Naptown BarBAYq

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

THANK YOU for joining us at the 2017 festival.  The rain held off part of the day and the competition went on as scheduled.  Congratulations to:

Rockin Robyn’s BBQ – Grand Champion

Drilling & Grilling – Reserve Champion

Sauce This BBQ (#8) – People’s Choice

Click here to see the 2017 KCBS Competition results

Click here to see the 2017 People’s Choice results


The Naptown barBAYq  is held each May at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD. Thousands of Festival go-ers from the Mid-Atlantic come out to enjoy live music, great food and a KCBS sanctioned barbecue competition. It is a family affair with live music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors and cooking demonstrations.  Get your tickets ahead of time for our People’s Choice competition – you be the judge!

Naptown barBayq proudly supports the Rotary Club of Parole.  If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.

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Options Prices
General $12 ($15 @ the door)
Military $7 (with ID)
Kids under 12 FREE
1st Responders first 500 FREE (with ID)
VIP $60 (or $100/couple)

 Schedule of Events


8:00am – 4:00pm       Competitor Check-in

4:00pm – 4:30pm       Competitor Meeting


10:00am                    Gates open to the public

10:00am – 11:00am Judge Check in for Competition

12:00pm                    KCBS competitors turn-in Chicken

12:30pm                    KCBS competitors turn-in Ribs

1:00pm                      KCBS competitors turn-in Pork

1:30pm                      KCBS competitors turn-in Brisket

2:00pm                     People’s choice turn-in (Pork & Ribs)

2:30pm – 5:30pm   People’s Choice open to the public (with tickets)

3:00pm                     Kids Q Turn-in

6:00pm                     Awards on Main Stage

8:00pm                     Last Call

8:30pm                     Festival closes.  Please Drive Safely!


KCBS Competitors
KCBS Competitors
Who will win this year's Grand Prize?
Live Music
Live Music
Enjoy local bands all day!
Stay tuned!
People's Choice
People's Choice
People's Choice
Sample competition bbq and vote for your favorite!
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
The kids will love all the fun we planned for them!
Stop by our vendors' tents
Check out our beer list!


Stay Tuned

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you explain the ticket types?

General admission is $12 online, $15 at the gate.  General admission includes entrance to the festival.  Food and Drink are not included.  Children 12 and under are free.

Military discount is $7 and is for military only with valid id.

First responders are free for the first 500.  This includes Police, Fire, and EMT with valid id/badge.

VIP passes give you up close parking (if purchased ahead of time), admission, unlimited Beer/wine/soda/water, and entrance into the people’s choice.

Will there be an ATM?

Yes, ATMs will be located by the front gate.

What's there to eat besides barbeque?

Everything from hot dogs, burgers, funnel cakes, and of course – crab cakes! We will also have several vegetarian meal options available as well.

How much is food?

Sandwiches will range from $6 – $8, a full platter can be upwards of $20, and beers are $6.

How much is parking?

Parking at the barBayq is FREE.

Lost & Found?

Lost & Found is located at the Info Center, top of the hill near the People’s Choice. We’re getting quite the collection of items from prior years.

How much does it cost for my children?

Admission for children 12 and under is FREE.

Is there a military discount?

Of course! We are honoring our military (active and retired) with a $5 discount at the gate with valid military ID.

Do you offer a two day pass?

No, the event is one day only this year.

I can't go anymore, can I get a refund?

Sorry, refunds cannot be given, but you can transfer your ticket through the Eventbrite website.

How can I get a free ticket?

Tickets are frequently given away through Twitter and Facebook. You can also be granted free admission if you choose to be a volunteer.

Can I bring my pets?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the large crowd and food service, pets will not be allowed on premises.

Can I bring outside food and drink?

No outside food and drink will be permitted.

Can I bring a tent?

No, but a small sun umbrella is fine





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