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Oktoberfest in Big Bear
Posted: 02-Sep-14
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is a long standing tradition. It's about being part of a family. It's about good company and celebration. STARTS SEPTEMBER 13... LAST WEEKEND IS OCTOBER 25, 2014
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Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest California's #1 Oktoberfest Kicks-Off September 13th

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 44 years of German style family fun and good times this year. Rated Southern California's #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall's festival offers authentic German entertainment, food and beer!

 The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest provides an excuse to enjoy a weekend away from the stress and obligations of everyday life in a beautiful alpine setting. The festival takes place in Big Bear Lake high in the San Bernardino mountains. See more details at
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The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake
Phone: (909) 585-3000

Oktoberfest Like a Local

Big Bear Lake's Oktoberfest is a local tradition spanning more than forty years.
Hans Bandow and his family originally brought the tradition to Big Bear.

What started in a tent, quickly grew into its own building, the Big Bear Lake Convention Center.
Hans had the architect design a building based on the early Oktoberfest tents from Germany.

Log Sawing Contest

The event organizers provide an entertainment mix of German bands and progressive
Los Angeles rock bands. The dancing is punctuated with old fashioned log sawing contests,
stein holding for men and women, and pretzel eating for the kids.

Whether you come for the chicken dance or to sample the fine German draft beer, there are
a few things you'll want to know!

  • Parking and Entrance -Parking is plentiful during the day, but can get pretty crowded on Saturday nights. The entrance to the party is on the northwest gate
(right side of main entrance). If you make reservations, you can stroll past this line of people.

  • Family Friendly - The best time for children to Oktoberfest is during the day, before 6PM.
There's a petting zoo with llamas, rabbits, goats and pigs. Sunday tends to be a quieter day and the kids can run all over.

  • Beer and Food Lines - All lines require a ticket (there is one outside cash line).
  • There's an ATM on the premises. You can purchase beer and food in lines outside,
  • which is usually quicker than inside. Inside, you'll have to purchase beer tickets and
  • then redeem them at the bar or food line.

Surrounding the building are Oktoberfest cabins with vendors, food and games. Our fall weather

can be warm and sunny, making the patio a great place to hang out.

Big Bear Lake long range precipitation forecast

This year's 2011 Oktoberfest runs every weekend from September 13 through October 25th.

This fall, try the world's highest altitude Bavarian Beer Party.


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    44th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

    Schedule of Events

    Schedule is subject to change!

    2014 Oktoberfest events to remember:

    Ongoing events that take place each weekend include:

    • Log Sawing & Stein Holding Contests - held several times throughout the day both Saturdays and Sundays.
    • The Safe Slam Beer Drinking & Beer Pong contests are held every Saturday evening after 8:00 p.m.
    • Children's contests are held Sundays at approximately 3:00 p.m.
    • Outside Budenstrasse (Game Booths, Exhibitors, Samson The Bull) will be open Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
    Please note: On Saturdays after 6:00 p.m. only persons 21 years and older will be admitted. However, families with children who have entered Oktoberfest prior to 6:00 p.m. will not be asked to leave at 6:00 p.m.

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