NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The coming of the harvest moon was a signal to the ancients to tend to their fields. Around the Hub City, it’s a clarion call to come enjoy food, drink and music under the pale moonlight and the city lights.

New Brunswick’s Harvest Weekend, organized by New Brunswick City Center, is four days of socially distanced fun in a city that has embraced the outdoor dining experience.

It starts on Thursday, with several musical acts at various locations on George Street – including DJ Early at Roosterspin and DJ Melly Mel at Blackthorn.

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Among the highlights of Friday’s festivities is a Beatles tribute band, Mystical Majesty Band, that will play near Harvest Moon Brewery and Café, near Albany Street.

One of the more unique Harvest Weekend activities will be an open air paint class hosted by Above Art Studios. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and registration is required.

Also, residents who have enjoyed the city’s Oktoberfest celebration in recent years will remember the Edelweiss Oompah Band. The band, dressed in their traditional German garb, will be performing at various locations on George Street from 4-6 p.m. on Friday and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday, among the many musical acts scheduled to perform is the Flying Ivories Dueling Pianos. They will be playing between Tavern on George and Fat Cactus.

The final day of the celebration, Sunday, kicks off with Sof at Harvest Moon.

“It’s very exciting because we’re elevating the entertainment for the weekend and we’re going to have fall decorations and some fun opportunities with pumpkins and hay bales and all kinds of great stuff going on in town,” said Doug Schneider, the owner of Tavern on George and the Olive Branch.

Schneider said many of the restaurants and bars will be feature Harvest Weekend-themed food and drink. For instance, he said you can expect to find everything from hot cider drinks to pumpkin beers.

The Harvest Weekend is offering up some of the same food and fun as Oktoberfest – which was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our traditional way of doing Oktoberfest just isn't possible this year,” said Schneider, “but that doesn't mean we all can't have a good time.”