The inaugural XOS Battle of the Sexes Winterfest is coming to Big Bear. The two day event will take place Feb. 3 and 4 at The Big Bear Village at the Big Bear Visitor Center. The event will showcase the talents of men and women in three categories that include a snowboard rail jam, fashion shows, and DJ battles.
The purpose of the event is to educate and uplift women through fun, non-competitive events and to raise awareness of breast cancer and the value of living an active lifestyle.
"We want to give women a comfortable forum where they can showcase their talents without any pressures," said Marisa Lupo, XOS Productions event producer. "Winterfest is designed to give them a chance to playfully participate against the guys in a fun atmosphere.
"The other key piece of Winterfest is to communicate the message about breast cancer, the importance of self examination and early detection, and to provide knowledge to fight the deadly disease."
The event kicks off Friday with a night-time DJ concert, featuring DJs, and a fashion show inside a large structured tent. The following day, the Big Bear Visitor Center parking lot will transform into a winter-themed festival with a kid's snow play area, snowshoe demos, live entertainment, carnival-type games, food vendors, art displays, winter apparel and booths providing information about breast cancer awareness.
The main attraction Saturday is the XOS Rail Jam that features top female snowboarders that rival top male snowboarders on professionally-built rails and jibs for an exciting snowboarding competition.
Once the sun goes down, the music will return to the tented arena for a second DJ concert and fashion show. Headlining acts for both Friday and Saturday evenings include internationally-renowned DJs Revolvr, Tatiana Fontes and Kristina Sky. Other performers include 2Deadbeatz, Duality, Shibby, MC2 and Ayla Simone. The tented events provide entertaining male vs. female DJ battles, dance-offs and catwalk fashion struts.
Both of the evening tented DJ concerts are from 5 p.m. to midnight for visitors ages 18 and older. Admission costs $25 each night. (A portion of ticket sales go to Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit, youth-focused education, awareness and fundraising foundation for breast cancer.)
Saturday's daytime festivities are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for all daytime activities, which include the XOS Rail Jam is free and open to all ages.
The Big Bear Visitor Center is located at 630 Bartlett Road in Big Bear Lake. For more event information visit www.xosproductions.com. To purchase discounted concert tickets and lodging packages log onto www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.