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Celebrate Saint Patrick at 7th Annual 3-Day Barrington Celtic Fest

Celebrate Saint Patrick at 7th Annual 3-Day Barrington Celtic Fest

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Who’s ready to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Barrington-style? The Village of Barrington is the PLACE to BE for the 7th annual Barrington Celtic Fest, which takes place in the huge heated tent on Park Avenue and at McGonigal’s Pub. The 3-day Irish fest is happening from Thursday, March 16th through Saturday, March 18th and is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Chicago suburbs!

Celtic Fest officially begins at 5 p.m. on March 16th and admission tot he festival IS FREE ALL WEEKEND! However, donations are appreciated to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

The agenda for Barrington Celtic Fest includes an impressive lineup of entertainment, featuring great live Irish & rock music, FIVE separate Irish Dance troupe performances, The Irish Boutique, a popular Irish retail merchant plus bagpipers, live DJ’s and, of course, a plentiful amount of food and beverages both in the outdoor festival tent and within the Pub.

Limited seating for dining is available on a first-come, first-served basis in The Loft, which is the Pub’s spacious 2nd level, plus there will be numerous tables in the festival tent.

You don’t want to miss this fun family festival! Take a look at the lineup of live entertainment…

Thursday, March 16th

Festival Tent | 5 PM – 11 PM

  • 5:00 p.m. | Doors open
  • 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. | ROCK OF AGES (LIVE)

Pub Main Level | 11 AM – 1 AM

The Loft | Open for Dining at 4:00 PM

  • Seated Dining, Irish Music, Jukebox & NCAA Tournament Games
  • 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | DJ Dance Party with DJ Atlas (LIVE)

Friday March 17th

Festival Tent | 11 AM – Midnight

Main Level | 10 AM – 2 AM

The Loft | Open for Dining at 10:00 AM

  • Seated Dining, Irish Music, Jukebox
  • NCAA Tournament Games

Saturday March 18th

Festival Tent | 11 AM – Midnight

Main Level | 11 AM – 2 AM

The Loft | 11 AM – Midnight

  • Seated Dining, Irish Music, Jukebox & NCAA Tournament Games
  • 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. | DJ Dance Party with DJ Atlas (LIVE)

Beyond the beer, of course, one of the best things about Barrington Celtic Fest is the FOOD! Take a look at what’s on the menu…

Tent Menu Includes: Clarke’s Bakery Corned Beef & Cabbage with Brown Bread, Corned Beef Sandwich, Hot Dog, Beer & Ale Sausage, Mac & Cheese, BBQ Babyback Ribs (half slab, sectioned), BBQ Turkey Leg, All items come with a bag of chips *CASH ONLY in the tent*

Pub/Annex Menu Includes: Corned Beef & Cabbage, Reuben/Corned Beef Sandwich, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, Irish Lamb Stew, Caesar Salad, Chicken Caesar (with crispy chicken), Pub Fries, Chicken Fingers, Kid’s Chicken Fingers, Kid’s Mac & Cheese, Kid’s Fish Fry, Kid’s Hot Dog *Cash or Credit Cards accepted inside*

Plus don’t miss pizza samplings from McGonigal’s newest neighbor & business venture, Remember Charlotte’s, opening this spring!

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 festival is located only two blocks west of the Barrington Station. An ample amount of free parking will be available all weekend in the Metra train station and throughout the downtown Barrington area.

Full details on the Barrington Celtic Fest, including directions, entertainment schedules and information on the participants, can be found on the website, and on Facebook at

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