Big Bear’s Favorite Springtime Event Returns May 18 and May 25-26, 2024

Big Bear Lake Maifest (pronounced My Fest) is often referred to as Oktoberfest’s little sister. While each event celebrates German heritage, Maifest takes place under the majestic pines, warm spring sun, and has its own beers, contests and Gemütlichkeit! The 7th Annual Big Bear Lake Maifest kicks off Saturday, May 18 with a special tribute to America’s Heroes (U.S. Military, law enforcement and firefighters). The festivities continue the following weekend for two more dates Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend). While Maifest is scaled back a bit from her big sister Oktoberfest, there’s one thing for certain and that is she packs a big punch! Here’s what you can expect…


• Festive Maypole – Adorned with Colorful Ribbons

• Traditional German Maibock and other German Imports

• Maibowle (Champagne-style punch)

• Sizzling Bratwursts Hot Off the Grill • Homemade Sauerkraut • Fresh Pretzels • Apple Strudel w/ Vanilla Sauce • Live Band • Entertainment • Kids’ Activities • Log-Sawing Contests • Stein Holding Competitions •  Pol Schmücken Contest 

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Escape to Southern California’s high country for a spring weekend of memories!

Special weekend lodging and admission packages coming soon. 


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