Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival

Welcome to Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival


Presented by The Paradise Center for the Arts

The Second Saturday of August every year and admission is Free and Open to the Public

Festival Info

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 10am – 11pm

What Do you need to know:

Entry to the Festival is Free, however this is a
Fundraising Event for the Paradise Center for the Arts, a 501C3 not for profit arts organization so Contributions are welcome at all ticket and information booths. This years festival will include a tax deductible $5.00  donation collectors button, button’s can be purchased in advance from the Paradise Center for the Arts, and key retail locations thought the Main Street District, as well as for sale the day of the event it self. Button on sale date TBA.

The Arts and Crafts Fair is located on the 200 block of Central Avenue on the festival grounds and boasts a number of local and regional artists and vendors. Online Vendor Registration Form Coming soon.

Kids Family Area is open from 10am – 6pm. Includes inflatables, face painting and art activities.

Local Amateur BBQ Competition runs from 6am – 3:00pm with Final Results Announced approximately at 4:15pm. Online Contestant Registration Form Coming soon.

The Unsettled Ale Society Home Brewing Competition will take place in the early afternoon. For More Information and to register email: Online Contestant Registration Form Coming soon.

Live Music on the Power 96 / Faribault Daily News Main Stage will run from 11am – 11pm.

Food Vendors
are open from 10am – 10pm. Online Vendor Registration Form Coming soon.

Beer Garden: The entire festival grounds are in the secured Beer Garden. You are able to walk through the festival with your alcoholic beverage.  An Array of Beer, Wine, and Mixed Drinks are available for purchase and we ask that you enjoy the festival responsibility.

Complimentary Free Rides Home: If you should need a ride home, We partner with First Choice Shuttle to offer complimentary rides home between 8pm and 10pm.

The State Bank of Faribault Washers Tournament begins in the later afternoon around 4:00pm. Online Contestant Registration Form Coming soon.

“Swing for the Arts” will be open from 10am – 8pm. Take your opportunity to Swing a Sledge Hammer at a Vehicle and let go of all that stress you are carrying around and help support the Arts.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of ways to support the festival and gain Marketing Exposure to close to 6000 attendees and growing annually. For Sponsorship Packages please call 507.332.7372.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.