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.

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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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!

* 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

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

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 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.