Special Events

October 19, 2017 - 5:20 pm
he Story of "I" for Carnegie Days
Throughout the summer and early fall, at the gallery and throughout the region at community festivals, children, youth and families created vibrant illustrations, inspired by illuminated manuscripts, depicting letters, words and initials that have meaning to them. 
Now, The Story of “I” will become an online exhibition and a featured part of Carnegie Days. This annual festival of art and language includes exhibitions, public art projects, lectures, readings, screenings, workshops and other public programmes at the Gallery and in the city of Barrie. Coinciding with Culture Days, Carnegie Days 2017 takes place...
October 27, 2017 - 6:00 pm
Halloween Coffee House
October 27, 6 to 9 pm. Admission $2.
This is an all-ages event! Join us for the Youth Advisory Council’s annual Halloween Coffee House! Dress in your Halloween costumed-best and enjoy music and spoken-word performances by Simcoe County high school students! Youth performers are invited to audition on October 11 from 5 to 7 pm.
Interested in joining our Youth Council? Young people ages 14 to 18 are invited to develop MacLaren youth projects, events and exhibitions with and for their peers.
Contact Christina Mancuso, Education Officer at christina@maclarenart.com to sign up!
November 17, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Tickets are $50.00
Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction
Friday, November 17, 7 to 11 pm
Auction Preview: November 11 to 17 during Gallery hours
Public Tour of Auction Highlights: November 15, 6 to 7 pm
Tickets: $50 (online order below)
On November 17 at the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie, over 150 artworks by more than 100 artists from across Ontario will fill the galleries for the 27th annual Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction. Bidders can also try their luck at winning gift certificates, jewellery and a selection of great prizes from local retailers. Add appetizers and desserts from Barrie’s best restaurants and you have all the ingredients for a great evening that also raises funds for the MacLaren...
February 23, 2018 - 7:15 pm
Tickets: $60. On sale February 5 at 10:00 am
2017 Battle of the Bands
Friday, February 23
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Live music begins at 7:15 pm
Drawing on the considerable musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, our annual Battle of the Bands is one of the most celebrated live musical events of the year in Barrie. Proceeds from the event support the MacLaren Art Centre, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and the
Kempenfelt Rotary Club. Tickets $60, available at the MacLaren on February 5.