Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Art Show & Sale

Call for Entries | March 24, 25, & 26, 2022
Reception & Awards Presentation | April 21, 2022
Online Galleries Open to Public | April 25 - May 6, 2022

The region’s largest and most diverse Art Show planning an in-person and online experience in 2022.  A reception and awards presentation is planned for artists and Show donors Thursday, April 21, with the show officially opening online to the public Monday, April 25 - through Friday, May 6.

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Shillelagh Golf Tournament

June 16,2022 | Whispering Woods Golf Course

The return of the Shillelagh Golf Tournament was a wonderful gathering for all golfers.  The event included lunch, dinner, and a round of golf on one of the area's most versatile and scenic courses.  All safety protocols were followed. 

Whether you're an expert or novice golfer, you can support the Barber National Institute through the Shillelagh Golf  Tournament at Whispering Woods Golf Course again in June 2022!

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Recent Past Events



Barber Christmas Ball

December 11, 2021 |  Bayfront Convention Center

The Barber Christmas Ball was held Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Bayfront Convention Center.  Erie’s festive kick-off to the holiday season featured the dance and show band Stiletto Fire and entertainment by Tony B.

Reservations included an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, two cocktails, and complimentary valet parking (cash bar also provided.)

Many sponsorship opportunities are available for this longstanding Erie event tradition.

Thank you for your support.

2021 Photo Booth Gallery




Ladies Only Luncheon

November 20, 2021 | The Kahkwa Club

The Ladies Only Luncheon returned on Saturday, Nov. 20 at The Kahkwa Club to support educational and therapeutic services for children at the Barber National Institute.

Guests were treated to a scrumptious lunch, time for socializing, and had the opportunity to win a bountiful gift basket valued at a minimum of $250, as well as the Premier and Diva Prizes.

While Covid precautions were still in place, the tables were offered for a maximum of eight guests. We were happy to have such a great turnout!

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Barber Beast on the Bay

September 11, 2021 | Presque Isle State Park

The 8th annual Barber Beast on the Bay was Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Presque Isle State Park (USA Today’s ‘Best Pennsylvania Attraction’) in Erie, PA.  Participants took on 10 miles of sand, water, and trails – it’s the nature of the Beast! 

Participants ran, jumped, climbed, and crawled across more than 30 obstacles on the shores of Lake Erie at the biggest obstacle course race in Erie, PA!  And while they tackled their own challenges during the Beast, they also helped the children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral health challenges at the Barber National Institute who take on their own obstacles on a daily basis, as the event supports the non-profit and its more than 6,300 individuals.

A one-mile adapted course was also be offered for those ages 12+ with physical or intellectual disabilities at Waldameer, a theme park in Erie, PA next to Presque Isle State Park. The 10-Mile Course and Adapted Course came together for the final obstacles and all participants cross the finish line together!

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