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2016 Music in the Mountains Season Schedule at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater
If you love rock music and the great outdoors, Music in the Mountains is a concert for you! Book your seat now, sit back and enjoy live music among the pines and starry skies of the Discovery Center’s intimate outdoor amphitheater. Proceeds help heal our local mountains.
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center Outdoor Amphitheater; 40971 HWY 38, Fawnskin, Ca 92333
Times: Parking and ticket gates open at 5 p.m.; concerts start at 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $30-40 Bench Seating & $35 General Admission; Teens (13-18): $10 General Admission & Bench Seating; 12 and Under: FREE General Admission, $5 Bench Seating. Season Passes; all 6 shows; offering bench seating (parking is sold separately) Prices are $320 national bands; $185 tribute bands 6-Pak season parking pass Prices are $75 national bands; $40 tribute bands. Tickets are available online.
Concert Dates and Info:
“Taylor Dayne” with special guest “Sophie B. Hawkins”
$40 General Admission + $5.50 service fee | www.taylordayne.com
“Wild Child – Dave Brock’s Doors Experience” with special guest “Marc Ford”
$30 General Admission + $5.50 service fee | www.davebrock.com
“John Waite” with special guest (TBA)
$40 General Admission + $5.50 service fee | www.johnwaiteworldwide.com
“DSB, An American Journey” with special guest “WANTED, Bon Jovi Tribute”
$30 General Admission + $5.50 service fee | www.dsbband.com
“The Long Run, Experience the Eagles” with special guest “SouthBound and Co.”
$30 General Admission + $5.50 service fee | www.thelongrun.net
“Marshall Tucker Band” with special guest, TBA
$40 General Admission + $5.50 service fee | www.marshalltucker.com
Parking/ticket gates open at 5pm; concerts at 6pm.
General Admission seating in open and designated areas; guests must bring own chairs and blankets Parking at Discovery Center sold separately; available to all ticket buyers on a first-come basis; $20/vehicle; cannot be sold through BigBear.com; however, investigating web site link if you want to add access for your ticket buyers; more to follow Free off-site parking at Meadows Edge trailhead (1/4 mile west of Discovery Center gate); free shuttle service 5pm to 10pm Limited handicap parking at Discovery Center with valid license plate or placard; FREE on first-come basis; after all space filled, gate staff will allow vehicles with placard or plate to drop off their guests at ticket gate and park their vehicle at Meadows Edge; shuttle back to entrance
Fabulous BBQ, picnic platters and great desserts available for sale.
Enjoy a fabulous new beer, wine and cocktail bar featuring local Big Bear flavors.
No outside beverages allowed with exception of sealed water bottles.
Music-loving dogs on leash welcome and admitted free.
No photography, please.
We are pleased to offer a 20% discount on General Admission tickets only with proof; available only at The Cave Box Office, Big Bear Village for: Local full-time residents, Military active/retired, First responders (Fire & Police), Southern California Mountains Foundation Volunteers. In addition, a ‘Pick 3’ ticket package is available at The Cave Box Office only; all three events must be GA seating or premium seating; cannot be mixed.
The Cave Box Office Hours:
Wednesday: 12PM – 5PM
Thursday: 12PM – 5PM
Friday: 11AM – 5PM
Saturday: 11AM – 9PM
Sunday: 12PM – 5PM
The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. You can also call their box office at (909) 878-0204.
Food and Beverage
A fabulous new beer, wine, and cocktail bar will be open with beverage service available at two locations to better serve guests. A newly-configured food and beverage gardens will tempt guests’ palates offering delicious smoked BBQ ribs, sandwiches and sides. Or, pick up a picnic ‘basket’ to nosh during the show along with a bottle of wine. A dessert station awaits with more temptations plus the favorites. Guests will definitely enjoy the unique tastes and flavors of Big Bear. All bar and concession proceeds benefit the Big Bear Discovery Center. No outside beverages (except sealed bottled water) are allowed in accordance with state ABC license.
Early Entry for Seat Placement
Members of the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation will have early access from Noon to 3pm to reserve their seats prior to gates officially opening at 5pm; all concert dates. A special $25 Music in the Mountains concert membership is available; please contact Kathy Clapsaddle email@example.com to join or renew membership. A list of active members will be available at the entrance for access; photo ID or valid member card required.
44th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Will Commence With Opening Ceremonies on September 13th, 2014
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 44 years of German style family fun and good times. Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall festival offers even more authentic German entertainment, food and beer!
The festivities kick-off once again with the American Heroes Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 13 & 14. Opening ceremonies offer a special tribute to those who have put their lives on the line protecting our freedoms with FREE Admission for all past and present military, law enforcement and fire fighters.
New This Year:
Two Great Bands From Germany
This year the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest welcomes two bands direct from Germany – Goldeisen and The Aalbachtal Express. The Goldeisen Band hails from Bavaria and will perform with eight musicians September 20, 21 & 27. A favorite in Southern Germany, the Goldeisen have two Oktoberfest hits that were nominated in 2013 for the Best Oktoberfest Hits CD produced annually by the Munich Oktoberfest.
The Aalbachtal-Express also hails from Southern Germany and will be performing September 28 and October 3, 4, & 5. This 11-piece band is famous for its authenticity and upbeat performances. Playing at festivals and fairs throughout all of Europe, Aalbachtal-Express have performed for millions of fans since they began playing together 35 years ago.
Long-time favorites of Big Bear’s festival, Southern California’s own – The Express Band, will once again kick-off the festivities on September 13 & 14 and will return later in October to round-out the festival’s 44th year, performing again October 11, 12, 18, 19, & 25.
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is the place to saw a log, hold a 5-pound stein, slam an O’Doul’s and eat a pretzel as fast as you can! Contests are held several times throughout the day on both Saturdays and Sundays at the inside stage. Now guests will have even more opportunities to participate in Log Sawing and Steinholding contests. This year, the contest schedule expands to include more contests on Saturdays at the outdoor Spaten Rocktoberfest stage.
Oktoberfest “Unplugged” Returns on Friday, October 17th
Oktoberfest once again gets “Unplugged” and offers a very intimate look into the history of Big Bear’s largest special event. We invite you to become a member of our extended family and us for a rare glimpse of how German parties used to be … close friends, great food, lots of singing and dancing, and – of course – excellent beer. The night features a five-course German dinner paired with a variety of German beers and spirits. The entertainment features story telling and merriment by the Über-Burgermeister and founder of Big Bear’s Oktoberfest, Hans Bandows, as well as several of the event’s original and present day personalities. The “Unplugged” package includes Friday evening’s festivities, admission to Oktoberfest both Saturday and Sunday, a commemorative one-liter beer stein, and a chance to mingle with the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest family.
Be sure to Pre-purchase your Oktoberfest tickets this year and get expedited entry into the event. Guests with pre-purchased tickets receive “Priority Entry”. Pre-purchased tickets will be limited, so shop early!!
O’DOUL’S COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE TO ONCE AGAIN PROVIDE PICK-UPS FROM VILLAGE AREA:
The O’Doul’s Complimentary Shuttle has expanded service to offer pick-ups going to Oktoberfest from the downtown Big Bear Lake Village. The shuttle will begin pick-up service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays only and continues to pick-up guests going to Oktoberfest until 6:00 p.m., running approximately every 30 minutes. The pick-up stop is in the Bartlett Parking Lot in the village (Behind the Visitor’s Center). The O’Doul’s Shuttle will also provide door-to-door service when leaving Oktoberfest on Saturdays beginning at 6:00 p.m. Complete details are in this flyer.
Special Dates To Remember:
American Heroes Weekend. September 13th & 14th 2014
Join us as we celebrate all those American Heroes who put their lives on the line to help keep our Freedoms! Admission is FREE for all Past & Present military, law enforcement and fire fighters and their immediate families.
Local’s Night, October 3rd 2014
We thank all of our friends and neighbors in the Big Bear Valley for their ongoing Support. Admission is only $5.00 for adults and seniors and FREE for children 12 and under. Stay tuned for more details.
And Don’t Forget Our German Spooktacular
The festival closes on Saturday, October 25 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 10:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest provides an excuse to enjoy a weekend away from the stress and obligations of everyday life in a beautiful alpine setting. The festival takes place high in the San Bernardino mountains, approximately two hours away from the greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego communities.
Started more than 20 years ago, Villagefest is sure to tantalize you with a new experience each time.
Villagefest is consistently voted the best event in the area, attracting thousands of visitors each week.
Each block offers great street entertainment in the heart of beautiful downtown Palm Springs.
Browse more than 200 booths offering beautiful art, handcrafted items and unique food.
Great people watching at a sidewalk cafe is a favorite of locals…
Shop in one the many shops along Palm Canyon Drive.
Many shops, galleries, and restaurants stay open late.
Join us from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm October-May
7:00 pm -10:00 pm June – September
Stroll beautiful Palm Canyon Drive.
We’re dog friendly!
Big Bear Lake Convention Center
Division Drive & Big Bear Boulevard
Wyatt’s (inside the Convention Center)
Wednesdays: Big Bear Country Dance Club, Lessons at 6pm
Tuesdays 8am to 1pm through September 27th
Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center
39707 Big Bear Boulevard
Box office at CityBigBearLake.com
Big Bear Mountain Brewery
40260 Big Bear Boulevard
Open 7 days a week at 11:30am
Great Food & Homemade Micro Brews
No Cover Charge
Live local entertainment on weekends playing original music!
Blondie’s Grille & Bar
625 Pine Knot Avenue in Big Bear Lake Village
Daily Happy Hour 4pm to close
($1 Draughts, $4 Martinis, $2.50 Wine & Well Drinks)
Bowling Barn & Alley Oops Lounge
Lakeview Drive & Bonanza, Village West
(909) 878-BOWL (2695)
Bowling daily at 10am
Glow Bowling starts weekdays at 8:30pm,
Fridays at 7:30pm, weekends at 2pm with karaoke at 7:30pm
3 Big Screen TVs, Pool Tables in Family Sports Bar Arcade
at the Moonridge “Y”
Cocktails in Andy Devine Room
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 4:30pm – 6pm
40740 Village Drive
Open weekdays at 11am & weekends at 10am
Full Cocktail Bar, Pool Tables, Darts, Foos Ball
$$ Cover Charge – Weekends LIVE MUSIC
Diamond Lil’s Saloon
41072 Big Bear Boulevard
Gold Pan Restaurant
North Shore Drive, Hwy 38 in Fawnskin
Hacienda Grill & Sports Bar
41787 Big Bear Boulevard
15 TVs in Sports Bar + Big Screen
Happy Hour Monday thru Thursday 3-6pm
La Montaña Mexican Restaurant
at the Moonridge “Y”
Happy Hour Sunday – Friday 4-7pm
Sunday Champagne Brunch
Le Bistro & Tiffany Lounge at
Best Western Big Bear Chateau
42200 Moonridge Road
The LeBistro Dining Room
Tiffany Lounge open 8pm – midnight
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Bill Baker
Daily Karaoke at 7pm
501 Valley Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Upstairs at the Big Bear City Airport
Murray’s Saloon & Eatery
672 Cottage Way
Karaoke Thursday – Saturday 9pm
North Shore Tavern
39247 North Shore Drive in Fawnskin
Open Wednesday – Sunday
Live music on Saturday nights
Nottingham’s Restaurant and Tavern
at the Robinhood Resort
Bartlett Road & Lakeview Drive
Open every day at 3:30pm
Happy Hour 4-6pm, Full Cocktail Bar
Expanded Outdoor Patio, Live Music & Dancing
Sandy’s Sports Bar
40951 Big Bear Boulevard
Pool Tables, Video Games, Big Screen TVs
Stillwells Restaurant & Lounge
in the Northwoods Resort at 40650 Village Drive
Live music Saturdays in the Lounge after 7pm
Lounge open 9am-10pm Sundays, featuring all day happy hour drinks
Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater
Hosts 2011 Music in the Mountains summer concert series
40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin
Concerts July 16, July 30, September 3
Summer Campfire Series scheduled most Friday and Saturday nights
Check web site for dates and content
If you’re having a hard time deciding on a Christmas gift for a friend or family member, you should think about staying with us and giving them a ski or snowboard lesson!
Instead of giving a present that’s in a box, think outside the box, and give them something they can do outside! Learning to ski or snowboard from one of the experienced instructors gives you the opportunity to learn the fundamental movements in a safe and fun environment. All of the instructors at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resorts are committed to teaching people how to enjoy their huge playground safely. The teaching philosophy is based on three things: safety, fun and learning!
When you give someone the gift of a ski or snowboard lesson from one of the trained professionals you can be sure they will take those skills with them for the rest of their lives. Single day lift tickets and season passes also make great Christmas gifts!
Meet Trisha, Bill and Debbie, Debbie is their supervisor for the Snow Summit Adult Snowboard staff, and she wants to invite you to come up and take a lesson with them and why not gift a friend or family member so you have a shared memory that will last a lifetime! Taking a beginner class lets you learn with others in a place set aside for those that are new to the sport. The beginner area has a very mellow slope allowing you to improve your abilities with less of a fear factor! Private lessons are also available if you prefer having a one on one. During the holidays and peak weekends it’s great to hire a private instructor because private lessons go to the front of the line. Less waiting means you’re able to get more practice runs in and more runs allows you to enjoy a better experience!
They have some super fun people on staff this season and no matter what you want to do they have someone to help you achieve your goals. If you’re a beginner, they will try to help you get up and get started safely. If you’re an intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder that wants to get some mad park skills or get your freestyle on, they have got an instructor that will teach you the right way to do it!
One of the great things about skiing and snowboarding is it’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy together, no stadiums no courts no score! Just playing on the snow, everyone wins! Learning to ski or snowboard for Christmas will certainly make the holiday a happy one!
Big Bear’s cold weather was a little late this season but they have plenty of snow now and both resorts are open and ready for the holidays. Peace on Earth and good snow towards men! For ski resort info call (909) 866-5766 or log on to www.bigbearmountainresorts.com.
Big Bear Lake’s “Fireworks Spectacular” will explode at 7,000′ reflecting its shower of brilliance over Big Bear Lake on Thursday, July 4th. What sets Big Bear Lake apart from most other Southern California Fourth of July celebrations is its abundance of recreation and activities.
Big Bear Lake gives folks an opportunity to escape the blistering summer heat and play on the seven-mile long lake, explore the great outdoors, take the scenic sky chair to the top of Snow Summit, play a round of golf, have a home-style barbeque and stroll the Village shops. With clear skies and temperatures in the mid 80’s thrown into the mix, it’s a “no brainer” why people choose Big Bear Lake for their Fourth of July celebration.
Big Bear Lake’s pyrotechnics display consistently ranks as one of the top five in California. Big Bear’s Rotary Club, which organizes the annual event, always shoots the highest quality fireworks. They also make sure to a lengthy show of 30 minutes in duration. The show is free and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake and throughout Big Bear Valley.
The Rotary Club’s July 4th BBQ is always the closest and best view site for the fireworks show. The 4th of July BBQ includes your choice of steak or chicken for $25 per person; or hot dog or hamburger for $20 per person; and each meal comes with your choice of soda or bottled water, all the fixin’s and side dishes. There is a beer and wine garden for ages 21 and over, plus a carnival midway of games, crafts and entertainment all afternoon on Independence Day. The Barbeque opens at 4 p.m. with the fireworks at 9 p.m. Everyone brings their own chairs or blankets and a good appetite to join in the lakeside fun! The Rotary Barbecue is the perfect spot to enjoy the magnificent fireworks show and tickets are available at part of lodging packages through the Big Bear Lake Resort Association at (800) 4-BIG BEAR
Big Bear is loaded with recreation and fun. There are two public boat launch ramps and four full-service marinas with rentals for every kind of lake activity, including fishing and pontoon boats, water skis, wakeboards, kayaks and water bikes. Parasailing is another lake activity that takes visitors off their feet and high above the water for a bird’s eye view of the beautiful valley.
The backcountry is open for leisure or adventure and one of the best ways to experience the wilderness. Snow Summit converts its chairlift into the Scenic Sky Chair for the summer where visitors ride to the summit at 8200′ for grand views of Big Bear Valley and San Gorgonio Wilderness.
Mountain biking and hiking reward visitors with amazing views on the more than 100 miles of trails rated from moderate to extreme. An off-road excursion or horseback rides are more ways to explore the great trails of the San Bernardino National Forest without much physical effort!
More Fourth of July fun in Big Bear might include golf at 7,000′ a visit to the Moonridge Animal Park or a lake tour aboard a Mississippi River-style paddle boat or a pirate ship. At the Big Bear Discovery Center, visitors learn about the San Bernardino Forests and how to enjoy and protect this scenic wonder.
Of course, there’s always browsing the quaint boutiques in Big Bear Village, picnicking in the forest or just lazing around waiting for the nighttime fireworks spectacular. All in all, spending the July 4th holiday in Big Bear Lake is great fun and a wonderful old-fashioned American celebration.
By Judi Bowers Reporter
Deputy Jim Wijnhamer is still in awe. He still can’t believe the turnout in numbers and money for the second annual Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Southern California. The fundraiser hit the $100,000 mark for Special Olympics.
The plunge March 9 at Swim Beach truly was polar, with several inches of fresh snow covering the sand at Swim Beach. The water temperature was warmer than the air temperature, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit, or their spirit of giving.
Last year Big Bear set a fundraising record earning more than $23,000, and in 2013 set a record before a single person hit the icy waters of Big Bear Lake. Wijnhamer said the goal was to double the 2012 take. He did that and then some.
By plunge time March 9, the count was just shy of $40,000 and by the time plungers were drying off, it was above $70,000. The almost final count came in March 11, at $90,000, hitting $100,000 by March 12, with more expected. “I’m floored,” Wijhnhamer said. “It’s amazing.”
In addition to raising money to benefit the Special Olympic athletes in the Inland Empire, the event also raised awareness. Wijnhamer said there are nine Special Olympic athletes in Big Bear and after the event, there are more who want to sign their kids up. He also received inquiries from a number of people on how to volunteer as a coach.
In the Inland Empire, Special Olympic athletes compete in a bowling tournament in Big Bear in the fall as well as various other games held in areas such as Murrietta and Orange County. Wijnhamer said hopes are to host a track and field event in Big Bear in the spring. The funds make it possible for the athletes to have access to sporting events all year long, Wijnhamer said.
Wijnhamer has a son who is a Special Olympic athlete, which drives his passion. Asked what he thinks drives others who participated and raised so much money, Wijnhamer said the Big Bear community is so giving. When asked for help with the Special Olympics, people were eager to participate, he said. “This is a very giving community,” Wijnhamer said. “People are just amazing,” something he kept repeating.”
Will Rahill, a local real estate agent, arrived at the Polar Plunge dressed in fur. He was Pimpin’ for Special O, Rahill said. He decided the morning of the event to take part and donated $100 to the cause.
Angel Martinez of Hesperia took part for the family. His aunt, who recently passed away, had Down Syndrome. Her favorite food was hot dogs, so Martinez dressed in his aunt’s Halloween costume as Hot Diggity Dog and jumped into Big Bear Lake in her honor.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon attended the event, helping Amber, a Special Olympic athlete, light the torch to signal the start of the games. The torch arrived via special delivery from the Sheriff’s Dive Team. Two divers jumped simultaneously from a helicopter hovering over the lake and delivered the torch to McMahon and Amber.
Close to 300 people took the plunge. There were numerous law enforcement teams, firefighters, teams from Snow Summit, the Big Bear City Community Services District, the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency, Bear Valley Unified School District and more. The cohesiveness was all about coming together for one cause, Wijnhamer said.
“Wasn’t that amazing?” he said with a smile that answers his own questio
A late, fast moving snowstorm dropped 4 inches of fresh snow in Big Bear overnight. The light fresh, powder makes for excellent conditions at the resorts for skiing and boarding, as well as snowshoeing, tubing and other winter activities.
But to get here, you will need chains. All roads leading into the mountain communities are under R-2 conditions meaning all vehicles must have chains except those with four-wheel or all-wheel-drive and snow tires. All motorists must carry chains.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts are reporting 4 inches of fresh powder with up to a 36 inch base of machine groomed packed powder and fresh powder surfaces. Three are plenty of tickets available at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. January is learn a snow sport month and Bear Mountain is offering free rentals throughout the month for first timers age 8 and older who purchase a beginner lesson package. Reservations are required.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, Snow Summit celebrates its 60th anniversary with live music during the day, a fireworks show at 7 p.m. and more. Purchase two lift tickets online for $60 from Jan. 7 to 10. Valid only for online purchases at Snow Summit.