Enjoy The Best BBQ Festival In The Country!  

Often referred to as the Super Bowl of rib competitions on the national BBQ competition circuit, the annual Labor Day Weekend event spans more than 6 city blocks in the heart of downtown Sparks, Nevada.  Two dozen of the country’s best BBQ teams competed for nearly $20,000 in prize money plus prestigious bragging rights!  It is estimated that 350,000-400,000 BBQ enthusiasts take part of the festivities each year consuming more than 250,000 pounds of mouthwatering ribs during the 6-day festival.

In addition to the best BBQ around, a wide variety of activities are offered including a huge arts and crafts vendor show, kids area, VIP area and top named entertainment performing on two stages. There is no admission fee and the event is open to the public.


Wednesday, August 30 – Monday September 4, 2023


10:30am – 9pm Wednesday to Sunday
10:30am – 5pm Monday

Event Location

Victorian Square, Sparks, Nevada on Victorian Avenue between 14th Street and Pyramid Way.

Free Parking

Parking near the event is extremely limited and fills quickly. We recommend taking advantage of the free shuttle service!

Where To Stay

Stay in the heart of the action at the Nugget Casino Resort, located on Victorian Square.

What To Eat

Check out the list of Rib Cookers and find your favorites.
Walk down the street and purchase from all the vendors. Ticket addition not required.

Pet Policy

Pets and non-service animals are not permitted on Victorian Square per local regulations .