10 Mouth-Watering BBQ Festivals

  • A Time to Grill

    Summer is grilling season, and in some towns, that means it’s time for a barbecue festival. So if you’re in the area and love feasting on grilled and smoked meats, pack up the kids and head to one of these festivals. Photo Credit: stevendepolo
    Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival
  • Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival

    North Carolina residents can take advantage of a competition among barbecue pit chefs by enjoying some slow-roasted meats while listening to several live bands playing blues, bluegrass, folk, zydeco and more. Plus there’s a craft fair and rides and games for kids. Dates: June 11-12 Location: Harmon Field in Tryon, N.C. Admission: $7 for adults and kids 12 and under are free. Photo Credit: blueridgebbqfestival.com
    Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
  • Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

    Pit masters from all over New York City and across the country come to Manhattan’s Madison Square Park every year to serve about 100,000 barbecue lovers for $8 a plate. Meat-loving party-goers can also watch cooking demonstrations and seminars and enjoy live music. Dates: June 12-13 Location: Madison Square Park, New York City Admission: Free, but you can avoid lines at every vendor by buying a $125 FastPass. Photo Credit: rasdourian
    BBQ RibFest: Blues, Brews & BBQ
  • BBQ RibFest: Blues, Brews & BBQ

    Barbecue and beer lovers can enjoy live performances by several blues bands, and for $10, two-person teams of competitive Bocci ball players can compete on the afternoon of June 19. Dates: June 17 - 20 Location: Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, Ind. Admission: Free before 5:30 p.m. each day and free for kids 16 and under. Otherwise it’s $6 for general admission. Photo Credit: Marshall Astor
    Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

    Festival-goers can enjoy a barbecue dinner, “all-you-can-taste” bourbon and beer and even enter a home-brew contest to see whose homemade beer is best. Plus there’s a chance to ride a mechanical bull. And for drinkers and others who need a ride, there’s a $10 shuttle service to and from Union Station in Washington, D.C. Dates: June 18-19 Location: National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md. Admission: $20 to $85 for adults depending on type of admission and kids get in free. Photo Credit: sashafatcat
    Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
  • Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

    Cannery Casino & Hotel is holding its eighth annual Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival featuring barbecue, handcrafted beers and live entertainment from Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater and Ironing Board Sam, according to VegasNews.com. Date: June 19 Location: Cannery Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas Admission: $5 Photo Credit: sashafatcat
    Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest
  • Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest

    Competing barbecuers from across the country will be serving delicious ribs, barbecue chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket during the 21 open-air concerts at this festival. There’s $6,000 in cash prizes for the best sauce and the best ribs, and all festival-goers can vote for their favorite Rib Master and crew. Dates: July 8-11 Location: Highland Park Festival Site, Rochester, N.Y. Admission: $5-$10 depending on the date and kids 12 and under are free. Photo Credit: rochesterevents.com
    BBQ at the Summit
  • BBQ at the Summit

    Masters of the ‘cue compete for $16,000 in prizes for the best ribs, chicken, pork, brisket, side dishes and desserts while meat-eaters vote on their favorite chefs and listen to live bands throughout the two-day event. Dates: Aug. 6-7 Location: Dillon, Colo. Admission: Free Photo Credit: summitrotaryevents.com
    2010 Summer Sizzle
  • 2010 Summer Sizzle

    While barbecue teams prep for the next day’s work, kickball teams square off Aug. 13 while local bands perform. On Saturday, cooks will get to work and hand out free samples at 3 p.m. Dates: Aug. 13-14 Location: Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, Mo. Admission: $5 Photo Credit: summersizzle.net
    Barbecue, Blues and Bluegrass Festival
  • Barbecue, Blues and Bluegrass Festival

    Along with delicious rib, pulled pork and other dishes from Five Star Barbecue, Black Tie BBQ and Community Q, festival-goers can enjoy live music until 10 p.m. at this event in Oakhurst, a suburb of Dacatur, Ga. Date: Aug. 21 Location: Harmony Park in Oakhurst, Ga. Admission: $10 if you’re 21 or older, $5 for kids 10 to 20 years old and kids under 10 get in free. Photo Credit: TheMarque
    New Holland Summer Fest
  • New Holland Summer Fest

    This is the summer festival where “the bikes meet the brisket,” according to event organizers putting together the Pennsylvania State Championship BBQ Cook-Off plus a motorcycle ride and show. Dates: August 27-28 Location: New Holland, Pa. Admission: $1; kids under 8 are free Photo Credit: nhsummerfest.org
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