Barrington celebrates all things Irish with Celtic Fest
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.