Lexington, The Hickory-Cooked Barbecue Capital of Piedmont, NC
Let's Celebrate! Lexington and Davidson County residents can once again look forward to hosting the annual Barbecue Festival. The 33rd Annual Barbecue Festival is set for Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Uptown Lexington. The month of October has been declared Barbecue Month,a month full of activities including the Tour de Pig Cycling event, Pepsi Pig Tale Writing Competition, Golf Tournament, Tennis Tournament, Hawg Shoot Air Rifle Tournament, and many other exciting events.
Seven stages of entertainment showcase
local and national artist. The festival
is for all ages and includes a special
section of rides and games for children,
the Barbecue Carnival & Family Area.
Famous "Lexington Style" Barbecue is
served out of three main tents, one at
the square and the other two on the
North & South ends of the festival.
The Barbecue Festival is especially
proud to have been named one of the Top
Ten Food Festivals in America by Travel
& Leisure Magazine. This year the
festival was again selected as one of
the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20
Events for the month of October. The
festival was also nominated by
Congressman Mel Watt and selected by a
committee of the Library of Congress for
inclusion in their Local Legacies
Program to celebrate the library's 200th
anniversary. The Barbecue Festival has
received more than 40 awards from the
North Carolina Association of Festivals
and Events through their Excellence
Awards program. The festival has also
received an award from the International
Association of Festivals and Events
through their Pinnacle Awards program.
Most recently the festival received
three excellence awards during the North
Carolina Association of Festivals &
Events Associations annual conference.
We invite everyone to come to Uptown
Lexington where we provide our visitors
with the finest exhibits, the most
exciting entertainment, and of course,
the best barbecue in the world. Please
mark your calendar and join festival
sponsors BB&T and The Dispatch for the
best day in Lexington as we celebrate
the 33rd Annual Barbecue Festival,
Saturday, October 22, 2016.
The Festival is the grand finale to Barbecue Month, which attracts more than 150,000 people annually. This year during the day-long street festival, attendees will enjoy hundreds of exhibits including a juried art/craft show, seven stages of outstanding entertainment, a 50-ton pig themed sand sculpture, the Barbecue Carnival and Family area featuring special activities for children, rides and games, the Hogway Speedway racing pigs, an antique car show, Corvette exhibit, the festival "Chop Shop" Lumberjack Sports Show, a bicycle stunt show, climbing wall and much, much more! The festival also features the best barbecue in the world, and a grand ole time in Uptown Lexington.
All roads, rail, and yes, the skies, lead to the Barbecue Festival. Lexington can be reached by Interstate 85, Highways 64, 52, and 29-70. A great way to travel to the Barbecue Festival is by train. The Piedmont, which originates in Raleigh, and the Carolinian, which originates in Charlotte, will make their once a year stops in Lexington for the festival. Barbecue fans can board the Piedmont in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, and High Point. The Carolinian will make stops in Kannapolis and Salisbury before arriving in Lexington. Plan to spend the whole day in Lexington. We'll roll out the red carpet when the train arrives. All aboard the Barbecue Express!
FREE ADMISSION...The hours of the Barbecue Festival are from 8:30AM until 6:00PM.
The 33rd Annual Barbecue Festival will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Uptown Lexington, NC.
The Barbecue Festival
P.O. Box 1642
Lexington, NC 27293