Doors open at 11 a.m. daily.
Free with a Freedom Festival button ($5 – buttons available at the door) or $3
Kids 12 and under free.
Salute to Veterans
BBQ Roundup Vendors
We are excited to feature six national, award-winning vendors at this year’s BBQ Roundup! What does that mean? That means you have the chance to sample some of the best BBQ in the country – right here in Cedar Rapids! From the hills of South Carolina to the smokehouses of the Lonestar state, these national award-winning BBQ vendors are bringing the best they have in pork, beef, sauce, and sides to Cedar Rapids for one weekend only.If you are a fan of BBQ – you will not want to miss out!
- Big Boned BBQ
- Blazin Broncos BBQ
- Carolina Rib King
- Cowboys BBQ & Rib Company
- Pig Foot BBQ & Rib Company
- Porky Chick
Other non-competing vendors will be on site to sell additional food (snacks and sides) and drink items.
BBQ Bandwagon & Free Lunch Admission
Free Lunch admission 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
BBQ Bandwagon 11 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m.
Want to enjoy the BBQ Roundup but don’t want to deal with driving or parking downtown? Let us bring you to the fun! Best of all, it’s free!
Salute to Veterans
To honor those who serve our community and our country, all veterans, law enforcement and first responders will receive free admission throughout the entire day Thursday, June 20th. The headlining entertainment Thursday evening will be American Hitman, a band comprised of military veterans. Additionally, the Puppy Jake Foundation, an organization that selects, trains and places service dog with veterans, will also be on-site.
Canvas & Cocktails
$40 in advance
Tickets – $40. Includes:
- Entry to Canvas & Cocktails
- Entry to the BBQ Roundup
- Drink voucher
- Painting supplies + class instruction
Gather your friends for a night out and join us for Canvas & Cocktail night at the Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup! This is not your ordinary canvas painting party, we are taking it to the next level with live music, a cold beverage of your choice and award-winning BBQ for you to enjoy while painting a patriotic skyline of Cedar Rapids. This fun and abstract painting is a simple piece of art that you do not need to have prior experience to create. Tina will walk you through every step to help you create a beautiful piece of art that you will be proud of! The cost is $40 and includes BBQ Roundup admission, one drink voucher, canvas & painting supplies.
Celebrate the two greatest things in life – BBQ and Beer – with Beerfest! Sample over 30 local beers from some of the top Iowa brewers and then sample award-winning BBQ – all in one night.
$30 in advance/$35 at the door. Cash only.
- Entry to Beerfest and The BBQ Roundup
- $10 in BBQ Bucks
- Commemorative glass
2019 Beerfest Vendors
- Franklin Street
- Iowa Brewing Co.
- Bigs BBQ
- Wilson’s Cider
- Lion Bridge
- Single Speed
Family Fun Day
Kids 12 & under free – all activities included!
- Trackless train sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival
- Inflatables sponsored by Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation
- Cedar Rapids Ice Arena/synthetic ice
- Papa Balloon
- Face painting
- Junior firefighter obstacle course
- Live DJ
- Paint in the Park – Tina Wing with Glitz and Glam will lead a family painting event
- Dance performances by local dance studios
- Cedar Rapids Public Library
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
We are proud to be a Freedom Festival Affiliated event! Admission to the BBQ Roundup is free with a Freedom Festival button and can be purchased at the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office. Buttons are $5/each and are cash-only.
The BBQ Roundup would not be possible without the support our community partners and sponsors. Thank to you to all of our community partners for your support over the past 31 years – if you have a chance, please patronize one of our outstanding partners.
A special thanks to our presenting sponsor, University of Iowa Credit Union
Thank you to all of our media partners for helping to promote the event!