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Festival Info.

Festival Hours: 8:30am - 6:00pm. Admission is FREE!

  • Festival Map
  • So that the festival is safe and fun for everyone, it is a must that you leave pets, skateboards, bicycles, radios, and rollerblades at home. Thank you for your cooperation!
  • The Barbecue Festival, set in historic Uptown Lexington, will be located on Main Street and adjoining side streets between 4th Street and 5th Avenue.
  • Lexington is located in the Piedmont, just 20 miles south of Winston-Salem at the intersection of US 29/70 and US 52. Lexington is also accessible off of Business and Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte.

First Aid Station

  • Festival First Aid Station will be located on the sidewalk in front of the Lexington Police Department between 1st & 2nd Street.


  • Portable restrooms are located throughout the festival. Locations include:
  • 4th Street-near Stage 3 near Sam's Car Wash
  • 3rd Street-at the Police Dept.
  • 2nd Street-behind the Historic Courthouse at the Square
  • 3rd Avenue-in the Barbecue Carnival/Family Area
  • 3rd Avenue-near Stage 4 and Hospitality Garden

Lost & Found

  • Lost & Found will be located inside the Lexington Police Department.
  • Please notify a police officer immediately if a child is lost so that announcements can be made from stages ASAP. Any lost child will be safely taken to the Lexington Police Department.

We've Gone Green!

  • Barbecue Festival to Increase its "Green" Efforts. For several years, the Barbecue Festival has promoted and supported environmental awareness.
  • North Davidson Garbage Service & Recycling Center are partnering with Barbecue Festival organizers to take this initiative one step further.
  • Three recycling stations will be located throughout the festival route. Pepsi products will be sold in 20 oz. plastic bottles...please plan to drop off your empty 20 oz. Pepsi bottles and any other recyclable materials at these locations.
  • Let's make this award winning festival a clean and green experience!

NC By Train- Special Barbecue Festival Stop

A great way to travel to the festival is by train!

  • The Piedmont, originating from Raleigh, and the Carolinian, originating from Charlotte, will be making their once-a-year stops in Lexington for the Barbecue Festival. Plan to spend the day in Lexington!
  • Because this is a temporary/one-day stop, ADA accessibility is not available.
  • Choo Choo BBQ, Choo Choo BBQ. ALL ABOARD the BBQ Express! TIX ON SALE NOW Visit www.ncbytrain.com or www.amtrak.com

    Use City Code: LEX

    Don't miss your chance to ride the train to the Barbecue Festival on October 27 from Charlotte, Raleigh & points in between. We'll be rolling out the red carpet when you arrive!

Barbecue Shuttles - Parking & Shuttle Service

  • Ride the Trolley from Childress Vineyards 1000 Childress Vineyards Road Park at Childress Vineyards and be shuttled to the festival on a turn of the century trolley!
  • Handicapped accessible transportation is available at all shuttle locations.
  • 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m
  • Locations:
    1. Wal-Mart Super Center, Off Highway 8 (Cotton Grove Road) & Exit 91 off I-85. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m - $2 per Adult (Free for Children 12 & Under)
    2. Childress Vineyards, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m - $3 per Adult/$2 Children 12 & Under
  • Please note: there will not be a shuttle from the Davidson County Governmental Center this year.

Special thanks to the Master Gardener volunteers for creating a special entryway at the shuttle drop off/pick up point at the festival!

About the Master Gardeners:
  • North Carolina Extension Service created the Master Gardener program to help meet homeowner's needs. Master Gardener volunteers must initially complete a 40-hour training program organized around sixteen major areas of knowledge. Certified volunteers renew annually by completing a minimum number of volunteer and training hours.
  • Master Gardeners have provided 25,925 hours of service in Davidson County since 2004 for a value of $426,651. They have completed beautification projects, community education of adults and youth, and public service projects as well as maintained demonstration gardens at the County Extension building. They continue to carry out annual projects such as an educational booth at the county fair, a fall plant sale at the Lexington Farmers' Market, and a two-day spring garden tour showcasing local gardens.
  • Additional information about this program can be found at the Davidson County Extension Building, 301 East Center St. in Lexington.

Parking for Visitors with Disabilities

  • A parking lot reserved for vehicles with handicapped permits is located off of State Street between 2nd & 3rd Street.
  • Special Note: Restrooms for visitors with disabilities will be located in the parking lot and other designated restroom areas throughout the festival.

Uptown Festival Parking

  • Parking for the Barbecue Festival is located throughout Uptown Lexington in private parking lots.
  • Parking lots are operated by community groups with most charging a daily fee to park.
  • IMPORTANT: We urge you not to park on side streets or alleys surrounding the festival. Vehicles parked illegally WILL be towed!

Fly to the Festival!

  • The Davidson County Airport has a 5,000’ x 100 runway - 6/24. The identifier is KEXX. Unicom Freq. 122.8.
  • The airport is located between Bus. 85/52 and Interstate 85 at Linwood Rd. exit. For more information call 336/956-7774. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to arrive in Lexington and be shuttled to The Barbecue Festival! www.FlyHighLexington.com


Please contact the Lexington Area Tourism Authority
Lexington Tourism Authority & Visitors Center
114 East Center Street
Lexington, NC 27292
866-604-2389 or 336-236-4218

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