Bratwurst, Beer, & Oompah Bands: Oktoberfest Celebrations Begin Across New Jersey

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You don’t need lederhosen or even a ticket to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest this year. Festivities abound across New Jersey with some beginning as early as mid-September and continuing straight through October.

With outdoor and tented biergartens for adults, parades, music, and activities for children, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this spirited tradition. Check out this list and mark your calendar!

Saint Peter and Paul Parish Oktoberfest – Hoboken

Friday, September 21
6 PM – 10 PM – Biergarten open
Great German brews, festival food, games, music and more!
Saturday, September 22
12 PM – 10 PM – Biergarten open

Great German brews, festival food, games, music and more!

11 AM – 5 PM – Kids Village in Stevens Park
Fun, Bounce house, face painting, games and more!


WHO: Nacho Fathas Oktoberfest BBQ

WHEN: Sunday, September 23rd from 12:00pm-8:00pm

WHAT: Nacho Fathas Oktoberfest BBQ will celebrate the season with beer, live music and (of course) BBQ in Northern New Jersey outdoors at Garden State Plaza.

An array of BBQ vendors will be on hand selling smoked meats and sausages. Other food vendors will offer traditional Oktoberfest fare like potato pancakes and soft pretzels. Grab some brews from a seasonal biergarten featuring local craft breweries and German beer on tap.

Other attractions and activities include music featuring all day performances by THE KILLER JOE BAND and games for the entire family plus fun contests, giveaways and more! Tickets can be purchased in advance online or in person at the event.

VENDORS (more to be announced):
Big Papa Smoke ‘Em
Bobcat’s Texas BBQ
Gentle Giant Brewing & Barbecue
Kimchi Smoke BBQ
El Lechon De Negron
Sogno Coffee House

Garden State Plaza
Nordstrom Parking Lot
Paramus, NJ

$10 per person; Children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult. Available online or in person at the event. Parking is free (most of the mall is closed on Sunday).

Mountain Creek Oktoberfest – Vernon

The longest running Oktoberfest in the northeast is back and better than ever! Join us at the Red Tail Lodge this September for a weekend full of authentic german food, refreshing drinks, live music, activities galore and a great time for adults and kids alike. Buy your admission and packages now to save.

Date: September 22-23, 2018
Location: Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ

Mountain Creek

German-American Society Oktoberfest – Trenton
Saturday, September 22 11am – 9pm
Sunday, September 23 11am – 8pm (Fireworks)

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23, 2018
Saturday noon to 9PM, Sunday Noon to 6PM
Oktoberfest is an annual event usually held in September.

WHERE: German American Society,
215 Uncle Pete’s Road,
Trenton NJ

Enjoy a traditional German Oktoberfest Experience! German beer, food and music, Ceremonial beer tapping, pig roast, parade, contests, vendors, crafts, bounce castles, kid activities and family fun! Promotional giveaways and face painting for the kids! Open to the public.

Admission if $5, but free to anyone wearing full traditional German attire!

Chester Lions Club – Chester

Please join the CHESTER LIONS CLUB in our 20th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend. All the proceeds from this event go to various charities and other worthy causes.

WHAT? The Chester Lions Club 19th annual Oktoberfest and Antique Car Show
WHEN? September 29 and 30 from noon to 8pm
WHERE? Chubb Park located on Route 24 West in Chester, NJ, 07930.
For Frequently Asked Questions about the event, click here.


Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest – West Orange

September 29, 2018 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hosted by New Jersey’s #1 Zoo, Ales ‘N Tails Oktoberfest supporters are able to enjoy a live Oompah Band and sample dozens and dozens of seasonal brews from around the corner and around the world, all set to the backdrop of the beautiful Essex County Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052). In addition to traditional music, beers, wine and spirits, there will be local craft and food vendors selling their wares. Ales ‘N Tails is a benefit for the Essex County Parks Foundation.

Date: September 29, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM5:00 PM EDT

Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten is proud to host its 4rd Annual Oktoberfest. Striving to present as authentic an Oktoberfest as one could possibly imagine in the USA.  This celebration features bier from 5 of the 6 original and official Oktoberfest Breweries, traditional games dating back the 1st Oktoberfest of 1810, imported Bavarian Bretzels and German fair, polka bands from all over the country as well as traditional Czech folk music, a giant Munich style Oktoberfest tent and more!  Come enjoy the European tradition of Oktoberfest, bringing people from all over the world together to Schunkel, Drink Bier and celebrate life!

Oktoberfest at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern

Wednesday, October 3 – October 7

Tented Biergarten on our Outdoor Heated Patio
Daily Oktoberfest brews and traditional German fare
Authentic German Oompah Band performing THREE NIGHTS! Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Oct 5th-7th, 7-10pm
Special menu and beer prices, celebratory T-shirts and brewery reps on hand to talk about their brews, giveaways and more!

Oktoberfest – Smithville

If you haven’t heard yet Smithville’s Oktoberfest has become one of the best local traditions to welcome in the fall season!
On October 6th and 7th from 10am-5pm, Smithville presents over 100 Juried Crafters, an International Food Court, live music, Kids Activities, non-Profit organizations and more. All of this food and fun plus The Villages 60 Shoppes, Train and Carousel Rides, Paddle boat’s, 7 Eateries, and Antique Arcades!

New Jersey’s Best Oktoberfest and Vendor Fair – Warren

Date: Saturday! October 13, 2018
(rain Date: October 14)
FOREST LODGE, 11 Reinman Rd. in Warren, NJ


At The Duck Pond In Demarest, NJ
(Google Maps 38 Park St. Demarest, NJ 07627)
Saturday October 13, 2018, 10am – 5pm

Oktoberfest – Hamilton

Sunday, October 14, 2018
11 AM – 5:30 PM
Veterans Park – Kuser Road Entrance Address (for Directions)
2206 Kuser Road
Hamilton Township, NJ 08690 

• Combining festivities and fireworks into one fun-packed day!
• With an early sunset, kids will be able to enjoy the fireworks and still get to bed early enough for school the next day!
• Once again will feature family favorite events like: Amusements, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Corn Maze, Crafters, Vendors
• Additionally there will be a fire pit for the event

Oktoberfest – Sea Isle City

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 11:00am to 3:00pm

Excursion Park
The celebration will feature live German music, vendors, free hayrides on the beach, magic acts, pumpkin painting, children’s entertainment and a fantastic Pie Baking Contest.

Looking to celebrate all year long? Check out these biergartens, where you can sample authentic German fare any time.