Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival

Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival

Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO   |   (719) 486-3900   |   Website >

      Friday & Saturday, June 22-23, 2018

      Join us for America’s Highest BBQ Competition, at 10,152′!

      The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce is excited to host a family-friendly, fun-filled weekend of tasting fresh BBQ prepared by some of the country’s best pitmasters, sipping fine local micro brews, and listening to live music. A car show and performances at the Tabor Opera House are all part of the two-day festival in this historic Colorado mountain town. Admission to the festival is free, with tickets available for purchase for food and drinks. Stay the night, and make a weekend of it!

      Family Fun

      Families will enjoy a kids’ zone with carnival games and prizes and a kids’ BBQ cookoff.

      BBQ and Brew

      There’s mouthwatering BBQ in this Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event, which is also a cup event for the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association. Pit masters will cook chicken, pork ribs, pork, and brisket and compete for $10,152 in prizes—one dollar for each foot of Leadville’s elevation! Taste a BBQ you especially like? Give that chef a vote for the People’s Choice Award!

      In addition to barbeque, the event celebrates regional craft beer, including Colorado microbrews from Leadville’s own Periodic Brewing.

      Live Music and Tabor Opera House Concerts

      Local bands Lake County Rain, Groovespeak, the 101st Army Band, and Jessie Lee Thetford will be playing for this year’s festival, followed by two concerts at the historic Tabor Opera House.

      Friday, June 22, 2018

      10 a.m.
      The festival kicks off with the National Anthem on the stage at the north end of Harrison Avenue, then the BBQ competition heats up.

      11:45 a.m.
      Live music begins! Local bands include Lake County Rain, Groovespeak, the 101st Army Band, and Jessie Lee Thetford.

      Late afternoon
      Reggae/Ska band Warsaw Poland Bros. out of California closes down the BBQ on Friday evening, but the music continues!

      7:30 p.m.
      Tabor Opera House
      Marc Berger 
      Folk music singer Marc Berger presents RIDE, 10 cinematic recordings capturing the vastness and romance of the American West. Buy tickets today!

      Saturday, June 23, 2018

      10:45 a.m.
      The music and good eatin’ resume! Local bands include Lake County Rain, Groovespeak, the 101st Army Band, and Jessie Lee Thetford.

      Late afternoon
      Rockers Shlep ‘n Wolf, based in Vail, play the grand finale.

      5 p.m.
      Food sales end, and the awards ceremony begins.

      8 p.m.
      Tabor Opera House
      Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
      This high-energy band serves up an electric combination of soul, funk and R&B. Buy tickets today!

      Want to stay for the weekend? There’s plenty of hiking, fishing, biking, 4-wheeling, and camping available. Find a comfortable place to stay that fits your style, and explore the surrounding mountains however you like best! Find other events happening near this festival.