Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival

Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival

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

      Held late June; stay tuned for 2020 dates!

      Leadville CO BBQ & Brew FestivalJoin 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!

      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.

      Family Fun

      Families will enjoy a kids’ zone with carnival games and prizes and a kids’ BBQ cookoff. Don’t miss the mechanical bull (for kids of all ages) and the water balls!

      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.