Nothing says summer like a plateful of barbecue! Head out to the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle for two days of festival fun!

Imagine tent after tent of some of your favorite grilled meats. Add in some live music, exhibits, and a hot dog eating contest and you've got this incredible annual event. Stretching out for blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle is one you shouldn't miss!


WHEN: June 22-23, 2019
WHERE: Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd and 7th Streets
TICKETS: $12 advance purchase tickets available online | $15 at the gate | FREE for children 12 and under
PARKING: $15 per day at the Ronald Reagan Building | 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington, DC
METRO: Get off at the Archives-Navy Memorial Penn Station station

street festival

Tickets get you general admission access to the dozens of live bands performing all weekend, free tastings throughout the festival, and outdoor restroom facilities. You can purchase additional food and beverages from any of the vendors, and many of the region's best grillmasters will be there peddling their tastiest dishes.

While you're there, check out exhibits like the Johnsonville "World's Largest Traveling Grill" and the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Get a selfie with Mr. Peanut or the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile! There's something going on each day in addition to all of the wonderful food.

Nathan's hot dogs

Know Before You Go

  • Bags will be checked at the gate.
  • Prohibited items include pets, lawn chairs, glass bottles, cans, coolers, and bicycles.
  • You must be 21 and older to purchase and consume alcohol at this event. Be prepared to show I.D.
  • Cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Stop by and rest a bit while you learn something new.

For more information, including participating restaurants and a schedule of live music, visit the event website.

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle's Facebook page.

Have you been to this annual Barbecue Battle? Do you have any tips for first-time visitors? Let us know in the comments!