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Labor Day in Big Bear Lake

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For many who celebrate Labor Day, the holiday provides a long weekend often packed with barbeques, picnics and surrounded by family and friends. It’s a wonderful time to take a well-earned break and enjoy yourself. This year take time to make your way to Big Bear Lake, California when Labor Day rolls around. This charming lakeside city is the perfect place to make the most of outdoor activities and has tons of events that make for a memorable getaway weekend. Here are a few you won’t want to miss out on when you’re here for Labor Day in Big Bear.

Paddleboard at Pleasure Point Marina

Pleasure Point Marina is one of Big Bear’s most popular water access points and is the perfect place to rent a paddleboard for the day. You don’t have to be an expert on the water to enjoy this fun and simple activity. Marina staff are on-hand to provide some basic instruction before you set out for a leisurely paddle on the water. Enjoy the scenic sights and mix and mingle with fellow travelers when you spend an afternoon indulging in this outdoor activity that’s fun for the entire family.

Scenic Sky Chair

Big Bear Lake in September is the perfect time to take to the sky and get a new view of Big Bear Lake. A trip up the Scenic Sky Chair at Big Bear Mountain Resort is an amazing thrill and one you’ll want to be sure happens with your camera in hand. Travel a mile through the San Bernardino National Forest before hopping off at the summit which rests an incredible 8,200 feet in the air! Tickets can be purchased in advance and this excursion is suitable for adults and children alike.

Music in the Mountains

During the Labor Day weekend, the Big Bear Discover Center Amphitheatre Stage plays host to a variety of live musical performers that are ready to entertain from afternoon until well after sundown. Tickets can be purchased in advance for this family-fun event that promises to keep the rhythm rocking and the energy high. There’s nothing better than enjoying music in the great outdoors and the Music in the Mountains series brings its best performances to visitors and locals throughout Big Bear Lake in September.


Big Bear has beautiful outdoor scenery, including snow-capped mountains in the winter, pine forests, and wide-open spaces to explore all year. Lace up your hiking shoes this Labor Day, pack your water, trail snacks, and sun protection and head out. With the entrance of cooler weather, you’ll be able to stay out a little longer, too. You and your loved ones will find many parks and trails to hike to see nature’s beauty. Keep your eyes open to spot local wildlife in their natural habitat while you stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air.

Horseback Ride

Gather your group and saddle up for a horseback ride and experience the outdoors and approaching colors of fall of Big Bear and the surrounding area in a different way. Baldwin Lake Stables offers rides through Big Bear Valley in one-, two-, and three-hour trips. Take a tour of the area including Big Bear Valley, Pacific Crest Trail, and parts of the Mojave Desert. Take a sunset ride and watch the sun sink below the mountains. For the longer rides, you can bring a lunch with you and stop for a bite on the way back.

Alpine Pedal Path

Leave the rental car at your accommodations and rent some bikes to explore. Head to the Alpine Pedal Path on the north shore of Big Bear Lake, a 2.5-mile-long track that’s mostly asphalt, meaning it’s a great route for bikers of all skill levels. The mostly flat trail has sections that run close to the water as well as through the trees, providing fun and a breath of fresh mountain air for everyone. The path begins at the Stanfield Cutoff and ends near the Solar Observatory. You might also share the path with guests and locals out for a walk, jog, or gliding around on rollerblades.

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

Everyone, from kids to kids-at-heart, will love the alpine slide attraction at Big Bear’s Magic Mountain. It’s open year-round, but hours that vary by season. You’ll enjoy a scenic view of the area as the chair lift takes you to the top, where you’ll prepare for the ride of a lifetime down the area’s only authentic bobsled experience. Drive your own individually controlled sled down your choice of two quarter-mile long cement tracks. Experience high banking turns leading to long straightaways that will have your adrenaline pumping by the time you reach the bottom. Riders must be at least 36” tall to ride, and children under 48” tall must ride with an adult age 18 or older.

Book Your Labor Day Big Bear Stay

When you’ve got your sights on Big Bear Lake for Labor Day, the professionals at Big Bear Vacations are here to help you book the best vacation rental possible. Whether you’re looking for a cozy lakeside bungalow or a hidden away cabin, we’ll help you customize your unforgettable stay. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your trip!