15 Beer & Wine Festivals in October (Kid-Friendly!)

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This October, wear your best traditional German garb at the New Brunswick 2nd Annual Oktoberfest, enjoy a relaxing afternoon sipping wine at Laurita Winery’s Oktoberfest, or dress up the kids for a costume contest at the Haunted Hops and Ghoulish Grub FestWhile you sip on a local craft NJ beer or wine, the kids can play, eat, and enjoy all the fall festivities. We call that a #NJMOM win-win!

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 15 beer and wine festivals in October to add to your must-do list:

Oktoberfest at Lone Eagle Brewing
October 5-7
Dress in your authentic Oktoberfest outfit, enjoy festive music, and partake in Marzen Traditional German Style Lager on tap. You’ll be saying “Prost” (cheers in German) all day and night. 
Lone Eagle Brewing
Flemington, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Oktoberfest at Garden State Beer Co
October 6, 4PM-11PM
Fall is officially here, and so are GSB’s delicious fall beers. Party it up with the release of their Oktober Ale and Headless Hessian Pumpkin Ale. Plus, Pork Island BBQ will be on hand serving up pulled pork, baby back ribs, and Pork Island mac n’ cheese.
Garden State Beer Co
Galloway, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

18th Annual Highlands Oktoberfest
October 6, 2PM -9PM
The feel-good spirit of Highland’s Oktoberfest is modeled after the traditional Munich Oktoberfest with an emphasis on feasting, drinking, and being merry while providing something for everyone – authentic German food, live music, traditional dancing and entertainment. 
Veterans Park
Highlands, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Grand Harvest Wine Festival
October 6 & 7, 12PM-5PM
You’ll “fall” for this 2-day festival that features delicious eats from tasty food trucks, artisan crafters, live music and 12 of NJ’s best wineries available for you to sample and purchase wine from. Grab your family and friends, put on your favorite sweater, and get your glass ready, it’s time to celebrate the trendiest time of year with tasty wines. 
73 Kahdena Rd.
Morristown, NJ
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, under 21 free

Laurita OktoberFest with Food Trucks & Fire Pits – 1!
October 6 & 7 | October 6 11AM – 9:45PM , October 7 11AM – 8PM
Food and wine lovers unite at Laurita Winery for a weekend of wine, food trucks, and fireworks. Gather your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon in a gorgeous, rustic setting. 
Laurita Winery
New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $8 in advance, under 20 free

Long Valley Brew Pub’s Oktoberfest
October 7, 12PM-6PM (Rain Date October 14)
Long Valley’s annual Oktoberfest features live music, all the Brats and brews you can imagine, LV Brew Pub’s Craft beers, face painting, and pumpkin painting.
Long Valley Brew Pub at Restaurant Village
Long Valley, NJ
Cost: Free to attend, ticket vouchers $1 each

New Brunswick 2nd Annual Oktoberfest 2018
October 13, 12PM-5PM
Enjoy a variety of local and traditional food as well as craft brews and German beers.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of free kid’s activities, music, games, and a photo booth. Party-goers are encouraged to get into the Oktoberfest spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen. The fun continues with live music throughout the day including; the School of Rock, the Pepperville Band, along with traditional German music. 
New Brunswick City Market
New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Stafford Fall Wine Festival
October 13 & 14, 12PM-5PM
Enjoy the beautiful lake-front setting while sampling nearly 100 wines from some of New Jersey’s leading wineries, browsing crafters, vendors and grabbing some grub. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy the music.
Manahawkin Lake Park
Stafford Township, NJ
Cost: $12 to $15, Under 21 free

Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival
October 19, 5PM – 10PM
Seton Village’s annual Friday night event features live music, food trucks and a beer garden sponsored by Gaslight Brewery featuring beer, ciders and wines. Have you stopped by the bacon truck yet?
Seton Village
South Orange, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Bordentown Riverfest
October 20, 12PM -10PM
Riverfest features a four-acre beer garden with 9 beers on tap, wine and sangria, 15 restaurants, live bands all day, and new teen and adult attractions. Your kids will have a blast with magicians, face painters, and a bounce house. 
100 West Park Street
Bordentown, NJ
Cost: Free, Presale drink passes are $18 in advance, $23 at the gate

Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival at Alba Vineyard
October 20 & 21, 12PM – 5PM
Join Alba Vineyard for their last festival of the year and celebrate the end of another great harvest. This event will feature cuisine from the region’s best food trucks, Alba’s estate wines, and live music by The VooDUDES. 
Alba Vineyard
Pohatcong Township, NJ
Cost: $10, $5 for ages 13 to 20, under 12 free

Laurita OktoberFest with Food Trucks & Fire Pits – 2!
October 20 & 21 | October 20 11AM – 9:45PM, October 21 11AM – 8PM
If you missed Laurita’s first date, make sure you make it to the second. Food and wine lovers unite at Laurita Winery for a weekend of wine, food trucks, and fireworks. Gather your friends and family for a relaxing afternoon in a gorgeous, rustic setting. 
Laurita Winery
New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $8 in advance, under 20 free

Bellview Winery’s Italian Festival
October 20 & 21, 12 – 5PM
For one weekend a year, Bellview Winery celebrates their Italian heritage with an annual Italian Festival. Dance to the sounds of traditional music and savor a spread of local Italian food. Top it all off by sampling Bellview’s wines from the tasting tent and shopping unique vendors and gifts. 
Bellview Winery
Landisville, NJ
Cost: $15

Haunted Hops and Ghoulish Grub Fest
October 28, 11AM – 6PM
Looking for a screamin’ good time? Don’t miss the Haunted Hops and Ghoulish Grub Fest. Enjoy a glass of brew in the beer garden from New Jersey craft breweries like Devil’s Creek, Death of the Fox, Lunacy, live entertainment, artisanal crafters, and kids’ activities for even the littlest of ghosts. With 20 food trucks serving up “cauldrons” of great grub, you’ll never go hungry. Don’t forget to come dressed for the occasion and enter the costume contest.
RiverWinds Community Center
West Deptford, NJ
Cost: $5 – $12, Kids under 10 free

HallowWine Weekend
October 28 & 29, 12PM – 5PM
HallowWine Weekend features cellar tours, complimentary wine tastings, a costume parade, tractor-drawn hay rides and so much fun for your family. Paint your own pumpkins and take a walk along the beautiful acres on the farm. “Wine” not wear a costume? Come in costume and receive a goody bag filled with Halloween treats.
Four Sister’s Winery
Belvidere, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.

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