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Barrington celebrates all things Irish with Celtic Fest

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  • Traditional Irish music, like that performed by Frank Quinn of the band Holy Hour House Band in 2013, will be among the highlights of this year's Celtic Fest in downtown Barrington. The five-day festival kicks off Friday morning and continues through Tuesday.

      Traditional Irish music, like that performed by Frank Quinn of the band Holy Hour House Band in 2013, will be among the highlights of this year's Celtic Fest in downtown Barrington. The five-day festival kicks off Friday morning and continues through Tuesday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer, 2013

  • Sarah Giunchedi of Barrington got into the spirit of things during last year's Barrington Celtic Fest. The annual festival returns to the village's downtown Friday morning and continues through Tuesday, which is St. Patrick's Day.

      Sarah Giunchedi of Barrington got into the spirit of things during last year's Barrington Celtic Fest. The annual festival returns to the village's downtown Friday morning and continues through Tuesday, which is St. Patrick's Day.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, 2014

 
Daily Herald report

Barrington celebrates all things Irish this weekend with the return of the annual Celtic Fest, a five-day event marking the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

The sixth edition of the festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Friday and continues through Tuesday at McGonigal's Pub, 105 S. Cook St., and the neighboring The Annex, in the village's downtown.

The fest features Irish-themed food, music, entertainment and an Irish goods for sale. Along with live music from several bands, entertainment will include performances by Irish dancers and bagpipers.

Most of the events will take place indoors, but weather permitting there may be an open air beer garden on Saturday just outside the pub. Children are welcome until 9 p.m. each night, when pub rules requiring everyone be 21 or older go into effect.

An ample amount of free parking will be available all weekend in the Metra train station and throughout the downtown Barrington area.

For more information, including directions, entertainment schedules and hours of operation, visit barringtonpub.com or the event's Facebook page, facebook.com/celticfest.

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