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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 2018 Weekend: November 3-4

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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 2018 Weekend

November 3 - November 4

Tickets on sale September 10!

Welcome to the ninth annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Weekend! The Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas have all been invited. Come see who will be smoking at this weekend of ‘cue! Plus, check out our exciting new weekend schedule including our first-ever Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Franklin & Friends kickoff event.

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WEEKEND LINEUP

‘CUE COURSE

Saturday November 3 / 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Hardcore barbecue fans rejoice—the Cue Course is back! For the second year, Texas Monthly partners with Texas A&M University’s Animal Science Department for a workshop that dives deep into the secrets of meat science. Hosted at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, the event will also feature a loaded BBQ menu and private tours of on-site smokers.

FRANKLIN & FRIENDS

Saturday, November 3 / 6–9 p.m.

Franklin Barbecue
Join us for the first-ever Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Franklin & Friends event, hosted by James Beard Winner Aaron Franklin. He’ll be smokin’ alongside another renowned Texas pitmaster, as well as two celebrated out-of-state pitmasters. There will be live-fire cooking, cold beer, and an experience unlike any other.

TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ FEST

Sunday, November 4 / 1–4 p.m. (VIP entry at Noon)

Long Center for the Performing Arts
The 9th annual Texas Monthly BBQ Fest returns, inviting the magazine’s latest list of Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas. This year, we’re asking each pit to bring a side or dessert! Welcome this year’s newcomer, Pitmaster Reid Guess of Guess Family Barbecue in Waco. As always, we will be serving up cold beer, cocktails, live music, and more!


THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS



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Date/Time

'CUE COURSE: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

FRANKLIN & FRIENDS: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 6 p.m. -9 p.m.

TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ FEST: Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

  • 12pm – 1pm: VIP admission (see ticket info below)

  • 1pm – 4pm: General admission

'Cue Course Location

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Franklin & Friends Location

Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest Location

The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street)
Austin, Texas


Where is BBQ Fest?

The annual BBQ Fest will be held at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. The address is 701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street) Austin, Texas.

Directions to the Long Center

From San Antonio:
Take I-35 North
Exit Riverside Drive and head west (left)
The Long Center is on the left, just past the intersection at S. 1st Street

From Dallas:

Take I-35 South
Exit Riverside Drive and head west (right)
The Long Center is on the left just past the intersection at S. 1st Street

Where should I park when I arrive?

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage (900 Barton Springs Road) located between Riverside Drive, South First Street and Barton Springs Road, just south of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin (cost: $8 per car, fee paid at booths upon entering garage).

Other parking options conveniently located near the Long Center and within easy walking distance are available at the following locations:

  • One Texas Center Garage, located at 505 Barton Springs Rd.
  • Austin City Hall Parking Garage, located at 301 W. 2nd

Parking rates will apply.

Mobility Impaired/Accessible Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage on all levels located near elevators. Please see the Accessibility section of the Long Center’s website for more information.

Free bicycle parking is available at the Long Center. As you approach the Long Center Parking Garage from Riverside Drive, there is a bike rack located to the right of the parking garage. You must provide your own lock. TMBBQ Fest is not responsible for any lost or stolen belongings.

Click here for additional parking directions and details.

Will there be a shuttle service available to the festival?

No, there will no shuttle service provided for the event. Please look into public transportation at the link here.

What happens if it rains the day of the festival?

The show will go on rain or shine! We have a great rain plan to ensure you’ll get your fill of barbecue and good music regardless of the weather. But if it makes you feel better, feel free to check out our website the day of the festival for up-to-the-minute updates. Better yet, sign up for our TMBBQ mailing list so we can keep you posted on the latest and greatest news about the festival.

Who should I contact with any general inquiries?

For general inquiries, please email TMevents@texasmonthly.com.

Are dogs/pets allowed at the festival?

No. Only service dogs will be allowed on property.

Is the festival kid-friendly?

The festival welcomes BBQ fans of all ages; however the festival does not have kid-friendly activities currently slated so please plan accordingly. Tickets for children 5 and under are available at a discounted price.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes there is! The accessible drop-off area is located at the Keller Williams Circular Drive directly in front of the Long Center. Accessible parking is available on all levels of the Palmer Events Center Garage.
The accessible entrance to the Long Center is on the ground floor to the left of the Grand Staircase. Elevators are located just inside through the Rollins Studio Theatre Lobby.
If you have any questions or would like any information on ADA access and accommodations, please email: TMBBQevents@texasmonthly.com

Will you accept a debit or credit card at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest?

Yes, the cash bars will accept a debit or credit card. Restaurants and vendors participating in the festival may or may not accept debit/credit cards for payment so please plan to bring cash for purchases.

Will there be ATM access at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest?

Yes, the Long Center has an ATM on the property.

What seating is available? Should I bring a blanket or lawn chair?

The festival will provide ample seating under shaded tents on the festival grounds; however, seating is not guaranteed. Lawn chairs will not be permitted. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets to spread out on the Long Center lawn.

Are coolers permitted?

No. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds; however, water dispensers will be available throughout the festival grounds for festival guests to enjoy at no charge.

Can I smoke at the event?

No. The only smoking going on will be on the BBQ pits at the festival. Smoking will not be permitted on the festival grounds.

Will there be medical staff on site?

There will be public and private security, as well as medical staff on site for the duration of the festival. If you need any assistance go to the medical tent, locate the closest police office, or TMBBQ Fest Staff member.

Will there be a lost and found?

After the festival, please email: TMevents@texasmonthly.com to inquire about lost items. Texas Monthly will not be held responsible for unclaimed items.

Can I be a Texas Monthly Volunteer?

With over thirty events annually, Texas Monthly has the right event for you to get involved. Are you a people person? Are you a foodie? Are you passionate about live music and interactive events? If yes, we have a job for you! Email us atTMevents@texasmonthly.com and tell us why you’d like to be a Texas Monthly volunteer. Please let us know your availability close to the event and any special skills.

Ticketing Information

When do tickets go on sale?

Early Bird VIP and general admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 to Monday, July 9, 2018.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets will be available for purchase on our website here!

How much does it cost to attend?

'Cue Course General Admission: $95

Franklin & Friends General Admission: $125

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest General Admission tickets: $80 (admission 1pm-4pm)

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest VIP tickets: $165 (admission 12pm-4pm)

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest General Admission Children 5 and under: $10 (admission 1pm-4pm)

Texas Monthly BBQ Fest VIP Children 5 and under: $30 (admission 12pm-4pm)

*NOTE: Tickets for children 5 and under are available at a discounted rate; however, you must purchase a child ticket to reserve your child’s spot in case of a sellout.

Is there a discount for children?

Yes. Tickets for children 5 and under are available at a discounted rate for both GA and VIP levels; however you must purchase a child ticket through the online ticketing service to reserve your child’s spot in case of a sellout. See above for ticket prices.

What is included with the purchase of a Texas Monthly 'Cue Course ticket?

The ‘Cue Course ticket includes all the food and drink at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. Doors open at 11 am.

What is included with the purchase of a Texas Monthly Franklin & Friends ticket?

The Franklin & Friends ticket includes all the food and drink at Franklin Barbecue. Doors open at 6 pm.

What is included with the purchase of a Texas Monthly BBQ Fest GA ticket?

The GA ticket includes all the food, games, and live entertainment at BBQ Fest. Drinks are not included, but there are cash bars available on festival grounds. Doors open at 1 pm.

What is included with the purchase of a Texas Monthly BBQ Fest VIP ticket?

VIP ticket holders will receive a Texas Monthly VIP gift with (2) beverage coupons and admission onto the festival grounds one hour (12pm-1pm) prior to general admission ticket holders, and a 1-year subscription to Texas Monthly magazine ($12 Value) included with their VIP ticket.

Are tickets refundable?

No, tickets are non-refundable once purchased. You can always transfer your tickets to someone else if you are unable to attend via Eventbrite.

Discounted BBQ Fest 2018 1-year subscription INCLUDED w/ VIP Ticket

If a refund is desired, please follow the refund instructions detailed on our event subscription page linked HERE. If for any reason within thirty days of your VIP ticket purchase you wish to cancel your subscription, we will send a full subscription refund for the value of the subscription indicated at checkout ($12 Value).

Print subscriptions available in the U.S. only. International Subscribers: Get delivery of your magazine with no additional postage by ordering the digital only version of Texas Monthly! Digital subscriptions begin with the next available issue.

If the Postal Service alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within one year. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your first issue to arrive in the mail.

For additional questions regarding subscription refunds, please contact:

Jcarrizales@texasmonthly.com

Discounted BBQ Fest 2018 1-year subscription ADD-ON

Print subscriptions available in the U.S. only. International Subscribers: Get delivery of your magazine with no additional postage by ordering the digital only version of Texas Monthly! Digital subscriptions begin with the next available issue.

MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
If for any reason at any time you wish to cancel your subscription, we will send a refund for all un-mailed issues. If the Postal Service alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within one year. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your issue to arrive in the mail.


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