The Best Irish Festivals and Celebrations
in New Jersey: 2023 Edition
Your Guide To The Best Irish Festivals. They feature New Jersey's Popular Celtic, Gaelic Fests, Parades, Celebrations, and events.
With a large Irish-American population, New Jersey plays host to a large number of Irish Festivals and events filled with Irish dances, bands, food, Celtic crafts, and of course some beer!
Irish festivals are known to being committed to fostering cultural & community pride, introducing and teaching Irish Americans and others to all things Irish, and in strengthening relationships.
Note: Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event
Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.
September 2023 Irish Festivals
Irish Music and Craft Beer/Food Festival
Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Irish Festival
Saturday, September 9, 2023; @11am -7pm
Manahawkin Lake Park
86 N Main St
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
This family event features a Beer Garden including wine/hard seltzer/ciders Extensive Food Vendors including Corned Beef Sandwiches. Live Irish Bands all day Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes & Drum Band Performance by Irish Step Dancers Super 50/50 pulled throughout the Event Family & Pet Friendly Craft Vendors Pot O' Gold Playland for Children activities, games, ice-cream, face painting and a host of other goodies for the kids
South Amboy Irish Festival
Saturday, September 9, 2023: @2pm
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
South Amboy, NJ
There will be special Irish musical and step dancing entertainment, children's activities, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk.
The Union County Celtic Festival
Saturday, September 9th, 2023; 10am - 9pm
Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Road
Cost: Adult $20, kids 5-12 $10, under 5 free.
This family friendly festival will feature live music, food and craft vendors, cultural activities, a piping and drumming contest, dancing, and a beer garden.
The Captain & O'neil Band,
Callan, The Canny Brothers Band, The Narrowbacks, The Breaking News Band, & The Amadans.
Sunday, September 10th, 2023;
8:30 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M.
Sussex County Fairgrounds
This event features a step dancing competition, music, art, Irish language, massed bands, food, Irish vendors, and a beer garden.
Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Holy City Publick House
332 Jersey Avenue
Gloucester City, NJ
This event features a celebration of Irish culture, music, and mouthwatering fare.
the true spirit of Ireland as talented musicians take the stage, along with a lively atmosphere of Irish music, delicious craft beer, and mouthwatering food.
Savor the flavors of carefully crafted beers and indulge in delectable food options that perfectly complement the festive atmosphere.
Irish Fall Festival
September 22, 23, 24, 2023
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
One of the largest Irish festivals in the country is held at the Jersey shore -- every September, Wildwood holds the annual Irish Fall Festival!. The yearly celebration of Irish heritage is expected to draw as many as a quarter of a million people to the resort of the Wildwoods for the festival. Come celebrate Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors daily. Other festivities include a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, food court, and Catholic Mass. The events conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues.
Bayonne Irish Festival
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Thomas Di Domenico Park
16th Street & Avenue A
This event features
Music by the Bantry Boys, The Narrowbacks, & Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones, with food and drink available for purchase.
Shamrocks By The Sea, Celtic Festival
September 23, 2023; 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Seaside Park Marina Green
807 NW. Central Ave.
Seaside Park, NJ 08752
This family event features
a celebration of Irish culture with traditional Irish food and Irish entertainment including Traditional Irish Music by the Shamrock and Thistle Pipe Band and Bally Haunis.
Hamilton Irish Fest
Saturday, September 30th, 2023: 1 P.M. - 9PM (raindate Sunday, October 1st)
2419 Kuser Road
Hamilton Square, NJ
Admission is $5 for adults and children under the age of 15 are free when accompanied by an adult.
This event features
Irish dancing performances by Justin & Erin Koltenicki's School of Irish Dance a Traditional and Contemporary Irish Dance School. The award-winning Trenton AOH Monsignor Crean Pipes and Drums will also play during the day. Irish bands scheduled to appear include the Birmingham Six and The Natterjacks. Beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the Festival. There will be many activities for the kids which including a children's area, a pumpkin decorating for the first 75 kids, and an expanded petting zoo. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy a day of Irish fun and entertainment.
October 2023 Irish Festivals
Smithville Irish Festival
Saturday & Sunday, October 14, 15, 2023
1 North New York Rd
Featuring live entertainment, Irish crafters, Irish food vendors, and a kiddie area with face painting, sand art, pony rides and more. Bring a chair, sit and joy the music and great food.
Live entertainment includes Celtic dancers, the Sandpipers Pipe & Drum Band, and two stages of live music ranging from traditional Irish folk music to modern American-Celtic rock.
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