49. McGonigal’s Pub Opens Barrington Celtic Fest, 2013


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The St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities have begun at Barrington’s third annual Celtic Fest!  The 3-day Village of Barrington party opened this morning at McGonigal’s Pub, the heated Festival Tent opens this afternoon at 4 and the event will run through Sunday.

Barrington Celtic Fest - Courtesy of Bryan McGonigal
Barrington Celtic Fest – Courtesy of Bryan McGonigal

So get ready to get your green-on and enjoy your fill of beer and Irish food.  There’s a full lineup of live music and NCAA Tournament watching planned over the next three days as we celebrate St. Patrick, Barrington-style.

Barrington Celtic Fest - Courtesy of McGonigal's Pub
Barrington Celtic Fest – Courtesy of McGonigal’s Pub

There is no charge to join the festival at McGonigal’s Pub or the Annex Lounge, but there is a $10 event charge if you’d like to get into the Festival Tent outside of McGonigal’s Pub.  For $10, you can also purchase a Full Weekend Pass.  You’ll need cash to purchase food and beverages in the tent.  Credit cards can be used for services within the pub.

Barrington Celtic Festival Tent - Courtesy of McGonigal's Pub
Barrington Celtic Festival Tent – Courtesy of McGonigal’s Pub

A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life here in Barrington on Friday, June 7th. There is no charge for kids ages 12 and under during the day and you have to be 21 or older to get in after 6 p.m.

Post - Celtic Fest LogoIf you’re heading down to Celtic Fest this weekend, be sure to come hungry!

McGonigal’s Pub offering full bar service as they serve Fish & Chips, Reubens Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and Pub Fries plus Hot Dogs with fries and Chicken Fingers with fries for kids inside the pub and The Annex Lounge.

There’s even more food available inside the Festival Tent where McGonigal’s will be serving Corned Beef & Cabbage, Hot Dogs, Spicy Smoked Sausages, Corned Beef Sandwiches plus Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Miller Lite and Blue Moon beers on tap, Budweiser and Bud Light bottled beers, Jameson Irish Whiskey and various wines.

Clarke’s Bakery & Deli will be serving a variety of baked goods, cookies and other items.  Heinen’s Fine Foods will be sampling Cheeses of Ireland that they carry in their store and there will also be food available from Cooper’s of Barrington.

Here’s the lineup of entertainment and scheduled performances:

Friday, March 15

Festival Tent

DOORS OPEN AT 4 PM
5 PM – 8 PM:  Terry Spizzirri (LIVE)
9 PM  – Midnight:  The Breakfast Club (LIVE)
*Various Vendors/Merchants at their booths during the evening*

McGonigal’s Pub Main Level

DOORS OPEN AT 11 AM
11 AM – 9 PM: Irish Music & NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs
9 PM – 1 AM:  Gareth Woods (LIVE)

McGonigal’s Pub Upper Level

DOORS OPEN AT 11 AM
(11 AM – Midnight)
Seated Dining and and NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs

The Annex Lounge

DOORS OPEN AT 4 PM
(4 PM – 2 AM)
Irish Music, Seated Dining, NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs
9 PM – 1 AM:  DJ “Nick at Nite” (LIVE)

Saturday, March 16

Festival Tent

DOORS OPEN AT 11 AM
11 AM – 2 PM:  Triadd (LIVE)
12 PM – 4 PM: Connie Lipper (face painter)
2:15 PM – 3 PM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)
5 PM – 8 PM:  Grassroots presents Stormcrow (LIVE)
9 PM – Midnight: Trash Martini (LIVE)
*Specials guests, bagpipers & other diversions throughout the day* *Vendors/Merchants at their booths all day*

McGonigal’s Main Level

DOORS OPEN AT 9 AM
9 AM – 9 PM: Irish Music & NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs
9 PM – 1 AM:  Morgan Fingleton (LIVE)

McGonigal’s Upper Level

DOORS OPEN AT 11 AM
Seated Dining and and NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs
(10 AM – Midnight)

The Annex Lounge

DOORS OPEN AT 9 AM (9 AM – 2 AM)
Irish Music, Seated Dining, NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs
LIVE DJ TBA

Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

Festival Tent

DOORS OPEN AT 11 AM
11 AM – 1:30 PM:  The Holy Hour House Band (LIVE)
12 PM – 4 PM: Connie Lipper (face painter)
2:15 PM – 3 PM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)
4 PM – 6 PM:  Chunky Monkey (LIVE)
7 PM – 10 PM: Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press (LIVE)
*Specials guests, bagpipers & other diversions throughout the day*
*Vendors/Merchants at their booths all day*

McGonigal’s Main Level

DOORS OPEN AT 9 AM
All Day: NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs
10 AM – 1 PM:  Seamus O’Kane (LIVE)
2 PM – Midnight:  Fast Eddie McAteer (LIVE)

McGonigal’s Upper Level

DOORS OPEN AT 11 AM
(11 AM – 10 PM)
Seated Dining and and NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs

The Annex Lounge

DOORS OPEN AT 9 AM
(9 AM – 1 AM)
Irish Music, Seated Dining, NCAA Tournament on our HDTVs

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.  For more information, visit McGonigalsPub.com.

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