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Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Celebrating 45 Years of Friends, Family and Good Times!


The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates 45 years of German fun this year!  That’s right,  Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest turns 45 and the celebration promises to be one of our best yet!


Opening day Celebrations

Opening day Celebrations

Located in the mountain town of Big Bear Lake, our quaint celebration has always been based on the lore of the world’s original Oktoberfest.  Over the years, the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has become world renown for its own traditions and old-world ambience, celebrating friends, family and good times.   A festival like no other, guests are treated to authentic German entertainment; feast on Brats and Knockwursts direct from the German butcher; and enjoy the very same beers poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest for more than 150 years!


While the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has moved with the times, each year adding new attractions and entertainment, the atmosphere remains the same.  Our special extended family comes together to celebrate a simpler era.  The mountain air stirs up a unique blend of “Getmütlichkeit” and camaraderie that have continued to make amazing memories for forty-five years!

In celebration of our 45 anniversary, this year’s festival will run for eight consecutive weekends, kicking off on Saturday, September 12 continuing through Saturday, October 31st.


And speaking of October 31st, it’s OUR GERMAN SPOOKTACULAR


The 45th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrates closing day on Saturday, October 31st with the mountain’s biggest Halloween Party – a German Spooktacular.  Grand prize for this year’s adult costume contest will be $1200 cash.  With two bands, a DJ, lots of German fun and a $1200 first prize, Oktoberfest is the place to celebrate Halloween!


The children’s costume contest takes place at approximately 3:00 p.m.  Children dressed in costume come in for FREE!


The adult contest takes place at 10:00 p.m.   Top prize is $1200 cash.  Other prizes awarded to the top eight finalists include a weekend package to the 2016 Oktoberfest, commemorative beer steins, and a variety of Oktoberfest clothing and souvenirs.


Other Oktoberfest festivities scheduled for closing day include the 2015 Championship Log-Sawing and Steinholding contests, which take place at 6:00 p.m.   The Big Bear Lake Polka Tots perform at 2:00 p.m. and The Express, plays until midnight.


And, for your inspiration, here’s two photos showing two of last year’s contestants and a video that shows the eventual winner in motion as he entered the hall.










New For 2015


“Budenstrasse Bier Garten”

Offering additional outdoor seating and beer service.


Hans’ German Cantina

Offering a unique fusion of German and Mexican food.



German Spooktacular To Offer $1200 in Cash Prizes

Celebrate Halloween German-style.  We’ve upped the ante!  Come in costume and have a chance to win up to $1200 in Cash Prizes.


Local Sundays

In celebration of our 45th Anniversary and to thank the Big Bear Community for its years of support, every Sunday is now Local’s Day with FREE admission for Big Bear Valley Locals on Sundays (must show two forms of local I.D.)


The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest provides a perfect escape from the stress and obligations of everyday life in a beautiful alpine setting.  Enjoy a weekend away at the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.