Top-Rated Oktoberfest Expands
New at this year’s Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is an additional outdoor biergarten (beer garden), an extra weekend and enhanced promotions.
The new beer garden, called the Warsteiner Buden Strasse Biergarten, was constructed to offer patrons a more comfortable social area with additional beer service and outdoor seating. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, now in its 45th year, is Southern California’s number-one ranked Oktoberfest. This year an extra weekend has been added for a total of eight consecutive weekends starting Saturday, September 12, 2015 and ending October 31, 2015.
“The additions and improvements continue to keep Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest rated Southern California’s number one Oktoberfest, and at the forefront of top-ranked Oktoberfests in the nation,” said Monica Marini, director of The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake. “We continue to change with the times, but more importantly we always stand true to deliver a genuine Bavarian-style celebration.”
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest prides itself as the closest thing to the original celebration in Munich, Germany. Big Bear Lake is situated in an Alpine environment with evergreen trees, mountain vistas, and a town-square village that reflects the scenery and heritage of the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest serves the very same beer poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest! To top it off, dance troupes perform customary dances, the bratwurst and knockwurst is from a German butcher in Los Angeles, and fresh apple strudel is delivered weekly from a German bakery in Downey!
One of the major attractions that set Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest apart from other Southern California Oktoberfests is its engaging non-stop entertainment, wacky German antics and special contests. A new stage was added in 2013 to give festival goers more entertainment and keep a lively atmosphere throughout the festival grounds. This means the main indoors stage and recently expanded outdoors stage simultaneously provide live entertainment throughout the day and into the evening.
Back by popular demand is the Franken Power Express Band direct from Hammelburg, Germany. The band combines a unique blend of traditional German polkas and American pop music. The Franken Power Express Band performs September 19, 20, 26, 27 and October 2 – 4. The Express Band, Southern California’s premier German band, performs the opening weekend (September 12 & 13) and the remaining weekends through October 31.
Fun competitions and contests at Oktoberfest include log sawing, stein carrying, shoot & yodel, a version of beer pong, and stein holding. Children’s fun and games include pretzel eating contests, kiddy mug holding matches and Midway carnival-style games. The Chicken Dance is the definitive favorite dance at Oktoberfest and always amusing. Every weekend expect to see a huge dance floor filled with hundreds of revelers clucking away to the Chicken Dance.
Oktoberfest Unplugged returns for a special engagement on Friday, October 16. This special event treats patrons to an inside look at the early days of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest and its 45-year old history through storytelling, song and dance. The intimate Friday evening event presents a fine dining experience with a five-course German dinner paired with a variety of German beers and spirits. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Saturday, September 12 and runs for eight consecutive weekends through Saturday, October 31, 2015. The weekend festivities takes place at The Convention Center of Big Bear Lake located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Oktoberfest kicks off with American’s Hero weekend on Saturday, September 12 offering free admission for all past and present military, fire fighters and law enforcement. The first three weekends (Sept. 12-13 to Sept. 26-27) general admission on Saturdays is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), and $8 for children 12 and under; Sunday admission prices are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children 12 and under FREE. The next five weekends (Oct. 3 to Oct. 31) general admission on Saturdays is $18 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), and $9 for children 12 and under; Sunday admission prices $9 for adults, $7 for seniors with children 12 and under FREE. The Oktoberfest Unplugged event on Friday, October 16 is $124 per person, which includes a five-course pairing meal, entertainment, a commemorative one-liter stein, and free admission for Saturday and Sunday’s (October 17 & 18) Oktoberfest celebrations. For more details regarding online ticket savings, Burgermeister and Über Burgermeister Party Packs, Kindermeister Party Packs (kid’s fun packs) and general information, log on to www.BigBearEvents.com or call 909-585-3000. For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, to book accommodations, or to request a Free Visitors Guide, log on to www.bigbear.com or call 1-800-424-4232.
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August 18, 2015