Attendees enjoying festival activities at a previous Oktoberfest

Attendees enjoying festival activities at a previous Oktoberfest

The New Brunswick City Center is holding its fourth annual Oktoberfest in Monument Square Park on Oct. 9 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Locals are welcome to come and celebrate the German traditions.  

Established in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest is a festival that goes on for two weeks, from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, where people come together to drink, participate in activities and, most importantly, have fun. On one of the days of Oktoberfest, the LGBT community will be honored. According to, “The first Sunday of the festival is dedicated to the LGBT community.”  

Executive Director of the New Brunswick City Center, Pamela Stefanek, said, “This will be the fourth Oktoberfest […]everything we do is free for admission.” Although admissions for Oktoberfest are free, the food and beverages at the event will not be.   

Stefanek said, “It is focusing on [the] Fall. We are going to have a music stage, we will have musicians on the stage, we are going to have a Stein holding contest, free face painting and airbrushing, free caricatures [and] kids will also be able to decorate their own pumpkins.” In terms of live entertainment, the band Pepper Ville will be performing classic harmony rock from noon to 2:00 p.m, and then a Liftoff brass band will play German music from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Those interested in attending the Oktoberfest celebration should be aware that minors must be accompanied by someone at least 21 years of age. There will be an ID check to make sure everyone attending is of such age. Local vendors will be at the event selling food from their restaurants.  

Oktoberfest is celebrated around the globe and there is always attire that fits with the occasion, such as dirndl dresses for women and lederhosen for men. Stefanek said, “We’re encouraging those who want to wear their favorite dirndl or lederhosen, we gave out gift cards to those who were best dressed.” 

The festival at the New Brunswick City Center is one of the many in New Jersey, and locals are encouraged to celebrate and enjoy it with family and friends.

If you have any questions, you can head to the New Brunswick City Center website or contact the center itself at (732)545-4849.

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