The 9th 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.

Hogs and Hops Session

Saturday May 5, 1pm - 5pm (VIP Entry @ 12:00PM)

21 and up, all inclusive session. All you care to taste samples of 50+ Beers, Wine, Cider, and BBQ samples from 20 of Atlanta’s coolest BBQ joints.

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Saturday Night Session

Saturday May 5, 5pm-9pm

All ages session. Live music & time to chat with the Competition BBQ teams. BBQ and drinks available for purchase.

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Sunday Session

Sunday May 6, 12pm-6pm

All ages session. Live music & additional below. BBQ and drinks available for purchase.

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Pro-Teams - Apply today to compete in this year's festival!

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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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The

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 »

20+ BBQ Teams

Watch the teams competing in our BBQ Cook Off. Then, enjoy samples!

* 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

Demonstrations

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

Taste of the Teams

With this ticket you get unlimited BBQ from selected BBQ Competition teams. 5-6 teams have cooked up some competition samples for patrons to try. Tickets are limited.

Please note: All sample sales at team booths are cash only! Food cost is not included in ticket price

A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will go to The GBM Foundation . The GBM Foundation was established in January 2017 by Carly Magness Bonsignore, Ashley's daughter, and Ric Magness, Ashley's husband, following the death of Gail (Ashley) Boyter Magness. After a 22 month battle, Ashley passed away from a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) in March of 2016. This insidious disease gave Carly and Ric insight into the current standard of care available for treatment and survival improvement. It also showed the need for additional research for promising and alternative treatments, in addition to the conventional therapies. This foundation seeks to bring public awareness to the severity of GBM brain tumors and to raise the funds needed to sponsor the most promising research to ultimately find a cure.