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North Wildwood Irish Festival

Wildwood, NJ - One of the biggest Irish festivals in the country is held every year in North Wildwood.

The Cape May County Ancient Order of Hibernians sponsors the annual celebration of Irish heritage. the festival draws thousands of people to the beach resort in late September.

(Check the annual Wildwood calendar for this year's date.)

Typically the party begins on a Friday in late September, with vendors setting up shop along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood’s entertainment district in the city’s Anglesea section.

The booths offer a variety of Irish wares, food and other items. There's free live entertainment from noon to 10:30PM plus all of the area’s pubs and taverns are open with their own entertianment..

Among the Satruday highlights of past events:

  • a 5K run
  • An exhibition by Irish pipe bands
  • Free live entertainment along Olde New Jersey Avenue
  • Authentic Irish Ceili dancing

The festival wraps up on Sunday, with a final day of vendors sales plus a traditional Mass at St. Ann Church, Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues, Wildwood.

Capping off the weekend is an Irish parade beginning at 24th and Surf avenues proceeds north to Spruce and Olde New Jersey avenues.

Throughout the Irish weekend, bus service is usually available to festivalgoers. Buses will pick up passengers at the Anglesea Fire Hall at Second and New Jersey avenues and make stops at various points along Surf Avenue south to 26th avenue.

The Irish Fall Festival has become one of the premier events in the events calendar for the Wildwoods. Proceeds from this event benefit many local AOH charities.

For more information on the Irish Fall Festival call 1-800-IRISH-91.

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