Kings Of Q Barbecue Festival

Kings Of Q Barbecue Festival

On May 19-20th, the streets of downtown Ayden will be filled with the savory smell of BBQ! We invite everyone to join the Town of Ayden as we celebrate BBQ, one of the cornerstones of Ayden’s abundant history.

The Kings of Q Festival kicks off Friday, May 19th at the stage on West Avenue with a Hometown Talent Show featuring Carolina HEAT Martial Arts at 5:00 pm. There will be a book panel and signing showcasing local BBQ Kings followed by live music by the Highway Ramblers at 7:30. Come out and enjoy an evening of dancing and celebration!

But that’s not all folks! Saturday, May 20th, Kings of Q starts at 7:00 am with the Hog Jog 5k and the Pig Jig BBQ Sandwich Smash with Bum’s Diner at 9:30 am! Shop and browse Ayden’s many amazing local shops and restaurants while you are in town. Head over to the West Avenue stage at 12:00 pm to participate in the Hog Hollering contest. Make sure to bring your best sssoooeeeyyy!

Finally, conclude the festival toe-tapping and do-si-doing to live music by Johnny White and the Elite Band!

Visit to register your cook team, register for the Hog Jog and Pig Jig, and become a vendor. Follow Kings of the Q on Facebook at for updates and festival information.