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How to Oktoberfest


Welcome to the 49th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest!


Nestled high in the San Bernardino mountains, we pride ourselves in throwing one of the best German celebrations this side of Munich.


The following will get you started on enjoying our quaint celebration!  Prosit!.


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When To Go “Festing”?

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins in early September and runs through the first Saturday of November.  Peak-season for Oktoberfest generally begins in October.  However, it is interesting to note that the original Oktoberfest in Munich actually begins September 21st and ends on October 6th.  September weekends at the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest tend to be less crowded with all the same great entertainment as the October weekends.  Sundays in Big Bear are family day with free admission for children 12 and under.  Sunday’s German fun is geared toward families with Children’s contests at 3:00 p.m.


Plan Ahead and Pre-Purchase Tickets

Tickets are on sale now and can be pre-purchased for all the weekends.  If you are coming to Oktoberfest in October, we do recommend you pre-purchase tickets.  Pre-purchased ticket holders always receive “Priority Entry” and are limited so shop early!


Also available on line for pre-purchase are Burgermeister Booklets.  Burgermeister tickets are used to purchase food and meals from the German Kitchen, Munich Griff. Sports Wagon, and Food Court.  They are also used to purchase beer, wine and soft drinks.  So, be prepared, walk-in and enjoy everything Oktoberfest has to offer without having to go to a ticket booth.


What’s The Weather Going To Be Like:


If we knew exactly what the weather was going to be like during Oktoberfest, we wouldn’t be writing this text!!!  Typically, Big Bear enjoys an Indian Summer during the month of September.  Daytime highs range in the upper 60’s to upper 70’s with nighttime lows dipping into the 50’s to low 40’s.  Fall begins to set in during October with daytime highs in the upper 50’s to mid 60’s.  Nighttime can get a little chilly with lows dipping into the low 30’s.  So, be prepared with a light jacket.  We do have space heaters in all the outside bier gartens, but later in the event a jacket or sweater is generally needed.  For the absolute best Big Bear local weather forecast go to


Can I Leave Oktoberfest and Come Back Later?


Please note that there is no re-entry during Oktoberfest.  So be sure to bring everything you might need for your day of festing including a camera, jacket and sunscreen!  Lockers are available for rent for use during the day.


Getting There:


By Car – Parking

Parking is free, however, limited.  We do offer Preferred Parking for $10 per car for those who want front row service.

By Shuttle or Hop On The Trolley

The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest offers  complimentary Trolley rides from any of the Trolley stops throughout Big Bear, including several lodging properties.  In the downtown Big Bear Village, the Trolley picks up in front of The Copper Q.  The Trolley runs from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Oktoberfest, approx. every hour.

Full trolley schedule here.


The “Oktoberfest” Shuttle also offers complimentary rides to the Oktoberfest from the Big Bear Village.  The shuttle picks up at the Bartlett Parking Lot bus stop, located in front the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce.  The shuttle begins every Saturday at 2 p.m. and runs through 8 p.m. , approx. every 30 minutes.


Getting home is super simple!  The complimentary “Take Home” shuttle begins running on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. and provides door-to-door service anywhere you are staying within the Big Bear Valley.  The “Take Home” shuttle picks up at the main Oktoberfest entrance and runs until Midnight each Saturday.


You’ve arrived . . . now what?
Come on in, grab yourself a seat and get comfortable for a full day of German fun.




For the convenience of our guests, all German food and Bier and Wine must be purchased with tickets. There are five convenient ticket booth locations throughout the grounds to purchase tickets. Or better yet, save time and pre-purchase a Burgermeister Ticket Book on line prior to your arrival.


Ticket types include: Dinner, Beer, Wine, Burgermeister Bucks.  Burgermeister Bucks can be used for both food and alcohol and can be purchased in $2.00 increments in books of $40.00 or $80.00.


Dance, Sing, Eat and Be Merry.


You can’t help but participate in the fun at Oktoberfest.



Put on your dancing shoes, because you’ll definitely want to do the Chicken Dance or Circle Dance. Grab one of our Gaudis (Hostesses/Hosts) and dance.


Enter one of our free contests. Saw a log, hold a stein, or slam a beer (non-alcoholic, of course).  Contests run throughout the day both on the indoor Main Stage and outside on the Wyatt’s stage


After a few rounds of polkas, Macarena’s, Chicken dances, etc., step outside and take a big breath of fresh mountain air. Take a stroll down the Budenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths). The outside vendor and game area features everything from homemade soaps, to sports memorabilia,  to handmade jewelry and candies.


Little Oktoberfest fans will enjoy the Kinder Garten complete with bounce houses, a balloon artist, and carnival games.


Getting Hungry


We serve up a German feast fit for a king. All the favorites from Brats, to Schweine Braten, to pretzels, to pickled pig feet and Strudel.  In the main hall, the German Kitchen features everything German.


The Munich Grill offers a variety of grilled saugaes, including Brats.  The Grill also offers Pomfritz (known in America as French Fries) topped off with creamy cilantro ranch dressing!


And, if you’re looking for something other than German food, we offer our traditional American hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, street tacos, beer cheese soup, and flatbread pizzas.


We are excited to announce the addition of Vegan sausages and the Beyond Meat burger for our Vegan and Vegetarian friends!  Other vegetarian options include potato dumplings, salads, pretzels and strudel!


Other festival favorites include Kettle Korn, Deep Fried Oreos, Funnel Cakes, Cupcakes, Cotton Candy and German candies.


Getting Thirsty


The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest proudly pours both German and American bier & wine, as well as a variety of soft drinks, water, coffee and sports drinks.


We proudly pour both Warsteiner and Paulaner German beers, as well as a variety of craft beers and traditional American beers.


Buy a stein! General beer cup sizes are 16 oz. and 32 oz. Our steins sizes start at 16.9 oz. and increase to 33.1 oz.  You do the math. We also offer Warsteiner mini kegs, which are 5 liter cans. Mini kegs are $48.00 and pour 8  16 oz. beers.


Treasure a Memory


Be sure to stop by the Oktoberfest Shoppe or the Oktoberfest Kaufhaus and pick-up an Oktoberfest souvenir.  We offer everything from Sweatshirts, to T-shirts, to hair wreaths, to magnets, to festival hats and much more.


Auf Wiedersehen