Oktoberfest in New Jersey
There were 17 Oktoberfest in New Jersey celebrations in 2014. We are updating the list for 2015 now. 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.
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.
Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest – Verona, NJ – October 3, 2015
Sixth 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
Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest – Chester, NJ – September 26-27, 2015
The Chester Lions Club will host its 16th annual Oktoberfest charity fundraiser on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27, 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
Jackson Street Oktoberfest – Cape May, NJ – October 4, 2014
Beer gardens, food, crafts and entertainment.
Forest Lodge Oktoberfest - Warren, NJ – October 19, 2014
Lots of family fun under their covered pavilions. Enjoy good foods and cold German beers. Kids fun includes face painting, rides, inflatables, and more. Music is by Bernie’s Orchestra. Tickets are $10 with children under 10 free.
Location: Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ
Leonia Oktoberfest – Leonia, NJ – October 4, 2014
15th 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
Hoboken Family Oktoberfest – Hoboken, NJ – September 26-27, 2014
Plan on celebrating with family and friends as Ss Peter and Paul teams up with Hoboken Catholic Academy for Hoboken Family Oktoberfest on September 26 and 27. 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.
Oktoberfest at Forest Lodge – Warren, NJ – October 11, 2014
Hang on to your Lederhosen, it’s time for Oktoberfest! Yodel on over to FOREST LODGE, 11 Reinman Road in Warren, NJ and help ‘Roll out the Barrel’ at OKTOBERFEST 2014. The celebration begins on Saturday, October 11 (rain date; Sunday, October 19), from 11am to 5pm. The Food & Beverage Pavilion opens at 12noon. Open to the public. Gates Open at 11 AM. Bring your appetite! The menu is full with authentic German-American foods all available for purchase.
- The FESTHALLE will keep everyone entertained! They have Bernie’s Orchestra, a five piece ensemble which will keep your toes tapping, and sure to have you swaying, dancing, and singing to all your favorite songs!
Back by popular demand…it’s the Saengerchor of Clark, NJ! The Saengerchor, an all male German chorus, celebrates their 89th Anniversary this year. The choir, a non-profit organization achieved acclaim and wide recognition both in concert performances and prize singing during their last 88 years of performing. All Oktoberfest attendees will be treated to a variety of German-American songs from the chorus’ repertoire. The chorus is simply … one of New Jersey’s finest. The Saengerchor always welcomes new members. Stop by and visit them at Oktoberfest!
VENDOR FAIR in the PARK! Get ready to shop, shop, shop! Come stroll through the grass fields and start your holiday shopping early. Over 45 quality vendors selling a wide range of products at the Vendor Fair at Oktoberfest! Vendors will be selling candles, home-made crafts, jewelry, baskets, pottery, seasonal items, far too many items to list them all. Come to the Vendor Fair, and start shopping!
Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Bring your friends and family and don’t forget the kids! Kids will keep busy with Amusement Rides, Carnival Booths, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Inflatable’s and more! Admission $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.
Andy’s Corner Oktoberfest – Bogota, NJ – September 20, 2014
German beer, bratwurst and live music at Andy’s Oktoberfest.
Location: 257 Queen Anne Road, Bogota, NJ 07603
Germania Park Oktoberfest – Dover, NJ – September 20-21, 2014
Oktoberfest and Steuben Parade with live music by Paul Belanich and Stadkapelle Donaworth..
Location: Conger Street, Dover, New Jersey 07802-0533
NJ Oktoberfest at Crystal Springs Resort – Sussex County, NJ – September 20-21, 2014
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. Music by Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra with Chris Caffery of the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Location: 200 State Rt 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Fall Beer & Food Fest – Allamuchy, NJ – September 14, 2014
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 from Slackjaw Blues Band.
Oasis Oktoberfest – Franklin Lakes, NJ - October 11, 2014
Proceeds from this 11th annual Oktoberfest benefit OASIS – a haven for women and children.
Location: McBride Field. 813 Franklin Lake Rd., Franklin Lakes, NJ, 07417
Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ Oktoberfest – Clark, NJ – October 4, 2014
Location: 787 Featherbed Lane, Clark, NJ
Pig and Prince Oktoberfest – Montclair, NJ - October 5. 2014
The Pig and Prince Restaurant and Gastrolounge is holding its 2nd 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
Oktoberfest in August – North Bergen – August 16-17, 2014
Celebrate the 140th 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.
Pilsner Haus Oktoberfest – Hoboken, NJ – Weekends September 26 – October 25, 2014
Kick off Oktoberfest at this authentic Beer Hall in New Jersey on September 26th. Activities and live bands every Friday and Saturday nights.
Location: 1422 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken NJ 07030
Princeton Lodge Oktoberfest – Princeton, NJ – October 11, 2014
Sixth 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
Lambertville Oktoberfest – Lambertville, NJ – October 4, 2014
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
Zeppelin Hall Oktoberfest – Jersey City, NJ – Friday and Saturday nights, September 26-October 25, 2014
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.
Quakertown Fire Company Oktoberfest – Pittstown, NJ – October 5, 2013
4th annual Oktoberfest with food, beverages and activities for kids and adults.
Location: 67 Quakertown Road in Franklin Township
Trump Taj Oktoberfest – Atlantic City – October 26-27, 2013
Trump Taj celebrates it’s 20th 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
Sea Isle City Oktoberfest – Sea Isle City, NJ – October 19, 2013
Location: Excursion Park – JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Avenue
Golden Nugget Oktoberfest on the Deck – Atlantic City, NJ
Last year there was an Oktoberfest on the Sunday following the September Craft Beer Festival which happens on September 26-27. 2014. We don’t see any mention of it happening in 2013.
Avalon Oktoberfest - Avalon, NJ
Location: Avalon near 20th street between Dune and Ocean Drive, Avalon, NJ.
Oktoberfest at Stone House at Stirling Ridge – Warren, NJ – October 12, 2013
Stone House at Stirling Ridge is holding an Oktoberfest from Noon – 3 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2013. 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
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.
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