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Posted: 08-Sep-17
Big Bear Oktoberfest events brought to you by Golden Bear Cottages: one of the Top 20 Rustic Resorts in the USA,  and the Big Bear Lake Marketing Association

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest - California's #1 Oktoberfest

Big Bear Lake - Our 47th annual event is coming weekends Sep. 9 - Oct. 28!

Directions to Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 47 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!

OKTOBERFEST 2- for-1 BEER PROMO: Purchase tickets for Saturday, September 16 
and receive a 2-for-1 Beer Voucher, per ticket ordered. Use promo code "BEER" when 
ordering your tickets. Purchase your first beer, and get your second beer on us. You will 
receive your 2-for-1 Beer Voucher upon entrance at the event. For more info or to purchase 
tickets for Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest visit    
This offer is valid for Saturday, September 16, 2017 event only. While supplies last. 
Offer expires September 15, 2017. Other restrictions apply.

FREE PARTY HAT PROMO: If you are one of the first 100 to purchase tickets for 
Saturday, September 23 you will receive a Free Lowenbrau Oktoberfest Beer-Mug Hat, 
per ticket ordered. Use promo code FREEHAT when ordering your tickets. If you are 
one of the first 100 to order tickets for September 23, you will receive your complimentary 
party hat upon entrance at the event. For more info or to purchase tickets for Big Bear Lake 
Oktoberfest visit    
This offer is valid for Saturday, September 23, 2017 event only. While supplies last. 
Offer expires September 22, 2017. Other restrictions apply.

Located in the mountain town of Big Bear Lake, our quaint celebration has always been based on the lore of the world's original Oktoberfest.  Over the years, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has become world renown for its own traditions and old-world ambience, celebrating friends, family and good times.   A festival like no other, guests are treated to authentic German entertainment; feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher; and enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich's Oktoberfest for more than 150 years!

 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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From Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake:
Miles: 5, Est. Driving Time: 10 to 12 minutes
Go east on Big Bear Blvd. (Hwy. 18) toward Big Bear City. The Convention Center is located on the corner of Division Drive and Big Bear Blvd. Coming from the downtown village area, the Convention Center will be on the left-hand side of the Hwy. Make a left at Division Dr. and an immediate left into our parking lot. (a shuttle is available to the Big bear Oktoberfest)

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For more Oktoberfest information you may also call:
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

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Returns Fall 2017! - Our 47th annual event is coming weekends Sep. 9 - Oct. 28!

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


More from Big Bear Lake 2017 Oktoberfest;

  • New This Year:


    More Beer - The only Oktoberfest Celebration in California to Feature Ayinger Oktoberfest Bier


    More Entertainment - Three Bands Direct From Germany and expanded outdoor entertainment


    More Food - Enjoy a variety of Festival Foods in the New Food Court


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    47th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

    Schedule of Events

    Schedule is subject to change!

    2017 events:

    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, Vendors) will be open Saturdays from 12:00 Noon to 10:00 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.

    Oktoberfest 47th annual event is coming weekends Sep. 9 - Oct. 28!

    and runs for eight consecutive weekends through Saturday, October 28, 2017. The weekend festivities takes place at The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. 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 high in the San Bernardino mountains, approximately two hours away from the greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego communities.

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