The air at Big Bear Lake is getting crisper, nights are getting a little longer, and you are soon going to see more runners and hikers on the trails. There is just something about being outside in the mountains of Southern California when the temperature is cooler, especially when you get a chance to explore and clean up a fresh new Skyline Trail. Fall colors are just a little more encouragement to enjoy the autumn environment. And if you need a break from the outdoors the Big Bear International Film Festival and a few wine and beer events will help keep you warm on the inside. As you can see, Mother Nature is slowly adjusting the thermostat down.
Big Bear Lake Weather
Thursday, August 29– High 78°, Low 54°
Friday, August 30 – High 74°, Low 53°
Saturday, August 31 – High 76°, Low 51°
Sunday, September 1 – High 76°, Low 50°
Monday, September 2 – High 77°, Low 51°
Tuesday, September 3 – High 77°, Low 52°
Wednesday, September 4 – High 77°, Low 52°
Get Out and GO!
There are many benefits to high altitude training, which athletes from boxers to runners have taken advantage of when training for big events. The people of Big Bear know a few things about these big time challenges; there are two coming up in the second weekend of September! The fourth and final leg of Conquer the Bear, called Endure the Bear, is September 7. It is a trail run for all levels, from a 5K to a 30K endurance test. As encouragement, there is live music and a post-race party for the competitors and their families. Does a 30K seem too short for you? The Kodiak Ultramarathon 50 and 100 mile routes are ready for you. These new trails run all through the San Bernadino Valley, but they start right here in Big Bear! These long runs begin on September 20, so you still have some time to get some training in.
Get Your Motor Running!
If running through nature along the trails of Big Bear is not your ambition, there are other ways to enjoy the mountains. September 7 will also see the Big Bear Alpine Zoo host their 18th Annual Run for the Grizzlies, a fundraiser to help out the animals at the zoo. All bikes are welcome to try their hand in the poker run, raffles, and contests for other prizes. At the end there will be delightful food and live music to greet all of the riders. You can bring your young future pilot to the Big Bear City Airport on September 14 for free flights around the area for their Young Eagles program. The children not only get a free ride around the mountains, they get to experience a pre-flight review of the plane and learn how it all works to keep them in the air. A unique educational opportunity for children ages eight to seventeen!
Roll out the Red Carpet…and Barrels!
The big event this month is going to be the Big Bear International Film Festival from September 20 to 22. This is one of the top film festivals in the country, attracting an international array of film makers, actors, and fans to the area for a weekend that any film buff would love. You can take a look at the list of previous years at their website, as well as be prepared when they reveal this year’s slate of movies. Another big event that starts this month, but runs through October, is the Big Bear Oktoberfest, running every weekend from September 14 through October 28. There are plenty of new events this year, including a five course German dinner paired with German beers and spirits and a new Spaten Bier Garten, complete with live music. There will also be more seating and improved service to accommodate the growth of this very popular event.
This is just the peak of the mountain for what September is holding. There is Hot Dawgz and Handrails, The Village Wine Walk, a visit from the travelling Vietnam Wall, and many other extraordinary events going on all month in the area. We have been really busy all summer, and we do not see that slowing down for fall! Make your reservations with us soon for the events you will be attending. See you all in September!