Between Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween, Diwali, and a myriad of fun fall-time activities, it's impossible not to be totally amped for October! We've gathered up a list of some of the best events going on around the city this month for you to plan ahead. And make sure to look out for our Halloween Guide at the end of the month for all the fun and spooky events happening on arguably the best holiday of the year.
Oktoberfest at Zeppelin Hall – October 1st-20th
Oktoberfest is taking over Zeppelin Hall Biergarten! They are known to host the best Oktoberfest experience with German and American craft Beers, Bavarian dishes, and live German party bands on weekends. Enjoy it all in their tree shaded garden or inside the beer hall. Room for all your friends! 88 Liberty View Dr.
Jersey City Art & Studio Tour – October 3rd-6th
The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour is back! This is your opportunity to see all of the amazing things Jersey City artists have to offer! For the whole weekend you will have the opportunity to explore miles of visual art, performances, music, dance, murals, and curated tours! For more info visit their site here. Multiple Locations.
Jersey City Bacon and Beer Classic at the Harborside Atrium – October 3rd
The inaugural Jersey City Bacon and Beer Classic is taking over the Jersey City waterfront with 25+ bacon-inspired dishes and 65+ craft beers and ciders! For one night only, Jersey City's coolest waterfront venue will transform into an all-inclusive boozy bash of all things delicious. Dance to live music, ride a bacon seesaw, compete in a Bacon Eating Contest, and challenge your friends in flip cup. Tickets can be purchased here. 210 Hudson St.
Vision Board Party at Griot Café – October 4th
Time to get unstuck! Take some time to plan the life you truly want and deserve at this amazing Vision Board Party! Come for the motivation and stay for the wine, finger foods, and organic coffee by highly rated Griot Cafe in JC Heights. Beginning at 6:30pm, you will get an evening of coaching by Joyce Rojas, a transformative speaker and success trainer, a chance to meet cool new people over a glass of wine, and tasty Griot Café treats! 434 Central Ave.
Fall Harvest Festival – October 6th
Join Farms in the Heights on October 6th for their Fall Harvest Music Festival! There will be live music starting at 10:30am, family activities and fall fun will be plentiful! They will also be a stop on the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour! Riverview Fisk Park: Palisade Ave. Between Griffith St. and Bowers St.
Plants and Synths at WFMU's Monty Hall – October 10th
If you're looking for an interesting way to mix up your autumn weeknight, head over for an exciting and immersive night of experimental electronic music, synthesizers, and plant life at Monty Hall! As you enter Monty Hall, you'll be able to "play" and make sounds with fruits in an interactive exhibit by composer Angélica Negrón. On stage, you'll hear new projects from Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto, a modular synth set from Greg Fox, Lesley Flanigan and a variety of loops, drones, and electronic feedback from a couple more electronic artists. More details to come on this especially dreamy and vibrant night! 43 Montgomery St.
Little Piece of France at Vogue Café – October 11th & 25th
Vogue Café presents their Little Piece of France fall dinner series! Join them out on their patio for French Cuisine and live music on Friday October 11th and October 25th. This event is BYOB. 177 York St.
Oktoberfesty Polka Dance Party! with DJ Stashu at Monty Hall – October 11th
Get the most out of Octoberfest by joining DJ Stashu at Monty Hall for an Oktoberfesty Polka Dance Party! Stashu and Joe McGasko will be spinning your favorite polka tunes, the beer and perogies will be flowing and they'll even provide polka dance lessons! The night of fun begins at 8pm at Monty Hall! 43 Montgomery St.
Dandia Night & Diwali Bazaar at Exchange Place – October 11th
Head over to Exchange Place for an evening of dancing to Dandia and Bollywood music and shopping at the Diwali bazaar with a variety of vendors. This FREE event will include a Learn to Dandia & Bollywood workshop, Sparklers on sale, Vendors, Live Music, Performances and of course food! The event will run from 4–10pm. Exchange Place.
Foodie Festival and Dance Party – October 11th
Midnight Market is the area's best 21+ night market! They bring a variety of local food vendors serving up small bites for a small price to the Harborside Atrium. There's also a bar on-site and music by DJ-JFuse and Iamdjmoka. Reserve your tickets here. 210 Hudson St.
Croatian Wine Social at Riverview Wine Beer & Spirits JC – October 12th
Join Riverview Wine Beer & Spirits in discovering fine and diverse Croatian wines. Be transported by these unique wines, accompanied by authentic Croatian bites. Taste 7 wines and eat small plates of traditional Croatian food while Marin Nadalin, Croatian sommelier, talks you through it all. Reserve your tickets here. 43 Bowers St.
Arts on the Hudson Fest at Hamilton Park – October 12th
The second annual Arts on the Hudson Fest is here! Join in this free festival in Hamilton Park to celebrate the arts in Jersey City with live music and much more from 12-6pm! Learn more about the event here. Hamilton Park.
Fifth Annual Diwali Festival at Exchange Place – October 12th
Get ready for another incredible celebration at the Festival of Lights Diwali event at the Exchange Place Pier! This is a FREE event and will feature live music, performances, vendors, raffles, and amazing Indian food! The event will begin at noon and run until 5pm. Exchange Place Pier.
Jersey City Oddities Market at Harborside JC – October 13th
It's time to get spooky! The Jersey City Oddities Market returns to Harborside on October 13th from noon until 6pm. This event will feature over 70 artists and collectors of the old and the odd, balloon twisting, and a special live magic show! 210 Hudson St.
JC West Side Chili Cook-Off at Lincoln Park – October 13th
For the 5th year running, it's time for the JC West Side Chili Cook Off! This day of fun will start at noon, and last until 2pm. To enter, visit their site. Lincoln Park.
Sixth Annual Cultural Diversity Festival and Harvest Festival at City Hall Plaza – October 13th
This year the 6th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival will be together with the Harvest Festival! It will be a day of celebrating the fall season and diversity in our city. There will be an array of fun activities planned for the whole family, including pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and— of course—delicious food! Come on out if you are proud of our diversity and love celebrating it! 280 Grove St.
LSC After Dark: The Upside Down at Liberty Science Center – October 17th
LSC After Dark is back and bringing some "stranger things" to the Liberty Science Center! LSC After Dark: The Upside Down will run from 6–10pm. This 21+ event is inspired by the hit Netflix series, both fans and non-fans will have a blast at this Halloween party straight out of Hawkins, Indiana! For more info and to purchase tickets check out their event page here. 222 Jersey City Blvd.
Wine Tasting with Girard Winery at Sátis Bistro – October 17th
Experience a four-course wine dinner paired with handcrafted wines from Girard Winery of Calistoga, Napa Valley at Sátis Bistro. $75/pp (plus tax & gratuity), tickets can be purchased here. 212 Washington St.
Barcade 15th Anniversary – October 24th
Join your favorite craft beer and arcade bar in celebrating their 15th anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, they will be running a special tap list of rare beers plus cocktail specials, food specials, merch specials, and some other stuff they haven't quite figured out yet! 163 Newark Ave.
Jersey City Craft Distillery Fest at Harborside Atrium – October 26th
Jersey City Craft Distillery Fest Is Back! Sample Spirits From around the World. Including some of your favorite Jersey Brands. Over 100 Styles of craft spirits, amazing food vendors, live music, interactive games, and more! Get tickets for the biggest Spirits Festival in Jersey and enjoy a beautiful night enjoying gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline! Tickets can be purchased here. 153 Exchange Pl.
6th Annual Glow Walk Run – October 26th
The Glow Walk Run is held every year in Jersey City's Liberty State Park with a beautiful panorama of the Manhattan skyline at dusk! The walk features various activities, music, information vendors, games, and much more for to all those that register. Participants will receive glow necklaces upon arrival, children and adults alike are encouraged to wear costumes for trick or treating at rest stops along the walking route and for the costume catwalk contest held later in the evening. The event will raise funds for Epilepsy New Jersey. Reserve your tickets here. 1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Written by Claire Layton
Claire is a quintessential Canadian girl looking forward to exploring JC one craft beer at a time! She is a graduate student of anthropology, spending all of her free time either at the gym, frequenting comedy bars, or scouring the city for free concerts.