Can you smell what the pitmasters are cooking? This Saturday, March 19, 2016, Arizona’s largest BBQ event, the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival, returns to downtown Chandler from noon – 10 p.m. with 20,000 lbs of BBQ, 200 kegs of craft beer and 20 bands.  Headlining this year’s entertainment will be Granger Smith, best known for his hit single, Backroad Song from his 4×4 EP. Supporting acts include the Ben Miller Band, Zack Deputy and Georgia Chrome. 
Hungry BBQ fans can expect delicious grub from many of the Valley’s top BBQ joints, serving up a range of mouthwatering dishes, including ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and more. Restaurant highlights include Smokehaus, Tom’s BBQ, Porkopolis BBQ, Montana BBQ, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, The American Poutine Co, Honey Bear’s BBQ and many other vendors dishing out some finger lickin’ good food. To wash it all down, enjoy over 200 kegs of locally brewed craft beer from SanTan Brewing, including their new seasonal Grapefruit Shandy and everyone’s favorite Mr. Pineapple wheat beer. 
During the Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival, guest of all ages can participate in a variety of themed zones, including the Kids Zone, the Live and Local Stage, Bravo Fan Experience, Food Eating Competition Zone, Desert Wind Harley Davison Pavilion, March Madness Lounge and more entertaining zones. 
The seventh annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will be held in Downtown Chandler, spanning the entire east and west sides of Dr. AJ Chandler Park – as well as the connecting Arizona Ave., which will be closed from Buffalo St. to Boston St. on Saturday, March 19, 2016. General admission tickets are available online for $12 at and $15 at the gate. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free.
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage free homes, post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, adaptive clothing and much more. For more information about the Boot Campaign, visit

Have fun and enjoy!