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Get the best of the wurst at Big Bear Oktoberfest on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3

Get the best of the wurst at Big Bear Oktoberfest on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3
The Big Bear event features brats, beer, knockwurst, lumberjack competitions and live music. (Dan McKernan)

Big Bear Lake keeps adding events to its autumn lineup, with the various activities joining a large Oktoberfest celebration that dates back almost 50 years. Whether you’re looking for pumpkins or fall colors, the mountain retreat two hours from Los Angeles offers plenty of options for a long weekend, or even a long day.

The Big Bear Oktoberfest runs every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 3 and features live music, authentic brats and knockwurst and plenty of beer, including Paulaner and Warsteiner.

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Sunday is family day, and children 12 and under are admitted free. The festival is located at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Tickets start at $15. Saturday hours are noon to midnight; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

Other fall events:

Segway Fall Colors Tour, Action Zipline Tours, through Nov. 25, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 40957 Big Bear Blvd. Tickets start at $85. (909) 866-0390.

Grizzly 100 & MTB Gran Fondo, for mountain bikers, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. Starts and finishes in the Village, at Pine Knot Boulevard and Village Drive. Free. (909) 866-8000

Fall Pumpkin Patch & Petting Zoo, Bear Valley Farms, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1601 E. Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear City. Prices start at $5. (909) 547-5424.

Big Bear Comedy Festival, in the Village, Nov. 9 and 10. Tickets from $15. Various locations.

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