Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, 2022
Located in a quiet, forested town, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest continuously ranks among the top Southern California festivals year after year. This authentic German celebration highlights family, friendship, and togetherness.
German Feast & Beer, Prost!
Come hungry for a German feast fit for a king. Enjoy bratwurst, knockwurst, or kielbasa with home-style sauerkraut or German potato salad (served warm), Bavarian potato dumplings, beer cheese soup, and colossal, mega-sized pretzels. Save room for desert because the fresh German apple strudel with warm vanilla sauce drizzled on top is a dream come true for taste buds!
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest also has a solid reputation for its wide selection of German beers like Spaten (lager and Oktoberfest), Franziskaner, Warsteiner (pilsner and dunkel) and Konig Ludwig. There are two full-service bars located inside the Convention Center and four different beer gardens outside, which includes The High-Altitude Beer Garden, The Sports Garten, Warsteiner Bier Garten and the Tiki Bar.
Traditional Contests & Live Music
Oktoberfest contests and games are designed to give revelers a chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights, which include stein holding matches, log sawing competitions, the safe slam beer drinking races (non-alcoholic), and the annual Queen Stein Carrying Contest.
Children’s fun-and-games include the pretzel toss, kiddy mug-holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. The only thing that matters about Oktoberfest contests is people have tons of fun!
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is proud to bring traditional live German music to the 2022 festival!
Frankenrebellen Express from the Franconia region of Bavaria is slated to perform October 1-2 and October 7-9. They sing with thick German accents and deliver exuberant party music that’s driven by a hearty, rhythmic oompah-pah sound. Oktoberfest's other seven weekends are booked with Southern California’s top German-style bands including Die Sauerkrauts, Hazelnuss Das Music, Da Stuben Buden, and Ladyhosen featuring international yodeling sensation Kathrin Jakob.
These bands perform on the main stage inside the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Each band is known to stir up good times with a mix of popular cover songs, original tunes, and of course traditional Bavarian sing-alongs like “Ein-Prosit,” “Hands to Heaven,” and “Das Esellied” that are certain to bring plenty of smiles and cheers. A second stage located outside, in the High-Altitude Beer Garden, features a variety of regional bands that perform rock ‘n’ roll and country music.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest honors America’s heroes with FREE General Admission Tickets for Sept. 10-11, Sept. 17-18 & Nov. 5, 2022 Heroes Include: • U.S. Military • Veterans • Firefighters • Law Enforcement • Frontline Healthcare Workers. Guests that qualify for the free America’s Heroes general admission tickets / discounted family tickets are strongly encouraged to reserve in advance. To reserve tickets, call 909-585-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Each Heroes’ Immediate Family Member / Significant Other Gets Discounted $10 General Admission Tickets. Children in the immediate family 12 and under are Free.
Sunday Family Fun Package
Includes admission for (2) adults and (2) kids ages 12 years & under. Also includes (2) Free Kids’ Meals. Meal choice – 1/4 lb. Hamburger or Dino Nuggets, Fries and a soda / juice. $50
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.