BBQ, Brews & Blues in Reno

Festival fare, 50+ microbreweries, free live entertainment and Brewfest Beer Olympics

Reno, Nev. – THE ROW’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival returns to the streets of downtown Reno for its 26th year, June 16-17. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of Nevada’s best barbecue while sampling a variety of brews and beverages distributed from more than 50 microbreweries.

Free live entertainment will include performances from The Music of Chicago starring Chicago co-founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Danny Seraphine and Jeff Coffee former lead singer of Chicago along with Purple Reign and many more festival favorites. Keep your eyes peeled for a special guest appearance from famous actor and comedian, Vince Vaughn who will be partaking in this year’s festival festivities.

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Signature festival food!

THE ROW’s signature festival food will be available at Gregg’s BBQ Pit, including St. Louis-style barbecue ribs, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork. Guests can enjoy traditional fixings like creamy coleslaw, barbecue baked beans and cornbread, as well as the popular Geno’s Smoked New York Steak Flatbread. Other food booths will offer chili cheese dogs, Nashville hot chicken sandwiches, smokey chicken wings, street tacos, funnel cakes, shaved ice and much more.

Beer tasting package

Beer-tasting packages for the 26th annual event are on sale now and can be purchased in advance for $40+ per person for a one-day pass and $65+ per person for a two-day pass. The price of passes will increase on the day of the event. Tickets include a commemorative tasting mug and an unlimited beer-tasting wristband for the purchased timeframe.

New to this year’s festival is the Tap Tent VIP experience which includes all-you-can-eat BBQ and unlimited beverages all within a spacious and shaded seating area in perfect proximity to the main stage. Tap Tent tickets start at $133 and are available for purchase online.

Breweries attending this year include The Brew Brothers, Able Baker Brewing, SweetWater Brewery, Heretic Brewing, Belching Beaver, BrewDog, Pigeon Head Brewery, Wonder Aleworks, Hop Valley Brewing, Cascades Lake Brewing, Dust Bowl Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., and many more.

Tickets at Ticketmaster

Brewfest Beer Olympics

Additionally, the festival will feature Brewfest Beer Olympics. Participants will put their drinking and physical strength to the test as teams of four compete in different obstacles and challenges for the 26th Annual BBQ, Brews and Blues Beer Olympics Champion title. Brewfest Beer Olympics is open to the public both Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, from 3-7 p.m. The festival will also include corn hole tournaments, camel rides and much more.

Entertainment Schedule

Subject to change

Friday, June 16

3rd Street Stage
3:00 p.m. Jason King Blues Band
5:00 p.m. Buddy Emmer Blues Band Featuring Kyle Rowland
7:00 p.m. Shane Dwight

4th Street Stage
4:30 p.m. Maxx Cabello Jr
6:30 p.m. Purple Reign

Saturday, June 17

3rd Street Stage
11:30 a.m. Briefcase Blues Brothers
1:30 p.m. Buddy Emmer Blues Band featuring Joey Delgado
3:30 p.m. Jelly Bread
5:30 p.m. Maxx Cabello Jr
7:30 p.m. Coco Montoya

4th Street Stage
12:00 p.m. Jason King Blues Band
2:00 p.m. Bad Moon Rising
4:00 p.m. The Outlaw Mariachi
6:00 p.m. Shane Dwight
8:00 p.m. The Music of Chicago starring Chicago co-founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Danny Seraphine and Jeff Coffee former lead singer of Chicago.

Festival hours are from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 16, and 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17, with beer tasting ending three hours before the festival’s end time.

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