Grab your pretzels, beer, lederhosen, and dirndls— it’s time for Oktoberfest in NJ. With many festivals back on, there’s plenty of places to get into a celebratory mood. 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!
Featured Photo Credit: Morey’s Piers & Waterparks
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Here is every Oktoberfest in NJ that you need to know about:
Oktoberfest at Morey’s Piers
September 17-19, 24-26, October 1-3 and 8-10
Get ready for four consecutive weekends of German-themed goodness with “Oktober das Oktopus,” live entertainment, kids “Rootbier Garten” activity area, and more at the lively Oktoberfest on Morey’s Piers. On September 17 at 5:45 pm, the festivities kick-off with a ceremonial keg tapping of Warsteiner beer and the Morey family clad in lederhosen—prost!
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Medford Oktoberfest and Music Festival
German food, live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, and more. All ages can test their skills in the Bavarian stein holding contest.
Cost: Free admission and parking
Freedom Park, 86 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055
Germania Park Oktoberfest
September 18 and 19
Rain or shine, get your dancing shoes on and get ready for live music, kid activities, and a Masskrugstemmen contest too.
56 Conger Street, Rockaway Township, NJ 07801
Live German music and a German Polka Band will perform during Oktoberfest. And you can’t miss the German dinner with Sauerbraten, Bier Cheddar Soup, and Brotpudding.
1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
8th Annual Somerville Oktoberfest
Get ready to try traditional Oktoberfest brews, plenty of food from local restaurants, and live music throughout the day. There will be an annual Stein Holding Contest, a live Brews & Brushes painting experience, and a custom beer puppeteer setup. Look out for pumpkin and face painting for the kiddos.
N. Bridge St., Somerville, NJ 08876
Cape May Oktoberfest
Head to exit 0 for a special celebration in historic Cape May. You’ll be in awe of the authentic feel (like you’re really in Munich) when downtown becomes a German promenade with food, crafters, music, and more. The rain date will be September 26.
Carpenter Lane to Beach Ave Cape May, NJ 08204
37th Annual Mountain Creek Oktoberfest
September 25 and 26
The kids can enjoy the sky rides, lawn games, petting zoo, activity ring, face painting, balloon animals, and musical entertainment. There will be food, drinks, and live entertainment for the adults too.
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Zeppelin Hall Oktoberfest
September 25 – October 24
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 and enjoy the live German bands that play from 3PM to 7PM (on both days) on stage.
88 Liberty View Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07302
It’s time to lift your stein for the Avalon Oktoberfest at ICONA resort. There will be live entertainment, drinks, food, and dancing in the sand. Early birds receive a sand-safe 1/2 L acrylic stein.
The Sandbar Village, 125 79th Street, Avalon, NJ 08202
2nd Annual Kindle Oktoberfest
Grab a beer from 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
Keg & Kitchen Oktoberfest
The Haddon Square Beer Garden is 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.
51 Haddon Avenue, Haddon Township, NJ 08108
Surf City Hotel Oktoberfest
What’s better than an Oktoberfest by the shore? Dress the whole fam up in your most authentic lederhosen and dirndls while you enjoy authentic food, drink, and music under a tent. The festivities include a stein-holding contest.
800 N. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ 08008
1st Annual Dreamland Oktoberfest and Vintage German Auto Show
October 2 and 3
Admission includes a commemorative stein traditional food. There will also be live polka and Eastern European bands and vintage autos too.
American Spirits Roadhouse, 1090 NJ 173, Asbury, NJ 08802
Deutscher Club of Clark Oktoberfest
October 2 and 3
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
Historic Smithville Oktoberfest
October 2 and 3
Get the whole family ready for a family-friendly Oktoberfest with over 100 juried crafters, an International food court, live music, kids activities, non-Profit organizations, and more. The Villages 60 Shoppes, train and carousel rides, paddle boats, 7 Eateries, and antique arcades will also be open.
Route 9 and Moss Mill Road, Smithville Road, NJ 08205
Laurita Oktoberfests with Food Trucks & Fire Pits
October 2, 3 16, 23
Oktoberfest is happening more than once at Laurita Winery! Free parking, free firewood for the firepits, and Saturday fireworks. Don’t miss the playgrounds, and make sure you bring your blankets and chairs to sit on the lawn.
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Jersey Shore’s Authentic 6th Annual Oktoberfest
Live polka music is back and this lively spot lets you sample all the tastes and sounds of a traditional Oktoberfest atop their festive rooftop Biergarten. There will be a Munich Style tent on the Biergarten roof too.
527 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
The Craft Show at Oktoberfest
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
Turkey Brook Park Oktoberfest
Get ready for food, games, vendors, and hayrides for the whole family. And don’t miss the fireworks show at 8 PM.
Turkey Brook Park, 30 Flanders Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
The Hamilton Oktoberfest is back this year. There will be activities for children, hayrides, crafters, food trucks, and more. October 24 is the raindate.
Veteran’s Park, Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ 08690
German-American Oktoberfest 2021
October 25 and 26
Bring the whole family for two days of fun with live entertainment. Then test your skills and enter the best dressed Bavarian-style contest or stein-holding contest.
215 Uncle Pete’s Road, Trenton, NJ 08691
Forest Lodge Oktoberfest
Check the website for updates on the date
Celebrate Oktoberfest right here in New Jersey and put together your “Wies’n” feast, complete with beers, wines, and mouth-watering German foods, like spaetzle, brats, spätzle, and knödel. Don’t miss the authentic German entertainment and decor.
11 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ 07059