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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.

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COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

September 2020 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ &
Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
September 5, 6, 2020; 11:00am to 5:00pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, NJ
The Monmouth Park Racetrack will be hosting their Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival filled with horse races, beer tasting, great barbecued food, and fun for the entire family. some of the Garden State's best BBQ joints. In addition, cool off with a cold one in the beer garden with live music.

Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing
Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 PM – 7 PM
426 Sand Shore Rd,
Hackettstown, NJ
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Cost: Free
This indoor craft market features 22 local artisans. Patrons are welcome to bring or have delivered their own food into the brewery. Free admission into the brewery and the market. Children and dogs are warmly welcomed! Beer is available for purchase.

The NJ Highlands Brewfest at Boonton
The NJ Highlands Brewfest at Boonton
Saturday September 12th, 2020; 1:00-6:00pm.
Canalside Park
Boonton, NJ
The event benefiting the NJ Highlands Coalition will feature over 40 breweries and 80 beers takes place in Boonton's Canalside park. In addition to the craft beer sampling the afternoon will feature live music as well as food vendors and local merchants.

New Jersey Motor Sports Park Beer Fest
New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Designer Wraps Beer Fest
September 12, 2020; 4PM - 8PM.
8000 Dividing Creek Rd
Millville, NJ
Website / Tickets
Cost: $35, early entry tickets at $45, and VIP tickets at $75 -Parking will be $10 per car - cash only
Expect over 30 craft breweries and 60 styles of beer, in addition to food trucks, vendors, live music by Megan Knight, and more. Your ticket includes beer samples from all participating breweries. Parking will be $10 per car - cash only. All ticket holders must bring valid ID for admission to the festival to receive proper credentials, wristband, and tasting glass. Guests are reminded that New Jersey Motorsports Park offers overnight accommodations including camping spots and hotel rooms.

October 2020 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Central Jersey Beer Festival
Central Jersey Beer Festival
Saturday October 10, 2020; Beer tasting 1PM - 5PM** (Rain or Shine, Tents will be used in case of inclement weather!)
Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. 
1665 Mercerville-Edinburg Rd
West Windsor, NJ
Website & Tickets
Cost: $10 General admission, $65 VIP Beer Tasting Ticket,
VIP Entry & Tasting beginning at 12PM Food trucks and music until 6PM
This event features over 175 beers, live music, food, and 4 hours of Beer Tasting. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and friends and spread out on the grass in the park

Oktoberfest at Raceway Park
Oktoberfest  at Raceway Park
October 24, 2020; Session One 12-4pm, Session Two 5-9pm
Raceway Park
230 Pension Road
Englishtown NJ 07726
Cost: $65, designated driver $15
This event features a sampling of selections from over 30 tri-state area breweries in a safe and fun outdoor setting. Lagers, IPAs, Stouts, Pilsners, wines, hard seltzers,. Attendees will be provided with your commemorative sampling glass. Other features include gourmet food vendors, live bands and a variety of games, including corn hole and hatchet tossing! What you get: Pay one fee to get in, and all drinks are on the house! You will receive a five ounce souvenir glass with a two ounce pour line sponsored by Ultimate Collision of Edison. You are welcome to sample any and all beers that our brewers have.

November 2020 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival
Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival
Rescheduled to November 7, 2020 from June 20, 2020; 12PM – 5PM (rain or shine)
100 Clinton St
Camden, NJ 
Cost: $50 - $75
This event features beer tasting, live entertainment, and a free self-guided tour of the nation's most decorated ship. Guests attending the Beer Festival will experience to live music and enjoy some great pub food.

March 2021 NJ Beer Festivals

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest
Jersey City Craft Brew Fest
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Session 1: 1:00pm - 4:30pm -Session 2: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Harborside 3 Atrium
153 Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: $15 – $70
In the spirit of Oktoberfest, a traditional German celebration of beer and countrymen will be held over with more than 150 styles of craft beers featuuring many NJ craft breweries. This event will feature an eclectic local variety of superbly fermented beer and cider in all styles combining the best elements of a Beer Garden with the staggering array of choices found only at a Craft Beer Festival. Guests will enjoy unlimited craft beer samples for the entire evening paired with live entertainment, Food and Interactive Games.

April 2021 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
April 9th & 10th, 2021
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ
Tickets & Information
This event features a celebration of a decade of AC music, brews, breweries. Attendees will experience over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries, the biggest music acts to date, interactive touch points such as life size beer pong and a pop-up jam band space, a state-of-the-art March Madness viewing area and culinary offerings from our favorite AC food and beverage joints.
Music by New Found Glory, Goldfinger, & Against Me.
Three sessions:
Session 1 Friday, 8am - 12:00 am, Session 2 Saturday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, & Session 3 Saturday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm