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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.

14th Annual Event
Madison Square Park, NYC
June 11 – 12, 2016
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 for $10/plate, and guests can purchase beer, wine, and more throughout the event.

FastPass 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, in addition to $100 towards food, wine, beer, and merchandise. Please visit http://bigapplebbq.org/tickets/ to score one today.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to present the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. 2016 marks the first year the Madison Square Park Conservancy is both the owner and beneficiary of the festival. To date, the event has raised 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. Please note, “Big Wig” ticket holders who wish to bring a child into the VIP tent must remain together at all times.

No, the entire event is free – music 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.

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It sure is! We’re thrilled to offer a limited number of FastPasses for the 2016 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 2016 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.


The FastPass package includes:
– FastPass and one (1) Companion Pass
– Exclusive access to express lanes throughout the weekend for bearer and one guest
– $100 towards food, beverage, and merchandise

BIG WIG VIP PASS – $275 (per person)

The Big Wig VIP package includes:

– FastPass and one (1) Companion Pass
– Private VIP Tent: shade-filled respite, open bar, and bites
– Access to a Private VIP Area for Pass Holder and one (1) companion: shade-filled respite, open bar, and bites
– Exclusive access to express lanes throughout the event for bearer and one guest
– $100 towards food, beverage, and merchandise

The “Big Wig” VIP Pass is offered by day, with one passing providing access for the Pass Holder and one companion. A “Big Wig” VIP Pass provides access to the VIP area on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the day selected. A separate “Big Wig” VIP Pass is needed for each day.

All purchases are final. Regretfully, no exchanges or refunds are possible. Please contact our ticketing partners at Front Gate for additional questions regarding your order: support@frontgatetickets.com or 888.512.SHOW (7469).

We regret to hear you’re unable to join us at the 2016 event. Unfortunately, all sales are final. For additional information, please review purchase terms: http://www.frontgatetickets.com/support/terms/

Only 2016 FastPass and “Big Wig” VIP Passes are accepted at the 2016 event. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Remaining balances from previous years are not honored at this year’s event, nor will they be in the future. We encourage you to make the most of your 2016 FastPass with friends & family this year!

Absolutely. When making your purchase, please indicate the alternate shipping address.

“Big Wig” VIP Passes will ship 2-4 weeks in advance of the event.

If you selected priority delivery, but have yet to receive your Pass, please contact our ticketing partner, Front Gate Tickets via email support@frontgatetickets.com or by phone 888.512.SHOW (7469).

Admission to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is free and open to the public. Guests to not need a ticket to attend.

Some of the best barbecue in the world is available throughout the event for $10/plate. Guests purchase ’cue directly from Pitmasters at their individual rigs (see site map for layout).

Beer, wine, desserts, and more are available for purchase throughout the event. Cash, credit cards, and Apple pay accepted throughout the event.

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!

FastPass and “Big Wig” VIP Tickets are non-refundable. However, 2016 ticket holders are welcome to transfer their passes to friends or loved ones who are 21+ years old.

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