Long Beach BBQ Festival

August 17-19, 2018

Friday 5-10PM | Sat./Sun. 12-10PM

Times are subject to change without notice. Children 12 and under are FREE (food, drinks, and All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village are not included).

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The competition is fierce and the flavors rich as the battle rages on...

Welcome to the official website of the the Long Beach BBQ Festival. The 2018 Long Beach BBQ Festival will be held in an outdoor family park atmosphere on August 17-19, at the picturesque Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach, California.

It's a three-day BBQ extravaganza featuring live entertainment from local bands, a smokin’ food court (including non-BBQ related items), cantinas, arts and crafts, a children's area, games and a dance floor. Taste and experience firsthand the fiery chicken, pulled pork, tri-tip, pork ribs, sausages... and sides (all available for purchase) that makes barbecue so popular in the USA — all while you enjoy taking an E-picture at the free souvenir photo booth, catch a game at the live sports tent, karaoke lounge (Fri. & Sat. night), hold a snake at the Interactive Live Reptile Exhibit, pig out at the All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village and more.

Award-winning national BBQ pitmasters will make their way to the festival to battle it out against local barbecue gurus (grillers) for grand title for the Best BBQ and your vote as the People's Choice Favorite. Trust us, the competition will be intense and the flavors rich in a fierce effort to produce the best that their secret recipes have to offer. It’s time to grab the family, put on loose clothes, come with an empty stomach and head to the Long Beach BBQ Extravaganza, right here in Southern California.

2017 Entertainment Highlights


Performs Top 40 hits straight off the charts, mixed in with some classic favorites (updated with a modern twist!).

Pickleback Shine

Voted best country rock cover band west of the Mississippi!

Flash Pants

Highest rated band in America on YELP! As seen on Good Day LA, KTLA 5...


All the Rocking Hits of 1975-1985 with a blast of Fun.

All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village

Indulge your cravings of BBQ meats and treats at the All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village. You can easily spend over $100 a la carte just sampling the award winning participating BBQ cooking teams irresistible pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork, sides, desserts, then add drinks, guaranteed seating and unlimited access to enjoy all the festivities while you dine — it is a great deal. Seating is limited.

The exclusive VIP Rib Village is under a large canopy tent to keep you cool, front stage with an exclusive VIP Entrance and Exit with access to the dance floor, VIP Bar, Private VIP Restroom Facilities (ADA-compliant), and assigned seating. Includes 5 drinks (beer and wine — ticket holder must be 21 years of age or older) and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. $99 Adults / $35 Young Adults (10 to 16 years of age) / $18 Kids (up to 9 years of age).

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FREE Souvenir E-Photo

FREE Souvenir E-Photo included with General Admission. Get dressed up in hats, bandanas, mustaches, cowboy gear and more — We Got it All!! Many props to choose from to make it fun to get your picture taken. It’s FREE! Ready or not...there’s a new sheriff in town and your wanted for having too much fun! SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT! On a first-come, first-served basis.

Capture the moment adorning fun props in front of a themed backdrop. Share your souvenir ePhotos with family and friends.
BBQ Teams - The Battle is On...

The Battle is On...
Pitmasters vs. Locals

The competition is fierce and the flavors rich as award-winning pitmasters battle local barbeque grillers.

Acclaimed winning national BBQ Cooking Teams vs. local grillers who will be going head-to-head in match-ups to dethrone the title holders (Robert Earl’s BBQ, Uncle Al's BBQ and more...). WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE ULTIMATE TITLE? That's the question waiting to be answered!
You Be the Judge

People's Choice

Vote for your People's Choice Favorite to be awarded at the end of the competition. Each attendee will be issued one (1) People’s Choice Voting Ticket to be deposited in your favorite BBQ Team’s ballot box. LOOK FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE BALLOT BOXES (located in front of the Souvenir E-Photo Booth) AND BE SURE TO VOTE!
Forty Creek Whisky Lounge

Forty Creek Whisky Lounge (included with general admission)

Forty Creek Whisky is hitting the road for an exclusive tour to bring a taste of the back country right to you. Stop by to try our award-winning whisky built from the barrel up, and stay to play some games and check out our custom-built Mobi 1 XTR!

Must be 21 years or older.
Comedy Magic Show

Comedy Magic Show (Fri. & Sat. Night)

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT 6-10PM on the Second Stage. Included in general admission.

An evening of slippery shenanigans and well oiled humor. Gus has been performing magic and comedy most of his adult life, adding comedy hypnosis along the way just for kicks! As seen at OC Fair, Magic Castle and other places around the world.

Come Have a Toe-tappin, BBQ-eatin’ Good Time!

U.S. Active Military Personnel FREE ADMISSION

Receive FREE General Admission with valid United States active military ID. Check-in at Will Call (at Main Gate 1 Entrance). Does not include food, drinks or All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village.

International Food Court

There'll be a food court to indulge your cravings of BBQ meats (Sausage, Pulled Pork, Pork Ribs, Tri-Tip, Chicken...) and treats, including non-BBQ related items Mexician, American, Chinese, Thai and other international foods and desserts along with adult beverages (beer, wine and specialty drinks).

Activities For All Ages

Live entertainment and activities for all ages. From live music, dance floor and lessons, free souvenir e-photo, live sports tent, comedy magic show, balloon twisting, live interactive reptile exhibit, arts and crafts booths, inflatable bounces, face painting, games, All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village and more for you to explore at the scenic Rainbow Lagoon — our guests are guaranteed to have a good time.

WE GOT GAME — Live Sports Tent

Watch your favorite sporting event on our TV Wall while you dine and drink at the Long Beach BBQ Festival! Experience firsthand the highest-quality picture and heart-pounding college/professional sports action like never before. SPONSORED BY DIRECTV™

Local BBQ Griller in Action

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All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village

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$3 OFF One-Day Admission at the Gate

Valid for Saturday and Sunday only. One coupon per person.
Friday Admission is $5 at the door (no coupon required).
Not valid online. Not to be combined with any other offers.


Upcoming Festivals

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
July 27-29, 2018

Crawfish, fresh-baked beignets, second line parade and more.

Long Beach Zombie Fest
October 19-21, 2018

Haunted Maze • Zombie Walk
Live Music • Fear Factor Attraction
Sideshow • Free Make-up
Thriller Workshop and so much more.

LA Fall Fair
Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2018

Unlimited carnival rides for adults and kids, live music (on weekends), free parking all for $15.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The support we receive from our sponsors every year is tremendous. It allows The Long Beach BBQ Festival to continue in its quest to not only provide our attendees to the Festival with a fun and exciting time, but to continue giving back to our local community.