Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Art Show & Sale
Celebrating the Possibilities

Join us for the Jay & Mona Kang Art Show & Sale April 13-16, 2018.  The four-day event takes place in the north lobby at the Barber National Institute's Main Campus.  Entries will be accepted March 8-10, 2018.

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 youth, adult amateur, and adult professional artists.

Admission is free of charge; ample free parking.

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2018 Barber Beast on the Bay

10 miles, 30 obstacles, 1 goal: Beat the Beast!  Whether you are an elite obstacle course race addict 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 16+ with physical or intellectual disabilities at Waldameer.  The 10 Mile Course and Adapted Course come together for the final two obstacles and all participants cross the finish line together!

The Barber Beast on the Bay takes place Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Erie, Pennsylvania on the shores of Presque Isle State Park.  Participants are so hooked on the Beast they are returning for the 6th year in a row!

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

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Recent Past Events


Annual Barber Christmas Ball

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 8, 2018, for the next 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!

Thank you to our sponsors and guest for making the 2017 Barber Christmas Ball a success!

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Sensory Friendly Time with Santa

Crafts, games, and visits with Old Saint Nick were entertaining children and families at the 7th Annual Sensory Friendly Time with Santa held December 3, 2017 at the Millcreek Mall.

The Barber National Institute sponsors the event to provide families with children with autism and special needs a stress-free experience with Santa.

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Ladies Only Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the 16th annual Ladies Only Luncheon set for Saturday, November 17, 2017.

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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2017 Shillelagh Golf Tournament

More than 130 golfers turned out at Riverside Golf Course in Cambridge Springs, PA on Thursday, June 15, 2017 to vie for the coveted top prize - an authentic shillelagh handcrafted in Ireland. Pete Russo, Sr. was honored as the 2017 Shillelagh Man of the Year at the awards dinner that followed the tournament.

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