It is the fourth week of September, and Oktoberfest is well under way in Munich, Germany. Lasting for between sixteen and eighteen days, the festival sees more than six million people worldwide who attend. If you can’t make it to Germany, Oktoberfest 2019 in Big Bear is full of fun as well.
What is the history behind this popular festival?
On October 12th, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in the German state of Bavaria. On October 17th, the marriage was celebrated with a festival in front of one of the gates that led to the city of Munich.
Several different types of events were a part of the festival. For example, in 1811 an agricultural fair became a part of it and in 1818 beer pubs were included in the celebration.
Horse races were included in the list of activities until 1938, and beginning in 1935 festival goers were able to enjoy a parade. As time went on, Oktoberfest brought in many tourists and gave them the opportunity to learn about the people from Bavaria.
Today, Oktoberfest is able to boast the distinction of being the largest beer festival in the world.
Even if you can’t make it to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the festival in California – especially if you are visiting the Big Bear area.
Big Bear holds its Oktoberfest 2019 festival until November 2nd, so there is still plenty of time to partake in all of the activities!
Taking place in the Big Bear Convention Center, there are all kinds of contests to participate in, from The Safe Slam Beer Drinking Contest to the Beer Pong Contest – both on Saturday evenings for the duration of the festival.
You can try your hand at the Log Sawing Contest, or even compete in the Stein Holding Contest.
Plus, contests meant especially for children are held every Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the various contests, there are game booths, vendors, and exhibitors on both Saturdays and Sundays. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase items such as beads, hats, glasses, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and souvenir beer steins.
This year during Big Bear Oktoberfest, reserve your tickets for October 18thto enjoy “Unplugged” – which is an event where you can partake in German dining along with being able to sample various German beers and spirits. And, you will also be able to learn about the history of Oktoberfest, watch live entertainment, and take home a commemorative one liter stein.
While there are plenty of specialty German food items to enjoy such as brats, strudel, and even pickled pig’s feet, those who want more Americanized fare can choose from flatbread pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs, French fries, tacos, kettle corn, funnel cakes, and cotton candy.
One of the best ways to top off the Oktoberfest experience is to rent a luxury cabin for the weekend.
The cabins at WOWRentals range in size from three bedrooms to nine bedrooms. Some cabins are even located right on the lake with a boat dock so you can enjoy boating or riding on a jet ski!
Enjoy amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a hot tub, chef’s kitchen, spa quality towels, high thread count sheets, cable television, and spectacular views.
When reserving a cabin there are no damage deposits, and you can choose optional travel insurance to protect your loved ones.
A luxury cabin plus the fun of Oktoberfest 2019 makes for an unforgettable vacation experience!
Get tickets to Big Bear’s Oktoberfest here