Naptown BarBAYq

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

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)
Active Military $7 (with ID)
Kids under 12 FREE
1st Responders FREE (with ID)
People’s Choice $10 w/admission
VIP $60 (or $100/couple)
Judging School (Friday night) $125 (non-member)/$80 (KCBS member)

 Schedule of Events


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

4:00pm – 4:30pm       Competitor Meeting

5:00pm – 9:00pm       Judges School


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)

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!


Who will win this year's Grand Prize?
Live Music
Live Music
Live Music
Enjoy local bands all day!
Chef Demos
Chef Demos
Chef Demos
Watch chefs work their magic & try their creations!
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
Kids' Activities
The kids will love all the fun we planned for them!


Stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Will there be a Groupon or LivingSocial deal?

No, this year we are only offering tickets through EventBrite and at the gate. You can take advantage of our early bird discount before April 30th.

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 active duty military with a $5 discount at the gate with valid military ID.

Do you offer a two day pass?

No, but we are exploring this option for future barBAYqs.

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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