During September and October, Lake Arrowhead Village hosts a variety of bands and serves classic German foods to celebrate Oktoberfest. Admission and parking are free.
We have been visiting Lake Arrowhead since dating back in the ’90s. It is a very special place, filled with many special memories, including our engagement proposal next to the lake. We’ve brought our boys on countless day trips and mini-vacations to this beautiful escape away from the city.
October is an especially fun time to visit Lake Arrowhead Village. The leaves are starting to change colors, the air is crisp, and the sun is still shining brightly through the clouds above. But another reason to visit in the fall is Oktoberfest!
Festive music, lively games, and dance parties are scheduled throughout the day. German bands play traditional music, contemporary music, and fun songs like the Chicken Dance. Musical chairs, sausage toss, and stein holding are some of the games played. If you want to participate in the games, make sure you sign up at the stage.
Various food vendors sell traditional German foods at their booths located throughout the Village. Beer and wine packages are available for purchase and come with a commemorative stein to keep.
Traditional German foods such as bratwurst, potatoes, coleslaw, pretzels, knockwurst, and more are available for purchase. The food was SO good! Yum! There are also several restaurants, like a Mexican restaurant and a McDonalds, available at the Village.
Finding a place to sit wasn’t too hard. However, if you want to be close to the tent, hear the bands play, and people watch, snatching a spot is a bit harder. Table reservations are available for a fee, but if you come prepared, the grass area makes a nice spot to set up camp.
Handcrafted items, boutique gifts, and gourmet foods are just a few things you can find at the merchandise booths during Oktoberfest. We purchased a few handmade wooden candle holders at a bargain price!
More of the Village
Lake Arrowhead Village has plenty of shops, restaurants, and activities such as clothing, toys, books, jewelry, and gift stores, to name a few. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Mr. G’s Toys are two long-standing shops we traditionally visit.
Lollipop Park is located on what was a large grassy picnic area. We miss that relaxing and sentimental spot, but embrace change for the sake of fun! Most of the rides are small, but adults can fit in some. Bumper cars, a carousel, funhouse mirrors, mini-golf, and more are available at the end area of the Village.
Next to Lollipop Park is a playground and dog spot. Here you will find the best views of the lake and a few squirrels running around the bank.
Our family loves Lake Arrowhead Village and have so many memories there. The neighboring resort is amazingly wonderful and one we frequent. If you take a ride on the Arrowhead Queen Boat, you will get a lovely tour and history lesson of the area. Hiking trails and community parks are close by too.
- Check theLakeArrowheadVillage.com for updates on events and raod conditions prior to heading out.
- Arrive early. Parking is horrible if you arive after noon.
- Purchase duck food at a local shop.
- Bring sunblock and extra water.
- Pack folding chairs or blanket for sitting in the grass area.
- Table reservations are available for a fee, check the LakeArrowheadOktoberfest.com website.
- Drive through the town of Blue Jay and stop at Jensen’s Market for delicious bakery treats.