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For the past 28 years, The Rotary Club of Toms River has hosted one of Tom’s River’s largest community events, Sailfest.

It has become the largest Sailing event in New Jersey with vendors, live music, rides, a charity regatta and more that attracts over 15,000 people to Island Heights from throughout New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. 100% of the net proceeds from Sailfest have continuously helped provide significant funding that goes to our local community programs for schools, food banks, youth, veterans, homelessness, health care and other needs.

To keep everyone safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the 29th Annual Sailfest 2020 event will be charting new waters by going ALL ONLINE at on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 10 am to 10 pm!

Going online will enable The Rotary Club of Toms River to continue the tremendous ‘wind-in-our-sails’ growth, success and community love of Sailfest. The event will still include all the music, art, crafts, raffle and other nautical things which thousands of Sailfest fans have grown to love – and much more

Sailfest NJ will kick off on September 12th at 10:00 am with a Veterans and 9/11 Reflection Ceremony to honor the men and women who serve our country or lost their lives during the tragic events of 9/11. Then, we cast off with a full day of live music, sailing movies, sailing classes, classic Popeye cartoons, nautical workshops, boat tours, nautical storytelling by Navy veterans, auctions, raffles, vendors, and other sailing fun from the Jersey Shore!

Musical performances include regionally and nationally acclaimed artists Audio Riot, Geoff Kaufmann, Hank Cramer “The Shantyman”, The US Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band, William Pint and Felicia Dale, and the Garden State Radio Band to end the evening.