Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Art Show & Sale
Celebrating the Possibilities

The Barber National Institute Art Show & Sale is one of the largest and most diverse Art Shows in the region, with paintings, photography and sculptures from over 500 youth, adult amateur and adult professional artists.  The four-day event takes place in the north lobby at the Barber National Institute's Main Campus.

Admission is free of charge; ample free parking.

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Shillelagh Golf Tournament

Whispering Woods Golf Course

Thanks to the golfers, sponsors and donors who made the 2019 Shillelagh Golf Tournament a Success!

Whether you're an expert or novice golfer, you'll enjoy the Shillelagh Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Whispering Woods Golf course! Many opportunities to win prizes, and the top foursome will take home the coveted grand prize -- an authentic shillelagh handcrafted in Ireland. Registration includes cart, lunch, dinner and snacks/beverages on the course.

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Barber Beast on the Bay

10 miles, 30 obstacles, 1 goal: Beat the Beast!  Whether you are an elite obstacle course race athlete or a new-to-the-scene first-timer, the Barber Beast on the Bay offers something for every level of competitor.  Tackle insane terrains – from sand to mud to lake to swamp!

A one-mile adapted course will also be offered for those ages 12+ with physical or intellectual disabilities at Waldameer.  The 10 Mile Course and Adapted Course come together for the final obstacle and all participants cross the finish line together!

The Barber Beast on the Bay takes place Saturday, September 12, 2020, in Erie, Pennsylvania on the shores of Presque Isle State Park.  Participants are so hooked on the Beast they are returning for the 8th year in a row!

Named 2016 Locally Managed Event of the Year by Erie Sports Commission!

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Recent Past Events


Ladies Only Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the 18th annual Ladies Only Luncheon set for Saturday, November 21, 2020.

An Erie tradition, the Ladies Only Luncheon is a sell-out event that supports services for children at the Barber National Institute.  More than 400 women gather the Saturday before Thanksgiving to launch the holiday season with shopping and lunch.  This is one event where you get dressed up and enjoy the day in style!

We are fortunate to have so many women in Erie who believe in the Barber National Institute mission. Thanks to all of you we can continue making dreams come true for our children and their families.

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Sensory Friendly Time with Santa

Crafts, games, and visits with Old Saint Nick entertained children and families at the 9th Annual Sensory Friendly Time with Santa on December 8, 2019, at the Millcreek Mall.

The Barber National Institute sponsored the event, providing families with children with autism and special needs a stress-free experience with Santa.

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Annual Barber Christmas Ball

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 12, 2020, for the Barber Christmas Ball!

This festive gala is always one of the largest gatherings of the holiday season. Get your dancing shoes ready to be out on the dance floor of the Bayfront Convention Center!  All attendees enjoy a lively celebration with good food and great live music!

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