San Bernardino Tourism Blog
What's New: September Events in San Bernardino County
September 08, 2017
Global Administrator
San Bernardino County is gearing up to host some of their most iconic events of the season. From hot rods to fall music festivals, visitors can plan a day trip or make it a weekend in Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, Ontario, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley.

Check out these mountain and desert events happening in September - see you there!

Big Bear

The Big Bear Trout Fest is becoming a true tradition in the mountains. For more than a decade, the trout fest brings anglers from all over SoCal to the mountains to enjoy their favorite hobby. On the lakeside of Big Bear Marina, anglers will hook their bait for a chance to catch a big one and win one of the many prizes during this fishing event.
When: September 9 - 10, 2017
Where: Big Bear Marina at 500 Paine Road
Cost: Adults: $75 | Juniors (16 & under): $50 (cost of participation)

Welcome the fall season at Big Bear’s annual Oktoberfest! Grab a stein of German and American beirs and ales and enjoy the authentic German celebration. Feast on traditional German fare like Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher, while live music plays and people take to the dancefloor. The family-friendly event is a great weekend trip filled with fun, food, games, and too many brews to enjoy in one day.
When: September 9 - October 28, 2017 (Weekends only; excluding Oktoberfest Unplugged)
Where: Big Bear Lake Convention Center - 42900 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 (NW Corner of Big Bear Blvd. & Division)
Cost: $9 - $87 (Depending on dates; Discounts for seniors and children)

Hot Dawgs and Hand Rails is one of the largest events in the ski industry…. And it happens in September! It’s dubbed “the largest winter kickoff party known to man.” World class riders wax up their boards to hit the custom rail jam course designed and by Bear Mountain’s park staff. It’s a party in the mountains as snow enthusiasts get to see award-winning riders show off their skills mixed in with a few music performances and an exclusive film screening for an over-the-top mountain weekend.
When: September 23, 2017
Where: Big Bear Mountain Resort, 43101 Goldmine Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Cost: Adults (13+): $25 | Kids GA (ages 5-12):  $15
BBMR 2017/18 Season Passholders (Adults)* - $15 | (Kids)* - $10
Kids 4 & Under - FREE

A little dirt, two wheels and open mountain views makes the Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo/ Grizzly 100 a scenic outdoor event for active adventurers. Making a name for itself as one of the top endurance mountain bike events in Southern California, the gran fondo offers five different courses for all levels of riders to show off some athleticism. While riders take to the trails, spectators can watch professional mountain bike riders compete during the Grizzly 100.
When: September 30, 2017
Where: Starts and Finishes in the Village at Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive
Cost: $65 - $150 ( For Race Participants)


Hot rods and classic cars line the streets of Ontario for the 5th Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion. Car enthusiasts and their families roll up in amazement, looking at the stunning automobiles. For twenty two blocks in Downtown Ontario, the classic car show is adding Grammy Award-winning performances, tasty food vendors, raffles and contests for the whole family.
When: September 15 - 17, 2017
Where: Ontario Town Square - 224 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762
Cost: Free

Twentynine Palms

A fusion of art and nature, the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition is an annual event highlighting the unique artistry and creativity that live in the desert. The multi-day event shows masterful work inspired by the national park. There are art exhibits, art markets, interactive workshops, live music, festive bites and more, staged throughout the community. It’s a growing tradition showing off the beauty of the Joshua Tree National Park and the impact of art in the desert community.  For a complete schedule of events, please visit
When: September 16 - 18, 2017
Where: 29 Palms Art Gallery - 74055 Cottonwood Drive, 29 Palms, CA 92277
Cost: Free

Yucca Valley

A micro-festival for true music lovers, the Desert Star Festival is a three day Indie Rock festival in the desert. Every year the festival brings in an intimate crowd of music enthusiasts to tune in and jam out to more than thirty bands on three stages in the iconic city of Pioneertown. The low-key music festival is an eclectic mix of musicians and art, creating a vibrant community of music lovers  to enjoy a sensational experience at the desert’s best entertainment venue, Pappy and Harriet’s Palace.
When: September 22 - 24, 2017
Where: Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Rd. Pioneertown, CA 92268
Cost: $22 - $99 (Depending on pass)

Lake Arrowhead

Near Lake Arrowhead, people flock to the mountain town of Blue Jay to marvel at hand-crafted masterpieces. Local crafters put their skills to use, patching pieces of fabric together to create intricate quilts. Sponsored by the Willow Woods Quilt Guild and Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce, the quilts are auctioned off to benefit the local mountain organization Camp Paivika in Crestline.
When: September 30, 2017
Where: Blue Jay, San Bernardino Mountains
Cost: Free
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