Grab your pretzels, beer, lederhosen, and dirndls— it’s time for Oktoberfest in NJ. While the famous Munich Oktoberfest has been canceled this year (thanks COVID-19), there are places in New Jersey where you can still be a part of the festivities. And while some events may look a little different this year, there are activities and tons of food (and drinks) to be enjoyed. Your whole family can show off your best chicken dance, sample sausages and for the 21+ crowd, sip a lager in the Biergarten. Scroll down to see the places where you can celebrate safely this year—Proust!
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Here is every Oktoberfest in NJ that you need to know about:
Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten Oktoberfest
While the party is smaller this year and the polka music is piped in rather than live, this lively spot lets you sample all the tastes and sounds of a traditional Oktoberfest atop their festive rooftop Biergarten. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, capacity is limited, and rooftop dining is full-service, so make a reservation ahead to ensure you’ve got a spot.
527 Lake Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Zeppelin Hall Oktoberfest
Now until October 18, Wednesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
During this almost-a-full-month-long celebration, they’re serving Oktoberfest beer, Bavarian dishes, and pretzels – with kid-friendly options like burgers and mac and cheese too. On weekdays, they have “Happy Hour” from 4PM to 7PM. And on weekends, your whole family can relax in the shaded, socially-distant outdoor garden and enjoy the live German bands that play from 2PM to 6PM (on both days) on stage.
88 Liberty View Dr.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
2nd Annual Kindle Oktoberfest
October 3, 12PM-6PM
Grab a beer from one of the 6 local breweries on hand at this craft, food, and drink festival that gives back to Cape May County Chamber Education Fund. You can peruse the socially distant vendor tents with jewelry, soaps, and handmade crafts, while the rest of the fam feasts on shrimp, donuts, and soft pretzels—all while listening to the sounds of two live bands playing throughout the day.
525 Stone Harbor Blvd
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
October 3, 1PM-7PM
The whole fam will love this picnic-style event set on 20 acres of farmland, featuring a live polka band and lawn games. Bring blankets and chairs and head to the authentic German food and beer vendors to pick up wurst, perogies, pretzels, and apple cobbler, as well as Oktoberfest brews and hard ciders. Kids will love the corn hole and horseshoe contests, as well as dancing to the polka band. And go to know—a portion of the proceeds go the Franklin Fire Department.
137 Buckwheat Rd (Franklin Fire Departments Firemen’s Memorial Pavilion & Park)
Franklin, NJ 07416
Cost: $15 parking ($10 if you buy online and in advance)
Surf City Hotel Oktoberfest
October 3, 12PM—8PM
What’s better than an Oktoberfest by the shore? Dress the whole fam up in your most authentic lederhosen and dirndls (there will be prizes for the best dressed) while you enjoy authentic food, drink, and music under a tent. The festivities start at noon and continue until 8, where you can take part in a stein-holding contest.
800 N. Long Beach Blvd
Surf City, NJ 08008
Keg & Kitchen Oktoberfest
October 4, 11AM-5:30PM
The entire parking lot of this popular bar into a socially distant Biergarten complete with an authentic fare of brats, wursts, potato salad, and pretzels. Order authentic Oktoberfest beers as well as sip specialty fall cocktails as you Proust to friends and family. Advance table reservations for 4, 6, and 8 only are required.
90 Haddon Avenue
Haddon Township, NJ 08108
Deutscher Club of Clark Oktoberfest
October 3, 2PM-10PM
October 4, 12PM-6PM
Kick back in their spacious pavilion and enjoy the live music on both days under the outdoor seating tent. You’ll sample authentic German fare like brats, spaetzle, and schnitzel, as well as enjoy the beers and sounds of traditional bands at this German club, which is one of the largest in North America.
787 Featherbed Ln
Clark, NJ 07066
Cost: $10 admission
The Craft Show at Oktoberfest
October 10, 10AM-5PM
This Oktoberfest has enough fun for the whole family, including canoe rides and nature presentations from experts and German music and typical German dishes and beer. You can also get a head start on holiday shopping with over 75 makers and crafters offering handmade wares.
38 Park St
Demarest, NJ 07627
Oktoberfest celebrations in NJ canceled this year:
Atlantic Highlands Oktoberfest
Historic Smithville Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest at Morey’s Piers
Forest Lodge Oktoberfest
Edelweiss Passaic Oktoberfest
Laurita Oktoberfest with Food Trucks & Fire Pits