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A beautiful, early fall weekend is in store for Big Bear Lake with high temps in the low to mid 70’s. We have clear blue skies and cool evenings. Ideal mountain getaway weather!

Willkommen to the 52nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest! The fun continues this weekend so grab some friends and head on up for some fun, food, music and BEER! Come and see what this fantastic annual event is all about! RS Vacations has cabins available, and we are featuring lower off-season pricing as well as some awesome specials! Head over to our website and book today!!

There is still so much to do and enjoy in Big Bear! Fall is the perfect time for Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, strolls through The Village, Zip Lining, listening to live music, and so much more. The crowds have thinned, our prices have dropped, and the weather is gorgeous!! Come on up!

If you are planning to join us for the holidays, be sure to book your cabin with us soon, as our calendar is starting to fill up. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the magic of the holidays in Big BearRS Vacations has all sizes of cabins with awesome amenities and unmatched customer service! You will not be disappointed!! Book a Big Bear Cabin today!

Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

Oktoberfest – Herzlich Willkommen!

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.

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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.


Sunset Concert Series

X Ambassadors play to the crowd at the 2022 sunset concert series in big bear lake

Visit Big Bear presents…

Sunset Concert Series round 2 this September at Veteran’s Park. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free concert series featuring three performance dates showcasing some of the music industry’s brightest stars right here in Big Bear Lake. See who’s coming to town!

Admission: All concerts are free to attendees of all ages! Snacks, beer & wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Picnicking is welcome, however outside alcohol will not be permitted.

You asked and we listened! Lawn chairs will be permitted in a designated area and well-behaved dogs on a leash will also be permitted on the grounds. Also! We’re proud to feature a selection of local Big Bear musicians in our Opening Talent roster.

Veteran’s Park is located at 40870 Big Bear Blvd.

Date: Sept 24 – Headliner: The English Beat; Opener: To be announced

Schedule:

2 PM – Gates Open
3 PM – 
Opening Act
5 PM –
 Headliner Act

Parking:

Free parking is available in The Village at Bartlett Parking Lot, Knickerbocker Parking Lot, and Pennsylvania Parking Lot. ADA Parking is available onsite in the Community Church parking lot.

Get Your Oktoberfest Voucher!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest begins Sept 10! Head over to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center for traditional German fare, fun, and live music after the Sunset Concert Series. Pick up your 50% OFF admission voucher when you arrive at Veteran’s Park. Vouchers are good for current weekend only.

Venue Information:

  • Seating in grass area available on first come, first-served basis. Bring blankets!
  • Designated seating available for guests with chairs
  • Designated ADA seating available.
  • Food and beverages available for purchase. See below for vendors.
  • Retail vendors to showcase local shops and artisans.
  • Take a free picture at the Visit Big Bear selfie booth!
  • Well-behaved dogs on leash welcome
  • No bicycles, skateboards, roller blades/skates inside venue
  • No outside beverages permitted. Sealed water ok.
  • All backpacks & bags to be searched at entrance

Featured Food & Drink

An expanded variety of restaurants will be featured at the September Sunset Concert Series! Get ready for:

Take a Selfie!

Stop by the Visit Big Bear photo booth to snap a free picture of your experience at the Sunset Concert Series!

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Radford Fire
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
The incident is currently being managed by the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, and the Sheriff’s Department in unified command. For updated information on the Radford Fire’s status, check here:  Radford Fire Information – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov).

The City of Big Bear Lake is closely monitoring the Radford Fire and wants to ensure all Big Bear Valley residents are informed with the most up-to-date information. Please utilize the links below for current information regarding evacuation warnings/orders, road closures, communication from the Bear Valley Unified School District, and more.

EVACUATION WARNINGS/ORDERS: For an interactive map of the evacuation warnings click HERE.
Sign up for future alerts and information through the San Bernardino County Sheriff and Fire Departments high-speed mass notification system called TENS – Telephone Emergency Notification System. http://www.sbcounty.gov/SBCFire/TENS/TENSContact.aspx

LOCAL EVACUATION CENTER: The American Red Cross will be opening an evacuation center at the Big Bear High School, 351 Maple Lane, Big Bear, CA.
Red Cross Evacuation Shelter Information
For assistance with animal evacuations, contact SB County Animal Care and Control at 800-472-5609.

AIR QUALITY: For smoke information, visit http://Airnow.gov

ROAD CLOSURES: https://roads.dot.ca.gov

ADDITIONAL LOCAL INFORMATION
Big Bear Fire Department
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Big Bear Station
Bear Valley Unified School District
Mountain Transit

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