Tag: Oktoberfest


Big Bear Lake, CA. September 26, 2015 – The year was 1810, the place was southern Germany, Bavaria, and life was hard. It was the month of October and all of the countryside had been working day and night to finish their fall harvest and prepare for the onset of winter. While the plow horses were working and the farmers’ days were filled from sun up to sun down, there were some other preparations being made as well. Prince Ludwig I and his entire court were preparing for his upcoming marriage to Princess Therese. The grand wedding was to take place on the 12th, right in the middle of the harvest. As the big day approached, the countryside and town, in fact all of Bavaria was a buzz with talk of the big day. Everyone was planning on attending as they were all exhausted from the harvest and it was really the last chance before the long, cold days of winter to get out and blow off some steam. The ceremony went off without a hitch. The weather was perfect, the bride looked beautiful and about 40,000 guests were in attendance. The reception, as you can imagine, was one of the biggest parties history had ever seen with copious amounts of beer and massive quantities of food being devoured. It was a reception fit for a prince. Ludwig I was so...

Read More

The 43rd Annual Oktoberfest Opens This Weekend

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 11, 2013 —  Southern California’s #1 rated Oktoberfest returns to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center with American’s Hero weekend.  On Saturday, September 14 free admission will be offered to all past and present military and their immediate families, as well as firefighters and law enforcement.  Opening festivities include a special tribute to all those that put their lives on the line.  The festival closes on Saturday, October 26 with the annual costume contests for both adults and children.  The expanded Spaten Bier Garten will offer live entertainment every Saturday night, more seating, and a full line-up of Spaten beer.  Bands include local bands, top California bands including German band The Express, as well as the NEW Mainfloesser Band from Germany. The NEW Mainfloesser performed at the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest in 2011 to a roaring success.  A variety of dance groups will also make return appearances, including the Cripple Creek Cloggers, Danube Swabain Dancers and Big Bear’s own Polka Tots. On two additional Friday nights this year, attendees can get an inside look into the history of Oktoberfest while enjoying a five-course German dinner paired with a variety of German beers and spirits.  Entertainment includes story telling by the Uber-Burgermeister and founder of Oktoberfest, Hans Bandows, as well as several of Oktoberfest’s key personalities.  Other Oktoberfest festivities include carnival games, bounce houses, a mechanical bull, arts and crafts vendors and a variety of free contests. For...

Read More

Another Weekend for Oktoberfest!

Big Bear, CA, September 20, 2012 – The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest returns for another weekend in Big Bear and will run every weekend through October 27th celebrating their 42-year with German style family fun.  Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, pre-purchase your tickets at bigbearevents.com or call 585-3000.  Pre-purchased tickets will allow for expedited entry into the event on the evening of your choice.  Hours are from 12noon to 12midnight on Saturdays and 12noon to 5:30pm on Sundays.  Sunday is Family Day with free admission for children 12 years and under featuring a petting zoo, game booths, bounce house and face painting.  Oktoberfest features great German food and drink, entertainment, contests and Bier Gartens including a new outdoor stage with expanded seating.  Ride the complimentary O’Doul’s shuttle that begins running at 6pm on Saturday evenings and will take you door to door in the Big Bear Valley.  The shuttle continues to operate until the last Oktoberfest fan leaves the building.  Visit bigbearevents.com for more...

Read More

Big Bear Sister City Sends Dancers To Perform at Oktoberfest

Big Bear, Ca, October 7, 2011, 1:00pm – In 1985, the current mayor of the city of Big Bear Lake, John Eminger, with the help of Elsa Treutloff, a Big Bear resident originally from Germany, established a sister city of Abtenau, Austria.  Treutloff, who owned the Christmas Shop in the village spent time in Abtenau as a young child and helped Mayor Eminger create the sister city program.  Over the years over 120 children from Big Bear between the ages of 11 and 14 have traveled to Abtenau, while 120 children from Abtenau have come to Big Bear on exchange.  In 1987, a band from Abtenau came and performed at the dedication of City Hall, and for the last four years has sent a dance troupe to Big Bear.  This year the dance troupe, known as the Abtenau Schuhplattler Dancers, are performing at Oktoberfest, and will also be holding a special performance tonight at the Performing Arts Center.  Linda Reinik, who has been the chair of the sister city committee since 1989 told KBHR that tonights performance will be a lot of fun, and that the dancers will be in traditional Austrian wear, and are a lively group.  The performance will take place at 7:00pm tonight, and admission is free.  The dancers will also be performing this weekend at...

Read More

Oktoberfest Gives Back to North Shore Christian Pre-School at Local’s Night!

Big Bear, Ca, October 5, 2011, 9:00am- This Friday night the Big Bear Lake Convention Center will host Local’s Night at Oktoberfest starting at 6:00pm.  Every year on local’s night Oktoberfest gives back to a community organization.  In previous years proceeds were given to the Mom & Dad Project and the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum.  This year North Shore Christian Pre-School will receive proceeds from the night’s admissions. The North Shore Christian Pre-School has been in operation since 1981 and has provided early child development education for more than 1,000 Bear Valley children over the years.  “We offer a well-rounded educational program that includes math, science, language development, Bible studies and socialization,” said Patrice Carlisle, the school’s Director.  Local’s Night festivities will feature a live authentic band from Frankonia, Germany, the Big Bear Lake Polka Tots, and all the traditional ongoing events including log sawing, and stein holding contest. Local’s Night is open to everyone. Admission is $3.00 for adults and FREE for children 12 and under. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the fun continues through 12:00 midnight. For more details, call the Convention Center at...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2