About The Festival

The 2016 Festival will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

The Irish Festival at The Jersey Shore is the largest single-day Irish Festival in New Jersey. It is held along the dunes right next to the beach at the Sea Girt National Guard Armory. The event is held every year in September when the weather is still warm and the beach crowds have died down. The location is the perfect place to feel the shore breezes while listening to great Irish music, enjoying fine food and drink, and learning about Irish culture.

There will be 2 stages of music running all day.

Cultural events will start off the Festival with a Cathloic Mass celebrated in the traditional Irish Gaelic language. The Ceili Pavilion provides traditional Irish folk music along with dancing, including the crowd favorite step-dancers. The Heritiage Pavilion provides a series of performers, speakers, and table displays that teach visitors about the history and struggles of the Irish and Irish-American people.

This year we will honor as our Festival Chieftain Bill Lavin, President, New Jersey State Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association, for his long time dedication to our first responders, and his leadership in rebuilding our Superstorm Sandy – devastated communities through the project entitled “The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play.”

Many people come for the experience of a good corned beef sandwich, a cold pint of Guinness, and a good Irish tune. A full array of food vendors will be on hand to satisfy Festival goers appetites. Vendors provide both Irish classics like corned beef and fish & chips along with American favorites like hamburgers, pizza, and funnel cakes. Pints of Guinness, Harp, and other cold drinks will provide the perfect compliment to a good Festival meal.

We look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you.