Chillin and Grillin BBQ Festival and Carnival

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Chillin n Grillin BBQ Festival and Carnival

Chillin n Grillin BBQ Festival started in 2009 as a small fundraiser for the chamber with 14 cooking teams competing. The next year it became a sanctioned contest with Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) and has grown every year. 2017 was a pivotal year in many ways. RiverCity Park was under construction so it was moved to the Sand Springs Pogue Airport next to Platinum Air. The contest drew overall 44 teams for a various BBQ contests, 23 Arts and Craft Vendors, food trucks, the Dylan Whitney Band and Jennifer Marriott Band. Countless members of the community came to enjoy the event. There was an upset in the People’s Choice contest winners; the Sand Springs Parks department team known as SPARKS upset the 5 year in a row winner Church that Matters. The local competitions make the event all the more fun for everyone.

The Chillin’ & Grillin’ BBQ Festival is a prime opportunity to sample some delicious barbecue.  This year we are holding the event in Sand Springs (location TBD).  This fun Sand Springs’ event is much more than a cook off; it features a carnival, live music, arts and crafts and a beer garden.  Of course, the star of the show is the BBQ, and guests will have the chance to savor plenty made by talented cooks.

Thursday evening will be kick-off with a carnival starting at 5pm.  Friday’s events kick off will begin in the afternoon with the carnival, live music,  beer garden and arts and crafts.  Saturday will feature the People’s Choice BBQ tasting (open to the public), carnival, live music, a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, car show, poker run, Kettle Corn, Harper’s Hut Shaved Ice and a train.


Case Community Park
2500 S River City Park Dr.
Sand Springs, OK 74063


April 12 – 14, 2018


Gates Open
4/12 Thursday 6p – 11p

  • Carnival (wrist bands honored)
  • Food Trucks
  • Beer Garden
  • Hwy 97 Jazz Festival (Jazz bands from Sand Springs Schools, Berryhill School and Sapulpa School)

4/13 Friday 6p – 11p

  • Carnival (wrist bands honored)
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Music Jennifer Marriott
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Beer Garden, Pop, Water and T-shirts for sale

4/14 Saturday 10a – 10p

  • 8am—10am Car Show registration
  • 10am-10p Gates Open: Carnival (no wrist bands) and Arts/Crafts
  • 10a – 12p Car Show
  • 11a—2p People’s Choice Opens
  • 11a-3p Live Music, MidLife Crisis Band
  • 3pm BBQ Awards and People’s Choice

BBQ Contest turn-in
12p Chicken
12:30p Ribs
1p Pork
1:30p Brisket


FREE Admission

Taster Kits go on Sale at 11a - 2p

Adults: $10.00

Children (6 – 12 years old): $5.00

Children (5 & Under): FREE

Carnival Wrist Bands

Purchase advance $20 good for Thursday 6p-11p or Friday 6p-11p (different wrist band required each night)

Purchase at gate $25

Carnival Tickets $3 per ride Saturday 10a-10p

presenting sponsor
carnival sponsor
peoples choice sponsor
entertainment sponsor
friends of chillin n grillin sponsor
in kind sponsor