VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids announced the full schedule of events today for the 31st Annual Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup, presented by University of Iowa Community Credit Union. The four-day festival will kick off Thursday, June 20th at 11 a.m. and conclude Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 p.m. Admission to the event is $3 (kids 12 and under free) or free with your Freedom Festival button.
Schedule highlights for this year’s event includes:
Thursday, June 20th – The BBQ Roundup will kick off with a Salute to Veterans; veterans, law enforcement and first responders receive free admission for the entire day. Back again this year will also be free admission during the lunch hour as well as the BBQ Bandwagon providing transportation from the downtown area. Thursday evening will feature the American Hitmen, a band comprised of military veterans and the Puppy Jake Foundation will also be on-site. New this year is the bags tournament, organized by Iowa Sports Foundation.
Friday, June 21st – Free lunch admission and the BBQ Bandwagon will be back Friday, to kick off the weekend. Friday evening will feature the 3rd annual Canvas and Cocktails event as well as the 2nd night of the bags tournament. Headlining the event Friday evening will be Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys – the winner of the 2018 Battle of the Bands held at Hazzard County earlier this spring. 2nd place winner Evan Stock Band will open for the headliner.
Saturday, June 22nd – New this year, patrons arriving to the even on bicycles will receive free admission until 3:00 p.m. Back for the 3rd year Saturday evening is Beerfest – a mini event celebrating the two best things in life: beer & BBQ. The headliner Saturday night will be Detour – a high-energy band which puts a twist on crowd favorites from the 70’s through today.
Sunday, June 23rd – Back by popular demand Sunday is Family Fun Day – a day filled with family-friendly activities such as bounce houses, face painting, Junior Fire Fighter obstacle course, Paint in the Park, carnival games and more! Wrapping up Sunday will be the much anticipated BBQ Roundup award ceremony, recognizing the winners of Best BBQ Ribs, Best Pork and People’s Choice.
As one of the longest running BBQ festivals in the country, the Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup is a staple event for the community. For additional information on all 2019 BBQ Roundup events, including a complete event line-up, visit McGrathAmphitheatre.com/BBQ-Roundup.
VenuWorks provides customized management solutions for arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centers throughout the country with services that include operations, catering, concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events.