Can't-Miss Events!

Local Tip: "If you like classic cars, Cruise Nights is where you want to be every Thursday during the summer months. My family likes to marvel at the cars, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music by Bob the DJ." – Brad M.

Family-friendly and adult-oriented special events occur throughout the year, providing everyone a chance to gather in town with neighbors and friends enjoying the community spirit that is uniquely Barrington.

Barrington Art Festival
May 24-25

Cook and Station Street
The 11th annual Barrington Art Festival returns Memorial Day weekend, along Cook and Station streets in downtown Barrington. Free and open to the public, the Barrington Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 130-juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more.

Cruise Night
Every Thursday, May 28-August 20, 6:00-8:30 pm

Cook and Station streets
Cruise Night takes place every Thursday on Cook and Station streets in Downtown Barrington. Bring the family to marvel at the classic cars, grab a bite to eat and play in the Family Fun Zone! There will be live music, beer, and wine on June 18, July 2, July 30 and August 13.

Farmers' Market
Every Thursday, June 18-October 15, 3:00-7:00 pm
Park Avenue
Enjoy fresh local produce and handmade items all summer long and into the fall, including farmhouse cheeses, fruit, vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, hot food and much more. Enjoy live music and kids' activities as you stroll through the stalls.

July Fourth Parade
Main Street
The Barrington Fourth of July Parade steps off at 10:00 am on July 4 from Barrington High School east on Main Street to the Metra Commuter Lot. The Community Band will perform again following the parade at the Brat Tent in the Metra Commuter Lot.

Brat Tent
July 2-July 4
Metra Commuter Parking Lot
Bring your appetite for food and fun. Hosted by the Barrington Lions Club in cooperation with the Village of Barrington, the Barrington Brat Tent will feature food, drinks, activities, and games for kids, plus an exciting lineup of live music.

Friday, July 10, 6:00-9:30 pm
Metra Commuter Parking Lot
Enjoy access to 20 sample pours of fine wines and spirits, a souvenir wine glass, light nibbles, live entertainment and more at this fun charitable wine-tasting event! 

Brew Fest
Saturday, July 11, 3:00-6:30 pm
Barrington Brew Fest will take over the Barrington Metra Train Station parking lot on July 11 for its 17th annual event! This adult-only event will feature plenty of your favorite brewers, sampling their summer seasonal beers plus music and food from local vendors. All funds raised from this year’s event go directly to "Let It Be Us" programs, which inspire foster care and adoption in Illinois. To learn more about the impact LIBU makes, visit

Barrington Sale Days
July 24-26
Throughout the Village
Take advantage of sizzling sales and deep discounts at unique boutiques. Shop – then stop – for drink specials at local restaurants! Also, enjoy local street musicians on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 3 pm while you shop!

National Night Out
Thursday, August 6, 6:00-8:30 pm
This is a free, fun, and educational event designed to promote positive police-community partnerships. Free food, bike helmets, digital fingerprinting, K9 demonstrations, family games, trackless train rides, face painting, and more!

Deer Park Jazz and Wine Festival
August 3, 12-9:30 pm
The eighth annual Deer Park Jazz and Wine Festival will be held at Deer Park Town Center and will feature a mixture of straight-ahead jazz, R&B Jazz and one of the most sought-after Latin Jazz groups in the Midwest. The music kicks off at 1 pm with vocalist Dan Ferris and his trio followed by local up-and-coming jazz guitarist and vocalist Francesca Castro and her quartet.

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Fun Fact: Henry Paulson, Former United States Secretary of Treasury, is a graduate of Barrington High School.