Carnival included in price of ticket,
ride as many times as you want!



Thursday, July 14 Gates open at 4:00 pm

Entrance to Event at the Gate $10

Centrue Bank Stage


BBQ Fest Karaoke Contest-----------5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Donnie Lee Strickland
----------------6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Usual Chaos------------------------------7:05 – 7:45 p.m.
Luxury Pork------------------------------8:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Saliva---------------------------------------9:30 – 10:30 p.m.



Friday, July 15 Gates open at 12:00 pm

Early Bird Special: from the hours of 12:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. entrance is only $10 after 3:00 pm entrance is $25

Centrue Bank Stage

Poison'd Crue-------------6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Another Lost Year
-------7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Quiet Riot
----------------- 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Vince Neil----------------- 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.
The Legendary Voice of Motley Crüe



Saturday, July 16 Gates open at 12:00 pm

Early Bird Special: from the hours of 12:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. entrance is only $10 after 3:00 p.m. entrance is $25

Centrue Bank Stage

Forgotten Highway ---------------------4:00 – 4:40 p.m.
Donnie Lee Strickland-----------------4:45 – 5:05 p.m.
Stephen Neal-----------------------------5:15 – 5:55 p.m.
Jason Miler---------------------------------6:20 – 7:00 p.m.
Sister C--------------------------------------7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Brothers Osbourne----------------------8:45 – 9:45 p.m.
Frankie Ballard---------------------------10:15 – 11:30 p.m.


This is a rain or shine event, no refunds.

Booking Vendors for 2016

Please click the link below for contract.
Download, fill out and send in your contract along with your down payment of $75 to secure your place in the 2016 BBQ Fest.

Mail to: KVPD Attn/BBQ Fest, 893 W. Station St., Kankakee, IL 60901
Fax: 815-933-7338 No reservation without down payment.

We are filled up for Merchandise Vendors as of 6/01/2016!

We are filled up for Non BBQ Food Vendors as of 4/28/16!

We are filled up with BBQ Competitors as of 3/15/16!



2016 BBQ Competition Vendors

The competitors will be receiving their competition regulations and meat cuts on Thursday, July 14, 2016. They will cook on property overnight until judging begins. There will be no cooking for competition off site. The BBQ competition categories include Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, and Misc. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each category. The overall first place winner will also be refunded the $200 booth fee.

Judging will take place on Friday, July 15th on the Pepsi Stage (near boat ramp) and begin at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

An award ceremony will follow the judging.

Judging is done by Jim Rowe candidate for States Attorney and Dan Hendrickson of the Kankakee County Clerk's Office.

Categories for the competition are Pork, Chicken, Beef, Sauce, BBQ Misc.
Judging is based on a weighted scoring method as follows:
42 Tenderness, 38 for Taste, and 20 for appearance for a total of 100 points.

Our Competitors for 2016 are:

2016 Competition Results

2015 Competition Results

2014 Competition Results


Meat donations are made by Texas RoadHouse, Tucci's Italian Restaurant and Berkot's Supermarkets
Please show your support to these local establisments by stopping by and letting them know we thank them for supporting our Fest!!!!





All Inclusive Carnival

Carnival is included in the price of admission. It's open every day that the fest is open.

Bean Bag Competition

This event will take place Saturday, July 16, 2016

Congratulations to the 2015 Bags Competition Winners:
Runner up team consists of Michael Reynolds & Eddie Leviner and
winning team Team Turrell consisted of Nathan and Greg Turrell on the far right.


Click here to download registration form

BBQ Fest Car,
Truck & Motorcycle

No entry fee! Saturday, July 16, 2016
Registration/Check In: 11:00 am
Event Time: 12:00–4:00 pm

Link for registration to Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show!

There will be peoples choice judging awarding 8 trophies.

Brought to you by Steve's Key City Auto Sales





Click here for poster for this event


Daily Concert Pass or VIP Concert Pass


Pre-Sale has ended!
Regularly priced tickets available at:

Roger's Tattoo in Bradley, IL

189 N. Kinzie, Bradley IL or by cc (815) 939-2850

Ryleigh's Cafe, Manteno IL

6 a.m. - 4 a.m., 54 North Oak, Manteno, IL


Status salon & Day spa

215 N Convent St # 1, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
(815) 936-0308


The Village Pub

225 W. Broadway St., Bradley, IL 60915
(815) 939-7696


The Looney Bin

201 S Schuyler Ave, Bradley, IL 60915
(815) 936-0308



360 S E Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901
(815) 401-5209

You can purchase tickets online at:



Pricing includes all Carnival rides,
Activities and Entertainment!



Cost: Thursday $10 Family Appreciation All Day

Upgrade to V.I.P. for $20.

Cost: Friday $10, 12–3, after 3:00 p.m. $25
Upgrade to V.I.P. for $40

Cost: Saturday $10, 12–3, after 3:00 p.m. $25
Upgrade to V.I.P. for $40


If you leave the park and return $5 re-entry fee.
>>>> Kids 2 yrs & Under are FREE! <<<<


Click to map below for more details.

There is no physical address for BBQ Fest, it takes place inside River Road Park.
For GPS purposes you can enter 1895 River Road, Kankakee, IL 60901. Turn left into the park.
Once you are here follow the road until it dead ends, this is where the fest takes place.

For vendor information please call 815.939.1311 ext. 707 to inquire about availability.

To be a volunteer please fill out the waiver and send it to the KVPD Administration Office.
Be sure to include your name, age, and phone number with time in which you can be reached.

Check back in from time to time as information is constantly updated. . .
• Rain or Shine NO REFUNDS
• Please Redeem at KVPD Booth
• Not Responsible for Lost or Stolen Tickets


Holiday Inn Express Official 2014 BBQ Fest Hotel Sponsor
62 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Hilton Garden Inn
455 RiverStone Parkway, Kankakee
Book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn

Hampton Inn
60 Ken Hayes Drive, Bourbonnais

Comfort Inn & Suites
1500 N. State Route 50, Bourbonnais
815-401-5043 Ask for BBQ Fest rate

Quality Inn & Suites
800 N Kinzie Ave., Bradley
Direct link to Bradley Quality Inn & Suites Book a room at Quality Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn
1550 State Rt.50 N, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Fairfield Inn

Country Inn & Suites
380 S Cypress Street, Manteno
Manteno Country Inns & Suites

Economy Inn
2125 South Rt. 45-52, Kankakee

Howard Johnson
157 Cypress, Manteno
Direct link to Manteno Howard Johnson

Motel 6
1311 State Rt. 50, Bourbonnais

Super 8
1390 N Locke Drive, Bourbonnais
Book a room at Super 8


Want to Get Your Business Noticed?
Be a Sponsor!


Thanks to all the Sponsors of this event:























The Kankakee Valley Park Foundation is the sole proprietor of the 2016 KVPD BBQ Fest.