November 1, 2015


Every year, we invite the restaurants on our Top 50 BBQ Joints list to the TMBBQ Fest, an event like none other. Sample from the best purveyors of smoked meats the state has to offer , and enjoy a day of great music, cold beer, and fascinating barbecue shop talk. This year will mark the sixth TMBBQ Fest. We’ll be hosting pitmasters at the City Terrace at the Long Center in Austin on November 1. In each of the past five years tickets have sold out fast.

Check back soon for more details. You can stay up to date on all festival-related information by following us on Twitter @tmbbq or by signing up for our email notifications. Meanwhile, check out the video and photos below from last year’s festival…

Photos by: Jeff Amador; J. Bell; Kenny Braun; Jennifer Garcia; Juanpablo Wright.


Last Year's Event



Sunday, November 1, 2015
12pm – 1pm:     VIP admission (see ticket info below)
1pm – 4pm:      General admission


The City Terrace at the Long Center
Overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street)
Austin, Texas (map it)


From San Antonio:

  • Take I-35 North
  • Exit Riverside Drive and head west (left)
  • The Long Center is on the left, just past the intersection at S. 1st Street

From Dallas:

  • Take I-35 South
  • Exit Riverside Drive and head west (right)
  • The Long Center is on the left just past the intersection at S. 1st Street

Ticket Info

When will tickets go on sale?
VIP and general admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015.
More details coming soon!

Food & Beverage Info

What food will be free or included in the ticket price?
Participating BBQ restaurants will sample their famous meats including ribs, sausage, brisket, and more. Items served by participating restaurants are subject to change.

Do I need to bring cash for extra purchases?
We highly recommend bringing cash for extra purchases; however, the Long Center has an ATM on the property as an added convenience.

Will there be additional food besides meat?
Yes. Several BBQ restaurants will be showcasing their meats as well as various sides and desserts. So come hungry!

Can I buy alcohol at the event?
Yes. There will be several cash bars on-site offering a variety of beverages (beer, liquor, wine, soft drinks, bottled water) for purchase.

Will water be made available to festival goers?
Yes. Water fountains located inside the Long Center Orchestra Lobby are available for festival guests to enjoy at no charge. Bottled water will be available for purchase at the festival cash bar.

Event Info

Where should I park when I arrive?
Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage (900 Barton Springs Road) located between Riverside Drive, South First Street and Barton Springs Road, just south of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin (cost: $7 per car, fee paid at booths upon entering garage). Click here for additional parking directions and details.

Will there be a shuttle service available to the festival?

What happens if it rains the day of the festival?
The show will go on rain or shine! We have a great rain plan already figured to ensure you’ll get your fill of barbecue and good music regardless of the weather. But if it makes you feel better, feel free to check out our website the day of the festival for up-to-the-minute updates. Better yet, sign up for our TMBBQ mailing list so we can keep you posted on the latest and greatest news about the festival.

Who should I contact with any general inquiries?
For general inquiries, please email

Are dogs/pets allowed at the festival?
No. Only service dogs will be allowed on property.

Is the festival kid-friendly?
The festival welcomes BBQ fans of all ages; however the festival does not have kid-friendly activities currently slated so please plan accordingly. Tickets for children 5 and under are available. (see ticket info above)

Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The drop-off area for mobility impaired guests is from the Keller Williams Circular Drive directly in front of the Long Center. Mobility impaired parking is available on all levels of the Palmer Events Center Garage.

The accessible entrance to the Long Center is on the ground floor to the left of the Grand Staircase. Elevators are located just inside through the Rollins Studio Theatre Lobby.


Will you accept a debit or credit card at the festival?
Yes, the cash bars will accept a debit or credit card. Restaurants and vendors participating in the festival may or may not accept debit/credit cards for payment so please plan to bring cash for purchases.

Will there be ATM access?
Yes, the Long Center has an ATM on the property.

What seating is available? Should I bring a blanket or lawn chair?
The festival will provide ample seating under shaded tents on the festival grounds; however, seating is not guaranteed. Lawn chairs will not be permitted. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets to spread out on the Long Center lawn.

Are coolers permitted?
No. Coolers are not permitted on the festival grounds; however, water fountains located inside the Long Center Orchestra Lobby are available for festival guests to enjoy at no charge.

Can I smoke at the event?
No. The only smoking going on will be on the BBQ pits at the festival. Smoking will not be permitted on the festival grounds.

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