Nearly 5000 patrons visited us

over the weekend!

Recap & Images posted soon!

Read some of the press coverage in the News & Events Section

Friday March 16th 2012

Saturday March 17th 2012

Outdoors: 200 Block of Park Avenue, just East of Cook Street

Indoors: McGonigal's Pub

Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Tent 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM Both Days

21+ in age required after 6:00 PM both days, Pub & Tent

Cost: Free both days during the day,

$5 event charge after 6:00 PM

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, the Art Festival, Homecoming Day and Scarecrow Fest, the Village is thrilled to announce the addition of a celebration that was new to Barrington in 2011 but has become another fantastic annual event.

The 2nd annual Barrington Celtic Fest will take place on Friday March 16th and Saturday March 17th on the 200 block Park Avenue, just East of South Cook Street and including McGonigal’s Pub. The two-day festival will run all day on Friday (11 AM - 2 AM), and on St. Patrick's Day the Pub will open early at 9 AM and go until 2 AM!  A large heated tent will be erected over a good portion of Park Avenue so patrons can enjoy the celebration outdoors without worries about the fickle March weather!

**Tent times: 11 AM - 1 AM both days**

The agenda for the days includes live music, a mix of local retail restaurants and 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.

Admission to the tent and pub is FREE for both days during the day, though we are requesting a nominal $5 event fee charge for all arrivals after 6:00 PM.  This will help support the ACS Relay For Life and other fest costs.  Wristbands will be provided and one donation is good for both days.

Sorry, but there will be NO special seating or reservations of any type taken during either day of the Celtic Fest.  Seating will be available in our Pub 2nd level for dining on a first come, first served basis.  There will also be tables in the Festival Tent and some available at Park Avenue Wine Bar, again on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, NO COUPONS will be honored on March 16th and 17th. 

The Pub will be offering a limited menu INSIDE on Thursday & Friday, providing Corned Beef & Cabbage, Fish & Chips, Irish Stew, Reubens...and for the kids we'll have Chicken Fingers and Mac & Cheese (both options served with fries).  In the tent the Pub will be offering Corned Beef Sandwiches, Brats and Hot Dogs . . . plus more food options through Clarke's Bakery & Deli, Cooper's of Barrington and Park Avenue Wine Bar will be available.  During both days the Pub offers full bar service in both levels of the pub, and in the tent we'll be serving Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Killian's Irish Red and of course Miller Lite green beer.  There will also be some select wine options, courtesy of Park Avenue Wine Bar.  Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and water will also be available at the Pub food station and through Park Aveune Wine Bar.

Note - in the festival tent, all beverages and food will be CASH ONLY.  Credit cards can be used for services within the pub.

The Barrington Celtic Fest is focusing on food, drink and fun, with local and Irish merchants on hand.  Families are certainly welcome, but please understand that it's still St. Patrick's Day at an Irish Pub, which inevitably becomes more of an adult "holiday" as the evening arrives.  Please use your best judgment with younger family members during the day, and on both days after 6:00 PM the Pub and Festival tent will be 21+ in age.

This year we are PROUD to be a supporter of

Entertainment Lineups

(start and end times subject to minor changes)

Friday March 16th

Main Level


11 AM - 5 PM: Irish Music & NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs

5 PM 8 PM: Seamus O'Kane (LIVE)

9 PM - 1 AM:  Gerry Haughey (LIVE)

Upper Level


11 AM 9 PM:  Irish Music and NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs

9 PM Close:  The Fluffers (LIVE)

Festival Tent


11 AM 2:30 Irish Music & vendors/merchants

2:30 PM 3:30 PM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)

4 PM 6 PM:  B96 FM Party Van, Irish Music & vendors/merchants

6 PM - 8 PM:  Terry Spizzirri (LIVE)

9 PM  - 12:30 AM:  'Stache (LIVE)

*Vendors/Merchants at their booths all day*

Saturday March 17th

Main Level


10 AM 1 PM:  Seamus O'Kane (LIVE)

2 PM - 6 PM:  Fast Eddie McAteer (Part I) (LIVE)

8 PM - 1 AM:  Fast Eddie McAteer (Part II) (LIVE)

Upper Level


10 AM 5 PM:  Irish Music and NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs

5 PM - 8 PM:  Terry Spizzirri

9 PM - 1 AM:  Morgan Fingleton

Festival Tent


12 PM - 3 PM:  Cirrus Falcon (LIVE)

4 PM 7:30 PM:  Grassroots presents STORMCROW (LIVE)

9 PM 12:30 AM: Bono Bros Band (LIVE)

(featuring members of Freddy Jones Band, BoDeans, OAR)

*Specials guests, bagpipers & other diversions throughout the day*

*Vendors/Merchants at their booths all day*

Food & Drink Vendors

Clarke's Bakery & Deli

Cooper's of Barrington

McGonigal's Pub

Park Avenue Wine Bar & Restaurant

Sponsors & Retail Partipicants

600 Haute Boutique

Akoo International

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

BMO Harris Bank

Chiro One Wellness Centers

Clarke's Bakery & Deli

Cooper's of Barrington


Identity Custom Sportswear

Irish American News

Irish American Heritage Center

McGonigal's Pub

Mia Sorella

Motor Werks

Paddy's On The Square

Park Avenue Wine Bar



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).  There is plenty of parking available in the downtown Barrington area, and 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.

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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 2012!

Facebook Link:

2012 News Links:

Celtic Fest rallies support for ACS relays (Chicago Sun-Times/Wilmette Life)

Barrington celebrates Celtic Fest (Chicago Sun-Times/Courier-Review)

Weekend picks: Lots of ways to fete the Irish today (Daily Herald)

Dozens of ways to be Irish for St. Patrick's Day (Daily Herald)

Celebrate St. Patrick at Barrington Celtic Fest, 2012 (

Barrington: Celtic fest (

Barrington’s Celtic Fest slated for March 16-17 (Pioneer Press)

Thousands Expected at Barrington Celtic Fest (Patch)

Celtic Fest Returns to Barrington (Pioneer Press)

Best Irish Pubs in Chicago's Suburbs to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (YAHOO! Voices)

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