill and Chill Festival offers an unparalleled experience.

Dates: May 25-26, 2024

Location: 630 Bartlett Road in The Village at Big Bear Lake

Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM both days

Tickets: Admission is FREE! But boost your Grill & Chill experience when you reserve one of these event packages:

  • $55 Unlimited beer tasting (early bird pricing). Ticket comes with a commemorative 5oz glass, valid at all brewery stations for samples. Tickets increase on the day of the event. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol.

  • $100 VIP Package includes 1 BBQ meal ticket and commemorative beer stein with unlimited beer tastings (early bird pricing). Ticket comes with a commemorative 15.5 oz. mug, with a 5 oz. fill line, one wristband, valid at brewery stations for unlimited pours and (1) one meal ticket at any food provider. Tickets increase on the day of the event. Must be 21 years of age to consume alcohol.

The Memorial Day 5K Run: Embrace the Challenge

For those seeking an invigorating outdoor adventure, the Memorial Day 5K Run presents a formidable yet rewarding challenge. Winding through picturesque mountain neighborhoods and rolling hills, this scenic course rewards participants with breathtaking vistas of the glistening lake and the fresh mountain air. Open to runners of all ages and skill levels, this event is a wonderful opportunity to commemorate the holiday while staying active alongside friends and family.

Memorial Day 5k Run

Event Schedule

Mon. May 27, 2024

  • 6 AM - Same Day Registration at Bartlett Parking Lot at 630 Bartlett Rd

  • 7:45 AM - Memorial Day Commemoration

  • 8 AM - 5K Race Start from Bartlett Parking Lot

  • 9 AM - Awards Ceremony at Bartlett Parking Lot

Maifest: A Springtime Celebration

As the winter chill gives way to the warmth of spring, Big Bear welcomes the return of the highly anticipated Maifest. Affectionately dubbed "Oktoberfest's little sister," this lively celebration captures the joyous and jubilant spirit of its autumnal counterpart while infusing it with a unique springtime vibe. Festivities include traditional German fare, festive Maypole dances, live entertainment, and a diverse array of activities catering to all ages, from log-sawing contests to stein-holding competitions.


FREE Shuttle Service to Maifest & Back

Maifest makes it easy to get to the event and back safely. This year, the Free Big Bear Trolley gives complimentary rides to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center (home to Maifest), as one of the Free Trolley’s regular stops. With limited parking capacity, Big Bear Lake Maifest organizers encourage guests to hop on The Free Big Bear Trolley to catch a free ride to the event. Maifest guests are encouraged to visit to view the different routes and schedules to determine which bus stop best services them for a free ride.

Outdoor Adventures 

Beyond the commemorative events and festivals, Big Bear offer an abundance of outdoor pursuits for nature enthusiasts to explore. Hiking enthusiasts can embark on scenic treks along the Castle Rock Trail or the family-friendly Woodland Trail, while cyclists can challenge themselves on the exhilarating Skyline Trail or opt for a leisurely ride along the Alpine Pedal Path, which meanders alongside the shimmering lakefront.

For those seeking an aquatic adventure, Big Bear Lake can provide ample opportunities for kayaking, fishing, boating, and swimming in the pristine waters of the lake. Fisherman can cast their lines in pursuit of trout, bass, and catfish, while water sports enthusiasts can indulge in thrilling activities like waterskiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing.

Kayaking in Big Bear


After a day filled with outdoor adventures, From casual dining establishments to upscale fine dining experiences, visitors can savor a diverse array of cuisines while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. For those seeking a lively nightlife experience, the Cave offers live music and entertainment, while the Big Bear Lake Brewing Company serves up a tantalizing selection of locally crafted craft beers.

Big Bear Brewing Company

Shopping Excursions

Retail therapy enthusiasts can indulge in a delightful shopping experience at Big Bear. The quaint Village district boasts an array of boutiques, gift shops, and art galleries, offering the perfect opportunity to find unique souvenirs and locally crafted treasures. Additionally, the Farmers Market showcases a diverse array of fresh produce, handmade crafts, and artisanal goods, providing a delightful glimpse into the region's rich cultural tapestry.


In conclusion, Big Bear is the perfect destination for a Memorial Day weekend getaway. With its abundance of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery, there is something for everyone, whether you seek relaxation or adventure. Big Bear offers a wide selection of cozy accommodations, ensuring the ultimate comfort and relaxation. So pack your bags, leave the city behind, and immerse yourself in nature's beauty this Memorial Day weekend in Big Bear.

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