Festival Tips

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This year promises to be full of flavor, fun, and good friends. The event will showcase the world of barbeque and its endless flavors and cooking styles. Enjoy regionally inspired BBQ flavors and pick up tips guaranteed to make your next backyard BBQ a cut above the rest. More than 30 BBQ teams from across the region will fire up their grills to compete in the 8th Annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival Cook Off to win cash prizes, coveted trophies, and the ultimate reward - bragging rights. We have a kids area, live music, local BBQ restaurants and other amazing food vendors serving their specialties, and the Bourbon Experience for guests that purchase this ticket.

We've put together this event TIP Sheet to ensure you have the best experience possible at this year's Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival.


Casual dress is best for the BBQ Fest. All that BBQ tasting is both delicious and messy, so just pretend like it's our own backyard throw down. Come ready to eat, dance, and meet new friends. Comfortable shoes a must. The event is outdoors so dress weather appropriate.


Maps and directions will be available soon!


At the entrance to the festival site, there will be ticketing locations for anyone who has pre-purchased tickets, or need to purchase tickets the day of the event. For anyone who has Will Call tickets or any other advance tickets, there will be a Ticket Redemption tent where you will pick up your wristband. Please have ID ready to pick up pre-purchased tickets. If you are purchasing tickets at the event, General Admission will be $12 and the Bourbon Experience will be $40, although Bourbon Experience tickets generally sell out before the festival date.


Friday August 12th

Gates open at 4pm - Event ends at 10pm.

Saturday August 13th

Gates open at 12noon - Events ends at 8pm.


The Bourbon Experience is for ages 21 and up only. Please make sure you have a VALID PHOTO ID. If you forget your ID we will not be able to provide Bourbon Experience wristbands or samples.


Bourbon Experience

Like Bourbon with your BBQ? Fans can purchase a special Bourbon Experience ticket and enjoy samples of more than 25 premium bourbons. The Bourbon Experience ticket is $35 in advance or $40 day of show and includes entry into the festival plus 10 sampling tokens. Bourbon samples range from 1-4 tokens each and additional tokens can be purchased for $1 at the event.

Didn't get a Bourbon Experience ticket? Don't worry. We have other concession stands offering soft drinks, water, and lemonade for sale.


We've got great food so come hungry! Unfortunately food cost isn't included in your ticket price but our vendors will have a variety of options for you. Here are just a few local Bar-B-Q Restaurants that will be serving full portion options: Jim N Nicks, JD's BBQ, Pit Boss, Gator's BBQ and Soul Food, Hog & Ale Smokehouse, Sonny's BBQ, and Rib King. Look for the red flags that designate restaurants serving full portions.

Want to try BBQ competition samples?

Drumstick Dine Around - Wings Sampling Event - some of our competitive BAR-B-Q Teams will be serving up chicken wings for $2 each while supplies last! Samples can be purchased at participating team booths. Look for the BLUE flags at each team booth which will designate which teams have samples to sell. Samples will sell out so get them early!

Taste of the Pig - Pork Sample Event. Our competitive BBQ teams will be selling $1 pulled pork or whole hog samples while supplies last. Look for the blue flags on participating team booths which will designate that they still have samples to sell.


We have some great musicians on the main. So grab a wing in one hand and your dancin' partner in your other hand and enjoy. Some of the artist playing this year are: Carly Burruss, Davin McCoy, The Tin Man, The Georgia Flood, Radio Birds, Smokin' Novas, The Beggars' Guild, and blues guitarist prodigy, King Solomon Hicks.


AGES - this event is ALL AGES, except the Bourbon Experience.

ATM - we will have an ATMs on site and they will be marked with tents or signage.

OUTSIDE FOOD & BEVERAGE - sorry outside food and beverages are not permitted in the event.

PETS - we love our pets but for the convenience of all our guests, pets are not permitted in this event.

RAIN OR SHINE - this event is rain or shine.

WATER - We highly encourage everyone to stay hydrated!

Again thanks for coming out to enjoy the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival! We look forward to celebrating with you!

A big thank you to all of our sponsors!