Westport's sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival will pop up on Jesup Green this weekend. The festival combines the" best of what is essential in a family event: great music, delicious food and old-fashioned fun," a release from the organizers states.
Fans of Blues music, this is your weekend. Some of the best Blues performers in the business -- Royal Southern Brotherhood, Cactus, Chrstine Ohlman, and more -- will headline the two-day event.
There will be a BBQ, gourmet and specialty food marketplace and a food court filled with wood-fired, grilled and roasted food, handcrafted beer, premium liquor, wine, and other refreshments, according to the release.
A Kansas City Barbeque Society competition will crown the King or Queen of the backyard smokers in the “Cookin’ for a Cause” contest with proceeds benefitting The Westport Woman’s Club’s Food Closet.
Activities for every age include cooking demonstrations by top local chefs, eating contests, performances by the School of Rock, street performers, hoola hoops, karate demos, and more. Little ones can keep busy in the Kids’ Corral, which will feature free inflatables and bull riding.
The festival -- presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association -- will go on rain or shine Saturday and Sunday.
Here's all you need to know to enjoy your time at the sixth annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival:
Saturday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Jesup Green is adjacent to the Westport Library in the center of town.
At the door: Adults are $25/day; seniors and students (ages 13-20) are $15/day, kids 12 and under are free. Check out the festival's website for pre-event discounts.