Holy smokes! Chandler Barbecue and Beer Festival to fire up at Tumbleweed Park

Mar 21, 2023, 9:00 AM | Updated: Mar 22, 2023, 2:03 pm

PHOENIX – More than 30 masters of grilling will bring the heat this weekend at the annual Chandler Barbecue and Beer Festival.

The KNIX-sponsored event, in its 14th year, is set to run Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park near Germann and McQueen roads. Activities include live music performances, a kids zone, hot dog and pie-eating contests, a beer garden, a giant TV screen to watch NCAA March Madness basketball games, and line-dancing lessons.

Attendees will hear performances from country singers Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, Hailey Whitters, Conner Smith, and Jaty and the Black Stallions.

Tickets are available online and at the gate. General admission is $85; a four-pack of general admissions sells for $306. Children 12 and younger get in for free.

General admission gets you into the park and the concerts, but doesn’t include food or drinks.

VIP access goes for $495 for ages 13 and older and $195 for 12 and younger. That price includes catered barbecue, drinks, shaded areas, restroom suites, a question-and-answer session with main stage artists. Alcoholic beverages will be available to adults, with a limit of eight drinks per person.

A four-pack of VIP tickets goes for $1,782.

Ultra VIP suites are for sale priced at $1,590 for two passes but have room in an exclusive area for 30 people. The suites feature catered meals, a dedicated bar, leather seating, an air-cooled area, parking, a private restroom and pit access to the front of the main stage.

VIP tickets can only be purchased online.

“Arizona’s largest BBQ fest is returning to Chandler to bring good food, good music and good vibes,” David Horen, director of events at Forty8 Live!, said in a press release.

Part of the proceeds from sales will go to Greater Cause Foundation, which supports a variety of organizations, including Children’s Cancer Dream Network, 100 Club of Arizona and Military Assistance Mission.

The National Weather Service forecast sunny and breezy conditions for the day with a high of 71 degrees.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Crime tape and a police SUV are seen at the seen of a Phoenix apartment fire on July 15. Homicide a...

Man arrested for murdering 3, setting fire to apartment in Phoenix

A man was arrested Friday in connection with three dead bodies that were found after an apartment fire Monday in Phoenix, authorities said.

1 hour ago

A man from Tucson was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his part in a drug trafficking ...

Arizona man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for trafficking drugs across border

A man from Tucson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for delivering drugs across the border, authorities announced Friday.

2 hours ago

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff gets on Tempe streetcar during a visit to the Valley on Friday. (City ...

Damon Allred

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff advocates for transit investment, rides Tempe streetcar

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visited the Valley on Friday and discussed several issues, including public transit in Tempe and Mesa.

2 hours ago

TSMC said it won't consider a joint ownership venture with the United States for its Arizona fabric...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Despite geopolitical concerns, TSMC forges ahead with Arizona semiconductor fabs

TSMC increased its revenue expectations amid strong demand for chips without changes to its plans for Arizona.

6 hours ago

A man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor. (Pexels photo)...

Arizona man who sexually abused minor sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison

An Arizona man was sentenced to 235 months in prison for sexually abusing a minor in 2021, authorities announced Friday.

6 hours ago

A road closed sign stands on an Arizona highway while cows walk across the road in the background....

Payne Moses

Northbound I-17 closed due to vehicle crash near Lake Montezuma

The northbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed near Lake Montezuma due to a vehicle crash, authorities said Friday.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Holy smokes! Chandler Barbecue and Beer Festival to fire up at Tumbleweed Park