What feels more like summer than a backyard BBQ? Washington, D.C., takes it to a whole new level by hosting the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle.

The National BBQ Battle is hosted by the grocery store, Giant, and will take place over the weekend of June 23 and 24 on Pennsylvania Avenue, in the heart of D.C. Read on for more information. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 23–24 | Sat.: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd and 7th Streets NW in Washington, D.C. COST: $12/adult (two-day pass for $20) | Wine and Microbrew Tasting: $10/person | BBQ party: $95–$155 You can find out more information about all tickets here. [caption id="attachment_8787" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]BBQ Battle Courtesy of washingtonpost.com[/caption]
DETAILS: If you love BBQ, this is the summer event not to miss. At its core, it’s a food and music festival, celebrating the start of the summer season. The event draws huge summer crowds and features tons of entertainment, from local bands to vendors, to (of course) all the delicious food. There will be several BBQ competitions, with the winner taking home the Giant National BBQ Championship. But really everyone attending the festival is a winner because of the delicious free samples and aromas. Head to the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion and the Giant Local Flavors booth to experience the most amount of free food (while supplies last). Over 30 local bands will perform at the festival. There will be three different stages at the event, so you can pick and choose your favorite artists. The full list of entertainers can be found here. You can learn more about all the BBQ food options, the music, and general FAQs here. [caption id="attachment_8788" align="aligncenter" width="850"]BBQ Battle Courtesy of bbqindc.com[/caption] Are you heading to the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle? Have any bets on who will win the championship? Comment below with your predictions!

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