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2023 Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Benefiting Feeding Texas Returns to Lockhart

The annual festival is back for seconds in the Barbecue Capital of Texas during the first weekend of November.

TM BBQ Fest 2023

THANK YOU, LOCKHART! We’re filled with gratitude for each and every one of you that made 2023 a BBQ Fest for the books. Stay tuned for 2024 details—coming soon!

To see photos from this year’s event, visit our Flickr page.

Missed out on merch? Snag a commemorative 2023 tee on our Cotton Bureau storefront!

Texas Monthly is excited to bring TM BBQ Fest benefiting Feeding Texas back to Lockhart during the first weekend of November. The historical downtown will create the backdrop for the second annual BBQ World’s Fair on Saturday, November 4, and the Top 50 Picnic will return to Lockhart City Park on Sunday, November 5.

Tickets are on sale now! While VIP and Weekend Bundles are sold out, GA TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Unlike last year, there will only be one ticket release date. Once a tier sells out, the next one will immediately open until all tickets are sold out. Please refer to the ticket graphic below for pricing.

Follow @TMBBQFest on Instagram and Facebook for real-time updates.

2023 Map Preview
Click on the image above to view the 2023 festival map.

Texas Monthly is pleased to continue a partnership with Feeding Texas and support the unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Feeding Texas and the network of food banks across the state. Additional contributions can be made on the Feeding Texas website.

Looking for more ways to get involved with TM BBQ Fest? Click here and apply to be a volunteer at this year’s event!


Saturday, November 4

BBQ World's Fair

BBQ World’s Fair

Kick off the weekend and celebrate the big, wide world of ’cue with this open-to-the-public street festival. Check out barbecue and taco vendors, an artisan marketplace, live-fire cooking demos, and a live music stage! Featured joints will showcase creative flavors, plus a curated Taco Trail lineup. Event is free to attend. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Barbecue joints will serve lunch to the public from 12–4 p.m. Taco Trail is open for public sales during the entire event. Come eat and explore everything the Texas ’cue-munity has to offer! 

Want a more exclusive experience? Starting at 5 p.m., barbecue joints will switch to an exclusive menu for attendees who have purchased an “Around the World” Punch Card. Punch card–holders will have access to the BBQ World’s Fair barbecue joints and special signature menu items. Punch cards are sold out at this time.

  • GENERAL ADMISSION: The BBQ World’s Fair is FREE and open to the public. No ticket required! Feel free to submit a FREE RSVP by pressing the “Get Tickets” button at the top of this page, but please note that a physical ticket is not required to enter the event.
  • (SOLD OUT) “AROUND THE WORLD” PUNCH CARD: Wind down the day with signature bites from each of the featured barbecue joints. For $55, guests can buy a punch card to enjoy exclusive access to tastings from 5–7 p.m. 
  • (SOLD OUT) WEEKEND BUNDLES: Save $10 when you bundle a ticket to Sunday’s Top 50 Picnic with a punch card for Saturday’s BBQ World’s Fair. See the above chart for prices.
  • LIVE MUSIC: Enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the day from the 78644 Podcast, RF Shannon, Rattlesnake Milk, and Tomar & The FCs.
  • VENDORS: Vendor applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application in the coming weeks. For a full list of featured barbecue joints, click here!
  • UPDATES: Follow this event on Facebook for real-time updates, including lineup of food, music, and more.

12-7 p.m.

Sunday, November 5

Top 50 Picnic

Top 50 Picnic

This is the event everyone knows and loves—a Sunday afternoon with live music from Hard Proof and a special guest, beverages, and forty of the Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas. There are two ticket levels, VIP and General Admission (GA). VIP is limited in quantity, and VIP ticket holders get entry to the event an hour before GA. See the above chart for prices.

  • GENERAL ADMISSION: Doors for GA open at 1 p.m. GA tickets start at $95 and include food at all the featured joints. Tickets are on sale now!
  • (SOLD OUT) VIP ADMISSION: Doors for VIP open at noon. VIP tickets start at $125 and include food at all the featured joints, plus an extra hour of VIP access, meaning fewer lines! VIP tickets also include two (2) drink tickets. Quantity is limited and is expected to sell out. Early bird tickets go on sale June 1. 
  • (SOLD OUT) WEEKEND BUNDLES: Save $10 when you bundle a ticket to Sunday’s Top 50 Picnic with an “Around the World” Punch Card for Saturday’s BBQ World’s Fair.

UPDATES: Follow this event on Facebook for real-time updates, including lineup of food, music, and more.

TM BBQ Fest 2023 Joint Lineup

12-4 p.m.


All food vendors at the festival are curated by Texas Monthly editors. Our event team accepts applications for marketplace vendors for Saturday’s BBQ World’s Fair. For details on how selections are made or how to apply, click here. Deadline is July 31.

Sponsorship activation opportunities are also available. For more information on opportunities, please email [email protected].


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