October 13: In honor of the fourth Lube-a-versary of its Brick location, Quaker Steak & Lube will donate 10% of its sales on Thursday, October 13, directly to the Visitation Relief Center as a thank you to the local community. Guests will have the chance to win a variety of prizes throughout the day. 1036 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Brick.
October 14: Crystal Springs and The Boy Scouts of America have teamed up to with a clay shooting fundraiser for all ages. There is a continental breakfast and chef Anthony Bucco will prepare an Oktoberfest-themed pig roast for lunch. Individual shooter fee is $350, a team of five is $1,750 and a sponsored team is $2,000. This event is at Clay and Oak Sporting Club at Clove Spring Range in Wantage. To book your spot call 855-949-7722.
October 15: For beer fans everywhere, the month of October means it’s time again for Oktoberfest celebrations. The Harborside Craft Brew Fest in Jersey City brings the German tradition Garden Stateside, featuring more than 15 Garden State craft breweries, including Jersey City’s own Departed Soles and Hoboken’s 902 Brewing. With over 150 craft beers to try, guests are bound to discover their new favorite brew as they meet other beer aficionados and brewery representatives. Guests will also enjoy live music, beautiful views of the New York City skyline, and savor-worthy food from The Cow and The Curd, Mac Truck, Urban Lobster Shack, and more. The event takes place during two four-hour sessions: 12 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $60 and can be purchased here (ticket prices will increase in $5 increments two weeks and then one week prior to the event). Price of admission includes unlimited craft beer tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Harborside Atrium and Waterfront Esplanade, 34 Exchange Place, Jersey City.
October 15 and 16: The Festival Committee of Chatsworth presents the 33rd Annual Cranberry Festival in downtown Chatsworth, for the benefit of the restoration and preservation of the White Horse Inn. This celebration of New Jersey’s cranberry harvest, offers a tribute to the pine barrens and local culture. Admission is free, and donations of $5 accepted for the parking that will be provided. Event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signs will direct to parking.
Through October 16: On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, experience a Wine Lovers Sunset Cruise aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal, live music, and the chance to purchase featured wines. This event is $65 per person. Reservations can be made at 800-643-3779.
October 17: The 10th Annual Taste of Elizabeth takes place at the Renaissance Hotel at Newark Airport, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance and are $35 each. Please view the flyer here for full details. 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth.
October 20: James Beard Foundation Greens, which is made up of young foodies in the NYC area, hosts An Evening at Mana Contemporary. The event is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include a walk-around tasting curated by JBF Greens and Mana Wine at Mana Contemporary. Guests will enjoy exciting art, exquisite wine tastings, beer, and plates from top New Jersey toques. Guided tours of select galleries will be provided, and bus travel from Manhattan is included. Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for the public. Reservations can be made here. 888 Newark Ave. Jersey City. Jersey Bites is a proud media sponsor of this event.
October 20: Taste local, domestic and international beers, and sample meat and vegetarian chili during the 10th Anniversary of An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew at the Newark Museum. The event starts at 6 p.m. Guests will have access to the historic Ballantine House and other exhibits throughout the museum. Tickets are restricted to individuals 21 years and older, and priced at $50 per person and $40 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased if you call 973-596-6686 or go online. 49 Washington St. Newark.
October 20: Flying Fish Brewing, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, will celebrate OktoberForest by raising awareness of the integral connection between forests, clean water and good beer. They will host a special tasting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Flying Fish which will feature an exclusive forest-themed brew tapped especially for this event. 900 Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale.
Through October 22: Another year another Oktoberfest in Hoboken! Pilsener Haus & Biergarten hosts its 5th Annual Oktoberfest. Come on out to enjoy opening ceremonies, keg-tapping, beer tastings, liederhosen and mug-holding contests and old-school as well as new breed polka bands. 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken.
October 22: Celebrate American Cheese Month with A Cheese 103 Guided Tasting: Born In The U.S.A., a lesson on the ins and outs of made-in-America cheeses, from Mary Connolly, aka Marie Fromage, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The one-hour, BYOB event includes samples of several artisanal cheeses, bread, nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate, reference information, notebook and pencil. The event will be held at Basemeant Wrx in Montclair. Please click here for additional details or to order tickets, which are $40. Basemeant Wrx, 101 Walnut Street, Montclair. 973-842-7473.
October 22: Kearny PBA Local #21 pulls in for Trucktoberfest! This food truck festival includes more than 20 food trucks, live music, a beer garden, and fun for the whole family. The festival is from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here. 300 Belgrove Ave., Kearny.
October 22: Following the Continental Driven Hunt at Crystal Springs, Chef Anthony Bucco and Resort Mixologist Carlos Ruiz will host a reception and dinner with wild boar, venison, pheasant, red-leg partridge, and open-pit roasted vegetables in the amphitheater at the Chef’s Garden. Guests will enjoy unique cocktails, homemade tinctures, and syrups. The Continental Driven Hunt Experience is $1,000 per person; $1,450 per couple, staying in the same room with only one shooter; $1,700 per couple/pair, staying in the same room and both shooting; $700 per person, without lodging. More details can be found here.
October 22 and 23: The Harvest Food Truck & Wine Festival is the last festival of the year at Alba Vineyard, with food trucks, Alba’s estate wines, and live music from the VooDUDES. Admission is $10 for adults 21 and older, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. (Children 12 and under are free.) Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person, 21 and older. This includes eight samplings of the vineyard’s nationally award-winning wines in an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass. Event is 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford.
October 23: The second annual Tony & Vicky Martell Evening of Jazz is here. Guests will enjoy a night of dinner, drinks, and live jazz to benefit leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. The event is at Ariane Kitchen & Bar featuring cuisine by owner and celebrity chef Ariane Duarte herself from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona.
October 23: The food trucks are coming! Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local No. 332 hosts the Food Truck Takeover at Monmouth Beach on October 23. This family-friendly event takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will include local food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and games. Admission is free for children under 12 and $5 for individuals 12 years and older. Wristbands for the beer garden are $20 online and $25 at the door. Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion 29 Ocean Ave., Monmouth.
Through October 23: The first authentic Oktoberfest has hit Asbury Park, by way of the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten. Guests can enjoy top polka bands, pig roasts, Masskrugstemmen, and a top selection of imported beer.
October 31: Feeling hungry after trick or treating? Chevys Fresh Mex in Clifton and Linden celebrate Halloween by giving families who dine in with kids in their costumes up to two free kids’ meals with each adult entrée purchase, starting at 11 a.m. Each kids’ meal comes with two sides and choice of drink.
October 31: Quarter Steak & Lube located in Brick, Edison, and Pohatcong are giving families dressed in their Halloween costumes up to two free kids’ meals with an adult entrée purchase when they dine in at their selected location. Children ages 12 and under can choose any entrée on the Quaker Steak & Lube Kids’ Lube Cruiser menu.
November 11 and 12: The 10th Annual Housewares Warehouse Sale in New Castle, DE, will be the largest sale of its kind yet with more products and events planned for the two-day general public sale andfor the Stock Up for Seniors Event, which takes place the evening before the sale opens to the general public. Stock Up for Seniors is scheduled for Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Visit Meals on Wheels Delaware to purchase tickets. Ticket sales, as well as 5% of the proceeds from the warehouse sale, will benefit Meals On Wheels Delaware.Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. For additional information on the sale, please call 302-326-4800. Centerpoint Business Complex Park in New Castle at 802 Centerpoint Blvd. (Follow signs from Route 273 to the warehouse.)
November 14: The Algonquin teams up with the Garden State Wine Growers Association and Whole Foods Market Wall to present Forks, Corks, and Hops: a wine and cheese pairing event. Steve Schirripa, aka Bobby Bacala on The Sopranos, is scheduled to host a Meet & Eat session. Tickets purchased before November 1 cost $75 per person for tasting and $95 for tasting along with wine and cheese pairing. Tickets bought after November 1 cost $85 per person for tasting alone, and $100 for tasting and wine and cheese pairing. Tickets can be purchased here. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Rd, Spring Lake Heights.
Tuesdays through Sundays, through December 31: Explore the 100-year history of one of New Jersey’s most iconic traditions at the Morris Museum’s newest exhibit, “Icons of American Culture: The History of New Jersey Diners.” Curated by Jody Marcus, the exhibit retells the story of how the classic, neon-lit, stainless steel diners of the past century captured the hearts of hungry diners everywhere through carefully curated factoid panels, photographs, paintings, and historical artifacts. Much of the information in the exhibit comes from the 2013 book The History of Diners in New Jersey, written by author and Jersey Bites contributor Michael C. Gabriele. (And check out his recent article about the exhibit here!) The exhibit runs through December 31. The museum is closed on Mondays and is open on Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about hours and admission, click here. The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown.