FAQS

Where Are We?

Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

When is the Festival?

Friday, August 22nd 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, August 23rd 11:00am to 11:00pm

Is There Music?  YES!!

We believe there is no better place to be found in Nashville than the intersection of BBQ & Music.  And this year there’s no better  intersection than BBQ & Blues!!

The Blues Society stage will host music beginning at 6:00pm Friday & 2:00 on Saturday.   Music will play until 11:00pm both nights.

Click here to see the full music line up and headliners.

All music is being produced by Nashville Blues Society!!!

What about the BBQ Championship?

We expect over 150 BBQ cook teams will competing for cash and prizes in a Tennessee State Champion event sanctioned by the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society. Click here for more information about the BBQ Championship.

Will the Teams Serve BBQ?

Please remember, this is a competition. BBQ teams will not provide samples as this is prohibited by Nashville Health Department.

You will find some of Nashville’s best BBQ at one of the many BBQ vendors around the venue.

Pit Masters from around middle Tennessee will delight your taste buds with samples from their restaurants.

You are also invited to judge in the ever popular People’s Choice Award that will be held Saturday.  For a $5.00 donation, you can taste samples cooked by competition teams.  Judging will begin at noon and will end when the BBQs gone.  Get your tickets early .

How Many People Will Attend?

We expect over 25,000 people will attend this year’s event.

Where can I stay?

The Renaissance Nashville Downtown & Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt are our Host Hotels.  These premium facilities are providing discounted rates for our guest.  To reserve a room, please click or call.

Renaissance Nashville Downtown 611 Commerce Street, 615-255-8400.
Click here for Renaissance reservations.

Embassy Suites Nashville at Vanderbilt 1811 Broadway, 615-277-4963.
Click here for Embassy Suite reservations.

How Do I Volunteer?

We will need a staff of over 300 volunteers.  Click here for more information on how to become a volunteer.

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Buy on-line tickets here.

Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on Friday and Saturday.  Cash and credit/debit cards will be accepted. Kids under 11 are admitted free.

The Music City Festival, Inc is a IRS approved 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation. Proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

What are Some Other Attractions?

Smokin Hot / VIP Arena  Is YOUR ticket to an All-Inclusive VIP experience including food and beverages in a premium location next to the Blues Society stage.  Click here for Smokin Hot tickets

Peoples Choice Award” will be in the Grand Ol’ Porker Arena. Come taste delicious BBQ from championship teams and vote on which team delights your taste buds the best. Voting begins at noon and lasts until the meats gone. The team winning the most votes will be honored as the “People’s Choice Winner” on stage at 6:00pm.

Our “Kids Zone” will feature entertainment for children of all ages including music, attractions, face painting and more.  Remember, Kids under 11 are free!!!

Are pets allow?

Please leave your pets at home.  We do not allow any pets within the venue – Sorry!

Where do We go while in Music City?

Of course, we think the Festival is the only place to be. However, while in NashVegas you may want to go HonkyTonkin on Lower Broadway or hear the ghost of country music’s past, present and future by visiting the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium and , or walk the Country Music Hall of Fame and see history from Elvis to Bocephus, or journey to Music Row, the business heart of the Nashville sound. Wherever you go, you’ll soon begin to feel Nashville’s creative pulse. For more information and ideas on what to do while you’re visiting, explore visitmusiccity.com/visitors.

What is the “SWINE” Ball?

The 2014 Music City BBQ Festival will kick off with the return of the popular “Swine Ball” on August 9, 2014. For those who attended last year’s Pig Nose optional event, (and actually wore one),  you will recall a fun filled evening of laughter, music, dancing with the Grand Ol’ Porker and great BBQ & Fixins capped off by the memorable moment of the evening, our Hog Calling contest.

We welcome our sponsors, volunteers and those who want to be part of our “Pig Noses Required” event.

Click here for more information about the Swine Ball.