Entertainment at Maifest


Same Great Bands that Performed at Last Fall’s Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest



Bavarian Beergarden Band

  • Saturday, May 21

The Bavarian Beergarden Band is your Oktoberfest, do everything, entertainment. Traditional German Music past and present. The band lives up to its name by playing songs that naturally go hand-in-hand with beer drinking, as well as engaging sing-alongs and interactive games. Ein Prosit Der Gemutlichkeit!




Die Sauerkrauts

  • Saturday, May 28

This spirited, lederhosen-wearing, professional polka-playing group of musicians  have been performing together since 2016. They deliver a hearty blend of polka, waltzes, and contemporary pop. Along with traditional German music, they mix it up the fun with pop, rock, funk and a variety of styles and covers. A lively show that is bound to get you on the dance floor! 





Hazelnuss Das Music

  • Sunday, May 29

So Cal’s Premier Oktoberfest Party Band! Plays classic songs from the Golden Age of Oompah & Bavarian Folk Traditions, also pays homage to the International Phenomenon that is Oktoberfest with polkas & waltzes that are Bavarian in origin, but pure german ‘Schlager, ‘ as well as country-western favorites. They also play originals like La Bavaria, Servus or Let’s Celebrate.



Die Gemütlichen Schühplattler Dancers

  • Saturday, May 28
  • Sunday, May 29

Big Bear Lake Maifest is pleased to present Die Gemütlichen Schühplattler Dancers. The always entertaining dance troupe from Orange County performs customary Maypole dances on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Die Gemütlichen Schühplattler Dancers perform a lively show of traditional shoe-slapping, dirndl twirling, maypole-ribbon dancing, and playing wooden spoons.  


German favorites – Log Sawing, Steinholding, and new this year Decorate The Maypole! 
Pol Schmücken
New this year, is the Pol Schmücken contest that challenges three teams of three to decorate their own individual Maypole the fastest. This is no ordinary race. Each team member will have a different-colored, spool of ribbon. Once the starting bell rings, all three teammates must circle around the pole at the same time, bouncing around and dodging each other in the process; all while trying to beat the other two teams to the final bell. The first team that empties all three ribbon spools first wins. This new contest is expected to draw lots of fun-filled blunders and slipups, which in turn is certain to stir up plenty of hoots and hollers from spectators.

Weekend Schedule of Activities, Performances & Events: Schedule is subject to change

Ongoing events that take place each day include:
Log Sawing, Stein Holding, Pole Schmucken, and Corn Hole Contests 
Outside Budenstrasse (Kids’ Fun Zone, Exhibitors, Vendors) 
1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 28  (1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. South of Sante Fe  
2:00 p.m. – Die Gemütlichen Schühplattlers 
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Die Sauerkrauts
6:00 p.m. – Die Gemütlichen Schühplattlers

Sunday, May 29  (1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. South of Sante Fe  
2:00 p.m. – Die Gemütlichen Schühplattlers 
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. HazelNuss – DasMusic

Kids Fun

German Arts & Crafts & Balloon Artist


Featuring Unique and Collectable items from Steins, to Jewelry, to Clothing, to German Souvenirs 



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