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.
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
Parking is available in a parking garage around the corner.
Garden State Brewfest
September 24, 2016; 2pm - 6pm
Anchor Golf Center
This event features an Oktoberfest experience with over 100 Breweries and 150 beers under three large tents. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with live music and food
4th Annual Pig and Prince Oktoberfest
September 25, 2016; Noon - 7pm
Pig and Prince Restaurant
1 Lackawanna Plaza
This celebration is hosted by The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge featuring authentic German food and seven local craft breweries. Live music will be performed by The Defending Champions, The One and Nine’s, and The Porchistas.
Tickets are $20 per person which includes admission, authentic Oktoberfest beer mug, raffle ticket, and one token good for one beer or food station.
October 1, 2016; 4pm until 11pm
American Legion Hall
399 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ 07605
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, October 8, 2016; 6pm - 11pm
Our Lady of the Lake Parish
32 Lakeside Ave.
Verona, NJ 07044
Website (tickets) Advanced tickets $65 until October 2nd. 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 8, 2016, 10am - 5pm
Demarest Nature Center
38 Park St
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 8, 2016 (rain date: Sunday, October 9, 2016).
Gates Open 11am
11 Reinman Road
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, Inflatable’s and other activities.The Bavarian Brother’s will have you dancing and singing to all your favorite songs! The Festhalle will have all day entertainment including Traditional German Dances, Cow Bell Ringing, and Alp Horn demonstrations too!
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.
Annual Ninety Acres at Natirar Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 8, 2016: 12:00 - 3:00pm
Natirar Resort & Spa
2 Main St.
Peapack, NJ 07977
This years Oktoberfest celebration features a German style fall lunch buffet along with some of the best local craft brews along with an opptunity to learn the difference in taste and style, how they were made and more.. Partcipating breweries include:
Brooklyn Brewery, Jersey Girl Brewing Co, Magnify Brewing Co, Flying Fish Brewing Co, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co, Yards Brewing Co. & Sixpoint Brewery.
Oktoberfest Featuring Breitenbach
Saturday, October 8, 2016; 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Morris Plains VFW
45 Tabor Road
Morris Plains, NJ
The event will feature authentic German music by Breitenbach, the Band, Brats, Bavarian Pretzels and of course, Octoberfest brews. The event will benefit the PBA and Community Hope, the leading nonprofit saving veterans and veterans families from homelessness.
Saturday October 8, 2016; 12pm-8pm
Czig Meister Platz
106 Valentine St,
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.
Oktoberfest at Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Munich-style Strasse Fest; from 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
October 7 - 10, 2016
527 Lake Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
This month long celebration Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten begins Friday Sept 24th and continues for 4 weeks.
The highlight of the Oktoberfest is the Munich-style Strasse Fest (street Fest) with beer, food and music. Attendees will get to enjoy Oktoberfest beer dinners, rocking polka bands, mug-holding contests, and more.
The Anchor’s Bend BEACHTOBERFEST
October 8, 2016: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1300 Ocean Ave ( North East corner of the Grand Arcade within Asbury Park's historic Convention Hall)
Asbury Park, NJ
This celebration features brews, food & music ---- right on the beach with live entertainment, beach BBQ, and a bonfire
This family celebration features a beer garden serving local craft and German beer, music from the South Jersey Pops Oktoberfest Band and accordionist Dave Burr, kids activities, food vendors, and more
Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Advanced cup reservations are also available online (only) for an all-inclusive cup and admission fee of $14 per person. Limit one cup per registrant. The purchase of a cup will entitle you to 1 free beer and all additional beer purchases will be 16 oz. All other event day beer sales will be 12 oz. Children ages 6-12 are $3 in advance, $5 at the gate. Children under six are admitted free. Entrance to the Museum is included in the admission and Museum docents will lead tours of the galleries.
Oktoberfest in Cape May
October 1, 2016; 10am - 5pm (Rain date Oct 2)
The city blocks off Jackson Street between Carpenter's Lane and Beach Drive
Cape May, NJ
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!
Quakertown Fire Company Oktoberfest
October 1, 2016
67 Quakertown Road
This family celebration features German food, beverages, live entertainment, and activities for kids.
October 1, 2, 2016
Historic Smithville and Village Green
This festive event feature music, kids activities, international food court and over 100 Juried Crafters in addition to the year round Village activities
1st Annual Seaside Heights Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 22nd; 11am – 7pm; and Sunday, October 23rd, 2016: 11am – 6pm
on the Boulevard between Webster Avenue and Dupont Avenue
Seaside Heights, NJ
Website (Information and Craft Beer Ticket Sales)
This Family event kicks off 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. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for anyone 12 and older (cash only at the gate). Kids 11 and under are FREE. Craft Beer Tasting Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door (cash only at the gate). Patrons are limited to one tasting session per day. Tasting sessions options are 12:00 - 2:30 pm and 3:30-6:00 pm each day.
Sea Isle City Octoberfest
Saturday, October 22, 2016; 11:00am to 3:00pm
Sea Isle City, NJ
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