Have you ever wondered why there are so many big men with facial hair eating in restaurants and shopping in Big Bear Lake at the end of August? Four years ago, Steve Harris, known as Stevo to his friends and local shop owners, came to Big Bear and decided to create an event for a niche part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community called The Bears. 

“How perfect it was to come to such a beautiful city with such welcoming people with the name of Big Bear, it was a perfect match,” Harris says.

For the past four years, Harris has brought hundreds of men to his Big Bear Adventure Weekend, hosted at Northwoods Resort. Harris worked directly with Rick Bates from the Big Bear Valley Events Resource office to ensure a successful weekend. Many of the store owners in Big Bear have participated in the many videos that Stevo has posted online on YouTube.

This year Harris wants to include the residents of Big Bear Lake with an invitation to the Saturday night dance at Northwoods featuring 1980s diva Cece Peniston, whose biggest hit was “Finally.” She is joined by famed DJ Jon Williams.

The concert is Saturday, Aug. 25. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. There will be several bars and a dance floor. Cece is set to appear just after midnight. Tickets are on sale at the door for $25.

For more information, visit The Big Bear Adventure Weekend website at www.bbaweekend.com.

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