Festival FAQs 🤔❓

What is not permitted at The Festival?
  • Outside alcohol
  • Fireworks of any kind
  • Peddling or soliciting of any kind
  • All bags will be subject to search on the festival grounds if suspicion is assumed. If a patron brings any item on the festival grounds which later is deemed a nuisance or danger to others, he/she must remove the item from the property upon request. Rules are subject to change.
Will there be fun things for kids to do?
  • Yes! There will be lots of fun things for the kids - A playground, Bouncy house, slides, face painting and more!
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Where can I park? Do you have a shuttle bus?
  • Free Parking is available, but please keep in mind the local lots fill up quickly. Parking is also available on the neighborhood streets but be respectful of residential driveways, mailboxes & city fire hydrants. Carpooling, mass transit, ride share outlets, taxi service, walking and biking are highly recommended.
  • The Shuttle Bus will be running from 12-6. It will pick up and drop off at the Southern Regional High School  Parking Lot on Route 9,  the Oxycocus Elementary School Parking Lot on Route 9 and Oxcocus Rd. and the Manahawkin Lake Parking Lot.
  • Local parking lots approved for parking for The Ocean County Irish Festival
  • Oxycocus  Elementary School, 50 North Main Street, Manahawkin NJ 08050
  • Southern Regional High School. 600 North Main Street Manahawkin NJ 08050
Could I pay for beer, wine, and hard seltzer with a credit card?
  • Yes, we will be accepting credit cards and cash when purchasing Beer, Wine and Hard Seltzer. 
Can I bring food and/or beverages to The Festival?
  • Attendees cannot bring alcoholic beverages to the event - THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED - as the property is a township park. Food and non alcoholic beverages are permitted, however there will be plenty of local food and drink vendors available for all attendees to enjoy. We encourage our festival guests to support these vendors where possible.
What are some of the attractions and fun things to do at the festival?
  • There are plenty of attractions for the whole family!  Besides the live music stage, Irish step dancers will perform, as well as the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes & Drum Band.  There will be a playland area for the kids which will include a bouncy house, giant slide and much more. There's a Royal Big Basket of Cheer raffle, and 50/50s throughout the day; however our mega 50/50 drawing is the one you won't want to miss!  We will also have our Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh membership tent on display with information on how to join our club.  Stop by the tent and say hello. Please bring your own seating options to enjoy the bands.
Are pets allowed?
  • Yes! Please be cognizant of your pets surroundings and clean up any accidents your pet may have. Your pet must also be leashed at all times.
How can I donate to the charities that the Ocean County Irish Festival (FSOS) support?
  • Its easy! Just go to the home page and find the Charitable Donation Icon >> Irish Hearts / Community Focused. Payment information is at the bottom of the page.
Can I exit and re-enter The Festival?
  • Yes. The event is free and you may come and go as you please.
Is The Festival wheelchair accessible? Are they available For rent?
  • Yes, the festival is an open park/field setting with paved pathways; However, there is large areas of grassy terrain. Wheelchairs will not be available to rent.
What should I do in the event of an emergency if I’m on The Festival grounds?
  • Call 911. Also look for a Festival Volunteer/Staff Or Shillelagh Staff Member for assistance.
What should I wear to The Festival?
  • Comfortable & appropriate attire. Casual outside setting. Check the weather prior to attending and also consider something of Irish heritage-themed if you so chose. This is a rain or shine event so you may want to consider an umbrella if weather dictates.
Are there ATMs available?
  • Yes. We will have two machines on the grounds. There may be a fee assessed to your withdrawal from the bank/vendor. Festival management does not control the fees.
Will there be baby changing/nursing stations available?
  • Unfortunately not.
Will there be phone charging stations available?
  • Unfortunately not. We recommend that you fully charge prior to attending!
Will there be bathrooms at The Festival?
  • Yes - Plenty!
Will there be seating available to watch the bands?
  • There will no seating options offered, however you are more than welcome to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) to enjoy the entertainment.
Have a FUN DAY!!! 🙂
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