Big Bear loves to get down to live music! This little mountain town loves to put on a show, and the locals are always happy to share the dancefloor with visitors. From events featuring big names to the strains of classical music in the great outdoors, you’re sure to find the perfect accompaniment to your visit here. 

Music In The Mountains Concert Series

The Southern California Mountains Foundation puts on a concert series annually called Music in the Mountains. It is a remarkable event that features classic rock and contemporary sounds and brings the community together in support of the Mountains Foundation. Keep an eye on their website for the details of 2020s concerts.

Live Music Festivals In Big Bear

Big Bear hosts two super cool live music events early on in the year. The Chili Cook-Off and the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival which feature live music, from country to rock and R & B, family entertainment, and the chance to sample as much food as you can eat. The Chili Cook-Off has a beer garden and wine chill garden if you feel like kicking back with a cool one and enjoying the music and the atmosphere. 

Restaurants With Live Music

There are plenty of choices for live music and dining in Big Bear Lake, and you can add to the fun of your evening out by heading to one of the local restaurants that also features live music. Hosting local musicians most weekends, if you drop into one of these venues, you will probably leave with some new friends and a new favorite band! Don’t worry, the food is good in all of these restaurants, and the fun vibe is the icing on the cake. 

The Barnstorm Restaurant features live music every Saturday night, and the place fills up with locals and visitors ready to sample the delicious food and let their hair down. The Barn Burgers are a good choice and go down a treat after a busy day out and about, but the menu caters for all tastes from dyed in the wool carnivores to people who prefer a lighter meal. The selection of German specialties on the menu come from Mom’s kitchen and are a delicious European choice if you’re into trying something different. 

The Cave in The Village is a fun venue that allows you to experience up close and personal, local and international performers. It is an intimate venue that showcases bands and singers, as well as comedy acts and shows. You can book a table and enjoy a top-quality meal while the performers are on stage, then stay for a drink and a dance if the mood takes you. 

Nottinghams Restaurant features live music every Thursday evening and has a variety of specials to tempt you in. The smooth sound of Dayton Borders will accompany your glass of wine in this tavern, and you can peruse the menu which features surf and turf options, and a kids menu, there is even a doggy menu for man’s best friend as long as he’s well behaved!  

The terrace of the  Oakside Restaurant & Bar is a cute place to relax on a summer evening and watch the world go by. This restaurant has a fun down-home, rustic vibe and boasts good quality Californian cuisine, 15 types of craft beer, boutique small-distillery spirits, and a knockout wine list. They put on live music every Friday, and Saturday and you can catch the band from your table in the main restaurant or head up to the cool upstairs bar for drinks while you enjoy the sounds of the local talent. 

572 Social in Big Bear village has an outdoor stage in their buzzy patio area and gives patrons the chance to listen to various genres of music played by their guest musicians. The atmosphere is as good as the food here, and you can listen to music on the weekend and some weekdays in the holiday season. 

If you’re looking to dance after dinner and are more of a night owl then hit AV Bar & Nightclub for late-night sounds, the DJs are on from Thursday through Saturday, and there are theme nights, the cocktails are good here, and there is bottle service so you can keep the party going all night long.

Big Bear Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center is a state of the art venue that holds performances year-round. Local performers in the Big Bear Theatre Projects put on musical theatre productions that are of an excellent standard and which often act as fundraisers for regional charities. Check out the website for the full program, but if you’re in Big Bear this winter, you can warm up by the logs fire and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Mountain Top Strings Orchestra.