It'll be hard to miss the smell of BBQ in Cedar Rapids this weekend! The 30th annual Cedar Rapids BBQ Roundup will kick off this Thursday afternoon and run through Sunday evening.

The 4-day event will be one again held at the McGrath Amphitheatre, with six national vendors serving up some delicious food. Those vendors include:

  • Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ
  • Big Boned BBQ
  • Blazin’ Bronco BBQ & Rib Co.
  • Carolina Rib King
  • Porky Chick
  • Smokin’ Butt BBQ

Each day of the event will have a different theme and different live musicians. Here's a quick rundown of each day:

  • Thursday, June 21st
    • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Patriotic Night
    • Free lunch admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Free lunch trolley from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (view route HERE)
    • Live music from B.F. BurtLayton WhiteDJ Darius BallardCJ Ryder & The Past Masters, and Municipal Band
    • Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22nd
    • 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Rock Night
    • Free lunch admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Free lunch trolley from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (view route HERE)
    • Live music from Casey Klein, The UnincorporatedBad AuthorityFLEX, and Slap ‘n’ Tickle
    • Margaritas & Canvas Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($40 per person) - get registered HERE
  • Saturday, June 23rd
    • 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Country Night
    • Live music from Les OlhauserTom GrubbCedar Junction BandWooden Nickel Lottery, and Lonesome Road
    • Beerfest from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ($30 in advance, $35 day-of) - Tickets are available for purchase at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office (cash only)
  • Sunday, June 24th
    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Family Fun Day
    • Live music from DJ Darius Ballard
    • BBQ Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

I've gone to the BBQ Roundup the last two years and I love it SO MUCH. To get you in the mood, here are some of the meals I've enjoyed: