FAQ

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is the nation’s largest culinary and music festival dedicated to the best in barbecue. The free, weekend-long event is set in the heart of New York City. Each year, hundreds of thousands of guests flock to the festival to enjoy mouthwatering ’cue from the world’s most celebrated Chefs and Pitmasters.

15th Annual Event

Madison Square Park, NYC

June 10 – 11, 2017

11 AM – 6 PM

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in and around Madison Square Park.

  • Madison Avenue, from East 23rd Street through East 27th Street
  • East 26th Street, from 5th Avenue through Park Avenue

No, the event is free and open to all! Incredible barbecue is available by the plate, and guests can purchase beer, wine, sweets, apparel, and more throughout the event.

FastPass and VIP tickets are available for all those interested in beating the lines. The FastPass guarantees access to the express lanes for the bearer and one guest throughout the weekend, and tickets are on sale.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to present the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Madison Square Park Conservancy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the owner and beneficiary of the festival. To date, the event has raised well over $1Million for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, in support of the park’s beautiful grounds, world-class programming, cultural events, and beyond.

Yes. The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party welcomes guests of ALL ages. And remember, it’s free to attend!

No, the entire event is free – concerts included! Listen to great live music all weekend long at the stage in Madison Square Park.

Yes, please do! The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a celebration of the country’s best barbecue – which is perfectly suited for its Madison Square Park home. All guests are welcome to bring their own picnic essentials, though lawn space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Absolutely! The event takes place in, and around, Madison Square Park – which is open to all guests throughout the weekend.

Yes! The festival takes place in pet-friendly Madison Square Park – which even features an enclosed dog park for all our furry friends.

For general inquiries, please contact info@bigapplebbq.org.

Please direct any media inquiries to our communications team at press@bigapplebbq.org, and we’ll be in touch soon.

We’re always seeking out great partners, please direct any inquiries to ashah@bigapplebbq.org, and a member of our sponsorship team will be sure to respond.

It sure is! We’re thrilled to offer a limited number of FastPasses for the 2017 event, providing access to expedited service for barbecue, beer, and wine throughout the weekend.

We’ve re-imagined the FastPass experience so it’s faster and better for all. In addition to limiting the number sold, we’re also creating separate, more efficient FastPass-dedicated lanes to ensure the 2017 event is wonderful for all guests (with a FastPass, or without), as well as the pit crews out there smoking great eats for us all, all weekend long.

Only 2017 FastPass and VIP Passes are accepted at the 2017 event. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Remaining balances from previous years are not honored this year, nor will they be in the future. We encourage you to make the most of your 2017 FastPass with friends & family this year!

The festival is rooted in a deep appreciation for the culinary traditions of barbecue. The culinary talent features the absolute best Chefs and Pitmasters from around the country. Each Pitmaster takes great pride in the craft of real-pit barbecue – cooking the meat low and slow to achieve the desired texture and flavor.

Incredibly, they’re out here smoking 24 hours a day throughout the weekend. Each dish averages between 12 – 16 hours in the smoker before it arrives in your hands. If you think about it, the time you may spend in line isn’t all that bad considering the patience and passion they’re putting in to make sure it’s exceptional!

No! The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a rain or shine event.