Big Bear Lake, CA – The first annual Big Bear Lake Brewsfest hits Big Bear on July 7th. A benefit for St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Brews For Food will feature sixteen different beers for sampling and entertainment by the Blue Henry’s, one of the Inland Empire’s top Blue’s bands. A variety of arts, crafts and collectibles vendors will be on-hand selling their wares and Wyatt’s Cafe & Saloon will also be open serving up the mountain’s best ranch-style grub.
“This time of year our food pantry begins to run low. We are currently providing food for up to 120 families per week and any help with food items and/or monies to purchase food is very appreciated,” explained Gabi Oogjen, St. Joseph’s Office Manager. “The Brewsfest will be a fun way for folks to donate.”
Saint Joseph’s Food Pantry is one of three weekly food pantries that serves the Big Bear Valley. Besides the families that pick-up at the church, the pantry also delivers food to homebound individuals. Staffed completely by volunteers, the food pantry is open to anyone who needs food every Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Saint Joseph’s also provides diapers and personal hygiene items.
Brews For Food is the first beer tasting event to be held in Big Bear Lake. The first 150 ticket buyers will receive a complimentary tasting pint glass. Tickets are $12.00 for those who also bring two non-perishable food items or $15.00 without a donation. Tickets prices include 12 beer sample coupons with additional coupons available for $1.00 each. The event is open to guests 21 years old and up only.
The annual Old Miner’s Day Carnival will be held in conjunction with the Brewsfest, providing families alternate entertainment. Doors for Brews For Food open at 2:00 p.m. with the fun continuing through 8:00 p.m. Beer tasting will be available through
6:00 p.m. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center by calling 909-585-3000. Lodging packages including tickets are available through Big Bear Vacations at 866-966-6301 and the Big Bear Lake Resort Association at 800-424-4232. For more details, log onto www.bigbearevents.com
The 65th annual Old Miner’s Days kick-off Memorial Day Weekend with the Miss Clementine Pageant & Old Miner’s Prospectors Ball. The event features the Miss Clementine Pageant, a Western Melodrama, the Swearing-in of the parade Grand Marshall, and country dancing and lessons. Wyatt’s Café & Saloon will be serving up ranch style food and the full saloon will be open. Admission is free to the pageant, and only $5 for the Melodrama and night time entertainment. Bring a canned food donation for a chance to win great prizes. For more information visit www.oldminers.org, or call (909)584-5949. Doors open at 3pm and the ‘fun don’t stop till your boot leather wears out!’
Spring is here! With the onset of Spring comes the return of the Bear Valley Farmer’s Market. The Market kicks-off on Tuesday, April 3rd. All the produce offered at the Market is grown by family farmers throughout the greater southern and central California area. Get the freshest fruits, vegetables and flowers direct from the farm to your table. Farmer’s Market takes place every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vist www.highdesertfarmersmarket.com for more information.
The summer calendar is really starting to fill-up with more great events than ever. We are proud to be the new home for many of the Old Miners Day’s festivities this year. Old Miner’s Days is one of the oldest events in Big Bear Lake, celebrating the valley’s mining and old West heritage. The fun kicks-off on Memorial Day weekend with the Miss Clementine Pageant. Over the July 4th holiday weekend and in conjunction with the 26th annul Big Bear Lake Independence Day Fair, will be the Old Miner’s Day Carnival. The following weekend we roll into the Big Bear Chili Cook-off & Country Jamboree.
Wyatt’s Cafe & Saloon will open for the summer season in May. Stay tuned for our summer schedule at Wyatt’s as we plan our live entertainment and family events.
And, of course, planning for the 42nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is well underway! The band schedule has been finalized. We are excited to welcome back the Franken Power Express direct from Germany. The Franken Power will be performing Sept. 22 & 23; 29 & 30; & Oct. 5, 6, & 7. Our favorite German American band will be back – The Express, performing Sept. 15 & 16; Oct. 13 & 14; 20 & 21; and 27.
We’re looking forward to an awesome summer and another great Oktoberfest. Stay tuned for all the details.
Taking place for more than two decades, the Mountain Christmas Boutique is the largest holiday arts and crafts show in the mountains. With several returning favorites, the show also features new crafters each year. This year Santa will visit the show each day and is available for photos and to collect Christmas Wish Lists. Santa will be at the Mountain Christmas Boutique on Friday and Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
The show offers a quaint shopping experience featuring handmade and one-of-a-kind items and a variety of collectible and unique gifts. Sixty crafters and artists from throughout the Western United States converge in Big Bear Lake for the holiday weekend. From wire-wrap gem jewelry, to handmade hats and scarves, to homemade jams and oils, to personalized ornaments, to vintage clothing, there are gifts available for every taste and every budget. Holiday items include Christmas wreaths, handmade Santas, and holidays treats.
Doors open at 10:00 a.m. daily with the shopping continuing through 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Admission is $3.00 for adults with children 12 and under free. Sunday is Local’s Day with FREE admission for all Bear Valley residents (I.D. required). Visit www.bigbearevents.com for coupons.