Friday, August 16, 6 PM - 10 PM
Saturday, August 17, 10 AM - 10 PM
Adams Park, 2600 Park Drive

From its humble beginnings, Pigs & Peaches has grown into one of the region's most beloved festivals attracting an estimated 60,000 attendees annually.

Its roots trace back to the historic train Depot in downtown Kennesaw where in 2000, the City of Kennesaw's Parks & Recreation Department held a blues concert and barbeque cook-off for a handful of amateur grillers.

The backyard-only tradition continued until 2007 when organizers chose to elevate the experience for competitive cook teams by sanctioning the event.

In 2008, to make room for more cook teams and a few vendors eager to be part of the festivities, the event was moved to its current location at Adams Park.

Now in its 23rd year, the festival features two days of non-stop music, good eats, cold beer and interactive family-fun.


Thank you, sponsors!


Location & Parking

The City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival will take place in Adams Park, 2600 Park Drive.


Free public parking and courtesy shuttle is available at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 295 North Main St.

Shuttle service will be available on Friday, August 16 from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and on Saturday, August 17 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking along with handicap shuttles will be available at Kennesaw First Baptist Church. Limited handicap parking will be available on site.



The City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is a 2024 KCBS Sanctioned event.


The City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is a 2024 Southeast BBQ Championship event.

pro/backyard contests

Professional Contest
The Professional Contest is a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest and Georgia State Championship event. Cook teams must compete in the four KCBS meat categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket. Total prize money: $10,000

One Grand Champion:
$2,500 cash + artisan trophy

One Grand Reserve Champion:
$1,500 cash + artisan trophy

1st Place in each category:
$500 cash + artisan trophy

2nd Place in each category:
$400 cash + artisan trophy

3rd Place in each category:
$300 cash + artisan trophy

4th Place in each category:
$200 cash + artisan trophy

5th Place in each category:
$100 cash + artisan trophy

Backyard BBQ Contest
The Backyard BBQ Contest is an amateur cook-off for individuals or teams, families, corporate teams or whoever – strictly for fun and BBQ braggin' rights. Cook teams must compete in three meat categories: chicken, pork ribs and pork. Total prize money: $1,550

One Grand Prize:
$500 cash + artisan trophy

1st Place in each category
$200 cash + artisan trophy

2nd Place in each category:
$100 cash + artisan trophy

3rd Place in each category:
$50 cash + artisan trophy


Anything Butt Contest*
This is your chance to show off your cooking creativity. Contest organizers will provide each cook team with one meat item. Cook teams may add any ingredient(s) to create the most delicious of dishes, such as a stew, soup, main course or side dish. KCBS garnish and sauce rules do not apply.

$200 cash + artisan trophy

$100 cash + artisan trophy

Peach Dessert Contest
Creativity is in order for this contest. Simply put, each cook team's recipe must include peaches.

$200 cash + artisan trophy

$100 cash + artisan trophy

*Ancillary contests are only available to cook teams in the Professional Contest or Backyard BBQ Contest.

BBQ Judges

Thank you for your interest in becoming a competition judge at the 2024 Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival! Every year we receive numerous applications. Please be patient with us as we try to respond to each and every one.

If you've already been confirmed as a judge, and have questions, please email the Judging Coordinator.

Entry forms
& docs

Professional Contest
Entry Form
Layout of Proposed Cooking Space​ (required to submit)
Cook Teams Info (required reading)
KCBS Rules & Regulations (required reading)

Backyard BBQ Contest
Entry Form
Layout of Proposed Backyard Cooking Space (required to submit)
Cook Teams Info (required reading)
KCBS Backyard Rules & Regulations (required reading)

Past Grand Champions
2023 – One Eyed Pig BBQ
2022 - Yes, Dear BBQ
2021 - Angry Jack BBQ
2019 - Quenut BBQ
2018 - Swine Dining GA
2017 - The Bald Hawg BBQ
2016 - Moyers Competition Bar-B-Q
2015 - Swine & Shine BBQ
2014 - Moyers Competition Bar-B-Q
2013 - Southern Thunder BBQ
2012 - Que'n Stew'n & Brew'n
2011 - Blue Sky BBQ
2010 - The Right Stuff BBQ
2009 - Chatham Artillary BBQ
2008 - Bill & The Dixie Chicks BBQ
2007 - Jack's Old South BBQ

View contest results from 2023:
Professional Contest
Backyard BBQ Contest
Anything Butt Contest
Peach Dessert Contest

Music & Fireworks

2024 Performance Schedule Coming Soon

Local Stage

Dance companies, ensembles and choral groups are invited to apply to perform on the Local Stage.

Performances will be scheduled on Friday, August 16 between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, and Saturday, August 17 between 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Groups may request one or two 30 minute time slots (total time on stage not to exceed 60 minutes); and will NOT be paid for performances. A PA system with sound tech (and lighting for evening performances) will be provided.

Performances must be family oriented; equivalent to G Rating for public performance (no content that could be considered obscene, crude, vulgar, inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive).

Applications will generally be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, however the City of Kennesaw reserves the right to refuse any application for any reason.

Craft, Merchandise, Food & Beverage Vendors

Festival organizers are committed to producing a quality event for attendees with a unique assortment of exhibitors. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2024 festival, please read the following before completing the Vendor Application.

About the application:

• Application Process: Before you apply, you'll be required to create your own account with your basic information, if you have not already created one. You will be notified of acceptance within two weeks of the application deadline.

• SPACE DETAILS: All spaces are outdoor and approximately 10’ deep and 10’ wide. Most spaces are on asphalt, a few are on grass. You must furnish your own tent, table and chairs.

• FEES AND PAYMENT: Booth fees are dependent upon the size of your setup and are listed within the application. Fees will be charged to your account after you are accepted and will be due no later than Friday, June 28th . Fees are non-refundable after Friday, July 26th.

• Have more questions? Please read the vendor application for other requirements and vendor packet for event details.

About the festival:

• Submission of a Vendor Application does not guarantee festival participation. Vendors will receive confirmation of acceptance via e-mail.

• Festival organizers reserve the right to refuse any application for any reason and reserve the right to limit the number of vendors selling similar items or services.

• The festival is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather, due to the forecast of inclement weather, or due to circumstances beyond our control.

• Booths must be operated both days of the festival: Friday from 6:00 -10:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM.

• Vendors will be pre-assigned booth locations, site access and set-up times.

• Vendors will not be able to tear down prior to festival closing times. Exit times and instructions will be assigned.

• Vendors may only sell what festival organizers have approved in advance.

• All merchandise and signage must be contained within, or attached to, your booth space.

• No electrical upgrades will be performed onsite.

• Vendors are responsible for cleanup of their booth space and removal of trash during and after the festival.

• Limited overnight security patrol will be provided by the Kennesaw Police Department, however the City of Kennesaw will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged merchandise. Vendors who choose to leave items overnight do so at their own risk.

• Vendors will be expected to comply with all rules and procedures provided by festival organizers.



The City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival would not be possible without the support of businesses and organizations.

For more information on Sponsorship, please contact Mara Clauson. | 770-422-9714

Download the Sponsorship Application


Kennesaw Parks & Recreation seeks willing hearts and helping hands to assist with the pre, post, and during festival activities.

We invite you to explore our list of volunteer opportunities and sign-up for a volunteer shift on our registration website. CivicRec. Volunteer registration for Pigs & Peaches will open one month prior to the event. Please select “Special Events,” and then “Volunteer Opportunities” to see a full list of volunteer opportunities for Pigs & Peaches.

For questions, please e-mail our Partnership & Event Specialist.

Visit CivicRec

Contact us

Questions about sponsors and volunteers:

Mara Clauson
(770) 422-9714

Questions about contests, vendors, parking, entertainment, and all other festival information:
Mary Louise Bain
(770) 422-9714 x3223

Mailing/Street Address

City of Kennesaw
Parks & Recreation Department
2753 Watts Drive
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
Tel: (770) 422-9714
Fax: (678) 460-3373