Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest 2024 coming September 7 through November 2!

Herzlich Willkommen!

Located in the forested town of Big Bear Lake, the annual Oktoberfest continuously ranks among the top Southern California festivals each year. This authentic German celebration highlights family, friendship, and togetherness.

Ticket Purchase is Closed

German Food & Fare, Prost!

Come hungry for a German feast. Enjoy bratwurst, knockwurst, and kielbasa with home-style sauerkraut and Bavarian dumplings. Dip into the beer cheese soup, and colossal pretzels. Save room for desert because the German apple strudel and warm vanilla sauce is a dream come true!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has a solid reputation for German beers: raise a stein of Spaten, Franziskaner, Warsteiner and Konig Ludwig.

Traditional Contests

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest contests give revelers a chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Each contest is held to entertain participants and onlookers. Try your skills at the stein holding matches, log sawing competitions, the safe slam beer drinking races (non-alcoholic), and the annual Queen Stein Carrying Contest.

Children’s contest include the Pretzel Toss and the Kiddy Mug Holding Matches. Contests give kids a chance to show their parents their fun game skills and parents are welcome to take videos!

Traditional Live Music

Each year, Oktoberfest brings authentic Bavarian bands straight from Germany to be the soundtrack for this fall season event. Hit the dance floor to a range of music like polka, waltzes, and modern pop. And be sure you don't miss out on the Chicken Dance!

Musicians raise a glass at Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake

Operation Get Home Safe!

Hop on the Free Big Bear Trolley for a complimentary ride to/from the Big Bear Lake Convention Center (home to Oktoberfest). With over 30 bus stops throughout Big Bear Valley, Oktoberfest encourages you to leave the car keys at home and let someone else do the driving. Not only does this help resolve limited parking issues and traffic congestion, but can be a safer alternative after a night of celebrating at Oktoberfest! Free Big Bear Trolley runs from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Convention Center.

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a red Mountain Transit trolley transports riders through Big Bear Lake