Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 10/2/17
Although Central Jersey may be much more than a short drive away from Munich for the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, there’s no reason to hop a flight to enjoy authentic German beer, food and music because our region will be holding Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the month.
Whether you’re a full-blooded German or you just want to grab a bite of some bratwurst and schnitzel, check out these Oktoberfests happening right around the corner.
Triumph Brewing Company on Oct. 7
One of your favorite local brewers, Triumph Brewing Company, will hold their annual Oktoberfest with German food, beer and music on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. at 400 Union Square Drive, New Hope, Pennsylvania. Bring the whole family; kids activities will be held from noon to 6 p.m., including a balloon artist and face painting.
Adult activities will include a stein-holding contest at 6 p.m. and a pong toss at 4. Live music will include the Firehouse Polka Band from noon to 4 p.m., Some Assembly Required Unplugged from 5 to 8 p.m. and Essie & the Big Chill from 10 p.m. to closing. A $5 cover will start at 9 p.m.
For more information, call 215-862-8300 or visit mycj.co/2hvzDR8.
New Brunswick Oktoberfest on Oct. 7
The Hub City will celebrate its first Oktoberfest along George Street on Oct. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. with free admission for all visitors.
The event will include craft beer from a traditional beer garden, local fare from various food vendors and exhibitors, live music throughout the day, dancing, contests and fun for the entire community with a children’s area staged on upper Bayard Street with pumpkin decorating, balloon twists and face painting.
For more information, call 732-545-4849 or visit http://mycj.co/2fsIqGI.
Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest on Oct. 7
Knights of Columbus Middlesex Council 857 will hold their Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at St. James Church-McCorristin Hall, 369 Amboy Ave., Woodbridge, for $35 per person, which includes German food, beer, wine, soda, dessert and coffee.
Entertainment will be provided by the Cheers Ompah Band, which will play German music in German and English while dressed in lederhosen.
To get your ticket, visit woodbridgekofc.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ray Bober at 732- 636–5058.
Circa Restaurant Oktoberfest on Oct. 8
Circa Restaurant, a cozy bistro and community favorite, will hold an Oktoberfest at 37 Main St., High Bridge, on Sunday, Oct. 8 for $5 per person at the door.
The event will feature Neshaminy Creek beers, the CC Coletti Band and German fare.
For more information, contact Ruddy Alvarez at 908-638-5560 or email@example.com.
Black Forest Craftsman Club Oktoberfest on Oct. 14
Black Forest Craftsman Club will hold their ninth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Central Jersey Masonic Center at 345 River Road, Princeton, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $10 per person.
You can purchase a traditional German meal, including brezel mit senf, bratwurst and more, listen to German music and enter contests such as best German outfit.
For details, call 609-412-7235 or visit mycj.co/2y3ZMRN.
Forest Lodge Oktoberfest on Oct. 14
New Jersey will hold its annual Oktobferest celebration at Forest Lodge at 11 Reinman Road in Warren on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $7 per adult and no charge per child under age 10. Admission includes the access to the vendor fair, live music and dancing in the main pavilion.
The event will also feature German dances, cow bell ringing, Alp horn demonstrations, German food, German beer, amusement park rides, carnival booths and more.
To learn more, visit newjerseyoktoberfest.com.
Ales ‘n Tails Oktoberfest on Oct. 14
Turtle Back Zoo will hold its annual Oktoberfest celebration, Ales ‘n Tails, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets, which cost $60 per person, allow you to sample seasonal brews from every corner of the world as well as wines and spirits.
Traditional German music will be played and local craft and food vendors will be available. Although many animals will be in for the night, guests can visit the Reptile House and Touch Tank.
To get your ticket or learn more, visit mycj.co/2xACWQs.
Hamilton Oktoberfest on Oct. 15
If you’re looking for a family-oriented Oktoberfest, then this one is for you — Hamilton Township’s Oktoberfest at Veterans Park, 2306 Kuser Road, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.
There will be a concert at 4 p.m. by the Renaissance Orchestra, a pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn maze, crafters, a Jack o’ Lantern carving contest and fireworks. No alcohol will be served or permitted.
To learn more, visit hamiltonnj.com/oktoberfest.
Laurita Winery Oktoberfest on Oct. 21 and 22
Laurita Winery will hold its Oktoberfest celebration — which will also feature food trucks and fire pits — on Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22, at the winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt.
Those under 21 are free and those over 21 have an admission fee of $8. Admission includes parking, shuttle service to and from the event, a souvenir Laurita Winery glass, live entertainment, country line dancing, vineyard tours and access to food trucks.
For more information and to buy your tickets, visit mycj.co/2jZkfB5.
Bound Brook Oktoberfest and Food Truck Festival on Oct. 21
The Just Jersey Food Truck Festival returns to Billian Park on East Main Street in Bound Brook on Oct. 21 with over 20 gourmet food trucks, live music, kids activities, beer vendors and more.
Bring your appetites, lawn chairs, pop-ups dogs and blankets and enjoy an authentic Oktoberfest along with face painting, sand art and a rock climbing wall for the kids. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $5 per person, free for kids under 10.
To learn more, visit justjerseyfest.com.