Upcoming BBQ Events List
August 17: Stumptown Beer Revival and BBQ Cook Off 2019 - Monte Rio, California
This event, which is also called the “Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cookoff” features copious amounts of beer and barbecue. An entry fee includes beer, cider, and barbecue tastings for the duration of the day, along with live music and activities. More than 40 breweries and 30 barbecue teams will participate. More info here.
August 18: Turf & Surf BBQ State Championship 2019 - Del Mar, California
Enjoy unlimited BBQ, seafood, and desserts made by top chefs and BBQ competition teams during the annual #BETonBBQ championship on Aug. 18 in Del Mar, California. The Turf and Surf BBQ State Championship is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event, and it will showcase some of the biggest names in the West Coast BBQ movement . Participating restaurants include Grande Ole BBQ y Asado, Cali Comfort BBQ, and International Smoke, a collaboration between culinary entrepreneur Ayesha Curry and Michelin Star Chef Michael Mina. More info here.
August 29-30: Sister Cities Smokeout - Moorhead, Minnesota
The Sister Cities Smokeout festival takes place on August 29-30 at Bluestem Meadow in Moorehead, Minnesota. This two day festival will include music from a variety of national and local artists, and award-winning pitmasters from Sugarfire Smokehouse, Ubon’s Barbeque, and Pappy’s Smokehouse will serve delicious mouth-watering barbecue. More info here.
September 6-8: Kentucky BBQ Festival - Danville, Kentucky
The Kentucky BBQ Festival will feature great food, live music, and a backyard barbecue competition. Top pitmasters that will be serving barbecue there include Leslie Roark, Amy and Mike Mills, Moe Cason, Carey Bringle, and Shelly Hunt. More info here.
September 7: Pig Island NYC - Brooklyn, New York
For those that love all things pork, the 10th annual Pig Island NYC in Brooklyn will be a can’t-miss affair. Held outdoors at beautiful Erie Basin Park in Red Hook, this all-inclusive event will feature great food from top Northeastern pitmasters, plus a ton of beer, cider, and liquor. More info here.
September 12-15: American Royal World Series of Barbecue - Kansas City, Missouri
The American Royal is celebrating 40 years of competition barbecue in 2019! On top of a huge KCBS competition with teams from around the country, this signature Kansas City event includes public-facing activities, including incredible live music, delicious BBQ and local food, a full line up of kids activities, and a vendor fair authentic to Kansas City and BBQ enthusiasts. More info here.
September 19-21: 2019 Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off - Murphysboro, Illinois
The Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off is a unique dual cook contest sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network and the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The event will also include a steak cookoff and a bloody mary contest as well as a kids Que competition. More info here.
September 20-21: Cherokee Strip Cook-Off - Ponca City, Oklahoma
The 33rd Annual Cherokee Strip Cook-off, held on the banks of Lake Ponca, will feature a State Championship competition sanctioned by KCBS. Attendees will have the opportunity to try some good barbecue, as well as enjoy activities including musical entertainment. Additionally, a People’s Choice award will be given to the crowd-selected favorite BBQ and chili. More info here.
September 21: Smoked Dallas - Dallas, Texas
Join us for a Texas-sized food fest and backyard BBQ party in the heart of downtown Dallas at this event. Enjoy tastings from 20 of the most celebrated BBQ joints from all across Texas at the event, along with live music from Dale Watson, Straight Tequila Night, and The 40 Acre Mule. More info here.
September 27-29: Q In The Lou - St. Louis, Missouri
Get ready to go hog wild and get your BBQ fix at another great year of Q in the Lou. Many of the country’s biggest names in BBQ are back once again, including Peg Leg Porker, Ubons BBQ, The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, Sugarfire Smokehouse, and more. There will also be live music all three days. More info here.
September 29: Houston BBQ Throwdown 2019 - Houston, Texas
The Houston Barbecue Festival and Saint Arnold Brewing Company will throw the 5th annual Houston BBQ Throwdown on Sunday, September 29. It will feature 14 of Houston's best barbecue restaurants competing to create the next great barbecue dish that represents Houston-style barbecue, including Daddy Duncan's BBQ (2018 Judge's and People's Choice winner), Eddie O's Texas BBQ, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Reveille Barbecue Co, Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue, and Victorian's Barbecue. More info here.
October 3-5: Firebox 3 BBQ On The Bluff Invitational - St. Simons Island, Georgia
The 3rd Annual BBQ on the Bluff Invitational takes place October 3-5, 2019 on St. Simons Island in Georgia. The festival is presented by Southern Soul BBQ and features some of the biggest names in barbecue from around the world. Proceeds benefit the Firebox Initiative. More info here.
October 5: Brew N’ Que - Perth, Western Australia
On Saturday, October 5th, the Brew N’ Que Festival will take place in Perth, Australia at the Ascot Racecourse. Experience the best in craft brew and barbecue. The event includes barbecue food vendors, craft beer, live music, cooking demos, competitions with national and international teams, Kids Q competition, classes from “BBQ Pitmasters” television celebrity Harry Soo, and the headline event with pitmaster Bill Dumas of The Switch in Dripping Springs, Texas. More info here.
October 6: Southern Smoke - Houston, Texas
An impressive lineup of pitmasters and chefs have been announced for the fifth annual Southern Smoke festival, which takes place on October 6 in Houston, Texas. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund and the National MS Society. More info here.
October 12: EGGtoberfest - Stone Mountain, Georgia
EGGtoberfest is a fun-filled, family-oriented celebration held each October for Big Green Egg fans. This event takes place on October 12 at Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia and features food from over 200 Big Green Eggs, demonstrations, music, and more. More info here.
October 25-26: Jack Daniel’s 2019 World Championship Invitational - Lynchburg, Tennessee
For one weekend every year, the smallest town in whiskey becomes the biggest scene in barbecue. More than 60 championship teams from the U.S. and more than 20 international teams from around the world convene in Lynchburg to compete for the coveted title of The Jack Grand Champion. More info here.
October 26: The Barbecue Festival - Lexington, Kentucky
The 36th annual Barbecue Festival in Lexington, North Carolina will attract thousands of BBQ aficionados from around the country. The event features lots of great Lexington-style barbecue, but also includes a bike race, a car show, live music, BMX stunt shows, lumberjack competitions, and a festival finale with fireworks. Admission is free but plan to buy ‘cue on site. More info here.
November 2-3: Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend - Austin, Texas
The Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is one of the top annual barbecue festivals in Texas. The Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas have all been invited, so come see who will be smoking at this weekend of ‘cue. Plus, check out the return of the popular Franklin & Friends event!. More info here.
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