Signature Events

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend

November 3 - November 4, 2018 — Austin, TX

Early bird Tickets on sale July 5-9

Welcome to the ninth annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend! The Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas have all been invited. Come see who will be smoking at this weekend of ‘cue! Plus, check out our exciting new weekend schedule including our first-ever Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Franklin & Friends kickoff event.




Saturday November 3 / 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Hardcore barbecue fans rejoice—the Cue Course is back! For the second year, Texas Monthly partners with Texas A&M University’s Animal Science Department for a workshop that dives deep into the secrets of meat science. Hosted at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, the event will also feature a loaded BBQ menu and private tours of on-site smokers.


Saturday, November 3 / 6–9 p.m.

Franklin Barbecue
Join us for the first-ever Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Franklin & Friends event, hosted by James Beard Winner Aaron Franklin. He’ll be smokin’ alongside another renowned Texas pitmaster, as well as two celebrated out-of-state pitmasters. There will be live-fire cooking, cold beer, and an experience unlike any other.


Sunday, November 4 / 1–4 p.m. (VIP entry at Noon)

Long Center for the Performing Arts
The 9th annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest returns, inviting the magazine’s latest list of Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas. This year, we’re asking each pit to bring a side or dessert! Welcome this year’s newcomer, Pitmaster Reid Guess of Guess Family Barbecue in Waco. As always, we will be serving up cold beer, cocktails, live music, and more!


2017 BBQ Fest Highlights

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General Information
Where is BBQ Fest?

The annual BBQ Fest will be held at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. The address is 701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street) Austin, Texas.

Where should I park when I arrive?

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage (900 Barton Springs Road) located between Riverside Drive, South First Street and Barton Springs Road, just south of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin (cost: $8 per car, fee paid at booths upon entering garage).

Other parking options conveniently located near the Long Center and within easy walking distance are available at the following locations:

  • One Texas Center Garage, located at 505 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Austin City Hall Parking Garage, located at 301 W. 2nd

Parking rates will apply.

Mobility Impaired/Accessible Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage on all levels located near elevators. Please see the Accessibility section of the Long Center’s website for more information.

Free bicycle parking is available at the Long Center. As you approach the Long Center Parking Garage from Riverside Drive, there is a bike rack located to the right of the parking garage. You must provide your own lock. TMBBQ Fest is not responsible for any lost or stolen belongings.

Click here for additional parking directions and details.

Will there be a shuttle service available to the festival?

No, there will no shuttle service provided for the event. Please look into public transportation at the link here.

What happens if it rains the day of the festival?

The show will go on rain or shine! We have a great rain plan to ensure you’ll get your fill of barbecue and good music regardless of the weather. But if it makes you feel better, feel free to check out our website the day of the festival for up-to-the-minute updates. Better yet, sign up for our TMBBQ mailing list so we can keep you posted on the latest and greatest news about the festival.

Who should I contact with any general inquiries?

For general inquiries, please email [email protected].

Are dogs/pets allowed at the festival?

No. Only service dogs will be allowed on property.

Is the festival kid-friendly?

The festival welcomes BBQ fans of all ages; however the festival does not have kid-friendly activities currently slated so please plan accordingly. Tickets for children 5 and under are available at a discounted price.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes there is! The accessible drop-off area is located at the Keller Williams Circular Drive directly in front of the Long Center. Accessible parking is available on all levels of the Palmer Events Center Garage.
The accessible entrance to the Long Center is on the ground floor to the left of the Grand Staircase. Elevators are located just inside through the Rollins Studio Theatre Lobby.
If you have any questions or would like any information on ADA access and accommodations, please email: [email protected]

Will you accept a debit or credit card at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest?

Yes, the cash bars will accept a debit or credit card. Restaurants and vendors participating in the festival may or may not accept debit/credit cards for payment so please plan to bring cash for purchases.

Will there be ATM access at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest ?

Yes, the Long Center has an ATM on the property.

What seating is available? Should I bring a blanket or lawn chair?

The festival will provide ample seating under shaded tents on the festival grounds; however, seating is not guaranteed. Lawn chairs will not be permitted. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets to spread out on the Long Center lawn.

Are coolers permitted?

No. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds; however, water dispensers will be available throughout the festival grounds for festival guests to enjoy at no charge.

Can I smoke at the event?

No. The only smoking going on will be on the BBQ pits at the festival. Smoking will not be permitted on the festival grounds.

Will there be medical staff on site?

There will be public and private security, as well as medical staff on site for the duration of the festival. If you need any assistance go to the medical tent, locate the closest police office, or TMBBQ Fest Staff member.

Will there be a lost and found?

After the festival, please email: [email protected] to inquire about lost items. Texas Monthly will not be held responsible for unclaimed items.

When do tickets go on sale?

Early Bird VIP and general admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 to Monday, July 9, 2018.

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