Get Ready for the Blues BBQ Festival

July 28, 2022 Jessica Stewart

Barbeque isn’t just a Kansas City or Texas thing. BBQ and Blues go hand-in-hand in New York City, too, especially during the Blues BBQ Festival coming up in August.

There’s no better way for a New York event planner to spend a summer afternoon than with refreshing drinks, live musicians, amazing views of the Hudson River, and, yes, a whole lot of mouth-watering barbeque. Here’s the itinerary, along with additional details, so you can mark your calendars!

The Where & When

Text all your friends and tell them you all have plans for Saturday, August 13th, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. You’ll all be heading over to Pier 76 in Hudson River Park for this free, day’s long event. You’ll enjoy incredible Blues musicians on the HRPK’s Pier 76 stage. And when your stomach starts rumbling, you’ll have a full menu of the most savory BBQ you’ll ever sink your teeth into, ever.

Hudson River Waterfront, West 

Street between Battery Place and 59th Street

Manhattan, NY 10014

The Artist Lineup

The tentative artist lineup may be subject to change. But for now, the Hudson River Park has announced the following Blues musicians for your BBQ festival entertainment. Binky Griptite will be your official host, ushering in great music!

  • Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Jackie Venson
  • Walter “Wolfman” Washington
  • Don Bryant
  • Bette Smith

The Food & Beverage Lineup

You’ll enjoy the sights of the beautiful riverfront and the sounds of iconic Blues music. Now all you need is the mouth-watering menu of sweet and delicious BBQ. There will be beverages and food available throughout the event for purchase, including some of the finger-licking and smoky flavors of BBQ by:

  • Two Robbers
  • Sunday Beer
  • Kimchi Smoke Barbeque
  • JuneShine
  • Jases BBQ
  • Bronx Brewery
  • Blue Smoke
  • Big Papa Smokem Gourmet BBQ
  • Archer Roose
  • Allagash Brewing

Some of New York City’s top barbecue restaurants, including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Mighty Quinn’s, will be on-hand, serving up tangy, sweet varieties of smoked and grilled perfection!

Bring Your Bibs & Your Blue Suede Shoes

You won’t be in Memphis, but you’ll feel the soul-stirring experience of incredible Blues music. And there’s no better compliment to Blues than some of the region’s best BBQ. This festival is a must-attend, so make sure you mark your calendars. Put a star and reminder to bring a bib, too!

There’s no shortage of weekend fun and festivities in New York City during the summer months. Check out this Blues BBQ Festival and sign up for our newsletter for reminders of other upcoming dates to pencil into your planner. You can always follow our ongoing blog series, as well, for insights and business advice for New York event planners.

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