Twin City RibFest 2017 – June 1st – 4th
It Began in a Church Parking Lot in 2005. Every year since then, thousands of BBQ fans come out for the good food and fun. Daring to promote a whole ‘nother type of ‘cue; something beyond Lexington style BBQ, promoter Allen McDavid launched the first RibFest with Shiner Bock beer as the title sponsor. “Where is it written that pork barbecue has to be chopped or shredded,” McDavid asked. “There is more to the pig than shoulders and butts.” The success of the Twin City RibFest was immediate and helped it gain recognition in Bon Apetit magazine, Martha Stewart.com, USA Today and Our State magazine, as well as being named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Bureau several years running.
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds|421 27th St NW Winston-Salem, NC
Texas City Fun Fest 2017 – June 2nd – 3rd
From live entertainment and a BBQ cook-off to crawfish fest and a travel expo, Texas City Fun Fest is multiple extravaganzas morphed into one. Each year, the fest grows bigger, as does the entertainment. For 2 full days, you’ll enjoy unforgettable fun as you celebrate the summer.
Carlos Garza Park|3300 Magnolia Ave Texas City, TX
PigMania Lima State Championship BBQ Festival 2017 – June 2nd – 3rd
A professional barbecue competition and festival heads to Lima, Ohio, for some dynamic and delicious family fun. If you’re a barbecue lover, the PigMania Lima State Championship BBQ Festival is an event you’ll want your calendar. Over 20 competitors from across the nation compete for the best barbecue and you—yes, you!—get to taste them. Plus, there’s local food and craft vendors on site, a beer garden, face painting, pony rides and inflatables for the kids.
Allen County Fairgrounds|2750 Harding Hwy Lima, OH
Vidor Texas BBQ Festival 2017 – June 2nd – 4th
This South East Texas festival is authentically that. It brings together Texas’s favorite things: BBQ and music. Attendees can expect heated cook-offs, Texas country music and more. This small-town event is a local favorite and recruits talented cooks in the community to serve up smoky and savory Texas BBQ.
Conn Park Complex |166 South St Vidor, TX
Claremore Boots and BBQ Festival 2017 – June 2nd – 3rd
Kick up your boots while you indulge in a heaping plate of mouth-watering barbecue at Claremore Boots and BBQ Festival. Some of the top barbecue competitors from across the country battle their way to the best and you get to vote for your favorite. Live music, vendors and kid’s activities of all kinds accompany this tasty extravaganza.
Claremore Expo Center|400 Veterans Pkwy Claremore, OK
Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival 2017 – June 3rd
The smell of barbecue circulates about the atmosphere, massaging your taste buds without food even touching your tongue. Saddle up as barbecue pitmasters take part in a cook-off to determine the best the nation has to offer. Allow some of the best craft beer to avalanche down your throat, taking the smoky flavor with it. To top it all off, some country, blues and more completes the flavor profile.
George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center|3737 Crestview Dr Norco, CA
Little Elm Craft Brew & Que Festival 2017 – June 3rd
Craft beer is the backbone of the Little Elem Craft Brew & Que Festival, with over 60 breweries and more than 150 craft brews from around the region for your tasting pleasure. Beer isn’t the only highlight, though. It features traditional and exotic barbecue from around the region, live music for all to enjoy and tons of fun activities for the kids and the kids at heart.
Little Elm Park |701 W Eldorado Pkwy Little Elm, TX
Happy Harry’s RibFest 2017 – June 7th – 10th
Happy Harry’s RibFest in Fargo, North Dakota, is a four-day early June event that has been taking place since 1996. Guests can enjoy live music as well as endless ribs, chicken and pulled pork from local, regional and far-away rib cookers, and there’s even a carnival for the whole family!
FargoDome|1800 N University Dr Fargo, ND
Ribfest Chicago 2017
As seen on Food Network’s “Eating America” in 2014, this event has become one of Chicago’s most anticipated festivals, voted “Best Food Fest” for 3 years in a row. The festival averages 60,000 attendees, and about 50,000 pounds of pork, but there are other attractions besides the ribs. Ribfest has become a nationally recognized Indie music festival hosting two stages of well-known national and local acts. This event, as well as the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce has invested close to $250,000 back into the community.
Intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Irving Park Road, and Damen Avenue in the Northcenter Neighborhood|4000 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL
6 Corners BBQ Fest 2017 – June 10th – 12th
The 6 Corners BBQ Fest is an annual cook-out in Chicago’s Northwest side featuring a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Festivalgoers are treated to variety of grilled delectables ranging from baby back ribs and pulled pork to turkey legs and beef brisket. It also features a variety of attractions like live music, wrestling, puppet shows, dance workshops, karate demos and more.
Six Corners|4041 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 2017 – June 10th – 11th
When the smell of smoked meat begins wafting through the air in the middle of Manhattan, you know it’s time for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. For this barbecue bash, prime pitmasters and chefs from around the country congregate in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood. Fill up on smoked meat, dabble with dessert, listen to live music, make some friends, share some stories, and let your nose follow those smoked trails.
Madison Square Park and Surrounding Streets|Madison Square Park New York, NY
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival 2017 – June 10th
The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.
Richmond Raceway Complex|600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond, VA
BBQ RibFest at Headwaters Park 2017 – June 15th – 18th
The BBQ RibFest hosted in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a four-day celebration of everything and anything ribs. Featuring some of the country’s most accomplished pit masters, this event combines a passion for excellent BBQ with live music featuring a variety of genres including blues, rock and country. Guests can participate in a 5k walk and run to support the festival.
Headwaters Park|330 S Clinton St Fort Wayne, IN
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