44th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Will Commence With Opening Ceremonies on September 13th, 2014
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 44 years of German style family fun and good times. Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall festival offers even more authentic German entertainment, food and beer!
The festivities kick-off once again with the American Heroes Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 13 & 14. Opening ceremonies offer a special tribute to those who have put their lives on the line protecting our freedoms with FREE Admission for all past and present military, law enforcement and fire fighters.
New This Year:
Two Great Bands From Germany
This year the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest welcomes two bands direct from Germany – Goldeisen and The Aalbachtal Express.
The Goldeisen Band hails from Bavaria and will perform with eight musicians September 20, 21 & 27. A favorite in Southern Germany, the Goldeisen have two Oktoberfest hits that were nominated in 2013 for the Best Oktoberfest Hits CD produced annually by the Munich Oktoberfest.
The Aalbachtal-Express also hails from Southern Germany and will be performing September 28 and October 3, 4, & 5. This 11-piece band is famous for its authenticity and upbeat performances. Playing at festivals and fairs throughout all of Europe, Aalbachtal-Express have performed for millions of fans since they began playing together 35 years ago.
Long-time favorites of Big Bear’s festival, Southern California’s own – The Express Band, will once again kick-off the festivities on September 13 & 14 and will return later in October to round-out the festival’s 44th year, performing again October 11, 12, 18, 19, & 25.
More FREE Contests
The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is the place to saw a log, hold a 5-pound stein, slam an O’Doul’s and eat a pretzel as fast as you can! Contests are held several times throughout the day on both Saturdays and Sundays at the inside stage. Now guests will have even more opportunities to participate in Log Sawing and Steinholding contests. This year, the contest schedule expands to include more contests on Saturdays at the outdoor Spaten Rocktoberfest stage.
Oktoberfest “Unplugged” Returns on Friday, October 17th
Oktoberfest once again gets “Unplugged” and offers a very intimate look into the history of Big Bear’s largest special event. We invite you to become a member of our extended family and us for a rare glimpse of how German parties used to be … close friends, great food, lots of singing and dancing, and – of course – excellent beer. The night features a five-course German dinner paired with a variety of German beers and spirits. The entertainment features story telling and merriment by the Über-Burgermeister and founder of Big Bear’s Oktoberfest, Hans Bandows, as well as several of the event’s original and present day personalities. The “Unplugged” package includes Friday evening’s festivities, admission to Oktoberfest both Saturday and Sunday, a commemorative one-liter beer stein, and a chance to mingle with the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest family.
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Express Ticketing System:
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, so shop early!!
O’DOUL’S COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE TO ONCE AGAIN PROVIDE PICK-UPS FROM VILLAGE AREA:
The O’Doul’s Complimentary Shuttle has expanded service to 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 13th & 14th 2014
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 3rd 2014
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.
And Don’t Forget Our German Spooktacular
The festival closes on Saturday, October 25 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.
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.