Plan now to attend the 47th Annual Big Bear Oktoberfest at the Convention Center of Big Bear Lake. (Contributed Photo)
By Susan A. Neufeld
Big Bear Lake, CA – It’s time to dust off the lederhosen — as the 47th Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest returns. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for eight consecutive weekends, beginning September 9 through October 28, at the Big Bear Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. The times are Saturdays 12 noon to 12 midnight and Sundays 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.
The Oktoberfest celebrates 47 years of German style family fun and good times. With its rustic, Alpine-like setting, Big Bear Lake offers the ideal venue for the Bavarian-style celebration. As Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake’s Oktoberfest is ranked as coming closest to the original celebration in Munich, Germany.
New this year, the only Oktoberfest Celebration in California to feature Ayinger Oktoberfest Bier, three bands directly from Germany, as well as expanded outdoor entertainment and a variety of festival foods in the new Food Court.
PLENTY OF FUN
German-themed contests and competitions will include log sawing, stein carrying and holding, shoot & yodel and Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest’s own take on beer pong. Children’s fun and games include pretzel-eating contests, kiddy mug-holding matches and Midway carnival-style games.
For the eternally young-at-heart, no Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebration would be complete without the Chicken Dance. Each weekend, revelers can expect to see hundreds of people crowding the large dance floor and clucking their hearts out to this perennial favorite.
Over the years, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has become world renown for its own tradition and old ambience; celebrating friends, family and good times. A festival like no other, guests are treated to authentic German entertainment, to feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher, and to enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest for more than 150 years!
The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake is located at 42900 Big Bear Lake Boulevard in Big Bear Lake.
For ticket prices and information, please visit BIG BEAR EVENTS or call (909) 585-3000.