|Irish Fall Festival ~ September 21-24|
| The 26th Annual Irish Fall Festival, the East Coast’s largest Irish Festival, comes to North Wildwood Thursday, September 21 through Sunday, September 24.|
The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage through a variety of exciting events that are sure to entertain, tees off on Thursday, September 21, with a golf tournament at Cape May National Golf Course, located at Route 9 and Fairway Drive in Cape May Court House. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. and is $90 per golfer until Sunday, September 10, and $100 per golfer after that date. The fee includes golf fees, continental breakfast, cart, buffet lunch, beer, and prizes. All additional proceeds benefit area charities. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, please call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 800-474-7491.
Vendors with Irish merchandise will line Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24 from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Irish memorabilia will be available for purchase along with Irish treats to satisfy any palate. On Friday and Saturday, FREE live Irish entertainment will be featured along Olde New Jersey Avenue from noon - 10 p.m. There will also be a Beer Garden from noon - 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday on the Municipal parking lot at Spruce & Olde New Jersey Avenues. Performers will include Brothers McGillian, Haley Richardson, McHugh & O’Neil, Timmy Kelly, The Shanties, Galway Guild, Maura McKinney Mastro, Ballina, Broken Shillelaghs, and Birmingham 6. Performance schedules are available at the AOH information tent located at Olde New Jersey Avenue between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Festivities on Saturday, September 23, kick off with a 5K run and one-mile family walk starting at 8 a.m. Registration will be held at the AOH tent the day of the event. A $20 entry fee is required to participate and prizes will be awarded to winners.
Saturday’s entertainment continues at 10 a.m. with the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition at Bill Henfey Park, located at 8th and Central Avenues. The exhibition will feature some of the best pipe bands in the East. There will also be FREE Irish dance lessons on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Anglesea Volunteer Firehouse located in the Festival District at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues.
On Sunday, September 24, everyone is welcome to celebrate the faith and heritage of the Irish at Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues, for a 10:30 a.m. mass. There will be a procession from the main entrance to the altar by the Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Cape May County Emerald Society Honor Guard and a liturgical bag piper soloist. A special parade will follow the mass at 12:30 p.m. at 20th and Surf Avenues, continuing to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues. This year’s parade Grand Marshal will be Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, Diocese of Camden.
Due to an anticipated large attendance, shuttle bus transportation will be available to ensure that festival-goers are able to easily get around and enjoy all of the activities planned for the weekend. Buses will loop continuously in North Wildwood from 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues along Surf Avenue to 26th Avenue. Shuttle bus service through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will also be available. For detailed information please call 609-884-5230 or visit www.gatrolley.com.
For additional information about the 26th Annual Irish Fall Festival, please call 800-IRISH-91 or visit www.CMCAOH.com.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.