Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival Returns to Chandler

Great American Barbeque and Beer FestivalThe seventh annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival, returns to downtown Chandler on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Headlining this year’s entertainment will be Granger Smith, best known for his hit single, Backroad Song from his 4×4 EP. Supporting acts include the Ben Miller Band, Zack Deputy and Georgia Chrome.

Winner of Outstanding Event of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the APS AzTEC Awards, the 2015 Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will be bigger and better than ever with a newly expanded stage, more BBQ pitmasters and the newly added eating competition zone for finger lickin’ good times. 

With more than 60 pit masters from across the nation set to please the masses with their mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, this year’s event will serve up a heaping helping of delicious grub. To wash down all that BBQ, enjoy over 200 kegs of craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, doors open at noon and close at 10 p.m. The festival will span the entire AJ Chandler Park East and West as well as connecting Arizona Ave., which will be closed from Buffalo St. to Boston St. in downtown Chandler.

Presale general admission tickets are available for $12 online at and will be $15 at the gate day of. Food and beverages are sold separately. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free. All valley Bashas’ locations will have discounted $10 admission ticket available beginning in mid-January.

Rib Eating ContestBe sure to “like” this event on Facebook at and follow on Twitter and Instagram @BBQBEERFESTIVAL for a chance to win free tickets and more event details as they roll out.

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival official sponsors include; Bashas’, Alliance Beverage, Crescent Crown Distributing, Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Brewing Co, 102.5 KNIX, Discount Cab, BBQ Island, Phoenix New Times, Local First AZ, Yelp, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, and Local Lily who all remind you to enjoy BBQ and beer responsibly.

A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage free homes, post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, adaptive clothing and much more. For more information about the Boot Campaign, visit

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