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Grill Games Festival

August 25, 2017 – August 26, 2017

Fri. 5 – 11 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
burgers at Grill Games

This BBQ Competition and lakefront festival also serves as the Wisconsin State BBQ Championship. This free two-day festival is Kenosha’s biggest BBQ festival and features live entertainment throughout the day, activities for the kids, beer garden, and a chance to taste some of the finest BBQ around. Watch the Kansas City Barbecue Society National BBQ Circuit Teams compete for their state prizes, learn their secrets, taste and purchase BBQ, and vote for your favorite teams. You can even show off your mad grilling skills in the Community’s Best Burger Challenge. Free admission and donations welcome. Proceeds benefit the scholarship foundations of the Kenosha YMCA and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

Friday Music Schedule

  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm— GoodFellas
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm— Funktastic
  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm— Semple

Saturday Music Schedule

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm— Larry Hinds
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm— Chicks with Picks 2.0
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm— Moon Money
  • 5:00pm – 7:15pm— In The Stix
  • 7:30pm – 8:45pm— Lee Dewyze (American Idol Season 9 Winner)
  • 9:00pm – 11:00pm— Pirate Radio

Kenosha’s Best BBQ Contest: Friday, August 25 • 5:00pm – 8:00pm

We're excited to announce that Kenosha's Best BBQ will be returning to Grill Games this year! Vote for your favorite barbecue dish served up by some of Kenosha County’s best restaurants, caterers, and pubs. Taste pork (ribs, ham, pulled pork, etc...) samples and choose the taste you like best! Tasting cards are only $10 and all proceeds benefit the Chamber and YMCA Scholarship Foundations. Tasting cards can be purchased at the information tent inside the main gate at Grill Games on Friday afternoon.

People’s Choice BBQ Competition: Saturday, August 26 • 2:00pm – 4:30pm

The incredibly popular People's Choice BBQ Competition will also be returning this year at Grill Games! Taste the Pulled Pork samples prepared by participating Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ Teams and choose the taste you like the best! Tasting cards are only $10 and all proceeds benefit the Chamber and YMCA Scholarship Foundations. Tasting cards can be purchased at the information tent inside the main gate at Grill Games on Friday or Saturday.

KCBS Competition: We're excited to welcome The Kansas City Barbeque Society back to Grill Games! Grill Games will be home to over 30 professional and amateur BBQ teams from around the country competing for nearly $10,000 in prize money. Come down to Grill Games on Friday night to see the teams setting up and preparing for the competition. They’ll be easy to find— follow the delicious smell of barbecue! Saturday morning, from when the gates open at 11am until noon the teams will be preparing their food for judging. Turn-in is at noon, with judging following shortly thereafter. Winners will be announced Saturday night at 4:30pm.

Beer Garden: In true Wisconsin style, relax in the Beer Garden and enjoy the music! Enjoy all of the festival favorites plus the best local brews Kenosha has to offer. This year we will have craft beers from Rustic Road Brewing Company, PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co, and R'Noggin Brewing Co. The Grill Games Beer Garden is open to everyone over 21, with no admission fee or cover charge.

Food Court: Hungry for BBQ? Not only will there be tastings at Grill Games on Friday AND Saturday, but we will have tons of delicious food for sale all day both days next weekend! See the full menu over at the Grill Games website, which includes eats from over a dozen food vendors.

Grill Games Classic Car Cruise-In: Friday, August 25 • 3:00pm – 8:00pm

What goes better with cold beer, great music, and delicious BBQ? Classic cars! The Grill Games Classic Car Cruise-In will take place just east of the Civil War Museum at Grill Games on Friday, August 25 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. Have a vintage or classic car? Bring it down to Grill Games. There is no charge to display your car, and cars will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis while there is space available.

Family Fun: Saturday, August 26 • Noon – 5:00pm

There's something for everyone at Grill Games! The kids activity area is open Saturday, August 26th from noon-5pm and includes face painting, pie making with Elsie Mae's Canning, Big Balloon Tycoon's balloon animals, demos from Scamps Gymnastics, plus yardzee, ladder ball, and baggo!