Celebrate Great Food, Music, And Family Fun At The Giant National Capital Barbeque

Giant National Capital Barbeque

On June 22 and 23, come join thousands of others on in Washington D.C. for the 2019 Giant National Capital Barbeque. This annual event, now in its 27th year, marks the official beginning of summer with a massive celebration of food, fun, and friendship. The festival features live music and entertainment, celebrity chefs, a nationally recognized BBQ competition, and, of course, more plates of smoky, delicious meats than you can handle.

If this sounds like a great time to you (and trust us, it is) then read up on details below and make plans to attend.

Tickets, Time, & Accommodations

The Giant National Capital Barbecue will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12 for a one day pass and $20 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. You can also purchase different ticket packages, these include:

  • Family Four Pack – $40
    • Includes admission for four people
  • Advance Beverage Tickets – $20
    • Includes 10 beverage tickets (normally $3 a piece) for non-alcoholic and beer & wine.
  • BBQ & Brews For One – $30
    • Includes one general admission ticket at $30 worth of beverage tickets
  • BBQ & Brews for Two – $40
    • Includes two general admission tickets and $30 worth of beverage tickets
  • One Day VIP Tickets – $95
    • Includes access to two VIP areas, hospitality area, snacks, drinks, and more.
  • Two Day VIP Tickets – $155

All tickets are available online. Please note, this is a rain or shine event and there are no refunds.

If you are traveling from out of town, there are a number of hotels near the festival offering special rates for the weekend.

The Food

Make sure to show up hungry, because you’re going to be up to your eyeballs in BBQ chicken, ribs, sausage, and more.

The Giant National Capital Barbeque features one of the largest, most popular BBQ competitions in the nation. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample all kinds of smokey goodness from over 30 teams who will be competing in six different contests:

  • The KCBS Sanctioned Giant National BBQ Championship
    • Categories: Chicken, Beef, Pork Ribs & Pork Shoulder
  • Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest
  • Aussie Lamb Contest
  • Turkey Smoke BBQ Cooking Contest
  • America’s Best BBQ Sauce
  • National Pork Barbecue Championship

If that weren’t enough, the festival also features 11 participating restaurants and a sampling pavilion for free treats.

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The Entertainment

The food won’t be the only thing to enjoy at this year’s Capital Barbecue. Both days will feature live music and entertainment from a wide-ranging lineup that includes headliners Everlast and the Spin Doctors, the USO Show Troupe, and the DC Singing Capital Chorus. You can also catch performances by the BMX Flatlanders, the Monster Breakdance Team BBoys, and a whole lot more.

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