On June 22 and 23, the Leadville BBQ and Brew Festival will welcome some of the country’s best pit masters to North America’s highest-elevation city.
Local microbrews, live music, a car show, and performances at the legendary Tabor Opera House are all part of the two-day festival in this historic mountain town. Families will enjoy a kids’ zone with carnival games and prizes hosted by the Advocates of Lake County and a kids’ cookoff.
The Leadville BBQ and Brew Festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned event and a cup event for the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association hosted by the Leadville-Lake County Chamber of Commerce. Pit masters will vie for $10,152 in prizes. Teams will compete in four categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork, and brisket. A Peoples’ Choice Award will be given on Saturday for competitors who are selling BBQ to the public.
In addition to barbeque, the event celebrates regional craft beer, including Colorado microbrews from Leadville’s own Periodic Brewing.
The festival begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 22, with the national anthem on the stage at the north end of Harrison Avenue, followed by the start of the BBQ competition.
Live music starts at 11:45 a.m. on Friday and 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Local bands include Lake County Rain, Groovespeak, the 101st Army Band, and Jessie Lee Thetford. Warsaw Poland Bros., a Reggae and Ska band from California will close down the party on Friday night, and rockers Shlep ‘n Wolf, from Vail, will play the grand finale on Saturday. The festival culminates at 5 p.m. on Saturday with the awards ceremony.
Festival-goers can also enjoy performances at Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., folk music singer Marc Berger presents RIDE: 10 cinematic recordings capturing the vastness and romance of the American West. On Saturday at 8 p.m., Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal will serve up an electric combination of soul, funk and R&B in a high-energy live show.
More details can be found at LeadvilleTwinLakes.com or by calling 719-486-3900.