Long Beach BBQ Festival

August 16-18, 2019

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).

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 (animal variety show and petting zoo), 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.

First place winners from seasons past are all returning to battle it out among new comers as well...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.

My Father's BBQ, Wowo's BBQ, BBQ Smokehouse, Grasslands Meat Market, Montana Q, Porky-N-Beans, QT Smokehouse, Scroggins Smokehouse BBQ, Uncle Al's BBQ, Robert Earl's BBQ, Bludso's, Q Smokehouse, Hawaiian Dancing Grill BBQ and more.

In celebration of its new Fall comedy, The Neighborhood, CBS is bringing The Neighborhood Backyard Booth to the Long Beach BBQ Festival on Saturday 8/18 and Sunday 8/19. Come enjoy games, giveaways and a raffle with prizes including a state-of-the-art outdoor grill, BBQ sauce gift basket and a grill accessory kit.

The Neighborhood is a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. The Neighborhood starring Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield premieres Monday, October 1 at 8/7 c on CBS.

GUEST BBQ JUDGE - CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER PLUS Award Presenter (Main stage) 3:45-4PM and
Meet and Greet @CBS "The Neighborhood" Backyard Booth 3:15-3:40PM on Saturday, Aug. 18th. CLICK TO WATCH TRAILER

2018 Entertainment Highlights

Crowd Theory

Crowd Theory is a 4-piece rock & pop party band who perform a range of hit songs that include Top 40s, Alternative, Indie Rock, 80s, and the Essential Classics!

The Replicas Music Variety Band

The Replicas Music Variety Band plays a wide range of music that is sure to please every crowd!

West Coast Party Crashers

High energy dance party band, playing the dance hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and now!

The Trip

A high energy, genuine cover rock band that takes you on a fun-filled musical journey through the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's … as well as today’s Top 40 and rock hits.

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 a hundred dollars 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), access to a VIP Bar and assigned seating. Includes 5 drinks a $50 Savings (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 (My Father's BBQ, Wowo's BBQ, BBQ Smokehouse, Grasslands Meat Market, Montana Q, Porky-N-Beans, QT Smokehouse, Scroggins Smokehouse BBQ, Uncle Al's BBQ, Robert Earl's BBQ, Bludso's, Q Smokehouse, Hawaiian Dancing Grill BBQ, Muddy'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!
REMJ - MIchael Jackson Tribute Tour Show

REMJ - MIchael Jackson Tribute Tour Show (Sat. & Sun.)

RemJ’s power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. What sets RemJ apart from other tribute artists is that he pays studious attention to Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying dance move. RemJ has assembled a premiere group of backup dancers to execute this pinpoint choreography combined with synchronized dance routines, resulting in a performance delivered with soul that brings together people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities.

Karaoke Lounge with Live Band

Karoake Lounge (Fri. & Sat.) — SING WITH A LIVE BAND!

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT 7-10PM on the Second Stage. Included in general admission.

Join us center stage and become the lead singer of a rocking live band! Live band karaoke features a live band and custom scrolling karaoke tracks for you and your friends to sing along with the band. Choose from a wide selection of songs. Every song is presented with high-quality scrolling lyrics displayed on video backgrounds and stage props are included to dress up in. Everybody should be a rockstar once in their life so come join us and experience a new twist on karaoke.

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, animal variety show, petting zoo, 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 19-21, 2019

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

Long Beach Zombie Fest
October 18-20, 2019

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

LA Fall Fair
October 25 - November 3, 2019

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.