Best NJ Beer Festivals and Events

New Jersey Beer Festivals

New Jersey beer festivals play host to well over
100 major breweries and micro breweries

NJ has made a mark in the beer brewing history of the United States. During the late 19th century, New Jersey was considered to be the nations hub of breweries and was home to some of the largest breweries in the United States.

With a large German immigrant population, there were many brew masters and owners who preserved the style of beer from their homelands. During the 1880s, there were no less than six breweries in Newark, NJ alone.

In 1935, the G. Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey became the first brewer to market beer in steel cans. In that year, only about 25 percent of beer was packaged in bottles and cans -- the rest was kegged. Today, however, about 90 percent of America's beer production is consumed from bottles and cans.

Note: Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

April  2023 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Beer Run 5K craft beer festival
The Beer Run 5K Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 22, 20123: 12 - 4pm
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Wall Township, NJ
Cost: from $14.95
The 5K where your running buddies are your drinking buddies. Run (or walk) through a historic 1800's village and cross the finish line into a craft beer festival featuring some of the best beer and eats NJ has to offer. Your ticket includes race registration, 12 5oz. pours from participating breweries, a tasting glass, and festival access with live music, lawn games, food trucks, and more. Don't feel like running? Grab a Beer Fest Only ticket and cheer your crew on at the finish line instead. Designated Driver tickets also available for those who don't wish to indulge.

May 2023 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Meadowlands Beer Fest
Meadowlands Racetrack's Beer Fest
Saturday, May 6, 2023: 5 PM - 9PM ( rain or shine)
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment
1 Racetrack Dr.
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Event Cost: $65 VIP Ticket: includes admission, special food access, tasting glass, exclusive VIP tastings and 1 additional hour of sampling (limited to 200)
$45 GA Ticket: includes admission, tasting glass and 4 hour sampling
$50 for day of GA ticket purchase: includes admission, tasting glass and 4 hour sampling
This event features Beers from around the US, DJ, Live horse racing & beginning 6:20pm The Kentucky Derby Simulcast. All ticket holders have access to samplings, pairings, educational seminars and more.

Skylands Food Truck Beer Festival
Skylands Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Saturday May 6th, 2023; from 12-7pm (Rain or shine)
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644
Cost: Admission: $5 (kids under 38″ FREE) Drink Tokens: $5 Sampler Mug: (w/6x 4oz drinks) $10 Kids Drink Bat: $10 / Beer Bat: $20 Rides + Food are additional costs
Free parking
This event has entertainment for all ages. Spend a special day enjoying the outdoors with delicious food, deserts, specialty drinks and much more. The delicious options include 20+ Food Trucks, 100+ Craft Beers, Live Music & Performances, Carnival Games, Bounces Axe Throwing, & more

Untap Spring
Untap Spring
May 6, 2023; 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Memorial Park
Greenwich Township, NJ
Cost: $10 - Includes festival admission and souvenir beer glass
Breweries include: Death of the Fox Brewing Company, Striped Lion Distilling, Axe & Arrow, Brewing Farmers & Bankers Brewing, Core 3 Brewery Armageddon Brewing, & Swedesboro Brewing.

Brew by the Bay
Brew By the Bay
Saturday, May 13th, 2023; 12pm - 5pm (May 14th Rain date)
1 Atlantic St.
Highlands, NJ 07732
Web Site/Tickets
Contact: 732-291-4713
[email protected]
Event Cost: $40.00 - tickets include seven 4oz. tastings and a pint of craft beer and a commemorative pilsner cup (for the first 300 registered. Additional tastings can be purchased at the event for $3
The tasting takes place on the picturesque waterfront; Each participating brewery will bring two styles of beer each. There will be live music, fire pits and food is available for an additional fee.

Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
Saturday, May 20, 2023; 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mennen Arena Field
161 Hanover Ave
Morris Plains, NJ
Cost: $20, $60, & $90
This festival fetures only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People's Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 30 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 3 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic Music!

June 2023 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
June 3, 4, 2023
Bader Field
545 Albany Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tickets & Information
This event features a celebration of music, brews, breweries. If beer and music aren't enough, the festival will also feature world-famous cuisine from staple Atlantic County restaurants, culinary demonstrations, educational seminars, sideshow acts, and some "off the wall" activities. You're invited to enjoy hot wing eating contests, larger-than-life games, Silent Disco, hatchet throwing, keg tossing, and so much more, all in one place! In addition, non-brewery vendors will offer unique beer-related apparel and goods that are sure to please long after the session ends.
Music by The Dropkick Murphy's & 311
Two sessions:
Session 1: Saturday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, & Session 2, Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

New Jersey Beer and Food Festival
Saturday June 17, 2023 3pm - 7pm
The Festival Field at Grand Cascades Lodge
Crystal Springs Resort
3 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ
Information & Tickets
This event features the ultimate weekend for beer lovers! Don't miss the king of all NJ beer events where you can sample an array of craft beer, cider and traditional brews. Savor selections from over 200 brewers and enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ, sausages and other delicious seasonal bites. You'll also enjoy a range of entertainment, including fun outdoor games, premier golf and high energy live music.

Battleship NJ Beer Festival
Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, June 24, 2023; 1pm - 5pm
100 Clinton St
Camden, NJ 
Cost: $29, $40, & $65
The state’s premiere New Jersey-exclusive craft beer festival, bringing you live music, crafts and of course, over thirty local breweries on the nation’s most decorated battleship!  Last years event had 35 breweries with over 100 different beers.Take a tour of the ship, then join in for an amazing time on the Delaware River!