Maryland State BBQ Bash
Brought to you by Visit Harford!
August 14th (4pm-10pm) & 15th (12pm-10pm)
Bond & Thomas Street, Bel Air MD

Harford County MD’s most anticipated event of the year is the MD State BBQ Bash.  Named as Harford County’s “Best Event” in 2012, 2013 and again in 2014, the MD State BBQ Bash is a barbecue themed street festival featuring the Maryland State BBQ Championship, with more than 50 competition teams from the Mid-Atlantic area and beyond competing for $12,500 in cash prizes and the chance to compete in the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, TN and The American Royal in Kansas City, MO.  In addition, more than 40 amateur teams will compete in the MD State BBQ Bash Tailgate Challenge to see who has the best ribs while competing for cash, prizes, and bragging rights.  For more than 10 years, the MD State BBQ Bash has grown to be one of the largest, most fun, and most anticipated events of the year in Downtown Bel Air. Great food, great music, great people, the Maryland State Barbecue Championship and the MD State BBQ Bash Tailgate Challenge, have combined to create a tradition that we hope you will want to be a part of this year and in the years ahead.

The MD State BBQ Bash is free for the public and has regularly drawn nearly 25,000 attendees over two days. The MD State BBQ Bash is one of the most anticipated and exciting community events in Harford County, with a following throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region and beyond. As always, the MD State BBQ Bash is being brought to you by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Main Street Maryland organization dedicated to creating a vibrant business community and visitor friendly destination in Downtown Bel Air, MD.  This event is the largest fundraising effort for the Bel Air Downtown Alliance and 100% of the proceeds benefits the mission and is reinvested locally.

Admission into the MD State BBQ Bash is free.


John Carroll High School (shuttle) – 703 E Churchville Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
Bel Air High School (shuttle) – 100 Heighe St, Bel Air, MD 21014
Hickory Garage – S. Hickory Ave, Bel Air, MD 21014
Bel Air Elementary School –  30 E Lee St, Bel Air, MD 21014
Bel Air Armory lot – 23 N Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
Pennsylvania Ave lot – 15 E Pennsylvania Ave, Bel Air, MD 21014
Harford County lot 1 – 220 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
Harford County lot 2 – 212 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
Hickory Ave surface lot – Directly across from Hickory Garage

Bus Shuttle Schedule

Bus shuttle is only available at the John Carroll and Bel Air High School locations.

Friday, August 14th – 3:30pm – 10:30pm
Saturday, August 15th – 11:30am – 10:30pm

Nearby Hotels

Convenient to I95 there are over a dozen hotels in Edgewood (21014) and Aberdeen (21001) Maryland.

Little Piggies Fun Zone Schedule

Check out the schedule of events for kids by clicking this link: Kids Event Schedule MD State BBQ Bash 2015.

Live Music Schedule


Friday, August 14th
5 – 7pm – Walk-Ins Welcome
8 – 10pm – The Cadillac Three

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Saturday, August 15th
5 – 7pm – Liz Cooper & the Stampede
8 – 10pm – Jr Cline & the Recliners


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