Big Bear Lake Memorial Day weekend is looking to be at the height of Mother Nature’s Spring. Yellow Daffodils have come up. Grass is greening and already needing cutting! Ornamentals and Apple Trees are blossoming all over town. The Lilacs have finally put out green leaves. In fact, a few brave Lilacs are already flowering. The Willows are turning green. We’re waiting to see the Oaks put out their new pink leaves. By the time Memorial Day arrives, the beauty of Big Bear should be in Nature’s full bloom!
Daytimes are definitely warming. Fishermen are starting to line the lake shore. A few pontoon boats have been seen testing the choppy waters. Runners are shedding their sweats for shorts. Cyclists have definitely grabbed the high altitude challenge. Their brilliant jersies can be seen circling the lake.
The forest roads are open all over the San Bernardino Mountain Range! In less than 2 miles from any entrance, with a Forest Adventure Pass, you can drive deep into National Forest. We’ve already seen sunbathers enjoying the mountain view from the giant rocks behind Snow Summit on Forest Road 2N10.
In town, the Corvettes already have their tops down. Shiny antique autos are coming out of hibernation. Small groups of motorcyclists, motorhomes and boats on trailers are also signalling the return of Spring.
There is still a slight chill to the air. A good jacket is still recommended to keep nearby in the daytime. Nights are finally above freezing, but the overnight chill requires a good sweater or cozy blanket. A glowing fire in the fireplace is also welcome in the early morning.
In Big Bear Village, there is necessary street construction going on. All businesses are open! Park and stroll from the Bartlett parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce building.
So, what’s happening in Big Bear, Memorial Day weekend?
The 65th annual Old Miners Days is kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with a couple of great events. The Big Bear Chuckwagon Concert Series hosts the award winning country recording artist Brent Payne. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM.
Sunday is the Big Bear Fun Run, a scenic and challenging 5K course along the National Forest boundary and a FUN start and finish in The Village of Big Bear Lake with Live Music and Local Vendors at the Lifestyle Expo!
The Big Bear Lake Memorial 5k Fun Run is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and will be donating a portion of event proceeds to honor Wounded Warriors for their service. Join them Memorial Day Weekend in Big Bear Lake, for the 1st Annual Big Bear Lake Memorial 5K Fun Run on Sunday May 26, 2013.
The Miss Clementine Pageant, one of Old Miners Days oldest and most cherished events, will be held at Mill Creek Cattle Company, 41066 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake – Sunday, May 26, 1:00 PM
Participants are judged on their authenticity in dress and portrayal of pioneer life. The coveted ‘Miss Clementine’ and ‘Lucky Baldwin’ will each be awarded an educational scholarship, sponsored by the Sunset Lions Club and Onyx Mining.
Antique Car Club Show & Shine and Pinewood Derby at Big Bear Snowplay, 42825 Big Bear Blvd.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Big Bear has a great group of Antique and Classic Car enthusiasts. When they get together, you’ll see one of the finest collections of shiny classics in San Bernardino County. There is no charge for either the show cars or spectators. The Pinewood Derby is for local 5th grade students.
The parking lot is just after the curve, about a 1/2 mile past the Arco station and just before the light at Division; across from the Oktoberfest building.
Of course, the Summer kickoff wouldn’t be complete without all the Yard Sales. Every part of the valley will have enticing and hard to read signs leading to Big Bear’s finest trash and treasures. Don’t forget to check North Shore Drive. The churches sponsor some awesome rummage sales.