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Peak City Pig Fest

  • 220 North Salem Street Apex, NC, 27502 United States (map)

Apex Sunrise Rotary is proud to present the 6th Annual Bone Suckin' Sauce Peak City Pig Fest, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), the nation’s leading BBQ sanctioning body.  48 cook teams will compete for more than $12,000 in prize money cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. The schedule for the day is listed below for your review.


The Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest is a BBQ competition and street festival in downtown Apex, NC and includes a number of activities and events.  Hang out at the beer garden for a drink, listen to music, or watch various contests.  Visit the cook team area behind the Halle Center to watch the masters at work or eat competition BBQ.  Walk the streets of downtown to see the various vendors, watch pig races, or bounce around in the kids area.

Beer Garden

  • Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm (Apex Chamber)

  • Enjoy live music, food, and drinks.  Featuring a full lineup of domestic beers, wine, and craft beers from Bombshell Beer Company, Brueprint Brewing Company, and Southern Peak Brewery

  • Beer must be purchased with a ticket - $5 each

  • Beer Garden Rules:

    • No strollers, smoking, or weapons

    • Must be at least 21 and have a valid photo ID to get a wristband

    • Wristbands are required for anyone drinking or purchasing alcohol 

    • We reserve the right to card any Beer Garden patron at any time

    • We reserve the right to refuse service to any person who is visibly intoxicated

Rib Eating Contest

  • Friday, 8pm (Beer Garden)

  • Apex Firefighter vs Police rib eating competition


Competition BBQ Sales

  • Saturday, 9am - 3pm, or while supplies last (Cook Team area)

  • The Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation will be selling BBQ cooked by various competition cook teams as a fundraiser

  • For $10, you will get a small plate of BBQ with a few sides


  • Friday (Beer Garden)

    • 5pm - 7:30pm: Butch Halpin & the Carolina Sounds

    • 7:30pm – 10:30pm: Peak City Sound

  • Saturday (Main Stage)

    • 10am – 11am: Thursday’s Flight

    • 11:15am – 12:45pm: Mountain Blue

    • 1pm – 2:45pm: RPM

    • 3pm – 5pm: Rolling Smoke

    • 6pm – 7:30pm: Friday’s Veil



  • Saturday, 9am - 5pm (Salem St)

  • Various food, drink, merchandise, and organizations

  • More information available on the Vendors page

Kids Area

  • Saturday, 9am - 5pm (Apex Baptist Church lot)

  • Various kids activities such as bounce houses and slides


Pig Races

  • Saturday, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm (Salem St)

  • Bring the kids to watch pigs and other animals race to the finish line


Anything Butt Competition

  • Friday, 7pm (Beer Garden)

  • Teams compete on non-BBQ dishes

  • More information available on the Anything Butt page


People's Choice Competitio

  • Saturday, tickets 11am (Info tent), judging 1:30pm - 3:30pm (Cook Team area)

  • You get to judge the cook teams!

  • More information available on the People's Choice page

Awards Ceremony

  • Saturday, 5pm (Main Stage)

  • Gather to see the results of the BBQ cook team competition


Earlier Event: June 17
N.C. MedAssist Pancakes & Beer 5K
Later Event: June 17