Free event to feature barbecue competitions, live music and craft breweries

As many as 50 of the best pit masters in the state will be competing for a prize pool of up to $10,000 at the inaugural Indio California State BBQ Championship and Festival on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Indio Golf Course. Admission is free to all ages.

Presented by the City of Indio, the Indio Visitors Bureau, the Indio Chamber of Commerce and title sponsor Chandi Group USA, festivities will include a sanctioned barbecue contest, food vendors, a local “King of the Desert” barbecue competition, live music, a classic car show, games, craft beers, train rides, kids activities and much more. Competition entry is free and open to the public.

“Indio is known as the City of Festivals, and we think this event will be a great addition that attracts barbecue enthusiasts from across the state and beyond,” said Indio Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Joshua Bonner. “We’re going to have some of the best pit masters in the region competing, but the real winners will be the attendees who eat their barbecue. So don’t forget to bring your appetite.”

Featured craft breweries include Goose island, La Quinta Brewing Co., Firestone Walker, Black Market Brewing, Hangar 24, Coronado Brewing, New Belgium, Ninkasi, Drake’s, Bootleggers Brewing, Golden Road Brewing and Speakeasy. Local indie rock band Alchemy will kick off the live music portion at 12 p.m., followed by country group R Buckle Road at 2 p.m., and Grupo Unico performing Tejano music at 4 p.m.   There will also be a Wild West show performed throughout the day.


All proceeds from the event go to support local non-profits.

Indio Golf Course is located at 83040 Avenue 42 in Indio. Parking will be available in the adjacent lot. For more information, visit or call (760) 347-0676.

Entertainment Lineup:

11AM    Wild West Show

12PM    Alchemy

1PM       Wild West Show

2PM       R Buckle Road

3PM       Wild West Show

4PM       Grupo Unico