March 19, 2018:  A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all our patrons, sponsors, vendors and the amazing Pub staff for making the 8th Annual Barrington Celtic Fest a monstrous success!  It was our second best St. Patrick's Day celebration ever, only topped by that Saturday in 2012 when it was 79 degrees outside! 

Last updated - March 15, 2018

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The EIGHTH Annual

Friday March 16 - Saturday March 17, 2018


Indoors: McGonigal's Pub & The Loft (2nd level)

Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Outdoor Tent: 200 Block of Park Avenue, just East of Cook Street

Friday 11:00 AM - Midnight

Saturday 9:30 AM - Midnight

Indoors: Remember Charlotte's

Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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The Village of Barrington continues to cultivate and support its wonderful community, and the growth of the village has never been more apparent than now.  With new businesses and entertainment options flourishing, Barrington truly has become a great place to live, work and play.  Building on such rich traditions as the Independence Day Celebration, Brew Fest, Cruise Nights, Farmer's Markets, the Art Festival, Bags for Charity, Homecoming Day, Street Fest, Relay for Life and the Scarecrow Fest, the Village is thrilled to welcome back one of the largest annual events, and being that it's in March it's the perfect start to another year of big fun in Barrington.

The 8th Annual Barrington Celtic Fest will take place Friday March 16th & Saturday March 17th at McGonigal's Pub and on the 200 block Park Avenue, just East of South Cook Street - right outside the Pub's front door.  A huge heated festival tent will be erected over the majority of Park Avenue so patrons can enjoy the celebration outdoors without worries about the fickle March weather!  The agenda for the weekend includes live music, a mix of local merchants, various entertainment including Irish dancers, bagpipers, special guest appearances, and of course plentiful availability of food and beverages both in the outdoor festival area and the pub.  Details on music, participants and food/drink vendors are listed below.  This year we also welcome our next-door-neighbors - Remember Charlotte's - to their first Barrington Celtic Fest.  They occupy 205 Park Avenue (formerly The Annex), and since opening mid-May 2017 they've become the premier family style pizzeria in the region!  Their space will of course also be available for all patrons throughout the weekend.  More info on what they will be offering will be listed below when it's available.

Admission to the festival is FREE all weekend throughout McGonigal’s Pub, Remember Charlotte's and the festival tent!

Since we do support the American Cancer Society with this event, we encourage patrons to donate whatever you can - any amount is acceptable and appreciated.  Volunteers from the ACS Relay for Life will be on site at a booth in the festival tent throughout the event, so anyone who would like to contribute can do so at anytime.  The owner of McGonigal's Pub, Bryan McGonigal, lost his mother to cancer several years ago, so this cause is is near and dear to his heart.  The Pub has set a goal of raising $2500 for the ACS Relay for Life.

 The Pub will be offering an "expanded limited" menu INSIDE throughout the festival weekend, see the information under Food & Drink vendors for details (normal restaurant services will resume on Sunday March 18th). In the tent the Pub will be offering additional items not included inside, along with long-time Irish resident & fellow Barringotn business Clarke's Bakery & Deli  During the entire fest the Pub offers full bar service in both levels, and in the tent there will be a huge beer truck serving Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's, Killian's Red & Miller Lite green beer (along with perhaps a few other options).  There will also be other mixed drink & liquor options available in the tent.  Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and water will be available through the Pub food station.  Note - in the festival tent, all beverages and food will be CASH ONLY.  Credit cards (and full bar services) can be used in the Pub.

To best accommodate all our patrons during the Barrington Celtic Fest, the Pub and Festival Tent will be 21+ in age after 8 PM on both festival days. Also, please understand that this is the busiest weekend of the year for us and other Irish pubs, so as a heads up there will be NO special seating, private event bookings or reservations of any type taken for the duration of the Celtic Fest.  Seating specifically for dining will be available in The Loft (the Pub's 2nd level) on a first come, first served basis.  There will also be tables in the Festival Tent again on a first come, first served basis.  In order to efficiently service the large crowds, most of our drink and dining services will be changed over to paper & plastic during these three days, with normal full restaurant service returning on Sunday March 18th.  Additionally, NO COUPONS, daily food & drink specials or other promotional discounts will be honored March 16th & 17th.  We apologize for any inconveniences. 

The Barrington Celtic Fest is focusing on food, drink and fun, with local and Irish merchants on hand.  Families are welcome and encouraged to attend, especially during the daytime hours.  However, please use your best discretion with younger children at all other times... it's still St. Patrick's Day weekend at an Irish Pub, which inevitably becomes more of an adult holiday as the evening hours arrive.

Hope to see you here this weekend!

  Entertainment Lineups & Venue Info

(start and end times subject to minor changes)

Bagpipers / Beamish / Flannery Irish Dancers / Mac Dralle / McNulty Irish Dancers / The Messengers / Niall Kelleher / The Ragged Rascals / Rock of Ages / Seamus O'Kane / Sons of Bildor / Trinity Irish Dancers / Vaguely Familiar Duo

"March Madness" NCAA tournament games will be shown all weekend in both McGonigal's Pub and Remember Charlotte's.  The Loft (2nd level) features nine HDTVs and Charlotte's has seven HDTVs; both places are perfect for your basketball viewing.

Thursday March 15th

Special Guest

Niall Kelleher

(Lord Mayor of Killarny, Ireland)

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Karaoke in The Loft

Sponsored by 2Nite Vodka

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Friday March 16th

Festival Tent


(11 AM - Midnight)

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM:  Trinity Irish Dancers (LIVE)

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM:  Mac Dralle (LIVE)

8:00 PM - 11:30 PM: Rock of Ages (LIVE)

Main Level


(11 AM - 2 AM)

4:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Sons of Bildor (LIVE)

8:00 PM - Midnight:  The Ragged Rascals  (LIVE)

The Loft

Open for Dining at 11:00 AM

Seated Dining, Irish Music, Jukebox

& NCAA Tournament Games

Saturday March 17th

Festival Tent


(9:30 AM - Midnight)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM:  Vaguely Familiar Duo (LIVE)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM:  Trinity Irish Dancers (LIVE)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM:  Flannery Irish Dancers (LIVE)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM:  Beamish (LIVE)

8:00 PM - 11:30 PM:  The Messengers (LIVE)

Main Level


(9 AM - 2 AM)

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM:  Seamus O'Kane (LIVE)

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM:  Vaguely Familiar Duo (LIVE)

4:30 PM - 7:30 PM:  Seamus O'Kane (LIVE)

8:00 PM - Midnight:  The Ragged Rascals  (LIVE)

The Loft

Open for Dining at 10:00 AM

(10 AM - 1 AM)

Seated Dining, Irish Music, Jukebox

& NCAA Tournament Games

  Food & Drink Vendors

McGonigal's Pub

In the Tent

Jumbo Hot Dog

Jalapeņo Cheddar Bratwurst

Corned Beef Sandwich (kraut and/or 1000 available on the side)

Mac & Cheese

BBQ Babyback Ribs (half slab, sectioned)

Jumbo BBQ Turkey Leg

All above items served with potato chips

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi & Water Bottles also available

Draft Beers:

Guinnes Stout, Harp Irish Lager, Killian's Irish Red, Smithwick's Irish Ale, Miller Lite (green while it lasts)

16oz Can Beer:

Guinness Blonde


Jameson, Tullamore Dew

*CASH ONLY in the tent*

Inside the Pub

(includes Full bar services)

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Denny Reuben

Corned Beef Sandwich

Shepherd Pie

Fish & Chips

Irish Lamb Stew

Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad (with crispy chicken)

Pub Fries

Chicken Fingers

Kid Mac & Cheese

Kid Fish Fry

Kid Chicken Fingers

Kid Hot Dog

*Cash or Credit Cards accepted inside*

Clarke's Bakery & Deli

Clarke's Bakery has been a part of the Barrington Community since 1986.  They pride themselves in fresh, family recipes.

Corned Beef & Cabbage with Brown Bread

Variety of baked goods, cookies, and dessert items

Additional items TBA soon!

Remember Charlotte's

In the Tent

Pizza slices - Cheese, Sausage or Pepperoni

Italian Beef Sandwich

*CASH ONLY in the tent*

Inside Charlotte's

(includes Full bar services)

Pizza slices - Cheese, Sausage or Pepperoni

Italian Beef Sandwich

Meatball Sub Sandwich

Chicken Tenders

Mozerrella Sticks

Pickle Chips

Basket of Fries

Breaded Chicken Wings

McManus Go-To Salad

"Create Your Own" Salad

*Cash or Credit Cards accepted inside*

  Sponsors & Partipicants

McGonigal's Pub

American Cancer Society / Relay For Life

Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Clarke's Bakery & Deli

Identity Custom Sportswear

Irish American News

Remember Charlotte's

The Irish Boutique/Paddy's On The Square

Town & Country Distributors

Village of Barrington


The entire event is located in downtown Barrington, centered around McGonigal’s Pub at 105 S. Cook Street, which is located one block east of Rt. 59 (Hough Street) and half a block south of Lake-Cook Road (Main Street).  Access to the event via the Union Pacific Northwest Metra Rail is very convenient as the event is located only two blocks west of the Barrington Station.  Plentiful & free parking is available all weekend in the Metra station, and also in the downtown Barrington area

More information will be available on the websites for the Village of Barrington and the official Facebook Page.  We sincerely thank our sponsors and the surrounding communities that will help make the Barrington Celtic Fest another huge success in 2018!

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