Friday, August 19, 6 PM - 10 PM
Saturday, August 20, 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 30,000 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 21st 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 is available at the following locations with NO SHUTTLE!
• Along Lewis St., between N. Main St. and Dallas St. (0.2 miles / Courtesy shuttle available)
• Kennesaw Depot, 2828 Cherokee St. (0.3 miles / Courtesy shuttle available)
• Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 N. Main St. (0.3 miles / Courtesy shuttle available)
• Lot at the intersection of N. Main St. and Moon Station Rd. (0.4 miles / Courtesy shuttle available)
• Kennesaw Elementary School, 3155 Jiles Rd. (1.1 miles / Courtesy shuttle available)
• Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Hwy. (1.2 miles / Courtesy shuttle available)

The City of Kennesaw mobile app features a parking map for the downtown area. Using the map, app users can see what specific parking lots are open and follow directions to all downtown public parking lots using the phones’ map system. The City of Kennesaw mobile app is available on both the Apple App Store & Google Play.

Courtesy Shuttles

COURTESY SHUTTLES will provide FREE round-trip service to the festival from the following convenient locations, including:

North Kennesaw Area:
• Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Hwy. - Shuttle picks up & drops off near the main plaza (by the roundabout). One shuttle on this route has a lift to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
• Kennesaw Elementary School, 3155 Jiles Rd. - Shuttle picks up & drops off near the main portico. One shuttle on this route has a lift to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Downtown Kennesaw Area:
• Commemorative Park ( intersection of Main street and Cherokee Street) -Shuttle picks up & drops off at marked spaces by commemorative park with flags)
• Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 North Main St. -Shuttle picks up & drops off at the front church parking lot.

Shuttle service will be available on Friday, August 19 from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM, and on Saturday, August 20 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM. Shuttles will depart from each location approximately every 20-25 minutes.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking along with handicap shuttles will be available at Swift-Cantrell Park and Kennesaw Elementary School.



The City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is a 2022 KCBS Sanctioned event.


The City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is a 2022 Georgia 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 2022 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
Cook Teams Info (required reading)
KCBS Rules & Regulations (required reading)

Past Grand Champions
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 2021:
Professional Contest
Backyard BBQ Contest
Anything Butt Contest
Peach Dessert Contest

Music & Fireworks

Main Stage


6:00 - 7:45 PM: School of Rock East Cobb
The School of Rock East Cobb is known throughout Georgia as an incubator for incredible musicians. The "House Band" is comprised of the most talented musicians from the school, and as you would expect, THEY REALLY ROCK! Wowing crowds at every mind-blowing show, the band performs classics from some of the greats including Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Tom Petty, The Who, Queen, Black Sabbath and many others.

8:00 - 10:00 PM: Paul Hand Band
The Paul Hand Band is a live rock & pop group. Their music consists of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s cover songs, something for everyone. Paul Hand is the leader and originator of the band and has been performing in the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years. Paul entertains with his rockin, vocals, guitar and piano. Backing Paul up is, Nick Atenhan on lead and rhythm guitar, Blake Atenhan on drums and Miles Russell on bass. You will also find Ashely Henderson’s vocal contribution from time to time allowing the band to cover just about anything, making The Paul Hand Band a must see.


10:00 - 11:00 AM: Courtney Dickinson
Courtney takes on country music with both class and sass that is as bold as her red hair. Country artist Courtney Dickinson paved her own, unconventional path from the start. “I knew it was going to take a lot of work to be able to pull this off, but I knew from an early age that if I wanted to be successful, I needed to put everything into my music. Courtney earned a degree in Marketing with honors {online} while touring radio stations, performing all over the U.S promoting a TOP 40 single on her own without a promotions team. “There are no limits to what you can do when you focus on the goal, stay at the task and love what you’re doing!”

Growing up in Acworth, GA and spending much of her time in Nashville, has given Courtney an opportunity to develop as an artist and songwriter and grow her love for country music. At five years old, Dickinson danced with the Little General Clogger’s dance group on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. It was with that performance that Dickinson knew she was destined for the stage. “The calmness that came over me when I walked onto that stage taught me one thing – “that this is where I belong.” I have never had a problem performing and the excitement I feel when I get ready to step on stage...It’s my safe place. It feels like home."

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: School of Rock West Cobb
School of Rock West Cobb House Band is composed of our most talented and dedicated students in the Performance Program, ages 10-17. Playing songs from ACDC to Zappa, students work long hours to craft a special setlist for every show. Come see us rocking the stage on Pigs and Peaches.


12:30 - 2:00 PM: Run Katie Run
RUN KATIE RUN is a roots-rock band that's a combination of Kate's addiction to Dolly Parton, The Chicks, and Grace Potter with a healthy smattering of Corey's Eric Clapton inspired guitar solos, Adam's Shakey Graves influenced picking, Stephen's love for Vulfpeck-esque bass lines, and Ian's energized, Avett-Brothers-like drumming.

"We love music and we love making music."

"After you've been a musician for a while, you learn that the most important part of making music is to do it with people you love, respect, and who have the same motivations as you. I love this band because we're friends first and a band second. We love getting together, we love making music, and we all want to keep getting better; as people and musicians. I think our songs and shows capture the adoration we have for music and for each other." ~Kate Coleman

2:30 - 4:00 PM: Leah Belle Faser
Leah Belle Faser is a singer/songwriter from Georgia whose authentic musical style crosses many different genres but is grounded in a unique blended sound seasoned with county, pop, rock, and folk influences. At once powerful and soulful, Leah’s vocals bring to life the emotion and energy of the thought-provoking lyrics and rich story-telling she delivers through compelling original songs and the songs of favorite artists.

In 2020, Leah worked with Grammy-Award-winning producer Casey Wood to release her debut album, Crossing Hermi’s Bridge. Take a listen anywhere you stream/download music! In 2021, Leah was named “Teen Artist of the Year” in the Georgia Country Awards and 2022 brought her the coveted Golden Ticket to Hollywood Week on the 20th Season of ABC’s American Idol!

Leah enjoys spending her free time playing live shows around the Atlanta metro area and North Georgia both on a solo basis and with her bandmates Christian Schaffer (lead guitar), Corey Ahlquist (drums) and Caleb Hambrick (bass guitar).



6:00 - 7:30 PM: The Relics
With influences that span across the decades, The Relics have reinterpreted the elements of classic rock and brought them into a modern context. Known for their anthemic riffs, punchy rhythm section, solid vocal hooks, and energetic live performances; this Atlanta based band is quickly making their mark on audiences throughout the southeastern United States. Since their formation in 2017; they have performed at some of the most renown venues in the southeast, their music has been featured on several major radio stations, and has ranked in a few charts such as Honduras's Top 200. The band consists of Joseph Pieper (vocals, guitar), Andrew Cary (bass, vocals), Sean Maloney (lead guitar), and Greg Washington (drums).

Referred to as a combination of "The Beatles meets Green Day," their sound often toggles between classic rock, 90s rock, and alt rock. They released their self-titled debut in February 2019, which put their sonic versatility in the forefront.

The quartet's new single Standing Tall is now available to stream everywhere online. A rock anthem about standing tall in the face of adversity and life's challenges; Standing Tall is the perfect anthem for the post-COVID world, and is sure to have you singing along! The song was featured as the song of the week on Atlanta's Rock 100.5 FM.

The Relics plan on releasing more music this year. Stay up-to-date with their upcoming shows and releases by following The Relics on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram.

8:00 - 9:30 PM: TBA
Coming Soon!


Local Stage


6:00 - 8:00 PM: Trevor Startt
Trevor Startt is a singer-songwriter hailing from Kennesaw, GA. Raised on music ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Motown, “eclectic” is a good word to describe Trevor’s sonic sensibility. Some of his earliest memories of listening to music include hearing songwriters like Bruce Hornsby, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Dan Fogelberg while riding in the passenger seat of his dad’s 1985 Honda Accord. This foundation greatly influences Trevor’s original music along with his vast catalog of cover songs. Trevor released two singles in 2019, beginning with “All On Me” in March & “What We Got” in July. His brand new single, “Lonely Night In Mile High,” will be released in August 2020. You can catch Trevor every weekend at various venues all across Metro Atlanta.

8:30 - 10:00 PM: TasteBud
Based out of Metro Atlanta, TasteBud is a funky fresh fusion of Southern Rock and Groovy Jams. Made up of four pretty chill dudes, TasteBud is known for concocting their own homemade recipes that will be sure to get your tastebuds dancin’.

Come delight in a three-course meal full of absolutely amazing appetizers, high-energy entrées, and delectable desserts. TasteBud’s funkalicious jams will have you coming back for seconds!”



10:00 - 11:30 AM: Dusty Roads Duo
Dusty Roads is a high-energy Georgia-grown Americana band, formed in 2014 by Atlanta based musician, John Mickelson. When you're at a Dusty Roads show, expect to hear influences of the legends of bluegrass and country music, such as Merle Haggard, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, and Bill Monroe. You can also expect dustings of songs and sounds of the great writers and musicians from across the world as well as halls of time, like Django Reinhardt, Dire Straits, and even Bob Marley. ‘Come take a trip, down that long dusty road’.

12:00 - 1:30 PM: Stephanie Berlanga
Born and raised in the sunshine state of Florida, Stephanie Berlanga is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist who now calls Marietta, GA her home.

Uniting genres of pop, singer-songwriter, and folk, Stephanie's melodic vocals and rhythmic guitar playing both intrigue and captivate listeners of all genres.


2:00 - 3:30 PM: Bach to Rock's 30 Watts
30 Watts has been together for a year and has been quite active not only in our school, but around the community. They have played at the Battery, Marietta Square Market, and have even competed in Bach to Rock's National Battle of the Bands (2021). With each rehearsal, they improve their technical skills, performance quality, and teamwork. 30 Watts began covering mid-2000s pop, but have expanded their repertoire with Disco, modern rock, and are in the process of creating their own music! Previously playing bass in 'Pandemica Kuruption', Daniel is 30 Watt's keyboardist, Oren provides the beat with the drums, Frazier rocks out on bass guitar, Doron (our new addition) shreds on rhythm and lead guitar, and Helio brings the house down on lead vocals!

4:00 - 5:30 PM: The Steven Brooks Band
The Steven Brooks Band was created as an outlet for fun and creativity. We've grown from playing improvisational jams into a full-fledged powerhouse with a deep catalog of originals and covers. The focus of this group is to provide music for others to enjoy the atmosphere and time well spent with family/friends/loved ones.

Please Note: No one in the band is actually named Steven Brooks.


Saturday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM: The Shetlands
Since both were raised on a heavy dose of Folk, Rock, Blues and Country, Bille Seymour and Jane Skillman were a near perfect fit to build a musical alliance when they met and formed the duo The Shetlands. Fusing vocal harmonies and multi instrumentation they are sure to provide an enjoyable and entertaining show for all.

8:00 - 9:30 PM: Bettin on the Mule
Bettin' On The Mule based out of Fairmount, Georgia play a fun mix of Southern Rock, Classic Rock, Country and Originals. Their unique sound personifies the phrase "Hometown Rock". This phrase perfectly describes the style and feel of the band's music and show. They love performing and their music comes from the soul. An exciting stage show where everyone is having fun, great musicianship and original songs that have a true meaning to them. That is what you can expect from Bettin' On The Mule.

Jacob Wilson is the lead singer, bass player and lead songwriter. His older brother Brandon Wilson holds down the lead guitar role and backing vocals. Rick Norris is behind the drums and performs backing vocals as well. The band's influences include Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Bad Company, Aerosmith, ZZ Top.


Family Stage


On Friday and Saturday, 20 unique dance and performance groups will entertain festival goers on the Family Stage, which will be located inside the Kid Zone.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 PM

Saturday's activities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.

Family Stage

Dance companies, ensembles and choral groups are invited to apply to perform on the Family Stage, which will be located inside the festival's Kid Zone.

Performances will be scheduled on Friday, August 19 between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM, and Saturday, August 20 between 10:00 AM and 9:00 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.


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 2022 festival, please read the following before completing the Vendor Application.

  • Do not complete a vendor application if you are promoting or selling a service, or if you wish to demonstrate a product and/or do not have merchandise for sale on-site during the festival. If you meet these criteria, booth space is available through sponsorship packages starting at $1,000. Please refer to the sponsorship application for details.
  • Money orders, credit cards and cashier's checks are the only acceptable forms of payment. Cash and certified checks will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • All food & beverage vendors will be required to provide a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming the "City of Kennesaw" as an additional insured.

  • Additional Vendor Information:
  • Submission of a Vendor Application does not guarantee festival participation. Vendors will receive confirmation of acceptance via e-mail.
  • Fees listed on the Vendor Application are for a 10'x10' booth space.
  • Festival organizers reserve the right to refuse any application for any reason.
  • reserve the right to limit the number of vendors selling similar items or services.
  • Booths must be operated both days of the festival: Friday from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am-10:00 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.
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    The City of Kennesaw's 2022 Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival would not be possible without the support of businesses and organizations.

    For more information on Sponsorship, please contact Bill Watson with JRM Management Services, Inc. | 770-423-1330

    Download the 2022 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. 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.

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    Contact us

    Questions about parking and volunteers:
    Mara Clauson
    (770) 422-9714

    Questions about sponsors:
    Bill Watson
    Questions about contests, vendors, entertainment, and all other festival information:
    Brittani Farmer
    (770) 422-9714

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