BBQ fans - this weekend is all about you! The Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup begins this Thursday, and it's about to be DELICIOUS.

This year's event will once again be held at the McGrath Amphitheatre, with four days of award-winning food, live music, and other fun activities. It is free to attend if you have a Freedom Festival button, if you're 12 or younger, or if you visit for lunch on Thursday or Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Otherwise the cost is $3.

There will be six vendors present at this year's event, including:

  • Big Boned BBQ
  • Blazin Broncos BBQ
  • Carolina Rib King
  • Cowboys BBQ & Rib Company
  • Pig Foot BBQ & Rib Company
  • Porky Chick

Here's a quick rundown of each day's events:

  • Thursday, June 20th
    • Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Salute to Veterans Day
      • Free admission for veterans, law enforcement & first responders
    • Bags Tournament begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 21st
    • Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Bags Tournament begins at 5:30 p.m.
    • Canvas & Cocktails
      • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Cost is $40 - includes a $5 drink voucher
      • "Spirit of CR" theme
      • Get tickets HERE
  • Saturday, June 22nd
    • Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Free admission for bicyclists until 3 p.m.
    • BBQ Roundup Beerfest
      • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • "Sample over 30 local beers from some of the top Iowa brewers"
      • Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door - includes entry, $10 in BBQ Bucks, and a commemorative glass
      • Beerfest tickets are cash-only and are available at the U.S. Cellular Center
  • Sunday, June 23rd
    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Family Fun Day
      • Featuring bounce houses, face painting, carnival games, trackless train rides, and more
      • Awards Ceremony is at 3:30 p.m.

The BBQ Roundup is one of my favorite events of the summer. Just look at some of the goodness I've had in the past few years:

For more frequently asked questions, click HERE.

[Via McGrath Amphitheatre]