Welcome to the 5th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival ticketing page! Purchase tickets now and join us for a celebration of Houston barbecue and the people who make it.
Your favorite barbecue joints will be back this year - Blake’s BBQ, Blood Bros. BBQ, The Brisket House, Brooks’ Place BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, El Burro & the Bull, Fainmous BBQ, Feges BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Gerardo’s, Harlem Road Texas BBQ, Killen's Barbecue, Lenox Bar-B-Que, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Pinkerton's BBQ, Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue, Ray’s BBQ Shack, Roegels Barbecue Co., Southside Market & BBQ, Spring Creek Barbeque, Tejas Chocolate (& BBQ), and Tin Roof BBQ.
We'll announce more participants in the near future! Final lineup is subject to change without notice.
$50 pre-sale discount General Admission on sale now! (Limited time offer, $60 regular price). Includes entry into the festival and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint.
$120 VIP Admission on sale now! Includes entry into the festival one hour early (at noon) and unlimited sample portions from each participating Houston barbecue joint. A T-shirt and one (1) drink ticket are also included. 8.25% Texas sales tax is included in the price of all tickets.
The first four festivals sold out before the day of the event. We encourage you to purchase your ticket immediately to avoid missing your chance due to a sell out.
To ensure a quality event for everyone involved, ticket sales are limited. All tickets will be sold in advance - no ticket sales at the door.
The event will take place at NRG Park - Gate 13 - Green Lot.
Live music will be provided.
The event will happen rain or shine. Contingency plans will be in place in case of inclement weather.
A bar with craft and national beers will be available. We have greatly increased the number of beer lines this year to minimize wait time.
Children are welcome, however ONLY CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE WILL BE ADMITTED FREE. ALL OTHER AGES MUST PURCHASE A TICKET (this is because we want to ensure there is enough barbecue for all guests).
Many thanks to this year's premier partners: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and Pitt's & Spitt's barbecue pit makers.
Also, we have partnered with Vita-Living, Inc., a 501(c)(3) social services charity that provides lifelong support programs for adults and children with disabilities like cerebral palsy and autism. A portion of all proceeds from tickets sales will help them with this important mission.
Thank you again for your support and see you at the festival!
What is the refund policy?
THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS. Tickets are transferable.
Are group/corporate discount tickets available?
Yes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this a barbecue competition/cookoff?
No. The goal of the festival is to celebrate and recognize Houston barbecue and the people who make it. There will not be any kind of competition or rankings.
How did you pick the participating BBQ joints?
Based on the organizers' experience visiting 100+ barbecue joints in and around Houston, we believe that these invited BBQ joints represent the quality, diversity, and history that best tells the story of Houston barbecue.
What is a "sample portion?"
All of the participating BBQ joints will provide an approximately 2 ounce serving of their barbecue to each guest that comes to their booth. As an example, that's about a slice or half-slice of brisket and one rib.
Can I go back more than once to any or all participating BBQ joints?
Will you have enough food for everyone? Will you run out?
We are working closely with the BBQ joints to make sure their is plenty of food for everyone. Taken as a whole, all of the food brought by all the BBQ joints should provide plenty of food for everyone. However it is possible that some very popular BBQ joints may individually run out before the end of the festival. We encourage you to arrive early, or purchase a VIP ticket, to ensure you get a taste of your favorite BBQ joint.
Can I bring my children?
Yes. However, ONLY CHILDREN SIX AND UNDER WILL BE ADMITTED FREE. CHILDREN SEVEN AND OLDER MUST HAVE A PURCHASED TICKET. This is simply to ensure there is enough food for everyone.
Is the venue stroller-friendly/wheelchair-friendly?
Yes. All of it is paved and ramps are available at grade changes.
Can I bring my own beer/wine/drinks?
No. You must purchase all drinks at the festival.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Dogs are not allowed at the festival, with the exception of service dogs. (PS. We love dogs but we just can't have them at the festival).
Will there be somewhere to sit?
Yes. We will have plenty of covered and uncovered seating for all guests.
Festival photos credit: Chuck Cook.