Art in the Barn Fall Festival to Feature Fine Art, Food & Family Fun

One of the most anticipated fall events in Barrington is fast approaching. Come and celebrate autumn’s arrival at the Art in the Barn fall festival coming up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th. Enjoy the art of more than 175 artists along with live music, children’s activities, food & drink on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

In its 43rd year, Art in the Barn brings fine art to Barrington, providing an ideal gathering place for a weekend of art, entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. The art is featured in historic barns that were once used as food testing sites when the hospital property was previously owned by Quaker Oats.

Art in the Barn is one of the major fund-raisers sponsored by the Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital, which has donated millions of dollars to the hospital over the years. Artists donate a portion of their sales to the cause and money raised funds various hospital programs and improvements. The fall art festival began in 1974 when a group of ten women and local artists came up with the idea to help raise money to build the hospital here in Barrington. It started as a show with 30 artists and has grown to over 170 artists displaying their works for sale with over 5,000 visitors expected to attend over the two day event.

This year, you’ll find art on display in all mediums including Oil, Watercolor, Pastel, Drawing, Acrylics, Fiber, Glass, Photography, Digital Media, Jewelry, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Scratchboard, Wood, and Mixed Media.

Admission to the event is $5 at the door, children under 12 are free (no pets, please).

Here’s a look at this year’s entertainment, artists, children’s activities and food…

Live Entertainment

Saturday, September 23rd

  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Barrington Suzuki Strings
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Denise Sabala School of Dance
  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Pat McKillen
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | John Ballantyne and his Crazy Heart Band

Sunday, September 24th

  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Barrington Music Academy & Suzuki Strings
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. | Barrington Children’s Choir
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. | Second Wind
  • 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. | Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Wiggle Ohs

Children’s Activities

  • Petting Zoo
    Open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, the Art in the Barn Petting Zoo entrance fee is $5, which includes a cup of food to feed the animals. This wonderful activity is sponsored by friends of Art in the Barn, Pat & Fran Houlihan!
  • Children’s Art Corner
    Future artists spend enjoyable time painting pumpkins and creating masterpieces to take home.
  • Featured Barrington 220 Artists
    2017 Art in the Barn will include works from two chosen young artists from each of the District 220 Barrington elementary schools. Their works will be showcased at the end of the main garage.

Food Court

The Food Court is conveniently located near the main stage entertainment. A complete array of hand-prepared treats are available with something for everyone. Of course, the Famous Brat Tent, sponsored by Good Shepherd Hospital, is at the center of it all! Here’s a look at the menu:

  • Brat Tent-sponsored by Good Shepherd Hospital
  • MJ’s Coffee
  • Mr Funnel Cake
  • Riverside Chocolate
  • The Great Grape
  • Kountry Kettlecorn

You’ll find Art in the Barn on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22.  That’s east of Kelsey Road and west of Rte. 59 in Barrington.  For more information CLICK HERE to find Art in the Barn’s Facebook page or visit their website at

In the meantime, click here for a list of participating artists and enjoy this gorgeous gallery including a preview of some of their work…


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