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The Denver BBQ Festival will return to Empower Field in June 2022

The best pitmasters from Colorado and across the country will converge in Denver for a celebration of all things barbecue.

DENVER—The Denver BBQ Festival (BBQ) will return to Empower Field in Mile High this summer.

After being moved to September last year, the festival returns this year to its traditional Father’s Day weekend. The popular festival will take place from Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19.

The event will bring together pit masters from Denver, Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis and around the country to serve up an award-winning barbecue.

All attendees can enjoy cold beers and drinks, barbecue tutorials and demonstrations, games and activities for the whole family, and live music from bands like The Rick Lewis Project.

“We bring legendary pitmasters from across the country right here to our backyard at Empower Field at Mile High,” said Empower Field at Mile High Business Development Manager Chuck Olney. “It’s a great event for everyone to enjoy and celebrate their love of BBQ.”

General admission to the Denver BBQ Festival is free, but VIP Lounge tickets and all-you-can-eat passes go on sale Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m. at VIP tickets let attendees skip the lines for two and a half hours of unlimited barbecue and private bathrooms.

Denver BBQ Festival Highlights


  • 7 State Pit Masters
  • 3,000 square feet of grill space used/cooked on it
  • 10,000 miles traveled to come and cook
  • 1 half of charcoal offered


  • 8,000 pounds of rib (3,600 slabs)
  • 5,000 pounds of chest
  • 3,000 pounds of chicken
  • 3,000 pounds of sausage
  • 600 pounds of potato salad
  • 2,000 pounds of beans

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