Get ready for OKTOBERFEST!

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

Big Bear Lake is gearing up for it’s 43rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration happening weekends Sept. 14th through Oct. 26th. Rated Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest, this Fall’s festival offers authentic German entertainment, food and, of course, beer!


The history of Oktoberfest hearkens back to 1810 in southern Germany, Bavaria. It was harvest time and townspeople and villagers were working hard to prepare for the upcoming winter months. During this time Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was to marry Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.

The event went off without a hitch with close to 40,000 people 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. At the end of the event, the prince decided it should conclude with horse racing, which was very popular with the people, across a great meadow which was later named Theresiewiese in honor of the event.

The next year it was decided to repeat the horse races which gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. An added feature to the horse races was the first Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. And as time went on, more events and amusements were added such as carousels and beer tents.

Big Bear Celebrates

In 1969, German immigrants Hans and Erika Bandows moved to Big Bear from New York and purchased the Wawona Lodge. After a harsh winter and summer the Bandows decided to hold the very first Oktoberfest in Big Bear as a way of saying thank you to all of their new clients and the new friends who had welcomed them to Big Bear Lake. With authentic German food, beer, and music, the Bandows greeted their first guests and what would become a tradition for more than three decades, the first Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake began.

Today the tradition continues. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest has grown to be one of the largest and most authentic on the West Coast. The building is bigger, the band is bigger, there is even more food and beer. We hope everyone can come and enjoy the festivities of this years Oktoberfest!

For those needing a place to stay, please contact Northwoods Resorts today!

Click here to purchase tickets for Oktoberfest.


Blues for the Zoo this weekend – Saturday, August 3rd!

Blues For The Zoo Break out the beach chairs and blankets, it’s time for the 4th annual Blues for the Zoo, a fundraiser for the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, promoters of the concert, is a nonprofit organization supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. The facility is a fully licensed care and rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and confiscated animals. The majority of the rehabilitated animals are successfully released into the wild. A “Home For Life” is also provided to over 180 animals representing 85 species.

Northwoods Resort (909-866-3121) is proud to be the host lodge for the event. (Be sure to mention Blues For the Zoo and get a special event rate. Other lodging/ticket packages are available at 800-4BIG BEAR.)

The fresh pine trees and lakeside setting provide a scenic backdrop for a day of internationally recognized musicians plus a selection of local arts and crafts with food and beverage menu. Four restaurants will be offering fresh fare from barbecued chicken quarters and grilled hamburgers, gourmet hot dogs to salads, hot pastrami and a selection of dessert items. No coolers or pets allowed.

Headlining the day of music will be the Windy City Harmonica Breakdown, bringing together two generations of Chicago blues-harp greats, including a rare West Coast appearance by pre-eminent harmonica ace Billy Branch, a charismatic stage performer and respected music educator. Branch hand-picked fellow harpists Russ Green and Omar Coleman to showcase the top line of Chicago blues for this event.

Popular Southern California group Cafe R&B is also on the bill. As New Times describes the band’s single-named lead singer, “Roach has a voice like a velvet-covered freight train, sliding down honey-coated tracks. She shimmies and shakes, vibrates and vamps, titters and taps like a country preacher with two fists full of snakes.”

Opening the festival will be the boogie-woogie grooves of pianist Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, considered one of the missing links between the past and modern-day blues piano players. Music runs 3 to 7 p.m. with gates opening at 1. Beach chairs and blankets are welcome for lawn seating. The Swim Beach will be open to concert attendees.

Event Details:

Venue: Swim Beach Outdoor Amphitheater at Meadow Park in Big Bear Lake, CA
Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 day of event at the door; Discounted packages available
Children 10 and Under: FREE
Concert Starts: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Gates Open: 1 p.m.
Parking: $3/vehicle
Call: 800-424-4232 for more info.

Annual Run For Grizzlies!

Annual Run For Grizzlies

Run for Grizzly Flier (1)

Tour de Big Bear just around the corner!

Tour de Big Bear

Tour de Big Bear

The 4th Annual Tour de Big Bear is set to kick off August 3rd, 2013. Considered Southern California’s most scenic and challenging high altitude ride, the ride features 25, 50, 70 and NEW 100 mile stages at 7000’+. Enjoy cycling amenities that other rides can only copy!

Ride portions of the famed Stage #6 2010 and 2012 AMGEN Tour of California route as Team Saxo Bank described “the Big Bear stage was one of the hardest stages I have seen anywhere” and international cycling announcer Phil Liggit called “one of the best cycling stages we’ve seen in America, ever!”

Tour de Big Bear invites all classes of riders to Southern California’s most scenic and challenging high altitude ride in Big Bear Lake!

Visit for more information.

JazzTrax Hits Big Bear Lake June 21-23

JazzTrax at Big Bear Lake - Northwoods ResortJazzTrax Summer Music Festival hits Big Bear Lake June 21-23. JazzTrax newest festival site is a spectacular lakeside lawn at the Marina Resort in the Village of Big Bear Lake. It is the 8th annual JazzTrax Summer Music Festival in the San Bernardino Mountains, above Southern California, but the first to be held right on the lake. Plans are laid for the stars of smooth jazz to perform on a floating stage on top Big Bear Lake while the audience sits alongside on the shoreline.

Guitarist Steve Oliver kicks off the festival aboard the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel June 21 for two unplugged performances, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. show is already sold out. The opening night after party is at Nottinghams with saxophonist Will Donato.

Northwoods Resort is the perfect place to stay for JazzTrax or any Big Bear Lake event. For reservations please visit our website or call 800-866-3121.

Wounded Deputy to serve as Grand Marshall of Big Bear Lake Parade

Big Bear Lake EventsThe community of Big Bear is giving very big THANK YOU to Alex Collins, the San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy who survived being shot several times by fired L.A. police officer Christopher Dorner during a massive manhunt in the Big Bear Lake area, on June 15th when he will serve as the Grand Marshall of this years Old Miners Days Heritage Parade.

“He’s going to be there, going to be in the parade,” sheriff’s Capt. Tom Bradford said Monday. “He still has a long recovery process ahead of him, including additional surgeries in coming weeks, even some before the event, but his recovery is coming along better than expected.”

The community is using its annual parade to say thanks to all of the “fearless emergency personnel” for their service and protection of the community from Dorner, according to the announcement that named Collins as Grand Marshall.

Collins, who has served as a deputy in Big Bear since 2008, has been on medical leave since Feb. 12. Although Collins was on family leave with a newborn son during the Dorner manhunt, he decided to return to duty to help.

The parade starts at 4 p.m. June 15 and runs less than a mile along Big Bear Boulevard from Summit Boulevard to Georgia Street. During the parade, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon will ride with a group of volunteer rangers and members of a search-and-rescue crew known as the Sheriff’s Rangers Mounted Posse.

The public is invited to greet law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a pre-parade reception at the Big Bear Convention Center.

None of this outpouring of thanks surprises Bradford, who is Collins’ commander. “Big Bear Lake has always been very supportive of law enforcement and military personnel. It’s a close-knit community,” he said.

Spring Break At Northwoods Resort in Big Bear Lake, California

northwoods spring breakWondering what to do for Spring Break?

Well, Northwoods Resort located in Big Bear Lake, California should be your destination!  We are a four-season resort that has something to offer to anyone in any season.
Big Bear Lake is located in beautiful Southern California and offers everything that will make this the best Spring Break ever!  With one of the largest selections of spring activities to offer in Big Bear Lake, we are sure that you will find the activity for you! Is it parasailing, golfing, boating or even horseback riding? Not to mention we have great money saving packages for some of Big Bears premium activities.
Come join us at Northwoods Resort! We’re waiting for you!
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