Big Bear Lake Offers Visitors Shopping, Dining & Entertainment – So Cal’s Summer Arts Festival 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 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!

Jaxxtrax Summer Music Festival – June 20-22 – Marina Resort

Big Bear Lake Artwalk Festival – July 4-6 – Bartlett Events Center

Fourth of July Holiday – July 4 Fireworks Display on the Lake

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’s 2014 Artwalk Festival is a celebration of the arts, July 4-6

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 Big bear Lake Artwalk Festival July 4-6.

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 more 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


The Visual Arts Show and Sale takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Bartlett Events Center. 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:

Food and Drink at the Festival

The Beer and WineGarden (21 and over only) will feature Craft Beers from SoCal Breweries 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 is 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.  Gourmet Foods 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.

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



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. 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

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

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.

Big Bear Lake Village to Undergo 4 Million Dollar Update in 2012

Starting in April, 2012 the Village, Big Bear Lake’s Shopping and Dining District on the South Shore of the lake, will begin a rejuvenation project replacing worn sidewalks, curbs and outdated lighting for streets and sidewalks and replacing and extending landscaping throughout the Village. All the scheduled work is within the Village Improvement District and is funded by Big Bear Lake Improvement Agency (IA) Property Tax Increment Funds received by the City’s Improvement Agency in past years. The work will not require any new bonds, taxes or assessments to property owners anywhere in the city. Just recently the California Supreme Court upheld Governor Jerry Brown’s democratically supported abolishment of all Improvement Agencies and the possibility of any community in California funding this type of improvement through existing property tax assessments via Improvement Agencies.

The 2012 Village Improvement Project implements several of the specific desired improvements developed as part of the Village Specific Plan Update process that started in 2009 and made part of the Capital Improvement Projects Plan for the City of Big Bear Lake in 2011.

The only other major work to the Village occurred in 1990-92 which included the first sidewalks, curbs and gutters in the history of the Village. Since then Improvement Agency Projects in the Village have included drainage, parking lots, and the extension of Improvements to Landscape and Lighting with the annexing of properties into the Village Assessment District (VAD) like the Northwoods Resort and The Club. The VAD assesses properties on Village and Pine Knot a Per Lineal Foot assessment collected each year to pay for a share of the cost of maintenance, utilities and replacement of curbs, gutters, landscaping and lighting within the VAD. No increase in the current assessment is anticipated in regard to the 2012 Village Improvement Projects.

The former Improvement Agency Board was made up of incumbant Big Bear Lake City Council Members, the current City Manager and supported by City Staff from Planning, Building and Safety and the City’s Economic Development Director. The Successor Agency charged with completing ongoing projects/commitments and unwinding the former IA has been formed by law per the new California Legislation.

2012 Village Construction hi-lites include the improvement of the former Knickerbocker Creek County Stormdrain Easement with construction of a mixed use trail for bicycle and pedestrian use from Village Dr. to Big Bear Blvd and adding Village Parking on Knickerbocker with a foot bridge over the drainage canal and a lighted path to Pine Knot Av. Construction features for the trail include various styles of fencing, lighting and landscaping elements. This portion of the construction is the beginning of an extensive trail system that will encourage pedestrian and bicycle use anc connect various neighborhoods in the city to the Lake, Village and Forest.  More on the details of the various phases and segments of the 2012 Construction Project in the City of Big Bear Lake Presentation.

Big Bear’s Best – Dining at Big Bear Lake’s Knickerbocker Mansion

One of Big Bear Lake’s best kept secrets for dining is the Knickerbocker Mansion Inn. Open for seating on Friday and Saturday evenings only, the Mansion’s dining room is supported by one of the best staffed kitchens in town.

Give the Knickerbocker a call to make your reservations and you will surely be surprised at the quality service, great food and the extensive wine list Stanley and Thomas have to offer you and your guests. 

869 Knickerbocker Rd
PO Box 1907
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: 909-878-9190
FAX: 909-878-4248
Toll Free 800-388-4179

Club Bombay is the Village’s newest spot for Big Bear Lake Nightlife

Located next door to the Himalayan Restaurant, Club Bombay will open the Monday November 7, 2011. After a grueling experience for the Owner with regulatory and bringing the space up to code for the Club’s use, Club Bombay is finally ready for visitors and locals to do some serious chillaxin!

With an extensive wine list and featured import and domestic beers, Club Bombay also has a full Bar and can mix your favorite cocktail as you like it!  The stage and sound system will provide for live music performers to entertain you and friends in comfort in this newly decorated and furnished lounge space complete with highly polished bar top, comfortable seating and a cozy fireplace for those cold winter evenings.

Club Bombay for Beer, Wine and Full Bar Coctail Service with a certain Panache! Cheers!

672 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake, CA


The Copper Q for coffee, pastries and cooking lessons in the Village

The Copper Q in the Village 645 Pine Knot Ave

Big Bear Village Coffee

      Enjoy a coffee drink from the espresso bar or fresh pastry from the bakery. Looking for great shopping? The Copper Q is the newest shop in the Village and offers kitchen gadgets, small appliances and tools for every chef.

Sign up for cooking classes www.copperq.comGuest Chef Paul Ortuno from the Iron Squirrel Demonstrates Technique at the Copper Q




A gourmet pantry and demonstration kitchen is also in the mix at the Copper Q, offering fine foods and classes on how to prepare them.

The Copper 645 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake, CA 


Cedar Rose Lane

More Great Shopping in the Village!

Antiques, custom jewelry, collectibles, home decor, art, boutique clothing, cards that truly evoke the notion of dreaming and laughing, hand-made items, irresistible scents that delight your senses, lace from old world patterns to new age traditions for your home, polish pottery, are just a sampling of the delightful finds at Cedar Rose Lane.

Village Dr. In the Village, Big Bear Lake, CA

Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat Tours

Paddlewheel Tour BoatDaily Tours from Pine Knot Marina in the Village.

Plan your next get-together or event aboard the Miss Liberty. Individual and group tours, twilight cruises, weddings and anniversaries and private parties.

Make your reservations now and enjoy a scenic boat tour of Big Bear Lake. Celebrity homes, China Island, the solar observatory and more. $20.00 per ticket, seniors and military $18.00, children 5 – 12 are just $13.00, 4 and under are free.

909 866-8129.

Miss Liberty Tours

china island

A Skipperliner 1500 LX built in 1994 and refitted stem to stern in 2006. Modern restrooms, heated main cabin and fully shaded upper-deck will accommodate up to 125 passengers. Beer, Wine, Sodas and snacks are available in the galley.

Reservations are accepted year-round. Groups need to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to departure time.

Miss Liberty Tours

Artist Greg Zook Featured at United Wood Craftsmen Gallery

United Wood Cragtsmen Gallery Fine Art

United Wood Craftsmen Gallery Fine Art

See the latest Greg Zook Originals at the United Wood Craftsmen.  653 Pine Knot Ave. Big Bear Lake, CA 909-878-3556. Visit the Gallery Website at

The Gallery is open 7 days a week and also features more fine artists, fine craft artisans, home decor, lighting, fine handmade Arts and Crafts Furniture and American made mission furnishings for your bungalow or cabin.

You can call the gallery from 11:00 am till closing at 909-878-3556.