Memorial Day in Big Bear

Spend Memorial Day weekend in Big Bear!

Memorial Weekend Fireworks Show – Sunday May 28

400 Pine Knot Ave, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Pine Knot Marina

Sunday, May 28, Visit Big Bear will host a Fireworks Show in honor of Memorial Day.

The show is set to begin around 9 PM (or when completely dark) and will last approximately 30 mins. Find your viewing spot early and be sure to view the show from the north and south shores as the show will not be as visible from the sides.

The show will be operated from Pine Knot Marina located lakeside at the corner of Pineknot Ave and Big Bear Blvd.


Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill – May 27-28

This Memorial Day Weekend bring the family out to enjoy the Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill BBQ festival. Grill-masters from across the nation will hash it out over the barbeque for a KCBS State Championship and People’s Choice Award. Attendees can sample some of the best BBQ and craft beers around while enjoying live music, shopping, kids activities and more!

Festival Details

Dates: Sat & Sun, May 27 & 28, 2023
Location: 630 Bartlett Road in The Village at Big Bear Lake
 10 AM – 5 PM both days
Tickets: Pre-purchase food & drink tickets or purchase at the event. Save some cash by ordering online.

General Admission ticket purchasers receive a ticket book with 10 (ten) tickets to be redeemed for craft beer and BBQ samplings. Includes commemorative 16 oz. glass to use for craft beer tastings, with a 5 oz. fill line.

VIP Single Day ticket purchasers receive commemorative 15.5 oz. mug, with a 5 oz. fill line, a day pass for unlimited pours from craft breweries, and a meal ticket to one BBQ team.

A man and woman stand in the street at the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival in Big Bear Lake, CA hold two plates of food forward.
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BBQ Festival & Competition

The Grill & Chill puts grill-masters to the test to compete for a KCBS championship and People’s Choice Award. Grill teams will sizzle their way to victory in Brisket, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Chicken categories. Judges will award the championship and you will vote for the People’s Choice winner! The People’s Choice contest is held both Saturday and Sunday.

Looking to join the KCBS competition? Add your spatula to the mix and enter your grill team in the 2023 competition event.

Rack of ribs rests on top of a sheet of aluminum foil on a grill during the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival in Big Bear Lake, CA
Click the image to register Your Grill Team HERE!

Beer Festival

A BBQ just isn’t a BBQ without a beer in hand. The Big Bear Lake Grill & Chill includes a two-day beer tasting festival in tandem with the BBQ festival. Over 40 breweries are lined up to give attendees a sample pour of their craft beers, special brews, and brand favorites. So, raise a sampler and sip to Memorial Day Weekend and all the servicemen and women who defend us everyday. Breweries include:

Big Bear Lake Brewing Company

Bottle Logic Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company

Kids Zone

Grill & Chill is always a family friendly event, so bring out the kids to enjoy a range of activities including:

Bounce Houses

Balloon Animals

Climbing Wall

Face Painting

Memorial Day Ceremony – May 29th

Pay your respects to our fallen and retired heroes during the annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Big Bear. Happening May 29 at Veterans Park beginning at 11 AM. Thank you to the City of Big Bear Lake and the American Legion of Big Bear Lake for making this special event possible.

This event is free for all attendees. Stay after the ceremony for a celebration with free hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and fries. A special giveaway raffle will be included. Tickets are $10.

40870 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, California 92315

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Veterans Park