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Choose Between Two Options
- $13 for two tickets to the festival (up to a $12 value each) and one bottle of barbecue sauce (a $2 value; up to a $26 total value)
- $26 for four tickets to the festival (up to a $12 value each) and two bottles of barbecue sauce (a $2 value each; up to a $52 total value)
On Saturday, June 1, guests can stop by the fourth annual festival from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at DeBardeleben Park in Bessemer. Gates open at noon. Parking is free, and kids 12 and younger get in free. Guests can pick up their bottle of barbecue sauce and tickets at the event gate or beforehand at Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q.
At the festival, guests can visit the Fish Market Restaurant for food items, including a boiled shrimp plate with potatoes and cole slaw ($10), or an array of items from Bob Sykes BBQ Restaurant, including entrees such as a pork plate ($10) or rib plate ($12) with two sides, and sides such as fries ($2.50) and potato saled ($2). There will also be free giveaways from the festival's sponsors, as well as live music acts from national and local blues musicians from 1–9 p.m., including Victor Wainwright, who was named Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.
Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets, but coolers and pets are not allowed.
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
For the last three years, more than 2,000 people have congregated in DeBardeleben Park for one of the most anticipated events of the summer: the Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival. There, guests can enjoy the summer sun while listening to local and national blues acts, grabbing a plate of Bob Sykes’s famous ribs, or watching kids play on the inflatable slides. Crafts and activities draw festivalgoers’ attention throughout the day, with the food booths attracting crowds all day, as well as the face-painting booth and cool picnicking spots under the trees. Blues music filters through the open air like frisbees who can’t find their owners, culminating with artist Nikki Hill as the sun sets over the park.
A portion of the festival's proceeds benefit Hands On Birmingham and the Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation.