September through November is without a doubt the most distinctive season in Big Bear Lake. The air gets a little crisper, leaves begin to change color, and best of all Oktoberfest takes center stage. That’s right, it’s time to dust off the lederhosen and dirndls because Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is happening for nine straight weekends September 9 to November 5. The 53rd annual classic Oktoberfest celebration combines Big Bear’s mountain charm with authentic German traditions, charismatic characters dressed in full regalia, German bands rocking oompah-pah tunes, and of course the crowd favorite Chicken dance!