BIG BEAR LAKE – The 48th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest adds two additional dates and expands to nine weekends, now stretching into November. The dates are September 8 – November 3, 2018. This year, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest features three different bands direct from Germany that will perform seven of the nine weekends. Also, the annual German festival improves its bier gartens, which feature 22 different beers including Paulener, an original Munich Oktoberfest beer. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, now in its 48th season, is certain to maintain its authenticity as it continues to bring the spirit of Munich to Southern California.
“I’ve heard some revelers refer to our Oktoberfest as ‘Munich’s Mini-Me,’ said Monica Marini, director of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. “Which is quite the compliment to know that people recognize that we truly deliver an authentic Oktoberfest.”
In 2017, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest ranked sixth best Oktoberfest in the United States in a national poll conducted by USA Today. A major draw that sets Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest apart from other Oktoberfests is its engaging non-stop entertainment that includes live music and special contests on two stages. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, rated Southern California’s number one Oktoberfest, prides itself for maintaining a continuous lively atmosphere with plenty of zany German antics sprinkled throughout.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest delivers a genuine Bavarian-style celebration with alpine scenery and heritage that sincerely reflects the spirit of the original Oktoberfest, even serving the very same beer poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest. There are two full service bars located inside the Convention Center and four different bier gartens (beer gardens) outside, including the Craft Haus, which provides a variety of micro brews and craft beer, ideal for beer connoisseurs. The food is very authentic to German tradition, too. The bratwurst and knockwurst is from a German butcher in Los Angeles, and fresh apple strudel as well as pretzels are delivered weekly from a German bakery in Downey!
Fun competitions and contests at Oktoberfest include log sawing, stein carrying, shoot and yodel, a version of beer pong, and stein holding. Children’s fun and games include kiddy mug holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. Dance troupes perform customary dances, and festivalgoers get into the action by flapping their arms and clucking away to the Chicken Dance.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Saturday, September 8 and runs for nine consecutive weekends through Saturday, November 3, 2018. The weekend festivities takes place at The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Oktoberfest kicks off with American’s Hero weekend on Saturday, September 8 offering free admission for all past and present military, fire fighters and law enforcement. The first three weekends (Sept. 8-9 to Sept. 22-23) and the final weekend (Nov. 3) general admission on Saturdays is $15.99 for adults, $11.99 for seniors (62+), and $9 for children 13 and under; Sunday admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 13 and under FREE. The next five weekends (September 29 to Oct. 28) general admission on Saturdays is $21.99 for adults, $15.99 for seniors (62+), and $10 for children 13 and under; Sunday admission prices $10 for adults, $8 for seniors with children 13 and under FREE. Prices are subject to change on certain dates. It is highly recommended to pre-purchase tickets for October dates. For more details regarding tickets, Burgermeister Party Packs, and general information, log on to www.BigBearEvents.com, or Facebook, or call 909-585-3000.