Saturday, June 23 (11 am-10 pm) + Sunday, June 24 (11 am-7:30 pm)
What: Restaurants and BBQ teams compete for over $40,000 and the title of National Barbecue Champion
Attractions: 30 bands on 3 stages, 50+ FREE samples, demonstrations, and plenty of mouth-watering BBQ!Where: Pennsylvania Ave (btwn. 9th & 14th Streets, NW) – Metro: Federal Triangle, Metro Center, or Archives
Cost: Adults $15 at the gates ($12 in advance HERE)
Looking for the ultimate summer cookout experience? Look no further: National Capital BBQ Battle is back! Heralded as a top 5 “Can’t Miss Summer Festival” by CNN and “Top 10 BBQ Event” by the Travel Channel and Discovery.com, the BBQ Battle has plenty of sweet, salty, and savory fun for everyone.
Celebrating its 20th year running, tens of thousands of visitors will descend upon Pennsylvania Avenue this weekend seeking a taste of America’s best brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and more.
Complete with live music, BBQ demonstrations from the pros, and plenty of free bites, the weekend’s main event takes place on the “Pit Masters” block, where restaurants and teams will be competing for the title of America’s National Barbecue Champion, plus numerous individual categories (beef, chicken, lamb, pork, ribs, and BBQ sauce).
Best yet, admission means you’ll be loosening your belt buckle for a good cause: since its inception, the BBQ Battle has raised more than $1.2 million for DC charities. Get hungry!
Official Website: bbqdc.com