The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake was built in 1976 as a permanent home to the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest — Big Bear’s largest special event. The facility was fashioned in the shape of a large tent to replicate the feel of being at Oktoberfest and consists of a main hall and three wings. The three wings can be partitioned to allow for a number of set-up configurations. The building offers immense versatility, accommodating events from 100 to 1,400 people indoors and up to 2,500 people when combined with the outside area.
The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake offers:
- 11,000 square feet of meeting space
- maximum capacity of 1,400 people
- banquet seating for up to 800 people
- theater-style seating for up to 1,200 people
- two full-service bars
- a full-service kitchen
- a short order kitchen
- outdoor patio and reception area
- twenty-four 10-foot x 10-foot wooden cottages
- a three-quarter acre garden area
- 254 parking spaces
The building sits on 3.8 acres of land, bordering Highway 18 — the main thoroughfare of the Big Bear Valley — and Division Drive. The site is easily accessible from the highway, is approximately four miles from the downtown area, less than four miles from either of Big Bear’s two ski resorts and is less than one-half mile from the area’s airport.