Your Key to a Big Bear Mountain Labor Day Getaway

Ali Sullivan

That summer heat can be unbearable! Especially as it creeps up to triple digits, nothing is less enjoyable than sitting in your living room sweating.

If you’re tired of sweltering temperatures in the desert, it’s time for a mountain getaway. Escape the heat and experience the mountains! After one dip in the cool lake or an early morning hike, memories of afternoons feeling like you’re in a sauna will slip away.

It’s nothing but refreshing up here.

Perfect timing too! Labor Day is just around the corner. This iconic three-day weekend is your perfect excuse to pack up and head to a higher elevation.

On top of that, Big Bear Mountain goes all out to celebrate the holiday. So for your upcoming Big Bear Mountain excursion, here are some of our favorite recommendations.

Activities on Big Bear Mountain


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During the summer, the lake is our favorite place to be! The whole village revolves around the water. It’s probably because the fresh mountain water always stays cool. Especially for those last weeks of summer, the water temperature is absolutely perfect.

We love the water sports up here so much we dedicated an entire article to it!

During September, our three favorite activities are:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking

Of course there are other great things you can do up here if you’re not keen on the water scene. There’s mountain biking, zip lining, golfing, hiking and more. Check out the full fall lineup of activities here.

Labor Day Festivities on Big Bear Mountain


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While there is always something to do in Big Bear, we put together some special events every Labor Day.

Music in the Mountains

Wrapping up the last weeks of the summer, the Music in the Mountains concert series always delights guests. Currently celebrating their 10th season, this concert series is fun for all ages.

Labor Day weekend will be their season finale.

September 2nd

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Art on the Corner

Music, art and wine—what more could you want? This new art show features the best fine art and craftsmanship in the area.

Saturday & Sunday, September 1-2

Fall Festivities Continued on Big Bear Mountain

Labor Day weekend isn’t the only excuse to visit Big Bear. In fact, with the changing leaves and cool crisp mountain air, fall is our favorite season.

The fall village event line up continues well into October!

Endure the Bear Trail Run

Fill those runner’s lungs of yours with some fresh air at the annual Endure the Bear Mountain Trail Run. They have a 15k, 30k and for those elite runners, a 50k option.

October 13th, 2023

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12th Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails

This is the biggest fall time snowboard event out there! This annual event kicks off the winter season with 40 pros competing for some sweet prizes. 

Saturday, September 22nd


This event serves up everything from classic German food to dancing to stein carrying contests. And how could we forget about the log sawing competition? This event never fails to provide anything short of a stupendous time! In fact, it’s the #1 ranked Oktoberfest in all of Southern California.

Weekends: September 9th– November 1st

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Best Lodging Around Big Bear Mountain

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We know you have lots of different options to choose from. From cozy mountain hideaways to rustic cabins, Big Bear offers it all.

One lodging option stands above the rest.

At International Travelers House, we go above and beyond to provide more than just “lodging.” Our Mountain Adventure Lodge has all the essentials: comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and a gorgeous fireplace to curl up next to.

Staying at an ITH property goes far beyond the basics.

It’s an experience. From two free, home-cooked meals each day to free adventures, we emphasize the adventure side of your vacation. Did we mention we have a speedboat? We also have game rooms, volleyball courts and more.

No matter what weekend you decide to visit Big Bear, you can guarantee a memorable experience when stay at the Mountain Adventure Lodge.