Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest: Enjoy the Atmosphere of “Getmütlichkeit”!

For 52 years, friends and family have gathered in the beautiful mountains of Southern California to celebrate Oktoberfest. Enjoy crisp fall air, cold beer, grilled Bratwurst, live music, and merriment as you raise a stein to making memories with friends and friends. Prost! 

To help get you in the Oktoberfest spirit, we have put together a list of some handy German phrases: 

“O’zapft is!” 

One of the most authentic (and important!) Oktoberfest expressions, this saying means ‘It’s tapped’, signaling the first keg has been tapped, thus officially starting the festivities! 


Greet your fellow revelers with this informal greeting which is the Bavarian equivalent of ‘hello’. Conveniently, it can also be used to say ‘goodbye’. 

“Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!” 

This Bavarian drinking cry basically translates as “one, two, three, drink!” Make sure you also use… 


You will probably hear and say this expression a lot at Oktoberfest. Prost means ‘cheers’. You might also hear ein Prosit, which means ‘a toast’, as a signal for you to raise your glass. 

“Zum Wohl!” 

For an alternative to prost, use this German drinking expression, which means ‘to your health’. 

“Guten Appetite!” 

This saying is the German version of ‘bon appetite’. Raise your glass and say guten appetite whenever you see anyone tucking into a Bratwurst.  

“Pfiat Di!” 

Say goodbye to your new Oktoberfest friends with this classic Bavarian phrase.  

The 2022 Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday, Sept. 10 and runs for nine consecutive weekends through Nov. 5, every Saturday and Sunday. Plus, Fridays in October! Make sure to check out the website for up-to-date information. 

Where to Stay?  

Are you ready to raise a stein to a memorable Oktoberfest getaway? Book your perfect home base with us for a weekend of revelry. We have a lovely selection of vacation rental homes, including cabins, cottages, and luxurious lakefront estates in Big Bear. We hope to see you soon. Prost! 

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