Upcoming Events at Barber National Institute


Ladies Only Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the 15th annual Ladies Only Luncheon set for Saturday, November 18, 2017. Contact us now to become a Patron for this great event that features boutique shopping, a gift basket raffle and a luncheon with your friends.

Watch for invitations to be mailed in September – this always sells out quickly!

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Annual Barber Christmas Ball

This festive gala is always one of the largest gatherings of the holiday season. Get your dancing shoes ready for December 9 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!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 9, 2017, for the next Barber Christmas Ball!

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Recent Past Events


2017 Barber Beast on the Bay

The 5th annual Barber Beast on the Bay was held Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. The main events included a grueling 10-mile extreme obstacle course challenge and a 1 mile adapted course for participants with physical or developmental disabilities. Not only does the Barber Beast on the Bay event raise awareness for a great cause, but it also brings the community together for a fun experience.

An “Elite” wave is offered for serious competitors who want to be timed, do the whole course and every obstacle to be eligible for awards. Optional timing for all participants is available. Want to participate in the Barber Beast on the Bay in a more leisurely way?  You can choose to walk the course and opt out of any or all obstacles to be part of the fun and enjoy a day at Presque Isle in Erie, PA!

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

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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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10th Annual Art Show

Thanks to the artists, sponsors, and donors who made the 10th Anniversary Art Show a success.  Please join us for the 11th annual show April 13 - 16, 2018. Entries will be accepted March 1 - 3.

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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29th Annual Charities for Children, Inc. Adult Bowling Tournament

The 29th Annual Charities for Children, Inc. Adult Bowling Tournament was Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Eastway Lanes.  Our community bowled to support the Gertrude A. Barber Center and other local nonprofits!

See a complete list of winners from the 2016 tournament and how much they raised!

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Sensory Friendly Time with Santa

Crafts, games, and visits with Old Saint Nick were entertaining children and families at the 6th annual Sensory Friendly Time with Santa held December 4 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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