2016 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Big Bear

2016 Car Show at Big Bear Snow PlayThere’s plenty happening to get summer 2016 off to a roaring start in Big Bear over Memorial Day weekend.

Art on the Corner in the heart of Big Bear Village features three days of fine art and crafts from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 28-30. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine and browse through artwork that includes everything from Adirondack chairs to paintings in all mediums. Proceeds benefit Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and admission is free. Friday, May 27 sees opening night artist’s reception from 7-9 p.m.

The show is on the corner of Village Dr. and Pine Knot Ave. at the Christmas Tree lot. Call (909) 585-2868.

Big Bear Historical Museum opens for the season on May 28. Explore the Valley’s colorful history with not just exhibits and artifacts but also hands-on experiences the whole family loves. Working blacksmith shop, gold panning for kids—expanded this year!—and a five-stamp mill that actually fires up on weekends are just a few highlights.

The museum, on Greenway next to Big Bear City Park, is open Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and holiday Mondays and admission is just $5, 12 and under free.  (909) 585-8100.

The Antique Car Club Show on Sunday, May 29 returns to Big Bear Speedway located at Big Bear Snow Play  (42825 Big Bear Blvd.) The show is a preview of the group’s huge Fun Run in August. Catch dozens of cars from yesteryear for free, from wood panel trucks to rods and roadsters, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

There’s also a pinewood derby for fifth graders that’s great fun. After looking at the cars, try driving Sodi Karts to get a feel for racing at its finest.

LEON RUSSELL of course is one of music’s biggest names and his May 28 show at The Cave Big Bear is a rare opportunity to see a living legend upclose and personal. “The Master of Space and Time” is perhaps the most accomplished and versatile musician ever—during his 50 year career he has played on, arranged, written and/or produced some of music’s best records.

The list of artists he has worked with, either on stage or in the studio, is like a Who’s Who of rock and roll: George Harrison, John Lennon, B.B. King, Barbra Streisand, Ricky Nelson are but a few. Want more? Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and groups like the Beach Boys, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Righteous Brothers and many more are also on the list. No surprise then that he was inducted into the Rock `N Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011, the Songwriters Hall three months later in June.

Pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel, even surf music, Russell has played it. And written it; Ray Charles recorded his “A Song for You” and B.B. King had a hit with “Hummingbird.” “Superstar” made famous by the Carpenters, written by Russell along with Bonnie Bramlett, hit #2 on the pop charts while George Benson won “Record of the Year’ Grammy in 1976 for his cover of Leon’s “This Masquerade.”

Songs like  “Tight Rope,” “A Song for You,” “Delta Lady,” “Crystal Closet Queen” and so many more have marked his multi-gold record career. In 2010 he collaborated with Elton John that became the album “The Union” featuring the song “If it Wasn’t for Bad” and led to a worldwide tour that never really ends.

And talk about a tight band behind him! Bass player Jack Wessel has been with Russell for well over 30 years and sometimes son Teddy Jack and daughters Sugaree and Tina Rose play as well. Tickets start at $25!

Honor America’s fallen heroes on Monday, May 30 during Memorial Day Service at Veteran’s Park at 10 a.m. There will be a Marine Corps League color detail, live music by Mountain Fife and Drums, and wreath presentation by Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion. Caskets represent fallen heroes from the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf and Iraq wars, and attendees are given a flower to remember their own soldiers.

Taps is played and a symbolic casket brought to the park through the Village at 9:30 a.m. The event is held by Marine Corps League Detachment 1038 and American Legion Post 584. Veteran’s Park is on the boulevard just east of Pine Knot.

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