14th Annual


Join us next year!


 9:30am to 4:00pm


RIM NORDIC, just 5 miles east of Running Springs,

10 miles west of Big Bear!





2021 Pine Cone Festival Cancelled

On August 31st, the following announcement was made by the USDA Forest Service:


"To better provide public and firefighter safety due to the ongoing California wildfire crisis", USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. "This closure will be in effect from Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m."


 After much deliberation and with heavy hearts, but out of respect for our vendors, exhibitors, entertainers, agency and first responder participants, we have decided to cancel this year's event.


Our primary consideration is that there is no guarantee that the closure will be lifted on September 18th. In the formal announcement, the Forest Service stated "Forecasts show that conditions this season are trending the same or worse as we move into late summer and fall". This does not sound encouraging for re-opening, but we simply do not know what the circumstances will be at that time - and neither does the USFS or anyone else. While we are extremely disappointed, we understand and support the decisions made in the interest of public and first responder safety.


We are hoping that by cancelling at this time, vendors may have an opportunity to join in another event or festival or fair. Likewise for the entertainers and exhibitors. Additionally, with fire season ramping up, participation from our first responder partners might be limited. We 're concerned that crossing our fingers for re-opening and then, if the closure was NOT lifted, cancelling on everyone with less then two weeks notice would not provide the same possibilities for all to reschedule elsewhere for that date.


Stay tuned for what we will be doing to make the best of these circumstances.


Look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Hi! My name is CHEEKERS. I hope to see you at next year's Pine Cone Festival! 


The Festival is held annually on the


of October!

See you there!

Thanks to the Inland Empire Prospectors & Miners Club, folks can have fun panning for GOLD!
NOTE: Festival is held IN the forest, walking area is a natural surface, flat with some irregularities as this is not a paved or concrete trail.

At the last festival, more than 100 visitors took a beautiful one or two mile Nature Walk through the Forest and discover more about the mountains' flora and fauna!  You can choose between a guided tour or to walk independently. Those who successfully complete the two mile walk will receive this cool commemorative Pine Cone Festival pin.  Those who do the shorter one mile walk and receive a Festival magnet. Thanks to Church of the Woods and Rim Nordic for sponsoring this activity!


 You won't​

find a better FREE

Family event!

We have something

for everyone. Food,

live entertainment, great vendors, artisans and exhibits, kids' activities,

pine​ cone games 

and contests.


FREE parking at Snow Valley Mountain Resort and  FREE SHUTTLES (thanks to PALI Adventures) are provided to help you cross the highway

Get your Glue Gun Out!! Enter our Pine Cone   Craft Contest and win a prize! AND You can create your craft AT the Festival! Check the Contest page for rules for various age groups.

Pine Cone Craft Contest
World's Largest Pine Cone Contest
Pine Cone Olympics
Free Games
Fun Fair Food
Wonderful Artisans
Unique Craft Vendors
Fire Prevention Info
Smokey Bear!




Crafty?  You can start working on your entry for our 2021 Pine Cone Craft Contest!

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At our last Festival, CAL FIRE took the trophy for the Pine Cone Brigade, ending Running Springs Fire Department's three year streak in winning the Golden Pine Cone for the Firefighters Pine Cone Brigade contest. Which agency will take home the Pine Cone Championship this year?

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The Festival is a dog-friendly event - as long as they are on a 6ft leash. And please come prepared to clean up after your dog as there is no "doggie" area. Note: for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on the shuttle, but you can be dropped off in the loading zone at Rim Nordic on Hwy 18 before the driver parks at Snow Valley.

   Do you have the

Largest Pine Cone??

Go Hiking and find the winning cone!!

 Fantastic prizes worth $650 for the longest sugar pine and heaviest Coulter could be yours - explore the forest and bring your cones to the Festival by NOON on the day of the Festival.  Break the record and win up to $850 in prizes!

​Annual Prizes  for the Longest Sugar and Biggest Coulter Pine Cone entered each year.
Special prizes for record breakers!
The  record for Sugar cone
is 23- 1/4" long
The record Coulter  cone
is 5 lbs. 2.8 oz

See our contest page for all the details.