The 8th Annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is a 2-day celebration of America's biggest backyard pastime showcasing the South's best BBQ cooking, great food and beverages plus live music and an interactive children's area. Atlanta's top BBQ restaurants will serve up their specialties while more than 30 professional competitive BAR-B-Q teams from across the region will compete in our Cook Off event for cash prizes, trophies and of course bragging rights.

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Atlanta's Top

BBQ Restaurants

Several of Atlanta's most favorite restaurants will be serving up their specialties.

* Food cost is not included in admission ticket.

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Bourbon Experience

Purchase a Bourbon Experience ticket and receive admission and a commemorative sample glass and sip on your choice of a heavenly selection of more than 25 premium Bourbons!More »

30+ BBQ Teams

Watch the teams competing in our BBQ Cook Off. Then, enjoy samples starting Friday night at 6pm!

* Cost of samples is not included in admission ticket.

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Live Music

The region's best rock, blues and bluegrass performers.

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BBQ & Cooking


From sauces to cooking methods, learn tricks and techniques from top PitMasters and Restaurants.

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Kids Village

The kids will have plenty to keep them entertained with games and interactive activities!

Springer Mountain Farms

Drumstick Dine Around

Friday starting at 6:00pm

Some of our competitive BAR-B-Q Teams will be serving up drumsticks for $2 each while supplies last! Samples can be purchased at participating team booths. Look for the BLUE flags!

Taste of the Pig

Saturday starting at 1:00pm

Our competitive BBQ teams will be selling $1 pulled pork or whole hog samples while supplies last. Look for the blue flags!

A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will go to Mercycare. Since the 1980s, Mercy Care ( has been a healing presence among Atlanta's homeless and uninsured populations by providing high quality, integrated care. In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, care reflects compassion and respect for vulnerable patients.