Oktoberfest in New Jersey

2017 Oktoberfests,  Celebrations, and Events

Oktoberfest in New Jersey

Oktoberfest is a German celebration of Bavarian traditions with huge amounts of beer, food, German music, singing, and traditional Bavarian costumes.

With increased worldwide popularity,  New Jersey Oktoberfests have become a popular fall event and with Oktoberfest celebrations found throughout the state just a short driving distance of their home.



The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. Today it continues in Munich to become the world's largest beer festival. Oktoberfest is an event that takes place during the 16 days before the first Sunday in October. However this event can stretch to 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1st.

Oktoberfest isn't just for Germans anymore. Oktoberfest has now become a very popular world wide festival. Today the largest Oktoberfests are held in Munich and Cincinnati.

Most of the New Jersey Oktoberfest celebrations are shortened, scaled down versions, and usually occur over a day or two during the traditional Oktoberfest , during the 16 days before the first Sunday in October, although some bar/tavern venues have made it a weekend event stretching to the end of October.

Authentic Oktoberfests are celebrated with performers wearing the traditional German costumes with the men dressed in Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl. German attendees are often found wearing Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte). In the past, the more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. Though nowadays this is no longer the case as the tufts are synthetic and everybody can look as wealthy as they like.

Oktoberfest attendees can often be seen with a stein of German beer is in one hand and the other holding a wurst or sausage. Additional foods are served in large portions from oxen and whole split roasted chickens to a variety of sausages steamed and served with sauerkraut and onions.

Of course, the big draw is the German Beer. Oktoberfest is more than a celebration, it is also a style of bier. Authentic Oktoberfest bier is brewed very much like the reddish-amber Marzen beer that was served at the Crown Prince Ludwig's wedding in 1810. Today, however Oktoberfest biers in Germany tend to be lighter in color and body than the traditional Marzen style. However, American craft breweries have a slightly different style of brewing Oktoberfest biers that are often slightly higher in alcohol, richer in hops aroma and flavor, and redder in hue than the European fest biers

In The USA, the onset of fall, and especially the winter, will find the better quality, more flavorful beers will begin to replace the lighter, less flavorful beers typically found in the summer.


New Jersey 2017 Oktoberfests

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern New Jersey 2017 Oktoberfests

Germania Park Oktoberfestآ 
September 16, 2017
56 Conger Street
Dover, New Jersey
(973) 328-9693
Website
This event featres a celebration of German heritage with live German music, beer, food, and the Steuben Parade.
Germania Park has been dedicated to preserving German culture since 1895

Annual Pig and Prince Oktoberfest
September 23, 2017; Noon - 8pm
Pig and Prince Restaurant
1 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair, NJ
Website
This celebration is hosted by The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge featuring authentic German food and seven local craft breweries. Live music all day.

Leonia Oktoberfest
September 23, 2017; 2pm until 9pm
American Legion Hall
399 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ 07605
Website
Admission: $5, Children Free
This is a family friendly event is a fall celebration of German culture with German food and beer, kids activities, and German competitions.The event is a fund raiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of The Palisades to support the Weekend Snack Pack Program at local schools.

Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 6pm - 11pm
Our Lady of the Lake Parish
32 Lakeside Ave.
Verona, NJ 07044
Website (tickets) Advanced tickets $65 until September 29th. Tickets the night of the event, if any remain, will be $75
The event takes place under a grand tent and includes authentic German cuisine, local fare, beer, wine, a variety of non alcoholic beverages, live music, raffles, and more! The Oktoberfest festivities begin with a ceremonial beer tapping, followed by German music, great food and other live entertainment.

Duck Pond Oktoberfest
Saturday October 14, 2017, 10am - 5pm
Demarest Nature Center
Duck Pond
38 Park St
Demarest, NJ
Website
This event features a craft show in a festive German atmosphere with German music, German food, inflatable games and canoe rides.

Forest Lodge Oktoberfest 2016
October 14, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, October 15th).
Gates Open 11am - 5pm
Forest Lodge
11 Reinman Road
Warren, NJ
Website
The admission for adults is $7.00 pp. Children under 10 years old - Free! Admission fee to Oktoberfest includes access to the Vendor Fair, and Live Music & Dancing in the main pavilion.
This family event will have all day entertainment, including traditional German dances, Cow Bell Ringing, Alp Horn demonstrations, German food, German beer, a vendor fair, and kids activities. There will be hearty menu of German-American foods, as well as e scrumptious German cakes & strudels! Oktoberfest is great fun for the children as well. Kids will keep busy with Amusement Rides, Carnival Booths, Inflatableق€™s and other activities. The Festhalle will have all day entertainment including Traditional German Dances, Cow Bell Ringing, and Alp Horn demonstrations too!

Hackettstown Oktoberfest
September 29, 30, October 1 2017; 12pm-8pm
Czig Meister Platz
106 Valentine St,
Hackettstown, NJ
908-850-5004
Website
Hosted by Hackettstown BID and local breweries: Man Skirt Brewing, Czig Meister Brewing and Homebrew University. Each of the breweries will host festivities at their Platz through their regular operating hours. The celebrations include Oktoberfest-inspired craft beer and food, costume contest, live music, vendors, games. Some games are not alcohol-related. Families welcome. Begin the fun with a celebratory keg tapping at 12 PM, then enjoy a packed schedule of activities.



Central New Jersey 2017 Oktoberfests

8th annual German American Society of Trenton Oktoberfest
September 24, 2017: 12 noon - €“ 7:00 pm.
215 Uncles Pete's Road
Trenton, NJ 08691-3733
Website
609-585-5200
This celebration features German beers with music by the Austrian Boys and German Dance performances by the GTV Almrausch. The event will also feature a pig roast, traditional German food, vendors and crafts, bounce castles, kid activities and family fun!
94.5 PSTwill boadcast the event live from 2 pm ق€“ 4pm hosting a Stein holding competition.
$5 admission, children 12 & under free and individuals in full traditional German attire get in free! Part of the proceeds benefit the Jeremy Fund.

17th Annual Oktoberfest in Highlands
Saturday, October 7, 2017; 12pm - 7pm
Veterans Park
Bay and Shrewsbury Ave
Highlands
732 - 291- 4713
Website
Admission and Parking is free.
Modeled on the traditional Munich, Germany Oktoberfest with an emphasis on eating; drinking and being merry while providing something for everyone. Authentic German food, children's activities, crafters, live music, dancing and other great entertainment.



Southern New Jersey 2017 Oktoberfests

Oktoberfest in Cape May
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 10am - 5pm
The city blocks off Jackson Street between Carpenter's Lane and Beach Drive
Cape May, NJ
609.884.5508
Website
This festival features a bustling block party filled with food, crafts, antiques and art. Dance the polka to a German American Band! Chow down on bratwurst. And lest we forget... there's beer. And lots of it!

2nd Annual Oktoberfest

September 30, October 1, 2017; 11 am - 6pm
on the Boulevard between Webster Ave and Dupont Ave.
Seaside Heights, NJ
Website
Paid Admission.
The fun begins on Saturday at 11AM with the Tapping of the Keg! The event also features seasonal craft beer tastings, great bands all weekend long, authentic German food, artisans and crafters, beer garden, food trucks, and kids zone.

Smithville Oktoberfest
October 7, 8, 2017
Historic Smithville and Village Green
Smithville, NJ
Website
This festive event feature music, kids activities, international food court and over 100 Juried Crafters in addition to the year round Village activities

Sea Isle City Octoberfest
October 21, 2017; 11am-3pm
Excursion Park
Sea Isle City, NJ

609-263-9090
Website
The family celebration will feature live German music, vendors, free hayrides on the beach, magic acts, pumpkin painting, children's entertainment and a fantastic Pie Baking Contest.

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