Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival

Welcome to 7th Annual 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 8, 2015 Time: 11am – 11pm LIKE OUR Facebook Page: CLICK HERE 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 / Market, 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 use this form, 7th Annual Blue Collar BBQ Market Registration and contact us at

Our SerivceMaster by Ayotte Kids & Family Area is open from 11am – 8pm. Includes three large inflatables for the children to jump and bounce all thier energy out. This attraction is located at the intersection of 2nd Street and Central Avenue on the festival grounds and as always free.

Our Local Amateur BBQ Competition runs from 6am – 3:00pm with Final Results Announced approximately at 4:15/4:30 pm. BBQ Application – Click Here

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

Food Vendors are open from 11am – 11pm.  We feature some of the best BBQ in the area, and some treats from far away.  It is a variety always ready to please. Interested in being a food vendor?  2015 Food Vendor Contract- 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. The Washers Tournament is located on the North End of the 200 Block near the intersection of Central and Third St, registration available in June. 

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 Faribault. Everyone is encouraged to channel their inner VANgogh and take turns adding colors to our Blue Collar Van. This Activity will be open from 11am – 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 Kevin Voracek at 507-291-1121. 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.