The Best Oktoberfests In New Jersey That You Can’t Miss
Oktoberfest seems to be starting earlier and earlier each year, with “Oktoberfest” events in the beginning of September. If it means more schnitzel, I say go for it. The beer isn’t bad, either. Of course, celebrating is my favorite part. I’ll celebrate anything (within reason). Fave show renewed for another season? PARTY! But back to Oktoberfest…These events are some of the best in New Jersey. Many are coming up within the next week or two, so find the one nearest you and get ready for fun.
Oktoberfest at Asbury Festhalle And Biergarten – September 29th – October 22nd – 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park
Expect polka bands, pig roasts and prizes for edging out the competition in traditional games, all throughout the month. There will be a Munich-Style Oktoberfest tent hoisted up between October 6th and October 9th. You’ll find a fantastic atmosphere here and incredible selection of imported beer. For more information on the festivities, click here.
Oktoberfest at Pilsener Haus – September 29th – October 28th – 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken
Enjoy live music each Friday and Saturday, giveaways, food and drink specials ($13 brat and bier until 7 p.m.), keg tapping, beer tastings and Liederhosen and mug-holding contests. Visit on October 1st for First Responders Day – First Responders (Police, Fire, EMT, Military) get 25% off their bill. For more details, click here.
Hackettstown Oktoberfest – September 29th – October 1st – Breweries & Pubs Throughout Town
There will be a lot going on this weekend! 105.5 “The Rock of New Jersey” will be on hand with a prize wheel and games(9/29), there will be a beer truck, keg tappings, contests (barrel roll race, wiener dog race, stein hold, grain bag toss) and live music. Where’s all the fun taking place? Czig Meister Brewing (106 Valentine St.), Man Skirt Brewing (144 Main St.) and Bea McNally’s (109 Gand Ave.). The weiner dog race, which I’m most looking forward to, will be held on 9/30 at Czig Meister at 3 p.m. – costumes are encouraged. For more info, click here.
Smithville Oktoberfest – October 7th – October 8th – 615 E Moss Mill Road, Smithville
I love Historic Smithville all year but certain events really make this little shopping village shine – this is one. Enjoy over 100 juried crafters, an international food court, music, kids activities, non-profit organizations, beer trucks and more! Plus, you get to enjoy the unique shops and the onsite wine-tasting room. For additional info, click here.
Oktoberfest @ Flying Fish Brewery – October 13th – 900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale
This Oktoberfest is sure to be an evening of fun, and it supports a good cause – the Freedom Center For Wildlife. Tickets are $35 per person until October 6th and include a platter of delicious German cuisine, two craft beers, brewery tours, a silent auction and animal ambassadors. For more on this event, click here.
Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest – October 14th -560 Northfield Aveneue, West Orange
A fundraiser for the Turtle Back Zoo, tickets are $60 to drink and $15 for designated drivers. All guests must be 21+. A ticket gets you samples of seasonal brews from around the world, access to a variety of craft and food vendors, a live Oompah Band and admission to the Reptile House and Touch Tank exhibits (the rest of the zoo will be closed as this is an evening event). For additional details or to buy tickets, click here.
Passaic County Oktoberfest – October 14th, 8 Mountain Avenue, Woodland Park
Enjoy a beer garden featuring local craft beer, a variety of vendors and an international food festival. $5 to enter, this event is in its first year but I have high hopes. Learn more here.
Quickie: We’ve got some great Oktoberfest events in New Jersey, including an event at Turtle Back Zoo that allows you to sample beer from around the world before checking out the reptile house. For a more traditional experience, head to Pilsener Haus in Hoboken or Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten – both will host Oktoberfest celebrations (starting on 9/29 and running until at least 10/22) with beer aplenty, traditional German cuisine and live music.