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Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

2023 Giant® National Capital BARBECUE BATTLE®


The Giant® National Capital BBQ Battle is Back for its 31st year, as America’s Food & Music Festival. 

For the past 30+ years, tens of thousands of people have flocked to our nation’s capital to celebrate the “Official Start of Summer” at the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. The festival is a celebration of unity, community, inclusiveness, and cooperation in the heart of our Capital City. 

This June 24th & 25th, on Historic Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Street, NW, Washington’s tastiest summer celebration pays tribute to everything barbecue and embodies the best of all things summer in America. Pennsylvania Avenue will become the epicenter of BBQ perfection, bringing together delicious BBQ, delectable summer specialties, and plentiful free food samples in the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion and around the event, with BBQ to order from top restaurants and vendors. Witness nationally recognized BBQ contests, popular bands and entertainment, celebrity chefs and much more to enjoy all weekend. 

In addition to attracting and entertaining fans from around the country, the Giant Barbecue Battle has raised millions of dollars for area charities. This year’s event will benefit the USO Metro, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Capital Area Foodbank. For two days Pennsylvania Avenue will be filled with amazing sights, sounds, mouth-watering barbecue and all the delicious tastes of summer. 

To compliment all the tasty treats, the event features two main stages alive with a great mix of DC’s own Go-Go music on the Pepsi Lay’s Go-Go Stage and a blend of Latin and world music and dancing, reggae, R&B, blues and more on the Pepsi Stronger Together World Music Stage. New this year, to celebrate the event’s 30 years the Monster Energy 90’s Block Party will throw back featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and a variety of live entertainment like BMX and acrobatics action and nostalgia. To quench everyone’s thirst, there are plenty of non-alcoholic favorites from Pepsi and the Budweiser Beverage Gardens and Giant Corks to Caps beer and wine sampling offer a wide variety of refreshing summer libations.  

Along with all the great food, music and entertainment, the high-stakes National Barbecue Championship cooking contest, proclaimed the “Official National BBQ Championship” on the floor of Congress, takes place all weekend, with winners announced on stage at the event’s conclusion Sunday evening. BBQ legends like Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone compete side by side with top BBQ teams from across the country in multiple contests for the title of National BBQ Champion, trophies, cash and prizes. 

The 31st Annual Giant Barbecue Battle is heating up to be the best-tasting yet. You can purchase tickets in advance at or at the gate day of show, so mark your calendar for June 24th & 25th and bring the whole family to DC’s favorite Food & Music celebration. 

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