One town over from Saluda and The Oaks B&B is the wonderful town of Tryon.  Just the 15 minute drive down a winding, scenic mountain pass between the towns is an event in itself!  To top it off, the 2017 Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday June 9 and 10 at Harmon Field in Tryon!  Stay at The Oaks, eat BBQ, listen to music – sounds like Blue Ridge heaven!

Tickets are only $8 and the parking is free. 

Two Nights of Live Music!

Located in the heart of the festival, the Main Stage hosts the big acts and headliners. There’s lots of space to dance in front of the stage and, when the sun goes down, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on! The Riverside Stage, located in an idyllic spot along the Pacolet River, is a more intimate venue. It features a variety of entertainment including some Main Stage performers who enjoy being closer to their audiences, some “Up-and-Comers,” just trying out their wings, and also the occasional specialty act – like a magic show aimed at the children, for instance.

For more information on the Festival’s entertainment schedule and lineup, visit our Festival Music page

Foothills Craft Fair

Bring your canvas shopping bag and prepare to be delighted by the fine items in the Foothills Crafts Fair. Dotted along the Pacolet River, many of our artisans demonstrate their skills and enjoy chatting with you about their craft. 


If you like your food cooked low and slow, then step right up and order some of our BBQ. The folks selling ‘Q in the infield area are also competing for prizes and championship status in our contest, so you know you’re getting the best of the best! We only invite a small handful of our cookers — most of whom are also professional restaurateurs and caterers — to vend to our festival goers.

What would a food event be without delicious sweets and treats? Every year we invite many different food vendors to apply and then we cull the cream of the crop to offer you all of your favorites and maybe a few new delights, too! Thirsty? You can find exotic beers as well as wine by the glass in the Beergarden/Vineyard Tent. Our BBQ vendors have tea, and please check out our Non-BBQ Food Vendors for other beverages such as fresh-squeezed lemonade. 

Hog Heaven!

The heart and the soul of Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival is where the competitive cook teams set up their rigs to vie for prestige, cash prizes. and awards in the North Carolina State Barbecue Championship. Although the smell of sweet and spicy smoke will make your mouth water in anticipation, there is no food sold to the public in the competition area—only in the infield area.

On Friday, the teams may compete in our annual “Anything But” and “Dessert” events (Anything But refers to any entrees other than the four categories required in the Main event—chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket). Celebrity judges (special friends of the Festival) are invited to participate under the direction of KCBS certified judges. These events take place in the Open Air Gym late Friday afternoon.  

Special Events (SATURDAY ONLY)

  • Hawg Run – This is a Poker Run originating in Greenville and terminating at the Festival on Saturday. There will be a prize for the best poker hand. Visit the Hawg Run page to learn more and to enter.
  • Classic Car Show, Come enjoy a stroll back in time as antique car owners share their lovingly restored/maintained cars. Great fun for the whole family! To learn more, of if you have a car you’d like to display, visit the Car Show page.

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