Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest – When and Where

Lederhosen carving - Oktoberfest
Look how much fun this guy is having!

Sometimes there is just not enough room to discuss all of the events going on at Big Bear Lake. Last week we reviewed the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, which will be happening all weekend, as well as the autumn Village Wine Walk, where you can sample not only a wide variety of wines, but look through all of the shops that the Village offers. Add that to the fishing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities with a little fall crispness in the air and you’re sure to have a great time.

Big Bear Lake Weather

Monday, September 10 – High 73°, Low 50°
Tuesday, September 11 – High 71°, Low 48°
Wednesday September 12 – High 75°, Low 49°
Thursday, September 13 – High 78°, Low 52°
Friday, September 14 – High 79°, Low 52°
Saturday, September 15  – High 79°, Low 50°
Sunday, September 16 – High 76°, Low 47°

Activities and Events – Oktoberfest at Big Bear Lake

Starting this weekend, come to enjoy authentic German entertainment, food and beer, and a great excuse to relax in a beautiful alpine environment. Running through October 27thBig Bear Lake Oktoberfest reflects the heritage, tradition and pride of the true Bavarian spirit.  The festivities will take place at The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake. Oktoberfest features a band from Bavaria, tasty Warsteiner beer directly from Germany, bratwursts, several dance performances, and delicious fresh apple strudels.

Oktoberfest’s organizers are always trying to find new ways to entertain their guests.  Think you can yodel?  Step-up in the new Shoot ‘N Yodel contest, take a Jagermeister shot and yodel your heart out.

Other fun competitions include:

  • beer stein-carrying
  • log sawing
  • stein holding
  • costume contests
  • and more!

You will experience a unique mix of German polkas and American music, courtesy of The Express and authentic Bavarian bands. Don’t forget to expect a few rounds of Chicken Dance on the floor during the weekend.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest – History

Forty two years ago two German immigrants, Hans and Erika Bandows, wanted to celebrate and share their culture like they often used to in Munich, Germany. With the help of their two daughters, Janet and Monica, the Bandows cooked authentic German food, cleaned, and decorated their Wawona Lodge (now the Bavarian Lodge). With high anticipation, the Bandows greeted their guests with the smells of sauerkraut and roulade, kegs of beer, and upbeat music. The first Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake began and today, after four decades, the tradition continues. With combined efforts this festival has become one of the largest and most authentic on the West Coast, rated as Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest.

It is quite a bit to take in in just one weekend, so it is a good thing you have six weeks to take in all of the events of Oktoberfest. It gives you this weekend to focus on film and wine. So pace yourself! We offer the perfect location at Big Bear Lake to make sure your pace is relaxed and peaceful.  We look forward to seeing you, lederhosen and all, this week at the lake!


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