43rd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
All good things must come to an end and Saturday, October 26th ended the run of the 43rd annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. Check back here often where information on the 44th annual will be posted.
auf Wiedersehen! (until we meet again)
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 authentic German entertainment, food and beer!
This Saturday is also the 2013 finals of all of our contests. Please see the following schedule for the approx. times of contest finals.
And Don’t Forget Our German Spooktacular
The festival closes on Saturday, October 26 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children. The adult contest this year will offer up to $1,000 in prizes. Adult costume contest at 10:00 p.m. and Children’s contest at 3:00 p.m. Children in costume get in FREE.
New This Year:
Expanded Bier Gartens
The Warsteiner Garten will feature improved bar service with four different Warsteiner beers on tap.
The New Spaten Bier Garten will feature an outside stage with live entertainment every Saturday evening from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The entertainment line-up includes a variety of classic rock, country and folk bands including Big Bear’s own Skeleton Key, nationally known Doo Wah Riders, and one of the Inland Empire’s top classic rock bands – Final Exit. The Spaten Bier Garten will also serve a full line-up of Spaten beers.
The Shock Top Sports Garten this year will feature 5 different Shock Top flavors, including the new Honey Crisp Apple Wheat and will also have an added food outlet, serving up burgers, German sausages, and a variety of fair foods.
Also new this year, Oktoberfest gets “unplugged” on two additional Friday nights. 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 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. Packages are $95.00.
California’s #1 Oktoberfest Announces Bands For 2013
We are excited to announce the return of two of our favorite bands for the 2013 Oktoberfest! The “New Mainflösser” from Germany will be back performing weekends 2, 3, & 4. The Mainflösser performed in Big Bear Lake for the 2010 & 2011 Oktoberfests to a roaring success. This year, they once again feature Felix (a.k.a. Elvis), as well as a few new musicians (more details to follow).
We are also pleased to welcome back our friends – The Express, Southern California’s premiere German band. The Express will be performing weekends 1, 5, 6, & 7.
Check out our complete schedule of activities and events by selecting from the tabs on the left.
Express Tickteting System: Pre-purchased tickets for the 43rd annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest on sale NOW!
Be sure to Pre-purchase your Oktoberfest tickets this year and get expedited entry into the event. Guests with pre-purchased tickets receive “Priority Entry”. Pre-purchased tickets will be limited this year, so shop early!!
New Ticket Options:
Enjoy Oktoberfest for two days for the price of one. New Saturday/Sunday combined tickets are available for the same price as a Saturday only ticket!
Purchase Tickets for the first two weeks of the event – Sept. 14 & 15 and Sept. 21 & 22 -by Sept. 5th and save $2.00!
NEW: O’DOUL’S COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE NOW PROVIDES PICK-UPS FROM VILLAGE AREA:
The O’Doul’s Complimentary Shuttle has expanded service to now offer pick-ups going to Oktoberfest from the downtown Big Bear Lake Village. The shuttle will begin pick-up service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays only and continues to pick-up guests going to Oktoberfest until 6:00 p.m., running approximately every 30 minutes. The pick-up stop is in the Bartlett Parking Lot in the village (Behind the Visitor’s Center). The O’Doul’s Shuttle will also provide door-to-door service when leaving Oktoberfest on Saturdays beginning at 6:00 p.m. Complete details are in this flyer.
Special Dates To Remember:
American Heroes Weekend. September 14th & 15th 2013
Join us as we celebrate all those American Heroes who put their lives on the line to help keep our Freedoms! Admission is FREE for all Past & Present military, law enforcement and fire fighters and their immediate families.
Local’s Night, October 4th 2013
We thank all of our friends and neighbors in the Big Bear Valley for their ongoing Support. Admission is only $5.00 for adults and seniors and FREE for children 12 and under. Stay tuned for more details.
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.