The Great American BBQ Festival


April 13, 2024

Phoenix Events Complex – 2209 N 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037

A Mouthwatering Celebration
of All Things BBQ!

The Great American BBQ offers a tantalizing experience for food enthusiasts and grill aficionados alike. This annual festival, deeply rooted in American culinary traditions, brings together pitmasters, chefs, and BBQ enthusiasts from all corners of the Southwest to showcase their skills and savory creations along with live talent and fun activities for the kids.

A portion of the proceeds benefit

The Great American BBQ Festival

Indulging in the irresistible allure of perfectly grilled BBQ meats, where every bite is a tantalizing journey into smoky, savory perfection.

Performing Live!

Matt Farris & Friends

Matt Farris & Friends

A true entertainer showcasing high-energy, passion, and artistic integrity, Matt Farris is diligent in his career while giving back all the love he receives from his audience – creating a connection with his fans unlike any other. Never complacent, the Billboard charting artist embraces the roots of country music while integrating influences from other genres such as pop and rock. Showing himself as a force to be reckoned with, Matt Farris teamed up with Laminate Entertainment to create his greatest work yet – Keepin’ It Real

General Admission $18*

*No Refunds. Tickets are for admission only and do not include food or beverages. Price will increase closer to the event date.
12 & Under are Free in General Admission.

VIP $198*

VIP admission includes Food, Private Bar, Shade, Best Stage View, Commemorative Lanyard, Restroom Suites, Games.
*No Refunds. Tickets are for admission only and do not include food or beverages. Price will increase closer to the event date. 12 & Under are Free in General Admission.


Forty8 Live! tickets are only sold on TixJuJu and Posh ticketing platforms. We encourage you not to purchase tickets from any other site or location, as they are more than likely fraudulent, and the tickets will not be honored.

Barbecue bliss on a plate! These smoky, succulent treasures are a testament to the art of grilling. Let’s dig in!

The Great American BBQ Festival


Kids Petting Zoo

Kids Zone Inflatables & Rides

Axe Throwing

Pie Eating Contest

Hot Dog Eating Contest

Cornhole, Kong Pong, Ladder Golf

Silent Auction – Sports/Rock ‘n’ Roll



Talent to be announced in December

BBQ Cooking Demonstrations

Face Painting

Mechanical Bull Riding

Amusement Games


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

The event is located at Phoenix Events Complex at 2209 N 99th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85037

Wild Horse Pass has multiple onsite parking lots available.

We encourage using ride share services in addition to our on-site parking options.
General Admission Parking: $20
Preferred Parking: $20

There are many reliable public and private transportation services in the Phoenix metro area. We recommend LYFT, UBER and/or YELLOW CAB (480) 888-8888.

Yes, the Valley Metro system provides public transportation throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Visit for routes, pricing and tips to plan your trip.

Picture I.D. is required to purchase or consume alcohol. Your I.D. will be checked upon entry into the event and could be checked randomly as asked throughout the event. Guests 21 years of age and older will be issued a wristband allowing alcohol purchase.
Only these forms of ID will be acceptable:
United States issued Drivers Licenses (temporary IDs are not acceptable)
United States issued Identification Card
United States Territories Driver’s License or Identification Card
U.S. Military Identification Cards that contains bearer’s signature (some do not)
Passports – United States or Foreign issued

Not all food vendors accept Debit or Credit cards so please bring cash with you. ATM’s are available within the festival site for your convenience.

You can purchase your admission ticket – in advance or on the day of the festival – via the website using a credit/debit card. There will also be a box office at the festival that will accept cash and/or credit/debit card.

Children 12-years-old and under are admitted into the event for free with a paying adult.

All sales are final, there are no refunds.

Yes. There will be multiple ATM’s conveniently located throughout the festival space.

This is a rain or shine event.

For the health and safety of the animals and our guests, no pets are allowed into the event.
Only Service Dogs are permitted as defined by the US Department Justice Civil Rights Division, under the Disability Rights Section as dogs only, that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Lost and found is located at the Forty8 Live! Tent in the event.

The Gila River Police and Fire Departments will be onsite to assist with any emergencies.

For more event information please contact the event organizer at [email protected]

Yes you can. Any chair with a top will need to be folded down as soon as the live music starts on the main stage, so not to block anyone else’s view.

Not for this event. We have built out many shade structures throughout the event for your comfort and convenience.

We are committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and memorable experience for all event guests. In order to do so, a strict code of conduct has been created and all event participants and patrons are expected to follow these rules. Guests will show respect for the event location, grounds, coordinators, vendors, sponsors, and participants by leaving the following items at home:
• Firearms, knives or other weapons, pepper spray, Coolers and outside food or beverage, bicycles, skateboards type devices, motorized wheeled devices

The following actions will result in immediate ejection of festival grounds with no refunds and are subject to prosecution:
• Fighting or engaging in any action that may harm, endanger, threaten or bring discomfort to anyone.
• Possession or use of illegal drugs or excessive and irresponsible use of alcohol.
• Damage, destruction, vandalism, or theft of any property.
• Taunting, abusive or disruptive language, and obscene gestures.
• An individual participating in any of these behaviors will be removed from the event and passes will be revoked.
In certain situations, the offender may be cited and or arrested.

  • All bags larger than 12″x12″x12″
    • A bag search will be performed prior to entering the event
    • All bags are subject search at anytime while inside the event
  • Umbrellas larger than 48″ in diameter.
  • Outside food (small children snacks & medical needs are always exceptions)
  • Drinks & alcoholic beverages (1 sealed water bottle per person is allowed)
  • All Fireworks & Explosives
  • All types of Laser Pointers
  • Any type Drone
  • All Pets (with the exception of Service Dogs)
  • Any illegal substances/harmful chemicals,
  • Anything considered a weapon
  • All wheeled devices that can be ridden on or in (bicycles, wagons, hover boards & skateboards..)

Do so at your own risk. The only accepted tickets will be those generated from our ticketing system. No other ticket will be accepted. The codes are one-time use, so once someone uses the QR code assigned to your ticket, it becomes invalid.


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