Big Bear Lake: What’s Happening in May

Spring is officially here in Big Bear! The golf courses and trails are open and Big Bear Lake is full of trout ripe for catching. While you are here fishing, boating or hiking the trails, here’s what’s happening in May at Big Bear to help you finalize those vacation plans.

While you are here fishing, boating or hiking the trails, here’s what’s happening in May at Big Bear Lake.

Big Bear Local Events

Warmer weather at Big Bear opens up a ton of additional opportunities to get out there and enjoy the weather. Here are the Big Bear events you need to put on your calendar in May:

  • Celebrate May with fresh produce and more at the Big Bear Farmers Market at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 3 and every Tuesday through September. You can enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers all summer long. The unique market also hosts booths for arts, crafts and homemade items from local artists.
  • Enjoy nature by taking a Nature Walk at the Big Bear Discovery Center. The 30-minute walk and nature lesson begins 1 p.m. May 1 and follows every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in May. Participants learn about local plants, wildlife and historical facts.
  • Explore your Big Bear inner cowboy and cowgirl by attending Wyatt’s Café & Saloon’s Honky Tonk Fridays at the Big Bear Convention Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. May 6 with a live band that plays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Country dancing with free lessons are also held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in May.
  • Get your hiking feet moving with a Monday Moderate Hike with the Mountain Top Hiking Club 9 a.m. Monday, May 9. These members enjoy hiking all year long so they’ll teach you everything you need to know about Big Bear’s trails.
  • Celebrate the history of Big Bear by attending the summer re-opening of the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum, which opens 10 a.m. May 28 for the summer. There are thousands of Big Bear historical artifacts on display. Adult admission is $3 and children under 14 are free.

Celebrate the Start of Fishing Season

Fishing Season at Big Bear
May marks the official fishing season for anglers at Big Bear Lake.

This is prime time fishing season for Big Bear Lake, which is full of trout and welcoming all anglers and boaters. Start fishing season off right with one of the most popular family fishing activities of the year. A Big Bear family tradition, the Hall Family Trout Classic, is scheduled for May 14-15 on Big Bear Lake. It’s impossible not to catch the big one with a lake full of trophy size trout just waiting for you to drop your line in the water. An entry fee is $75 and there’s more than $8,000 in prizes. Sign up by May 1 to secure your spot in the tourney.

Dining Options at Big Bear

Big Bear has some of the freshest food around in one of the most scenic locations in the country. So celebrate May at Big Bear restaurants with great food.

Big Bear restaurants have great breakfast and lunch offerings, as well as dining options with free cooking demonstrations and homemade desserts.

For great coffee and breakfast comfort food, try the Grizzly Manor Café and the Teddy Bear Restaurant. Looking for something a bit more upscale? The Copper Q offers free cooking demonstrations and a dinner menu with homemade marshmallows and other desserts.

Hiking &NatureWalks
Going hiking and taking nature walks on the trails of Big Bear is a popular May activity.

Celebrate Art Downtown

Art lovers unite! Art on the Corner, a new art show in the middle of Big Bear Village on the corner of Village Drive and Pine Knot Avenue, kicks off 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 30 and runs every weekend through July 5. Fine art and craftsmanship is the featured art medium. Stroll through the quaint Village while enjoying art and a complimentary glass of beer or wine.

Book Your May Visit Now

Now that your calendar is full of fun things to do it’s time to make a reservation for a cool cabin or luxury hotel room at Big Bear Frontier. Remember also that even though spring is here our “wintersale” discount is good through the end of April, so make your reservation today.

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