Big Bear Lake Offers Visitors Shopping, Dining & Entertainment – So Cal’s Memorial Day Getaway Destination!

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Mindi Abair at the 2010 Marina Resort Jazztrax Festival held in late June each year

Shopping has never been better than today in the shops and galleries at Pine Knot Village, the center of the Big Bear Lake Experience! The Village is a truly unique shopping destination that will inspire and reward with great holiday shopping memories. Where to Stay and Play on your Labor Day Getaway? Find everything you’re looking for at explorebigbearlake.com. Connect with all the best Lodging, Activities, Dining and Entertainment  listed here!

Have a great time on your Big Bear Lake visit and we will look forward to seeing you in the Village!

Easter – Sunday, April 20

Memorial Day Weekend – Monday, May 26

Start planning your next getaway to Big Bear Lake now! Events start with the Jazztrax Festival in late June followed soon after with the Big Bear Lake Artwalk Festival held the first week in July each year since 2004. A Fine Arts Show and Sale with more the 80 juried artists and crafts artisans, Live Music, Gourmet Food and a Wine and Beer Garden make this 3 day festival a perfect way to enjoy the arts and celebrate America’s favorite holiday weekend!

Need to minimize Holiday Stress? You can make reservations at some pretty great places like Northwoods Resort or Knickerbocker Mansion Inn for a great Big Bear Lake Stay and a terrific dining experience without driving around town and looking for parking. Planning your June Getaway? Visit our friends at Jazztrax here.

Big Bear Lake Marinas and Boat Ramps Open April 1

Big Bear Lake Boat Ramps open for 2014 season on April 1, 2014. Check the links below for all Marina and Boat Ramp information, Hours and Boat License Fees.Big Bear Lake Boat Ramps, Rentals and Marina Services

Pine Knot Landing and Marina has Boat  Docks and Slips, the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat Tour, Boat Rentals and Wave Runner Rentals. Pine Knot Landing is located at  400 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake, CA 909-866-6463

Launch Ramp and Lake Info

http://pineknotmarina.com/

http://bigbearboating.com/

Monday March 31, 2014 is Taco Monday Mania at Sonora Cantina!

Monday March 31 is Taco Monday Mania $1.00 Tacos at Sonora Cantina. It’s a fundraiser for the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley from 12:00 PM till 8:00 PM. Silent Auction, Door Prizes and Great Food and maybe a little something from the Bar? Please join us any time during the event , we appreciate the support!

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Winter in Big Bear Lake – Lift Tickets, Snowshoeing and more

Winter in Big Bear Lake means Skiing, Snowboarding and the Alpine Slide but everyone knows… ‘Tricks are for kids’. That doesn’t mean the rest of us don’t enjoy getting out in the fresh air and getting some exercise. Tamara and I have really enjoyed our time snowshoeing in the Big Bear area for several years now. The cost of getting set up is very manageable and we can break away from work for a couple of hours and get a great winter workout at any level we choose. Today’s snowshoes are easy to use, reasonable in price, lightweight and durable and really work.Great trails for snowshoeing are accessible most of the winter in Big Bear Lake

So while the kids are on the Ski Slopes, you can get out  and do some Snowshoeing on the many accessible trails in the Big Bear Lake area. For Trails Information on all Big Bear Lake area trails, check out the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation website.

Purchase Lift Tickets at either Big Bear Lake Ski Resort at the link below.

Big Bear Resort Lift Tickets

Main Street Shopping Experience in the Village. Holiday Shopping in Big Bear Lake!

A truly unique shopping destination with dozens of shops offering Gifts, Decor, Art and Collectibles and lots of dining options make a complete Shopping Experience!

The Village shopping district in Big Bear Lake CA is about 100 miles east of Newport Beach and about one hour from anywhere in the Inland Empire.At nearly 6800 feet in elevation in an alpine forest landscape, the quaint village sits next to Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino Mountains and has dozens of shops to browse and find your every shopping need.

Getting to Big Bear Lake by car is awe-inspiring using any of the three highways that lead in and out of the Big Bear Valley. Always check road conditions with Caltrans of the CHP before traveling in the winter months.Photo by G. Zook zookart.com

If hiking and biking is your thing, add some to your day on the many miles of off-road trails or stay on the dedicated bike routes through the mountain community. Always plenty of free parking in the Village at the  Bartlett Ave Public Parking lot or on Village Dr, at the Indian Village Parking lot behind the former Mandolin Bistro. Bike Trail Maps are available at http://www.goboguides.com/  and Bear Valley Bikes. 

With more than 60 shops and restaurants to browse and enjoy, you can definitely find what your looking for in the Village!

Art  Gifts  Clothing  Dining

Saucy Mama’s Pizza

Saucy Mama's Nov 2013

Saucy Mama’s is newly remodeled and open for business. For the best pizza in the valley, we’ll see you at Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria, in the Village!

More great dining in the saucy mamas vinyl jacket wallvillage at Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria! Fresh hand tossed crust and fresh ingredients.  Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Sandwiches, specialty dishes. Beer, Wine. Dine in or take out. Lunch specials.

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618 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake, Ca

 909-878-0165

Saucy Mama’s Pizzeria

Big Bear Lake’s 2013 Village Artwalk Festival is a celebration of the arts, July 5-7

Artwalk Festival kicks off Big Bear Lake’s summer season

Cherry Creek Arts FestivalThe arts will play a key role in the BigBearLakeVillage this summer starting off with The Pine Knot Village Artwalk Festival July 5-7.

The Artwalk Festival is a collaboration of the Mountain and Deserts Arts Association, the Arts Council of Big Bear Valley and The City of Big Bear Lake designed to appeal to a wide audience – from the avid arts collector and aficionado to families young and old, just visiting our mountain community or full or part-time residents of the valley.

“This year’s festival is our most exciting arts event yet” says Tim Breunig, Executive director of the Big Bear Lake Festival. “Our new, larger venue in the village will allow us the growth to become a major regional arts event.”

Adds Breunig, “The Artwalk Festival kicks off our summer season of truly world-class art events. With the Jazztrax Music Festival in June, Artwalk and Art on the Lake in July and August and the Film Festival in September, Big Bear is fast developing a fast growing and vibrant arts landscape. I believe Big Bear Lake is another perfect west coast arts destination”

Big Bear Lake Arts… the art of summer!  Join the fun at this year’s Artwalk Festival.

Mark White & Friends

 Mark White                                 Larry Squires                     Cheryl Chapman

The Visual Arts Show and Sale takes place Saturday and Sunday in the BartlettEventsCenter. Admission and parking is free for the art show and music. This year’s festival show features fine art in painting, sculpture, mixed media, glass, ceramics and photography.  Galleries in the Village will welcome visitors, and local artists will give demonstrations of their craft.

The full Artwalk Festival schedule is available at: www.bigbearlakeartwalk.com

Food and Drink at the Festival

The Beer and WineGarden (21 and over only) will feature Craft Beers from Hanger 24 Craft Brewery and Premium Wines by the glass. And for a true alpine gourmet experience, try something from the Sausage Garden Menu served up by Big Bear Lake’s finest chefs. Live music in the Wine Garden by Peggy Baldwin and Duke Michaels scheduled between the Main Stage Performances throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Gourmet Food Trucks will offer a variety of  dishes for every taste and craving you might have. Food Trucks like the BACON  MANia Truck and TJ’s Wood Fired Pizza will take their place in the Food Court area on the Festival Grounds.

Music on the Main Stage… and more

This year’s Festival introduces Live Music Performances by some extremely talented performing artists. From San Diego, CA The Midnight Pine (Folk, Soul, Blues) vocalist Shelbi Bennett, guitarist Sean Martin and percussionist/songwriter Al Howard. LA based indie/folk singer/songwriter Natalie Gelman will make a stop at the Artwalk while on her current US tour. Natalie will perform tracks from her just released EP, Streetlamp Musician. If Jazz is your thing, The Real Jazz Trio will perform some classic jazz improvisation, pianist Mike Cross, bassist Mark Cade, and percussionist Steve Boggio.

For all the Main Stage Performance times:  Festival Main Stage Performance Times

Natalie Gelman & Friends

Natalie Gelman                    Shakeh                           The Midnight Pine

Artist’s Reception

The festivities start on Friday evening with the Artwalk Artist’s reception from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The annual, invitation only event includes backyard grilled sandwiches, salads and desserts, drinks and live music entertainment by Shakeh and Brian Asher. Dress is casual summer.

Come out and have some fun, meet the 2013 Artwalk Artists and friends old and new at this casual gathering in the WineGarden at the BartlettEventsCenter.

Current ‘Gala Patron level Friends of the Festival’ members can obtain RSVP invitations to the event by contacting the Event Director, by email at artwalk2013@artsmda.org

Georgeana Ireland

Artist Georgeana Ireland. Georgana currently shows her work at The Gallery on Village Dr. Big Bear Lake, CA.

You can be a friend of the festival. For as little as $20, you can become a “Friend of the Festival” member, get even more out of your festival experience and support the festival’s year round 501c3 nonprofit mission of arts and education.

Festival Membership

SoCal’s Best – Big Bear Lake 4th of July – 5 Tips for Taking Pictures of Fireworks

Big Bear Lake has become one of SoCal’s Premier Fireworks Display Destinations. The 4th of July Holiday is by far the Busiest Holiday Period of the year  for the many local merchants, restaurants and the better lodges and hotels tend to sell out during the weekends.

Photographing the fireworks can sometimes be a challenge so from perdueavenue.com, here are some great tips for taking great pics of the big event!

5 Tips for Taking Pictures of Fireworks By Jodi Pfunder @ perdueavenue.com

Big Bear’s Best – Big Bear Lake Jazztrax Summer Festival – June 21, 22, 23, 2013

explorebigbearlake.com is proud to support the 8th annual Big Bear Lake Jazztrax Festival and a great weekend of Jazz in the San Bernardino Mountains. Don’t miss this Big Bear Lake Music Festival kicking off the Big Bear Lake Summer Season this coming June!

 

Make reservations early for this great weekend of Jazz in beautiful Big Bear Lake, SoCal’s Jazz Getaway Destination! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

GUITARIST STEVE OLIVER

SoCal’s Own Guitarist and Scatter Extraordinaire, Steve Oliver is booked to perform Unplugged onboard the Miss Liberty Sternwheeler on Big Bear Lake Opening Night. Cast off with Steve and the crew of the Miss Liberty at either 5:30 or 7:30PM and enjoy the lake from on the water and under the spell of the incredible and dynamic guitar stylings of Steve Oliver.

Co-hosted by Nick Colionne

 Saturday, June 22, 2013
12:00 PM - Doors Open
1:00 PM – Nicholas Cole
3:00 PM - Euge Groove
5:00 PM - Peter White

Sunday, June 23, 2013
12:00 PM - Doors Open
1:00 PM – Selina Albright
3:00 PM – Booker T. Jones
5:00 PM - George Duke

 
Tickets will also be available at the door.

LakeFront Marina Resort – Big Bear Lake Village

40770 Lakeview Dr.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Website: www.jazztrax.com
E-Mail: jazztrax@live.com
Map & Directions
 
 

Funding for derailed “Village Renaissance” Improvement Project Identified by Big Bear Lake Mayor

New rules for distributing San Bernardino County Measure I dollars and sub-committee approval by SANBAG members has given new life to the 4 million dollar Big Bear Lake Village reconstruction project that was to commence last April. That was when, just hours before a scheduled ground breaking ceremony, the State of California Department of Finance notified the City that the Improvement Agency Funds allocated to pay for the work should be sequestered until it could be ascertained that use of the funds was allowable under the rules (old and new) the Agency had to work within.

More than $3.5 million is potentially available for qualifying improvements on Pine Knot and Village Dr. as some of the planned improvements do not qualify and will have to be paid for by other funds (one source would be the loan repayment from the former IA to the city).

At their regular meeting on September 24, the balance of the Big Bear Lake City Council was unanimous in greeting the news from Mayor Bill Jahn, who happens to represent Big Bear Lake as President of the Desert-Mountain Region at SANBAG and sits on the SANBAG Board of Directors.

Mayor Jahn, a vocal supporter of the Village Improvement Project, and other Council Members were extremely disappointed that the project, and nearly 3 years of planning, was unplugged at the eleventh hour by forces outside of local control. Since April, nearly all the city council have made comments promising the community that alternate funding would be sought-out  and the ‘Village Renaissance Project’ would be completed, as planned, sooner rather than later.

When the financial commitment between SANBAG and the City of Big Bear Lake has been formalized in October, a construction schedule will be prepared with work beginning by Contractor, Matich Corporation, as soon as weather allows in 2013 and being completed prior to July, 2013. This is great news for the community and is sure to be well received by Village businesses as a much needed shot in the arm for what has been a real struggle during the past several years of National Economic Recession and a very slow recovery to date.