MILWAUKEE (June 7, 2017) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are excited to announce the details for the 2nd Annual Big Gig BBQ to be held on Sunday, September 3, 2017 from Noon – 7:00 p.m., rain or shine.  This year, the event will offer FREE admission and FREE parking for all attendees.

At the Big Gig BBQ, food is the headliner of the event. 14 local and regional BBQ vendors will offer both tasting size and full size portions so fans can try a variety of menu offerings.  Big Gig BBQ vendors include:

  • Atlas BBQ
  • Chicago q
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Double B’s BBQ
  • Famous Dave’s Bar-b-que
  • Iron Grate BBQ Co.
  • Maxie’s
  • Miss Beverly’s Deluxe Barbeque
  • Nino’s Southern Sides
  • Pitch’s
  • Saz’s State House
  • Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ
  • Smoke Shack
  • The Charcoal Grill and Rotisserie

The Labor Day weekend event will feature the best BBQ in town on the lakefront at Henry Maier Festival Park, live entertainment at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard and South Pavilion – from country to rock and blues, expert insights on barbecuing your favorites at home and much more.

“We are thrilled to host the Big Gig BBQ again this year and offer free admission and parking to all our fans who come to enjoy the best in BBQ here at Henry Maier Festival Park,” stated Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

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In addition, the calendar of events for Henry Maier Festival Park is listed below:




June 9 - 11


June 10

Summerfest Rock ‘N Sole Run

June 16

Capuchan’s Run/Walk for the Hungry to Polish Fest

June 16 - 18

Polish Fest

June 28 – July 2 / July 4 – 9


July 14

Diana Ross with special guest Rhonda Ross at the BMO Harris Pavilion

July 21

Violent Femmes with special guest Echo and the Bunnymen at the BMO Harris Pavilion

July 21 – 23

Festa Italiana

July 22

Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer

July 24

Vans Warped Tour

July 28 – 30

German Fest

August 6

Jazz Visions on the Lake

August 9

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys with special guests The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns at the BMO Harris Pavilion

August 17-20

Irish Fest

August 19

Arthritis Foundation Run/Walk to Irish Fest

August 25-27

Mexican Fiesta

August 26

Walk For Wishes

August 27

Fiesta Walk

September 3

Big Gig BBQ

September 4

Labor Fest

September 8 – 10

Indian Summer

September 10

Dylan’s Run 5k Run/Walk for Autism to Indian Summer

September 16

Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospical

September 17

2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

September 20

Jazz Education Day

September 23

Fromm Petfest

September 24

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

October 7

AIDS Walk Wisconsin