Big Bear Romp Promises a Romping Good Time


Big Bear ROMP returns for its third anniversary to Big Bear, CA and with it bringing playful fun to new heights as SoCal’s biggest, beariest summer escape.


Drawing hundreds of guys from the west coast and beyond, this weekend gathering provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the rustic, natural beauty of SoCal’s premier mountain town with a full line-up of playful, adventurous events, including a special performance by CeCe Peniston, featuring hits like “We Got a Love Thang” and “Finally.” Also new this year, Emmy-award winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan, from Sordid Lives, Will & Grace, and American Horror Story, will be performing his new 1-man show, EXPOSED, in the host hotel’s main ballroom.


Catered specially to bears, cubs, and a diverse group of gay men comfortable in their own skin, on tap is a weekend filled with mixers, dance parties, pool parties, glow bowling, comedy shows and more designed to give attendees a memorable adventure in the mountains like no other.


The official host hotel is The Lodge at Big Bear Lake (formerly Northwoods Resort), located in The Village at 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315. Special group discount room rate booking room via their website (link available on Many rooms feature fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, as well as poolside views. Additional lodging options are available at nearby adjacent properties. All activities are within a brief walk from the host hotel.


Weekend highlights:


Thursday, Aug. 17

Pre-comers Party at Chad’s Place

After getting settled, meet up with the early gang for some beer, grub, and fun.7p – 9p Chad’s Place Restaurant & Bar



Glow Bowling & Beer Bust at The Bowling Barn

Hit the lanes for a night of glow bowling! We’re taking over the entire bowling alley for a special black light “glow bowling” beer bust, complete with rockin’ tunes. Wear bright colors to stand out from the crowd and grab your balls to join the fun! 9p – 11:30p: The Bowling Barn


Friday, Aug. 18

Big Wet Spot Pool Party

Join the action poolside for this “anything aqua”-themed pool party. So if you like it big & wet, this is the place to be. 12n – 4p: The Lodge Resort Pool (Host Hotel)


ROMP Weekend Kick-off Party

The official kick-off event of the weekend! Meet your fellow ROMPers in the unique outdoor setting of Stillwell’s Cove – a perfect venue for checking out the action under the Big Bear night sky. 5p – 8p: The Lodge Resort Cove Amphitheater


Mountain of Laughs Comedy Night Leslie Jordan in EXPOSED

Emmy-award winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan presents his new hilarious 1-man show, EXPOSED! 8:30p-10p: Main ballroom: The Lodge at Big Bear



ROMP in the Dark Leather & Gear Dance Event

Grab your harnesses or gear for ROMP in the Dark! This evening event features a pumpin’ dance area, spots to chill, and an intimate “naughty pines” lounge. How you ROMP in the dark is up to you. 11p-1a Upper floor ballrooms: The Lodge at Big Bear Lake (Host Hotel)


Saturday, Aug. 19

Get LEI’D Pool Party

Jump into the action as the parties get wet & wild at the host hotel pool on both Saturday and Sunday as DJ Ryan Jones and Mateo Segade returns with their fresh beats. The Vendor Marketplace will be poolside featuring unique apparel, adventurous travel, stylish jewelry and more. 10a – 4p: The Lodge Resort Pool (Host Hotel)


Pick Your Own ROMP Adventure!

Four main activities offered – pick your adventure!

Activities offered as a separately purchased supplement to the weekend pass. Tour information will be present at check-in and on the event website; limited day-of tickets sold, pending availability. 2p – 6p: Various locations (see event website for additional details and pricing)


LumBEARjack Dance Event Featuring Cece Peniston

Grab some wood and dance your AX off with sweaty lumBEARjacks at the dance event of the weekend by the million-dollar light and sound system with a special guest performance by Cece Peniston, and spinning by renown DJ Jon Williams. Come dressed in your best flannel –This epic event is not to be missed! 10p – 2a: The CAVE, 40789 Village Drive.


Sunday, Aug. 20

Disco Recovery Bingo Brunch

A weekend in the woods wouldn’t be complete without a rowdy recovery brunch! Chow down on tasty grub while shaking your groove ‘thang to some thumpin’ beats. And what’s a perfect complement to a fabulous Sunday brunch? Bingo, of course! Hosted by the most entertaining, big-boned performer above 7,000 feet, Miss Cadillac Monroe from Lips in San Diego 10a – 12n: Robin Hood Resort, 40797 Big Bear Boulevard


Last Splash Before Dash Pool Party

The name says it all—take one last dip before hitting the road. Join the boys in the pool and chat about the fun weekend while making plans for next year. DJ Ryan Jones returns with his fresh beats. The Vendor Marketplace will be poolside, featuring unique apparel, adventurous travel, stylish jewelry and more. 12n – 4p The Lodge Resort Pool (Host Hotel)


Diehards and Stay-Outs Gathering at Chad’s Place

For those who didn’t get enough partying, it’s one last chance to get your freak on. Drink specials and good times on tap. 6p – 10p Chad’s Place Restaurant & Bar


About Big Bear ROMP


The organizers of Big Bear ROMP have a personal interest in Big Bear and have put in time and effort to create a fun, memorable event in a beautiful mountain setting.


Beyond having a great time, Big Bear ROMP is about giving back to the Big Bear community, and a portion of the pass sales will support a local wildlife rescue support organization (Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo).


Big Bear ROMP is produced by R&JP, LLC, a team devoted to hosting memorable events in southern California. Learn more at or contact with questions.



Big Bear ROMP

When: Aug. 17-20, 2017

Host Hotel: The Lodge Resort

Where: Big Bear Lake, CA