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 information booths. 

The Art Fair,
sponsored by Kate Ryan Productions is located on the 200 block of Central Avenue on the festival grounds and boasts a number of local and regional artists. If you are an emerging or established artist and are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of the art fair please contact Kate Ryan at, 

The Marketplace is for vendors looking to sell thier merchandise from homemade goods, to clothing and accessories and more. The Market Place is  located on the 100 block of Central Avenue on the festival grounds. To apply for vendor space click here.

Kids & Family Area is open from 10am – 8pm. Includes inflatables, face painting and art activities and more and is located at the intersection of 2nd Street and Central Avenue on the festival grounds.

Our Local Amateur BBQ Competition runs from 6am – 3:00pm with Final Results Announced approximately at 4:15/4:30 pm. To Register to compete in this year’s competition click here.

The Unsettled Ale Society Home Brewing Competition will take place in the early afternoon. To enter your Home Brew in this year’s competition click here.

Live Music on the Power 96 / Faribault Daily News Main Stage will run from 11am – 11pm. Click here for this year’s Festival Line Up.

Food Vendors
are open from 10am – 10pm. Interested in being a Food Vendor click here.

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. Click here to Register Your Team today

New in 2014, PAINT THE VAN will take place in the Kids & Family Area near the intersection of Second Street and Central Avenue.  Paint the Van is sponsored by Joann Fabric & Craft Store of Faribualt. Everyone is encouraged to channel their inner Picasso or maybe even Jackson Pollock and take turns adding colors to our Blue Collar Van. This Activity will be open from 10am – 8pm.


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 Ryan Heinritz at 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.