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27th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

June 22, 2019 - 11:00am to June 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

27th Annual Giant National Capital BBQ Battle

America's Food & Music Festival”
Pennsylvania Ave, NW (3rd to 7th Streets) * Washington, DC
Saturday June 22nd 11 AM to 9 PM * Sunday June 23rd 11 AM to 7 PM


30 Bands on 3 Stages performing Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, R&B and DC's own GoGo

Artists include: Spin Doctors, Everlast, Aubrie Sellers, EU Featuring Suger Bear, Back Yard Band, Stone Driver, The Reagan Years, See-I with members of Thievery Corporation, Vybe Band, Trouble Funk, Dr Bacon. Jah Works to name a few.

Free Food Samples In the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavillion, Local Flavors and throughout event site.

Special Exhibits and Attractions like the Giant Chill Zone with sports games and activities for all ages, Nathan's Famous Hotdog Eating Contest, the Big Bite Tour and much more fun for all.

Celebrity Chefs, Cooking Demonstrations, Cook Book Signings on the Giant Fresh Ideas Stage.

Cheer on Your Favorite BBQ Teams from around the country as they battle to win several major bbq competitions throughout the weekend.

Also available for your enjoyment, BBQ from Top BBQ Restaurants and Vendors, Microbrew and Wine Sampling, and all your favorite cold beverages.

Washington DC’s largest Annual Food and Music Festival, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle officially kicks off the 2019 Summer Season on June 22nd and 23rd. For more than two and a half decades, the Barbecue Battle has been cooking up delicious food, music & fun on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue. This tasty event offers Washington D.C. area residents and visitors alike, a two-day line-up of everything from tempting BBQ & Grilled food samples to cooking demonstrations, interactive exhibits and non-stop live entertainment on three music stages.

"Millions Raised for Charity - 2019 Giant BBQ Battle Benefits USO Metro & The Capital Area Food Bank”

“One of America’s Best Barbecue Competitions.” —SAVEUR Magazine

“Top Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country.” —CNN Travel

“One of the Nation’s Best Food Festivals.” —The Huffington Post

Pennsylvania Avenue will be smokin' with lots of great BBQ cooked up by America’s top chefs from across the country. This two-day festival features teams competing for big cash & prizes throughout the weekend. Contests include the Military Chefs Cook-Off, benefiting the USO and giving attendees the chance to taste and vote for their favorite BBQ prepared by Military Chefs representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Other contests include the National BBQ Championship, the National Pork BBQ Championship, Smithfield Rib Contest, Perdue Sizzlin' Chicken Contes, Turkey Smoke Contest, True Aussie Lamb Contest and the Nation's Best BBQ Sauce Contest. 

The Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion "longer than a football field" offers a line-up of delicious and tempting FREE BBQ & Grilled food samples, while Cookbook Authors and celebrity chef’s like Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone, Destination America’s popular “BBQ Pitmasters” entertain and educate with cooking demonstrations on the Giant Fresh Ideas Stage. There’s something for everyone’s musical tastes with an eclectic mix of 30 bands on three stages. To compliment all the delicious bbq sip your favorite brews in the Budweiser Beer Gardens & the Giant Cork's to Cap's Microbrew and Wine Tasting Tent. While entertaining so many food, music and fun-lovers, the Giant Barbecue Battle has raised millions of dollars for Washington area Charities and donated tons of food to area Food Banks. This year's Giant BBQ Battle will benefit the USO of Metropolitan Washington with the Capital Area Food Bank.

For more information, visit We’ll See You, at the B-B-Q!

Event is held Rain or Shine, all sales are final, no refunds. KIds 12 and under are free.

Giant National Capital BBQ Battle // 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20001