Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival

Welcome to 8th Annual Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival, August 13th, 2016


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 13, 2016 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, 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, 2016 BBQ Arts & Crafts Vendor form Registration and contact us at

Our Kids & Family Area is open from 11am – 7pm. Includes three large inflatables for the children to jump and bounce all their 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 BBQ Application 2016 – 8th Annual Blue Collar

 The Belgian’s Nasty BBQ Sauce Competition.  Postponed till the 2017 BBQ Festival. Keep working on those sauces!Nasty

Live Music on the Power 96 / Faribault Daily News Main Stage will run from 11am – 11pm. Prairie Dog Fight Club, The Shasta Kings, The Swamp Kings, Moses Oakland, Mark Allen and The Key West Rejects and Chad Johnson and The 8th Street Band.!

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?  2016 Food Vendor Contract

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.

The State Bank of Faribault Washers Tournament will be changed into a BAGS 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of ways to support the festival and gain Marketing Exposure to close to 7000 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.

Make it a weekend in Faribault!!  This will be the busiest weekend of the year.

So not only is this the weekend of Blue Collar BBQ, but it is also Relay for Life (Friday), Willock Carv-fest (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), and the Faribault Area Hospice Ride (Saturday).

Thank you for a great 2015 Blue Collar Fundraiser.

Please support our many sponsors that helped us make this event a success.  And a big thanks to all the people that put in the many hours of work to make it happen.

We look forward to seeing you on August 13th, 2016

Contact us at if you want to help us with this great event.