The annual drinking festival is back!  Full of Oom-pah-pah, beer gardens, food and fun, the Big Bear Oktoberfest returns again.  Voted as #1 by Southern California’s the sing along, dance alongs and general silliness. craft fairs, kid costume contest and all around carousing is 7 weekends total, the last 3 in September and all 4 in October — September 14 through October 26.  This classic and annual event is so silly, homespun, yet authentic, it gives Big Bear one more thing they can call their very own.

Fraternities come up to Big Bear for Oktoberfest

Fraternities come up to Big Bear for Oktoberfestng,

Live entertainment is the highlight, and there will be a stage set up with bands playing every Saturday starting at 4:00 PM.  The stage is sponsored by a beer manufacturer, whose brews will be poured in the bier garten.  Last year and this, Shock Top flavors will be poured, and you can bet these craft brews have become So Cal favs.

Oktoberfest has long been a college tradition among fraternities and sororities  who plan 2 night weekend trips to the local mountains.  Running around in their crazy costumes… frat shirts and hats, singing and drinking from their bier steins, you can only imagine why being in the mountains is really their own “homecoming” celebration.  They make up their own drinking songs, get everyone involved and it’s wild how much fun they have, and the colleges bring a lot of entertainment whenever they come.   True entertainment… like me in lederhosen and buxom gals in well, buxom tops. You’ll see lots of “bier steins” and see some fun contests like the giant beer mug run and our German bands will be playing all day long. The kids can ride the bulls, play in the “kinder garten”, make crafts and dress up for the Halloween contest. And of course, there will be lots of dancing. The full deal on Oktoberfest in Big Bear is available from City Concierge.

The weekends in October seem to be the most popular, likely because school just started in September and by the time October rolls around, everyone is ready to let go a bit.  I’m hoping to get up there this year again too.  And if you see me, don’t forget my Wilkomen and Heidi Klum –  Auf Wiedersehen!


Big Bear Lake Annual Jazz Trax Summer Music Festival 2013

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The 8th annual Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival returns June 21- 23, 2013.
The stars of smooth jazz return to the summertime Southern California Mountains.This is one special Jazz Festival at 6,000 feet on lake and a floating stage! The artists perform literally on the lake. The “smoothers” of smooth jazz arrive (that’s the audience!) from all over California for this event and convene on the Hotel Marina Resort Lakeside Lawn. This is a one of a kind music festival in Big Bear, and each year plays to near sold out crowds!

The backdrop to all this grandeur is the pristine alpine setting of Big Bear Lake are of course, the performers. Currently on the line up for summer 2013:

Legendary Producer/Keyboardist GEORGE DUKE
Legendary British Guitarist PETER WHITE
Mr. Groove Saxophonist EUGE GROOVE
Super Legendary BOOKER T JONES and his Hammond B-3 Organ
Booker T & the MG’s Rising Star Sensation NICHOLAS COLE
Chicago Guitarist NICK COLIONNE
Barbados Brewed Saxophonist ELAN TROUTMAN

And special performance Sunday Afternoon:

Unplugged Performance by Guitarist and Scatter Extraordinary STEVE OLIVER

The Big Bear Jazz Festival party goers can stay close to the festival grounds in one of the local Big Bear hotels, or stay in a real luxury rental cabin in Big Bear. Staying close is the key so you can walk into the festival, walk into the Village for restaurants and shops and coffee houses.

Special Lodging, Special Tickets
City Concierge and the JazzTrax producers have created  Big Bear special lodging packages for this event. Discounted all event tickets are available through City Concierge only when purchasing lodging through us. At this time you cannot buy the tickets separately. You must purchase your tickets and lodging together in order to have those discounts.
We’ve got two special prices:

Two day ticket Saturday and Sunday – Save $20.00
One Day Sunday only ticket – Save $10.00*

The Festival itself is on the Lakeside Lawn of the Marina Resort Hotel. After the final note each evening the musical after parties continue at Nottingham’s across the street at the Robin Hood Resort “Notti Girl Bar”.

How to get discount Jazz Trax tickets.
Select your exact seat or table or beach chair on-line without waiting for an operator by visit http://www.JazzTrax.com or by calling 866-Trax Tix, 866-872-9849. But do not pay for them yet. To get your discount, first, you need to call City Concierge to purchase lodging from us and then get your discount codes. So pick out your seats and then call us to book your lodging special and get your cheaper tickets.

Come elevate your smooth jazz this June at the Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Festival above the clouds in the Mountain Resort Village of Big Bear Lake in the summertime Southern California Mountains.
* Sunday only tickets are available without lodging, but you must call to get the discount code! 877-864-6444