In July 2008 under the sponsorship of the Pipes and Drums of Barnegat Bay the first Celtic Festival was held on the grounds of Christ Episcopal Church under the title the Toms River Celtic Festival. The festival continued to grow and in 2012 well over 200 bagpipers and drummers from as far away as Alabama and from neighboring states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New York and Connecticut came to the Jersey Shore.
With vendors selling everything from traditional American fare to authentic Celtic dishes, jewelry, pottery and more, a fantastic time was had by all.
The pipe and drum competition at the festival is the largest in New Jersey offering 30 events for our competitors and is sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA).
In October 2012 the Jersey Shore was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and unfortunately our beloved 2013 festival was put on hiatus.
In 2014 our festival has reemerged as the JERSEY SHORE CELTIC FESTIVAL! We will continue to offer an Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSBPA) sanctioned pipe, drum & band competition with vendors, crafters and more. We anticipate welcoming over 200 pipers and drummers from all over the east coast here to
the beautiful Jersey Shore.