15th 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!





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!

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.


In 2019, 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 next year?

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 craft for our 2020 Pine Cone Craft Contest!

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.
Last year 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!

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

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.

Update: 09-10-2020 It is with heavy hearts that the PCF Steering Committee announces that this year's event is being cancelled. In late August the event had county approval to proceed, but changes in state guidelines impacted that approval.  Our event is held on federal land; our facility hosts Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Rim Nordic Ski Area being US Forest Service permittees. While we are not required to have a state or county permit, in light of COVID-19 concerns, the USFS asked only that its permittees (and PCF) follow county guidelines. Now that the County has changed its mind based on recent state guidelines, we must honor the criteria now presented out of respect for our facility hosts.


Additionally, due to elevated fire danger, on Monday, September 7, the Forest Service closed eight (8) National Forests in Southern California, including the San Bernardino National Forest.  "This means the National Forest is temporarily closed to ALL public use due to the threat from high fire danger and firefighting resources being stretched to the limit.  This includes driving Forest Roads, Hiking on Forest Trails, and being in any Forest Service Developed Recreation Areas."  Snow Valley and Rim Nordic are both developed recreation areas. While this is deemed to be temporary and is evaluated on a day to day basis, there is no way to predict re-opening or closures in the near future due to increased severe fire conditions.


In the upcoming months we will be posting info on our wonderful vendors and sponsors, so check back to discover what awaits you next year!


We hope to see you October 2, 2021!


 You won't​

Family event!

find a better FREE

   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.

The Pine Cone Festival is a non profit run by volunteers.  We would love to hear from you.​

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​© 2013 Pine Cone Festival  All Rights Reserved

P.O. Box 2582 , Running Springs, CA 92382