Fall is here, and this is the time of year when Big Bear really shines. Colorful trees compete for your attention with the clear waters of the lake and the mountains that stand guard behind it. The days become shorter, the nights cooler, and the fires we build in our fireplaces are for more than show; they warm our bones and our hearts as the temperatures drop. It’s still warm enough to play outside without having to take frequent hot cocoa breaks, though, and we tend to spend as much time as we can outside, enjoying the wonders of fall. If you’re planning on a fall vacation to Big Bear, here’s a list of some of the fun things to do in Big Bear in the fall you can participate in during your stay.
The weather is absolutely gorgeous this time of year, and you will want to be outside enjoying it as much as you possibly can. Fall is not generally considered a high tourist season for us, making it the PERFECT time to visit and avoid the crowds. Big Bear Lake things to do in the fall include lots of time spend outdoors! Take a tour of the changing leaves with a Big Bear Jeep Experience, or take a self-guided hike along one of the many trails that can be found in the area. The Sugarloaf National Recreation Trail continues for 10 miles through some of the prettiest landscape you’ve ever seen, so make sure to bring your camera. You’re not going to want to forget the sights you will spy during this amazing nature hike.
One of the most family friendly activities that you can do in Big Bear in fall is to go to the Pumpkin Patch at Bear Valley Farms. Bear Valley Farms is located on the east side of the Big Bear Lake. Through the year, this farm is used for horse camps and riding lessons, but in fall they also set up a pumpkin patch for the Big Bear Lake community. The Bear Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch is open on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm and costs $10 to enter. The entrance ticket includes a variety of activities from a petting zoo and hayrides to a haunted house and plenty of cute photo-op spots with pumpkins and haystacks. You can also purchase a pumpkin to bring home and carve!
If looking through a pumpkin patch is a little too vanilla for you, take your pumpkin activity up a notch with the Pumpkin Smash Tour. Every Saturday in October the Action Tours Company in Big Bear sets up a Pumpkin Smash Tour where you can zipline through the forest while throwing pumpkins from the zipline at different targets. If you hit a target, you can even win a prize. The Pumpkin Smash Tour costs $129 and included with this tour are nine different ziplines that get progressively higher and faster, reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
Shopping in Big Bear is fun during ANY season, but in the fall, the Annual Village Scarecrow Festival adds to the adventure. The shops, restaurants, and other businesses in the village compete for the title of Best Scarecrow, and you get the opportunity to vote for your favorite, so keep your eyes peeled! The Village is Big Bear’s downtown area full of shops, restaurants, bars, dessert spots, movie theaters and more. The Village is the epicenter of Big Bear where people head out to eat, walk around, grab a coffee, ice cream, and just hang out. There are tons of amazing restaurants in The Village that are especially popular for lunch and dinner. Dinnertime on the weekends can get a bit crowded and some restaurants can have long wait times up to an hour or more. If you’re hunting for fall foliage, The Village is one of the best places to enjoy an abundance of fall colors in Big Bear. In September and October, Action Tours even offers a daily Fall Segway Tour dedicated to showcasing the most colorful spots around Big Bear Lake for fall colors.
Oktoberfest is a big deal in Big Bear, lasting every weekend in September and October, so grab a seat, a beer, and start dancing in time to the polka; this party goes on and on and on! Big Bear Oktoberfest has been taking place in Big Bear Lake every fall for the past 49+ years and is one of the top events in Big Bear around September and October. Big Bear Oktoberfest is open on the weekends starting September 7th all the way through November 2nd. Big Bear Oktoberfest is getting more elaborate with every passing year, now offering four live German bands, tons of food choices, beer, dress up, dancing, drinking contests, and other fun activities. Oktoberfest is one of our favorite Big Bear fall activities, so be sure to attend!
Escape Rooms have become all the rage around the nation, and Big Bear is no exception. Mountain Room Escapes at 1121 West Big Bear Boulevard offers a Halloween escape room throughout October; it’s guaranteed to be a scream!
Just Sitting on the Porch of Your Big Bear Cabins Vacation Home
Cool nights, hot cocoa, and the quiet sounds of the woods as you sit in quiet harmony with the ones you love best are what a fall vacation in Big Bear is all about. Reserve your cozy cabin today and discover all the fun things to do in Big Bear in the fall!