Beltway BBQ Showdown

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2018 Festival

  • June 10, 2018
  • 12 noon - 7 p.m.
  • The Show Place Arena
    14900 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Admission Fees

Fees are subject to change.
Age Fee  
Ages 3 and under
Ages 4-12
$3 per person
Ages 13 and up
$10 per person
VIP (limited to the first 25 people)
• Designated seating under a tent by the stage

• Meet and greet with the headliner
• 5 Buck-A-Bone tickets
$50 per person BUY TICKET


Accessible Permit Parking is available on location.

About the Showdown

The 12th Annual Beltway Barbeque (BBQ) Showdown contest highlights the art of barbecuing in Prince George's County and the Mid-Atlantic region. This BBQ Showdown is nationally sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and draws teams from the Mid-Atlantic area. Every year up to 5000 people celebrate and enjoy the art, music, and history of BBQ in Prince George's County, Maryland. The Beltway BBQ Showdown offers a tremendous number of fun activities for the entire family. The competition has returned to The Prince George's Equestrian Center - Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.


This Maryland BBQ festival offers live music, a Classic Car Show, food and craft vendors, and children's area full of fun things to do. Favorite events occur under the Tasting Tent such as grilling demonstrations, the finger licking "Buck-A-Bone" ribs cooked by the competition teams for $1 each, and the popular “People’s Choice” BBQ Sauce Boss contest which is 3 samples for $1.

State Championship

In 2007, the Governor of Maryland issued a proclamation classifying The Beltway BBQ Showdown as a Maryland State BBQ Championship. This status allows the Grand Champion of the contest to attend the "American Royal" in Kansas City, Missouri.
Barbeque Ribs

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