Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Big Gig BBQ

$5K Giveaway, First Amateur Rib Cooking Competition & Music Lineup Revealed

By - Aug 16th, 2018 05:00 am

MILWAUKEE, WI (August 16, 2018) –  The 3rd Annual Big Gig BBQ, produced by Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. will take place on Sunday, September 2, 2018, from Noon-7:00 p.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park. Admission and parking are FREE.  Big Eats from 15 local vendors, Big Music (lineup below), and Big Fun, including water games hosted by the Milwaukee Fire Department and family picnic games, will be featured at this year’s event. Plus, all Big Gig BBQ attendees (who have entered by 4:00 p.m.) have the opportunity to win $5,000 Cash in the 5K Giveaway! (Winner must be present to win). The drawing will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage. Complete rules and details can be found at

For the first time, the Big Gig BBQ is hosting an Amateur BBQ Rib Competition, open to local backyard BBQ enthusiasts who want to showcase their best rib recipe. Cash prizes will be awarded.  Teams interested in participating are encouraged to apply by Friday, August 24, 2018. Official rules and online application can be found at

Two stages at the Big Gig BBQ will feature live music– the lineup includes:

  • Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard with Coors Light:
    • 12:00 p.m. –      Cadillac Pete and The Heat
    • 2:30 p.m. –       WILDSIDE
    • 5:00 p.m. –       Crossfire
  • Harley-Davidson™ Roadhouse with Miller High Life:
    • 12:00 p.m. –      Spitfire Rodeo
    • 2:00 p.m. –       The Blues Disciples
    • 4:30 p.m. –       Christopher’s Project

For more details on The Big Gig BBQ sponsored by Miller Lite, visit

In addition, other events at Henry Maier Festival Park Labor Day weekend include the four-day Katancha Rock, Rally & Roll, August 30-September 2nd, on the North End of the grounds, featuring the ultimate destination for motorcycle aftermarket parts, vendors, entertainment, and more. Then, on Saturday, September 1, 2018, seven-time GRAMMY® award-winning trio Lady Antebellum and multi-platinum recording artist Darius Rucker bring their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR with special guest Russell Dickerson to the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Tickets for Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are available now at,, at the Summerfest Box Office in person, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, select Walmart stores, and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line). Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at to print barcoded concert tickets from home. Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.

About Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. is an independent, private 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1965 that produces Summerfest, presented by American Family Insurance, an 11-day festival that generates approximately $186 million in direct and indirect economic impact for the community each year.  Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. also maintains Henry Maier Festival Park, located on 75 acres on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI.  In addition to Summerfest, Henry Maier Festival Park hosts a variety of ethnic and cultural festivals, concerts, walks, runs, and other special events, attracting nearly 1.3 million people.

The mission of the organization is to promote an understanding of different ethnic cultures, the histories and traditions of various nationalities, harmony in the community, civic pride and provide a showcase for performing arts, activities and recreation for the public and employment opportunities for the youth of the community.

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