North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival – April 15th
Held in Raleigh, North Carolina, the North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival celebrates the very best of Southern barbecue. Each April, some of the region’s finest pitmasters gather for this daylong event where Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue is king. In addition to the delicious eats, guests can sample from a selection of local beers and enjoy a diverse lineup of live music.
The Pit Authentic Barbecue|328 W Davie St Raleigh, NC
BBQ FEST San Diego – April 15th
WING FEST is the best place to paint your face with messy wing sauce in polite society. San Diego’s greatest chicken wing restaurants will serve up the hottest, most flavorful wings to ever come from a bird. Take pride in making a mess during lunchtime; you can even use your nonexistent table manners in a chicken wing-eating contest. While you’re stacking up a mountain of bones, local DJ’s will be spinning records and hungry chefs will compete to create the most delicious wing sauce of the festival.
SILO at Makers Quarter|753 15th St San Diego, CA
Andrews Wild Wild West Fest – April 21st – 22nd
The Wild Wild West Fest seems like a Texas stereotype, but you know what they say about stereotypes, right? This is the epitome of Texas culture with twangy, toe-tapping country music, mouth-watering BBQ, entertaining Cowboy poetry and relentless rodeo action, for starters. The organizers round up many more activities like a herd of cattle so the fun never stops in Andrews, Texas.
Andrews County Expo Arena|1441 TX-176 Andrews, TX
Southern Hot Wing Festival – April 22nd
Since 2002, Memphians have organized the Southern Hot Wing Festival to benefit charity and enjoy several thousand pounds of delicious and spicy chicken wings. The festival features a hot wing cooking contest and a hot wing eating contest. There is also live music, a silent auction, a special children’s area and more.
Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union Avenues|Court Ave & Riverside Dr Memphis, TN
Salt & Smoke Festival – April 23rd
Today’s the day your blood runs with southern spirit at the Salt & Smoke Festival. You don’t need a thick accent or a desire to go mudding, just your taste buds a fire in the belly. Open wide and you’ll devour true, hog-heaven BBQ, raw oysters and a refreshingly cold beer that sweats like a Yankee in the South. All of that finger-licking goodness goes best with the sensational live music to round out your southern experience.
609 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
Wabash Ribberfest BBQ Championship – April 28th – 29th
The Wabash Ribberfest was founded in 1999 as the Illinois BBQ championship. Attendees can expect delicious and savory BBQ from talented competitors. Non BBQ activities like an art exhibit, a wine garden, a motorcycle show, a craft fair and a cornhole tournament provide plenty of non-food fun as well. The event is free and family friendly.
Market Street|406 Market St Mt Carmel, IL
Fulton Bluegrass, Blues and BBQ Festival – April 28th – 29th
Fulton Court Square Downtown|201 W Main St Fulton, MS