BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif./ August 24, 2021 – Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is set to deliver another authentic Bavarian-style celebration for nine consecutive weekends September 11 to November 7 in Big Bear’s majestic alpine setting. In 2020, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This year, it takes the first step toward another 50 plus years of preserving its genuine Oktoberfest heritage, as well as offering some new additions.
Even though 2020 presented many challenges, it also sparked new opportunities that favored the overall guest experience. This year, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is pleased to present new additions that includes preferred seating options, Friday nights in October and Sunday Family Fun Package.
“Last year, we drew up some novel ideas that will continue on for 2021,” said Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Director Monica Marini. “Preferred seating proved to be so popular, we had to bring it back. We also got feedback from our guests that were glad to have an option to attend Friday nights in October. Plus more families attended on Sundays because of our Sunday Family Fun Package.”
Preferred seating provides guests guaranteed seats for either indoors or outdoors. It includes cocktail service, which means guests can enjoy more entertainment from their seat without the hassle of getting up for a refill. The Sunday Family Fun Package includes reservations for two adults, two kids (ages 12 and under) and two kids’ meals at a discounted rate. Friday nights are ideal for those who want to get an early start or want to extend their getaway to Big Bear.
The main attraction of course are the traditions and customs that have shaped Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest for the past 50 years. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest represents Southern California’s most authentic Oktoberfest, which takes pride in being the closest thing to the original celebration in Munich, Germany. Just like the original, Big Bear starts its celebration in September and goes into October (due to popular demand, it now stretches into November). What really sets this Oktoberfest apart from others is Big Bear’s Alpine environment with evergreens trees, mountain vistas, and a town-square village. This environment naturally reflects the scenery and heritage of the Bavarian Alps of Germany. It’s also the highest altitude Oktoberfest in the U.S. at 6,750’.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest takes pride in serving the very same beer poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest! There are two bars that service the inside of the Convention Center and multiple bier gartens (beer gardens) on the outside, including the Craft Haus, which provides a variety of micro brews and craft beer, ideal for beer connoisseurs. The food is very authentic to German tradition, too. The bratwurst and knockwurst is from a German butcher in Los Angeles, and fresh apple strudel and pretzels are delivered weekly from a German bakery in Newport Beach.
Fun competitions and contests at Oktoberfest include log sawing and stein holding. A fast-paced, cornhole-toss game will be introduced this year that challenges two-player teams to try to score as many points as possible in a timed two- minute battle. Children’s fun and games include kiddy mug holding matches, pretzel toss and an enhanced kids’ play area with giant inflatables. Dance troupes perform customary dances, and festivalgoers get into the action by flapping their arms and clucking away to the Chicken Dance.
The 2021 Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Saturday, September 11 and runs for nine consecutive weekends through Sunday, November 7, 2021. The weekend festivities take place at Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Event times are Saturdays 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays (October only) 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s event has limited capacity, and some dates are anticipated to sell out. Guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets. Saturdays in October have set arrival entry time blocks to ensure everyone with a pre-purchased tickets get a speedy entrance into the event. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. For ticket pricing details or to purchase tickets online, including general admission, preferred seating, Sunday Family Fun Package and Über Bürgermeiste Party Pack, visit BigBearEvents.com, or Facebook, or call 909-585-3000.