Country Singer Chris Janson to Headline BBQ & Barrels Concert at Owensboro Convention Center

BBQ & Barrels, along with the Owensboro Convention Center, is thrilled to announce country music singer Chris Janson will headline the BBQ & Barrels 2024 music lineup. The multi-platinum songwriter and “Buy Me a Boat” singer will take the event stage on Saturday, May 11 with music beginning at 5:30PM. The FREE concert will be held on the Owensboro Convention Center’s front lawn in celebration the venue’s 10th anniversary. The…

BBQ and Barrels Returns May 10-11, 2024

The rich barbecue and bourbon tradition in Owensboro will once again fill the streets downtown on May 10 – 11, 2024.  New this year, festival attendees can expect more BBQ vendors, 5 church cooking teams, extra art vendors, a larger Baird Private Wealth Management Bourbon Experience in the Owensboro Convention Center, the addition of the KY Champions Motorcar Invitational, and concerts on the Owensboro Convention Center lawn. Entertainment headliners will…

Street Closure Information

Set-up for BBQ and Barrels will begin Thursday, May 11. Please see the information below in order to safely plan your commute.

Unique Bourbon Classes Unveiled

During the bourbon tasting portion of BBQ and Barrels at the Owensboro Convention Center sponsored by RW Baird Private Wealth Management, attendees will have the opportunity to add on a unique experience taking place at 2 p.m. on May 13.  Limited tickets for the classes for $25 a class go on sale April 18.  There are three options to choose from: The Art of The Finish: Secondary Aging Techniques with…

Bourbon Tasting Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale NOW for VIP and General Admission Bourbon Tastings at Owensboro Convention Center, and for the Spirited Bourbon Pairing Dinner at Green River Distilling Company! Information on the events can be found at

First 15 Distilleries Announced

Here are the first 15 distilleries you can expect to see (and taste!) at BBQ and Barrels on May 13, 2023. More distilleries will be announced soon, and tickets for the event will go on sale on Wednesday, March 1 here. 4 LeafBarrel House Distilling CompanyBardstown Bourbon CompanyBluegrass DistillersCastle and KeyFour Roses BourbonGreen River Distilling CompanyHeaven Hill DistilleryHemingway WhiskeyJeptha Creed DistilleryKentucky 10 BourbonNew Riff DistillingOld SteelHouse DistilleryOld William TarrWestern Kentucky…

Live Music Lineup Announced

BBQ & Barrels is excited to showcase some of the best talent in the region! Enjoy live music on the front lawn of the Owensboro Convention Center as you take in the sights and smells of Kentucky barbecue! Live music will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 12 and continue starting at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 13. Visit our Music page to view the weekend’s full lineup!

Calling All Vendors!

We are currently accepting applications for food & beverage vendors (must be BBQ focused or complimentary to BBQ) and handmade arts & crafts vendors! Visit our Vendors page for more information and to access the applications.

BBQ and Barrels Coming to Owensboro

An Owensboro tradition will be revitalized on May 12 and 13, 2023 in downtown Owensboro.  BBQ and Barrels is a new take on two of Owensboro’s greatest culinary staples: unique barbecue and historic bourbon.  “The Bar-B-Q Festival isn’t ending, it’s being reborn. Bigger and better with more options to attract more people,” said Sharon Nesmith, former International Bar-B-Q Festival Chair. “Cooking for this event has been a time-honored tradition for…