2017 Event Information
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About the 2016 Big Gig BBQ

The Big Gig BBQ

When & Where

Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
Rain or shine

This Labor Day weekend, you’ll find the best BBQ in town on the south end of Henry Maier Festival Park. Presented by Meijer, the Big Gig BBQ will be serving up smoky ribs, savory brisket and signature BBQ from ten of the best local and national cookers. An officially sanctioned event of the Milwaukee Rally, the Big Gig BBQ will feature two stages of live entertainment, including a national headliner, and the finest beer. There’s no backyard BBQ that can compete with this party!

2017 Food & Drink

Coming Soon!

Atlas BBQ
Atlas BBQ

Atlas BBQ has been serving great BBQ in Grafton, WI since 2012. Best known for the three B's - BBQ, Beer and Bourbon, Atlas BBQ takes great pride in making BBQ from scratch daily and featuring unique interpretations of world BBQ.

Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit truly speaks Barbecue. Famous for their Texas style barbecue with meats that are smoked slow with real hickory wood every day on site – it’s no wonder why Dickey’s is known for some of the world’s best barbecue since 1941.

Double B’s BBQ and Burgers
Double B’s BBQ and Burgers

Promising “Serious BBQ,” Double B’s is a local favorite from West Allis that boasts award winning wings and some of the best smoked BBQ in the Milwaukee area.

Famous Dave’s
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que

Famous Dave’s passion for BBQ is famous! Their pitmasters slow cook quality meats to perfection with smoldering hickory logs and hand-rubbed fresh spices.


Specializing in “Low Country” cooking of the Carolinas, Creole and Cajun cooking of Louisiana and traditional slow-smoked Southern BBQ, Maxie’s is a local favorite for southern comfort food.


Family owned and operated by the Picciurro Family since 1942, Pitch’s is locally and nationally famous for their bar-b-que baby back pork ribs and chicken as well as seafood, steaks and chops.

Saz’s State House
Saz’s State House

From BBQ baby back ribs and pulled pork sandwiches to their famous combination platter of mozzarella sticks, sour cream & chive fries and cheese curds, Saz’s is celebrating 40 years of providing “The Finest” in dining and service.

Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ
Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ

Housed in the second oldest restaurant in the State of Wisconsin, Silver Spur serves slow-cooked, high quality meat Texas style, with smoky BBQ sauce on the side.

Smoke Shack
Smoke Shack

Smoke Shack serves only certified humanely raised meats that are dry rubbed, slow smoked and sauced by you.

Charcoal Grill and Rotisserie
The Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie

A staple in Wisconsin BBQ, The Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie serves up a hearty menu of savory favorites and “smokes out” local festivals every summer, including Summerfest.

Miller Lite
Blue Moon

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of beer too! Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy products from Miller Lite, Leinenkugel’s, Blue Moon and more.


Brigg's and Stratton stage

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard and the South Pavilion will be home to live entertainment including country, rock and blues music.


Please check back for 2016 ticket information.


The following items are ALLOWED at the Big Gig BBQ:

  • Umbrellas 
  • Strollers
  • Small Camera
  • Small Bag or Purse
  • Drawstring backpacks are allowed

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at the Big Gig BBQ:

  • Backpacks
  • Large Bags over 9X10X12 inches
  • Camelback style hydration packs
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Cans or glass bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs or substances
  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Weapons or objects that could be used as weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Professional grade cameras or video equipment
  • Professional recording devices
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • “Selfie sticks”
  • Banners or flags on poles
  • Laser pointers
  • Lawn chairs
  • Skateboards or skates
  • Wagons
  • Kites
  • Frisbees
  • Other carry-ins as determined by management

NOTICE:  Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 943.12(1M) (c) (3), individuals may not enter or remain at Henry Maier Festival Park while carrying a firearm, at any “special event.” A “special event” is defined in Wisconsin Statute 943.13(1e) (h). All events at Henry Maier Festival Park are special events, as defined in Wisconsin Statute 943.13(1e) (h).

Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 943.13(1M) (b), an individual may not enter or remain at Henry Maier Festival Park while concealing or openly carrying any knife. Any permissions given by any Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. employee that are in conflict with this notice are void.  Failure to comply by this notice will result in immediate ejection from Henry Maier Festival Park, without refund, and violators will be subject to the fullest penalty under the law.


Event Map
Event Map
Getting Here

Don’t know how to get Henry Maier Festival Park? Directions for the best route will be posted closer to the event.

 Get Around Guide


Please check back for parking information.

 2016 Sponsors

A special thank you to our 2016 presenting sponsor, Meijer. The 2016 Big Gig BBQ was also sponsored by Miller Lite and wass an officially sanctioned event of the Milwaukee Rally.


Miller Lite

Milwaukee Rally

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Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
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Milwaukee WI 53202
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