Here is our big list of Oktoberfest in New Jersey celebrations for 2020. 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.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
BVN Oktoberfest - Clark, NJ - Sep 12, 2020
Open to the public at the Deutscher Club in Clark, with authentic bench seating, Schuhplattlers (traditional Bavarian dancers), oompah music, and German food and drink.
Medford Oktoberfest - Medford, NJ - Sep 19, 2020
German food and beer, live music, and business expo
Germania Park Oktoberfest - Dover, NJ - Sep 19 to Sep 20, 2020
Oktoberfest and Steuben Parade with live music.
German American Society of Trenton Oktoberfest - Trenton, NJ - Sep 26, 2020
The German-American Society is proud to present Mercer County’s largest German event. Annual Oktoberfest with traditional beer festival featuring beers by Samuel Adams as well as many German beers! With music, a pig roast, traditional German food, vendors and crafts, bounce castles, kid activities and family fun including 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.
Our Lady of the Lake Oktoberfest - Verona, NJ - Oct 2 to Oct 11, 2020
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. Kinderfest under the tents in the Montrose Avenue parking lot is free but tickets are required for certain rides, games and crafts.
Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ Oktoberfest - Clark, NJ - Oct 3, 2020
Open to the public.
Highlands Oktoberfest - Highlands, NJ - Oct 3, 2020
Free parking and admission. Beer, food, dancing and more, at Veterans Park
Smithville Oktoberfest - Smithville, NJ - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Music, kids activities, international food court and over 100 juried crafters in addition to the year round Village activities.
Duck Pond Oktoberfest - Demarest, NJ - Oct 10, 2020
Annual craft show and Oktoberfest with German music, German food, inflatable games and canoe rides. Event is hosted by the Demarest Nature Center.
Oasis Oktoberfest - Franklin Lakes, NJ - Oct 16, 2020
Proceeds from this annual Oktoberfest benefit OASIS, a haven for women and children.
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.
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Roebling Museum’s Oktoberfest - Roebling, NJ - Oct 13, 2018
2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Beer Garden featuring craft beer, South Jersey Pops Ocktoberfest Band, Dave Burr on Accordion, Food Trucks and Bacon Bread. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Cup reservations will also be made available on line for additional fee. VALID I.D. REQUIRED!
Chimney Rock Inn Oktoberfest - Gillette, NJ - Sep 19 to Oct 13, 2019
Get Oktoberfest started off with a Steinhoisting competition, and keep it going with German food and drinks, prizes and giveaways! The Oktoberfest menu will be available at all three Chimney Rock Inn locations (Gillette, Bridgewater and Flemington) although the outdoor beer garden and live music will only be at the Gillette location on select days.
Morey’s Pier Oktoberfest - Wildwood, NJ - Sep 20 to Oct 13, 2019
Morey’s Piers brings a taste of Oktoberfest to the Wildwoods boardwalk with special German themed menus, an outdoor “biergarten,” live entertainment, amusement rides, a kids “Rootbier Garten” activity area and much more. A kid’s zone with a “Rootbier Garten” will be set-up near the Wave Swinger and kids can enjoy a variety of activities including a pumpkin and cookie decorating station. Wristband holders 12 years old and under will receive a free souvenir root beer cup with first fill free. Prices per kid activity vary. This event takes place annually on weekends in late September and October.
Oktoberfest at the Pilsner Haus - Hoboken, NJ - Sep 21 to Oct 13, 2019
Annual keg tapping followed by weeks of pork shank and pig roasts, Oktoberfest drafts, live music, and more. Fridays and Saturdays only. Entrance is on 15th Street between Grand and Adams.
Mountain Creek Oktoberfest - Vernon, NJ - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
Oktoberfest at Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern - Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ - Sep 25 to Sep 28, 2019
The proprietors of the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern are ready to tap the kegs, raise their steins and shout PROST at the 1790-landmark’s Oktoberfest. Celebrate in the beer garden on the heated outdoor patio. Daily Oktoberfest brew specials, full menu of traditional German fare, music, giveaways and more. No reservations required. Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern, 1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Saint Peter and Paul Parish Oktoberfest - Hoboken, NJ - Sep 27 to Sep 28, 2019
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.
Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest - Chester, NJ - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
The Chester Lions Club will host its annual Oktoberfest charity fundraiser 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 $7 for adults. All proceeds from the event will be donated to various charities. Location: Chubb Park, Route 24 West in Chester, NJ, 07930
Leonia Oktoberfest - Leonia, NJ - Sep 28, 2019
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.
Jackson Street Oktoberfest - Cape May, NJ - Sep 28, 2019
Oktoberfest in Cape May - Cape May, NJ - Sep 28, 2019
Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition in Cape May the festival will be located on Carpenter Lane between Ocean & Perry and continue down Jackson Street to Beach Ave. as it is transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens and Food Courts browse the artisans tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles.
Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest - West Orange, NJ - Oct 5, 2019
The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will host Ales ‘N Tails, a festive evening benefitting the Essex County Parks Foundation. Enjoy the live oompah band and sample dozens of seasonal brews from around the corner and around the world, plus samples of wines and spirits!
Quakertown Fire Company Oktoberfest - Pittstown, NJ - Oct 5, 2019
Annual Oktoberfest with food, beverages and activities for kids and adults.
Kindle Oktoberfest - Cape May, NJ - Oct 5, 2019
Kindle Auto Plaza’s 1st Annual Oktoberfest benefiting the Hero Campaign. This is a family-friendly event from 12 pm-8 pm with rides, food, games, beer, live entertainment and more! Rain or shine event
Asbury Festhalle Oktoberfest - Asbury Park, NJ - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2019
Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten hosts an Oktoberfest
New Jersey’s Best Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair - Warren, NJ - Oct 12, 2019
Hearty German & American foods available for purchase. Don’t forget that cold German beer to wet your whistle! There will also be live music, activities for the kids, vendors for shopping, and fun for everyone!
Princeton Lodge Oktoberfest - Princeton, NJ - Oct 12, 2019
We hope you enjoy these celebrations of Oktoberfest. Let us know below which one you've headed to and which one you like the best!
We have added maps with the locations of each Oktoberfest. We may not have had the exact location for each Oktoberfest so in some instances we have placed the marker in the general vicinity of the Oktoberfest. Be sure to get specific directions from another source and do not solely rely on our map at the moment. We have also noticed that the markers may not show up on some mobile browsers. We will work to sort out this bug in the future.
Please confirm dates, locations and activities available at the Oktoberfest before going. That's one reason that we provide a website address when we find one. We attempt to ensure that the information for each Oktoberfest is accurate but there are bound to be a few errors. If you let us know when you find one, we will fix it. In some cases, we may link to last year's event when information for this year is not yet available. Do not be fooled.
The festivals listed range in size. Some events may have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Others may have only a handful. We're sorry that we don't have more information about attendance numbers at the moment. We will do our best to add this information as time goes on.
Professionalism varies as well. Some Oktoberfests are professional operations with large budgets. Others are local operations run by volunteers. Do your due diligence before making plans to attend so that you know what to expect. We will happily publish information about your experience with any Oktoberfest so that our visitors will be better informed in the future.
Some Oktoberfests are more family friendly than others. If you have small children, look for an Oktoberfest that has activities for kids. Other events start out with family friendly activities and become more adult oriented as it becomes later in the evening.
Not all Oktoberfest celebrations will be authentic German festival experiences. Some may simply be an excuse to drink rather than celebrate German heritage. Some may call themselves Oktoberfest but provide local or seasonal beer rather than authentic German Oktoberfest beer. Be sure to consider the type of celebration that you are looking to attend when you pick your Oktoberfest.
Activities offered at each Oktoberfest varies. Some activities that you may find are parades, keg tapping ceremony, beer gardens, Miss Oktoberfest or costume contests, stein holding contests, bratwurst eating contest, chicken dance, wiener races, keg toss, live German bands and local entertainment, polka dancing and fairground games. Some Oktoberfest events will just have beer and brats.
We've got some other resources that would help you prepare for Oktoberfest as well. 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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