Nestled in the picturesque Bear Lake Valley, Bear Lake Utah offers a captivating year-round destination with its crystal clear waters and captivating mountain views. Some of Bear Lake’s biggest attractions are the local festivals that attract travelers of all kinds! From ice-fishing escapades, classic cars, and pro sporting events to celebrations of Bear Lake’s famous raspberry harvest, here’s our guide to 7 Festive Annual Bear Lake Events to help plan your visit to Utah’s tropical Caribbean of the Rockies

1. Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

a person on a snowmobile driving on snow

When: January

Where: Bear Lake State Park Marina 

Kick off the year with a bang at Bear Lake’s biggest winter event – the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest. Held at the Bear Lake State Park Marina, this three-day winter festival features a wide range of activities for all ages. This event has a winter sports and trails day with fat bikes, snow shoes, snowmobiles and tubing. Bring the family out for a family-friendly 5K Run/Walk, the famous Cisco Disco, an icy Monster Plunge and a cardboard boat regatta. Get all the scoop HERE in our Guide to Bear Lake Monster Winterfest. 

2. Cody’s Car Show

classic cars lined up

When: June

Where: Water’s Edge Resort, Garden City 

Rev up your engines and join the 7th Annual Car Show at Cody’s Gastro Garage at Water’s Edge Resort. This classic car extravaganza features a collection of classic and new show cars. Come on out for the meet and greets with celebrity visitors and live music. Raffles are held to benefit Cody’s scholarship fund for local high schools, and you can try delicious fast food from Cody’s Food Truck – they also cater year-round for family reunions in our Bear Lake Premier Cabins

3. Bear Lake Trifecta Marathon

a group of people running a marathon

When: June

Where: Water’s Edge Resort, Garden City 

Prepare for an epic racing experience at Bear Lake Trifecta Marathon, one of America’s favorite destination races. Members of the 50 States Marathon Club can check off three races in three states in three days with half marathon and full marathon courses in North Beach State Park in Idaho, Cokeville Wyoming, and Bear Lake Utah. The event starts with a pre-race welcome party at Water’s Edge Resort with great race swag for all participants. 

4. Red, White & Caribbean Blue!

family at a 4th of July picnic

When: July

Where: Heritage Park 

Kick off a summer of fun with a red, white, and Caribbean blue celebration on Bear Lake. The 4th of July weekend is the peak of summer fun with endless water sports and lake activities, small-town patriotic festivities, and live music, dancing, and festive fireworks over Bear Lake. Summer fills up fast, so be sure to book your July 4th Bear Lake cabin rentals well in advance. Click HERE to view availability! 

5. Bear Lake Raspberry Days

raspberry pie

When: August

Where: Heritage Park 

Indulge your taste buds in the sweetest summer celebration at Bear Lake Raspberry Days, a 3-day festival filled with fun events and all things raspberry! The festival celebrates the harvest of Bear Lake’s famous raspberries in all forms – pie-eating contests, parades, craft fairs, golf scrambles, free Zumba classes, classic wild west rodeos, live music, fireworks, and so much more! Tempt your travel wanderlust and taste buds at the 2023 Bear Lake Raspberry Festival. 

6. Bear Lake Brawl Triathlon

triathlon athlete running out of the water

When: September

Where: Bear Lake Hot Springs, Idaho 

Whether you’re a beginner looking for a challenge, a seasoned triathlete testing your limits, or a cheerleader for your crew, the Bear Lake Brawl Triathlon is a dynamic and family-friendly event experience for athletes and spectators alike. The Bear Lake Brawl Triathlon races are designed for participants of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to world-rank pro triathletes. Read our guide on the Bear Lake Brawl Triathlon to learn more!

7. Ski the Beav!

person skiing

When: December

Where: Beaver Mountain Ski Resort 

Ski the Beav! Embrace the winter wonderland of Bear Lake as the ski season kicks off with Opening Day at Beaver Mountain. Open mid-December to early April, Beaver Mountain Ski Resort is a family-friendly resort with 48 ski runs, terrain parks, and a mountain lodge with a rental shop, lessons, and the Beaver Mountain Grill to fuel up for a day on the slopes. Night skiing is available to book for private group events – the perfect adventure for a winter family getaway to Bear Lake.


Let our team at Bear Lake Premier Cabins be your guide to four seasons of adventure in Bear Lake Utah. Winter, spring, summer, and fall – we have a large group cabin rental for you all!