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Oktoberfest in New Jersey

Here is our big list of Oktoberfest in New Jersey celebrations for 2016. The one million NJ residents with German heritage, and all those who want to pretend that they are German for a weekend and indulge in food and beverage, should have no trouble finding a nearby New Jersey Oktoberfest to attend.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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2016 Events

Oktoberfest in August – North Bergen – August 15, 2016
Celebrate the 141st Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen with their annual Oktoberfest in August event at Schuetzen Park.  Enjoy German foods, children’s games, a little miss beauty pageant, and their famous beer stein holding competition.  Music fun is provided by the Austrian Boys and the Bavarian Dancers.  Tickets are $10.  The fest starts at 12:00 pm.

Medford Oktoberfest – Medford, NJ – Sept 17, 2016

Germania Park Oktoberfest – Dover, NJ – September 17-18, 2016
Oktoberfest and Steuben Parade with live music.
Location: Conger Street, Dover, New Jersey 07802-0533

Garden State Brewfest – Whippany, NJ – Sept 24, 2016,
Held at Anchor Golf Center. Hours are 1p – 5p with VIP starting at noon.

Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest – Chester, NJ – September 24-25, 2016
The Chester Lions Club will host its 17th annual Oktoberfest charity fundraiser on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25, 2015 from noon to 8 PM. Enjoy authentic German food, beer, dancing, live entertainment and a 50/50 raffle at Chubb Park on Route 24 in Chester, NJ. The Oktoberfest is a family friendly event with entertainment, pony rides, games and live music for kids. Children under 12 are free. Admission is $6 for adults. All proceeds from the event will be donated to various charities. Location: Chubb Park, Route 24 West in Chester, NJ, 07930

German American Society of Trenton Oktoberfest – Trenton, NJ – September 25, 2016
The German-American Society is proud to present Mercer County’s Largest German Event. 7th Annual Oktoberfest – Traditional Beer Festival from 12 noon – 7:00 pm. Featuring beers by Samuel Adams as well as many 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! Join 94.5 PST live at the event from 2 pm – 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.

Pig and Prince Oktoberfest – Montclair, NJ – September 25, 2016
The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge is holding its 4th annual Oktoberfest which will feature authentic German food and seven local craft breweries. Tickets are $20 per person which includes admission, authentic Oktoberfest beer mug, raffle ticket, and one token good for one beer or food station.
Location: 1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ

Leonia Oktoberfest – Leonia, NJ – October 1, 2016
17th annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the Rotary Club of The Palisades to support the Weekend Snack Pack Program at local schools. This is a family friendly event with food and drink, kids activities, and German competitions.
Location: American Legion Hall, 399 Broad Ave, Leonia, NJ 07605

Oktoberfest – Hamilton, NJ – October 1-2, 2016

Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest – Verona, NJ – October 8, 2016
Seventh annual Oktoberfest under the grand tent in the OLL parking lot. Authentic German food, beer, wine, and live music. Festivities begin with ceremonial beer keg tapping. Advance tickets are $65 per person. Fourth annual Kinderfest under the tents in the Montrose Avenue parking lot is free but tickets are required for certain rides, games and crafts.
Location: 32 Lakeside Ave, Verona, NJ

New Jersey’s Best Oktoberfest & Vendor Fair – Warren, NJ – October 8, 2016
Oompah at its best. Smell the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and hear the cries of “Prosit!” It must be time for Forest Lodge’s OKTOBERFEST ! Yodel on over to Forest Lodge and help “Roll out the Barrel’ at Oktoberfest. Everyone’s Invited! The celebration begins SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 (rain date: Sunday, October 9, 2016).
Gates Open 11am * Food & Beverage Pavilion 12pm * Band Starts 1pm.
The Bavarian Brother’s will have you dancing and singing to all your favorite songs! The Festhalle will have all day entertainmentincluding Traditional German Dances, Cow Bell Ringing, and Alp Horn demonstrations too!
Of course the best part of Forest Lodge’s Oktoberfest is the hearty menu of German-American foods. The menu is vast, so come and feast on all these delicious foods. Leave room for the scrumptious German cakes & strudels! Don’t forget that cold German beer to wet your whistle!
Oktoberfest attracts many visitors just for the shopping opportunities at the Vendor Fair. Over 45 vendors selling a wide range of products at the Vendor Fair at Oktoberfest! Vendors will be selling candles, home-made crafts, jewelry, baskets, soaps, seasonal items, far too many items to list them all. It’s the ideal opportunity to start your holiday shopping with many unique gift items. Oktoberfest is great fun for the children as well. Kids will keep busy with Amusement Rides, Carnival Booths, Inflatable’s and other activities.
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. SPREAD THE WORD about this spectacular Family-Fun Day! Need directions to Forest Lodge? Here they are: (www.forestlodge.com)
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2015 Events

Duck Pond Oktoberfest – Demarest, NJ – October 10, 2015
34th annual craft show and Oktoberfest with German music, German food, inflatable games and canoe rides.  Event is hosted by the Demarest Nature Center.
Location: The Duck Pond, Demarest, NJ

Smithville Oktoberfest – Smithville, NJ – October 3-4, 2015
Music, kids activities, international food court and over 100 Juried Crafters in addition to the year round Village activities.
Location:  Historic Smithville and Village Green.

Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ Oktoberfest – Clark, NJ – September 12-13, 2015 & October 3-4, 2015
Location: 787 Featherbed Lane, Clark, NJ

Oasis Oktoberfest – Franklin Lakes, NJ – October 16, 2015
Proceeds from this 12th annual Oktoberfest benefit OASIS – a haven for women and children.
Location: McBride Field. 813 Franklin Lake Rd., Franklin Lakes, NJ, 07417

Princeton Lodge Oktoberfest – Princeton, NJ – October 10, 2015
 Seventh annual Oktoberfest hosted by Princeton Lodge #38 from 11 AM to 6 PM with traditional German meal, German beer and music. Admission is $10 and a portion of profits benefits the Tristate Wheelchair Athletic Association.
Location:  Masonic Center, 345 River Road, Princeton, NJ

Andy’s Corner Oktoberfest – Bogota, NJ – September 19, 2015
German beer, bratwurst and live music at Andy’s Oktoberfest.
Location: 257 Queen Anne Road, Bogota, NJ 07603

NJ Oktoberfest at Crystal Springs Resort – Sussex County, NJ – September 19-20, 2015
This annual New Jersey Oktoberfest is held at The Red Tail Lodge. It will have German beer, German and American food, live music and Bavarian Dancers, beer wrestling, pie eating, Miss Oktoberfest contest and a bunch more games and contests. 
Location: 200 State Rt 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

Zeppelin Hall Oktoberfest – Jersey City, NJ – Friday and Saturday nights, Starting September 25, 2015
Over 50 beers on tap and German food along with live music from German party bands and contests/giveaways.
Location:  297 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ.

Jackson Street Oktoberfest – Cape May, NJ – October 3, 2015
Beer gardens, food, crafts and entertainment.

Saint Peter and Paul Parish Oktoberfest – Hoboken, NJ – September 25-26, 2015
Plan on celebrating with family and friends as Ss Peter and Paul teams up with Hoboken Catholic Academy for Hoboken Family Oktoberfest. Enjoy traditional Oktoberfest fare from bratwurst to strudel, along with some other great festival favorites. It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without some seasonal ice-cold brews, so raise a glass in toasting some delicious Oktoberfest drafts in our Biergarten located inside the Ss Peter and Paul parking lot. The fun does not stop there! Enjoy live music performed by “Nobody’s Sheriff” and take the gang on a trip through our kid’s village across the street at Stevens Park. From bouncy castles to basketball, there is surely something for everyone.   Location:  404 Hudson St., Hoboken, NJ.

Pilsner Haus Oktoberfest – Hoboken, NJ – Weekends starting Sept 25, 2015
Kick off Oktoberfest at this authentic Beer Hall in New Jersey.  Activities and live bands every Friday and Saturday nights.
Location: 1422 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken NJ 07030

Fall Beer & Food Fest – Allamuchy, NJ – September 13, 2015
Panther Pub hosts this Oktoberfest at Panther Valley Mall.  Free admission from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Great foods available including pig roast, bratwurst, chicken, burgers, apple pie and much more.  Fun includes face painting, pumpkin decorating, and live music.

Highlands Oktoberfest – Highlands, NJ – October 17, 2015

South Jersey Oktoberfest – Sewell, NJ – October 9, 2015

Sea Isle City Oktoberfest – Sea Isle City, NJ – October 17, 2015
Location: Excursion Park – JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Avenue

Quakertown Fire Company Oktoberfest – Pittstown, NJ – October 3, 2015
5th annual Oktoberfest with food, beverages and activities for kids and adults.
Location:  67 Quakertown Road in Franklin Township

Trump Taj Oktoberfest – Atlantic City – October 24-25, 2016
Trump Taj celebrates it’s 21st year with this Atlantic City Oktoberfest. Live music and authentic food. $5 admission. 21+ only.
Location:  1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Oktoberfest at Stone House at Stirling Ridge – Warren, NJ – 2015
Stone House at Stirling Ridge is holding an Oktoberfest from Noon – 3 PM on Saturday. German food and kegs of Weyerbacher and Breckenridge. $40 in advance. $45 at the door. Admission includes two beers and unlimited grilled bratwurst, hot pretzels, potato dumplings and apple strudel. Call to RSVP: (866) 683-3586
Location: 50 Stirling Rd, Warren, NJ 07059

Lambertville Oktoberfest – Lambertville, NJ
Music, craft beers and German food to benefit the Friends of Ely Park. Tickets are $45.
Location: Parking Lot outside Rago Arts and Auction Center, 333 South Main Street, Lambertville

Golden Nugget Oktoberfest on the Deck – Atlantic City, NJ –
Follows the September Craft Beer Festival.

Avalon Oktoberfest – Avalon, NJ
Location:  Avalon near 20th street between Dune and Ocean Drive, Avalon, NJ.

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Some of these Oktoberfest parties might be on the smaller side. Try my list of the largest Oktoberfests in the United States for the most popular and attended celebrations of German heritage. You should also check the lists of nearby states that also celebrate Oktoberfest: Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.

Whether you have found a festival to enjoy or you will be celebrating from home, Funtober has some other resources that will help you prepare for Oktoberfest. Read about the history of Oktoberfest. Learn about Oktoberfest beer. Find the words to Oktoberfest music. Plan your Oktoberfest outfit. And try cooking some of these Oktoberfest recipes.

Find other fun things to do in New Jersey in October:

New Jersey Festivals
New Jersey Corn Mazes
New Jersey Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in New Jersey
Pumpkin Patches in New Jersey

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