National Capital Barbecue Battle 2017

BBQ Festival in Washington, DC

Barbecue food and lemonade on wood
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The National Capital Barbecue Battle is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the Washington, DC area and around the country. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival. The nation’s best barbecue teams cook-off for over $40,000 in cash and prizes in two major contests.

The Barbecue Battle features live entertainment including 30 rock, R&B, jazz, and blues bands performing on three state-of-the-art stages.

Patrons will enjoy the interactive exhibits like the NBA Nation Basketball Tour and children's activities including rides, magicians, and sports attractions. The National Capital Barbecue Battle has been voted a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel and and has been featured on broadcasts all over the world. In 2015, military chef’s representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be cooking off to raise money for USO Metro. The BBQ Bazaar area features legends of BBQ from Destination America’s popular “Pitmasters” show with tastings, book signings and demos.

Dates and Times
June 24-25, 2017
Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC between 9th & 14th Sts.
Near Federal Triangle, Metro Center and Navy-Mem'l Archives Metro Stations.
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Parking is very limited near the event. For suggestions of places to park, see a guide to parking near the National Mall.


Adults: $12 in advance / $15 day of show
Children: 12 and under are Free with adult admission


See also, Best 2017 Washington DC Food Festivals and Events