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43RD ANNUAL BIG BEAR LAKE OKTOBERFEST
ADDS ADDITIONAL DAYS & EXPANDS ENTERTAINMENT
Weekends, Sept. 14 through October 26, 2013
Big Bear Lake, CA — The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 43 years of German style family fun and good times this year. Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall’s festival offers more entertainment with expanded Bier Gartens. Guests this year will also have the opportunity to enjoy two additional evenings of Oktoberfest charm.
New this year, the Spaten Bier Garten will offer live entertainment every Saturday evening on the Spaten Stage, additional seating, and a full line-up of Spaten beer. Bands performing include local bands such as the Skeleton Key and top California bands such as the Doo Wah Riders.
Main stage entertainment line-up will once again feature the Express, Southern California’s premiere German band and returning, by popular demand, the NEW Mainfloesser Band from Germany. The NEW Mainfloesser performed at the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest in 2010 and 2011 to a roaring success. A variety of dance groups make return appearances including the Cripple Creek Cloggers, Danube-Swabain Dancers and, a guest favorite, Big Bear’s own Polka Tots.
Oktoberfest gets “unplugged” on two additional Friday nights this year. Fans will be treated to
an inside look into the history and early beginnings of Oktoberfest while enjoying a night of top German food and beers. The five-course German dinner will be paired with a variety of German
beers and spirits. Entertainment includes story telling by the Über-Burgermeister and founder of Oktoberfest, Hans Bandows, as well as several of Oktoberfest’s key personalities. Oktoberfest Unplugged packages include a five course German pairing dinner, entertainment, a commemorative one-liter stein and an intimate evening of fun. As an added bonus, Saturday Oktoberfest event admission will also be included.
One of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations, Big Bear’s Oktoberfest offers non stop entertainment, dancing and zany German antics exclusive to Big Bear’s festival for seven weekends, September 14 through October 26. Other Oktoberfest festivities include carnival games, bounce houses, Samson – the mechanical bull, and the Buden Strasse (Ave. of the Booths) which provides a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Festival-goers can participate in a variety of free contests including Beer Stein Holding, Log Sawing, Pretzel Eating, the Safe Slam (non-alcoholic beer) beer drinking contest and our own version of Beer Pong.
The annual Fall celebration kicks off with American’s Hero weekend on Saturday, September 14 offering free admission for all past and present military and their immediate families, as well as firefighters and law enforcement. Opening festivities include a special tribute to all those that put their lives on the line protecting America’s freedoms. The festival closes on Saturday, October 26 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children.
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. For ticket information, to pre-purchase tickets, lodging packages and a complete schedule of event festivities, log on to www.bigbearevents.com.
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Big Bear Lake, CA – The first annual Big Bear Lake Brewsfest hits Big Bear on July 7th. A benefit for St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Brews For Food will feature sixteen different beers for sampling and entertainment by the Blue Henry’s, one of the Inland Empire’s top Blue’s bands. A variety of arts, crafts and collectibles vendors will be on-hand selling their wares and Wyatt’s Cafe & Saloon will also be open serving up the mountain’s best ranch-style grub.
“This time of year our food pantry begins to run low. We are currently providing food for up to 120 families per week and any help with food items and/or monies to purchase food is very appreciated,” explained Gabi Oogjen, St. Joseph’s Office Manager. “The Brewsfest will be a fun way for folks to donate.”
Saint Joseph’s Food Pantry is one of three weekly food pantries that serves the Big Bear Valley. Besides the families that pick-up at the church, the pantry also delivers food to homebound individuals. Staffed completely by volunteers, the food pantry is open to anyone who needs food every Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. Saint Joseph’s also provides diapers and personal hygiene items.
Brews For Food is the first beer tasting event to be held in Big Bear Lake. The first 150 ticket buyers will receive a complimentary tasting pint glass. Tickets are $12.00 for those who also bring two non-perishable food items or $15.00 without a donation. Tickets prices include 12 beer sample coupons with additional coupons available for $1.00 each. The event is open to guests 21 years old and up only.
The annual Old Miner’s Day Carnival will be held in conjunction with the Brewsfest, providing families alternate entertainment. Doors for Brews For Food open at 2:00 p.m. with the fun continuing through 8:00 p.m. Beer tasting will be available through
6:00 p.m. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center by calling 909-585-3000. Lodging packages including tickets are available through Big Bear Vacations at 866-966-6301 and the Big Bear Lake Resort Association at 800-424-4232. For more details, log onto www.bigbearevents.com
The 65th annual Old Miner’s Days kick-off Memorial Day Weekend with the Miss Clementine Pageant & Old Miner’s Prospectors Ball. The event features the Miss Clementine Pageant, a Western Melodrama, the Swearing-in of the parade Grand Marshall, and country dancing and lessons. Wyatt’s Café & Saloon will be serving up ranch style food and the full saloon will be open. Admission is free to the pageant, and only $5 for the Melodrama and night time entertainment. Bring a canned food donation for a chance to win great prizes. For more information visit www.oldminers.org, or call (909)584-5949. Doors open at 3pm and the ‘fun don’t stop till your boot leather wears out!’
Spring is here! With the onset of Spring comes the return of the Bear Valley Farmer’s Market. The Market kicks-off on Tuesday, April 3rd. All the produce offered at the Market is grown by family farmers throughout the greater southern and central California area. Get the freshest fruits, vegetables and flowers direct from the farm to your table. Farmer’s Market takes place every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vist www.highdesertfarmersmarket.com for more information.
The summer calendar is really starting to fill-up with more great events than ever. We are proud to be the new home for many of the Old Miners Day’s festivities this year. Old Miner’s Days is one of the oldest events in Big Bear Lake, celebrating the valley’s mining and old West heritage. The fun kicks-off on Memorial Day weekend with the Miss Clementine Pageant. Over the July 4th holiday weekend and in conjunction with the 26th annul Big Bear Lake Independence Day Fair, will be the Old Miner’s Day Carnival. The following weekend we roll into the Big Bear Chili Cook-off & Country Jamboree.
Wyatt’s Cafe & Saloon will open for the summer season in May. Stay tuned for our summer schedule at Wyatt’s as we plan our live entertainment and family events.
And, of course, planning for the 42nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is well underway! The band schedule has been finalized. We are excited to welcome back the Franken Power Express direct from Germany. The Franken Power will be performing Sept. 22 & 23; 29 & 30; & Oct. 5, 6, & 7. Our favorite German American band will be back – The Express, performing Sept. 15 & 16; Oct. 13 & 14; 20 & 21; and 27.
We’re looking forward to an awesome summer and another great Oktoberfest. Stay tuned for all the details.