Backyard BBQ Festival ~

May 26 – 28, 2023

Join us as we begin the summer season with a weekend of barbeque, bourbon, music and fun kids’ activities at the 2nd annual Backyard BBQ Festival presented by The Glessner Group.

And on Saturday, May 27, enjoy a special live concert at Camp Russel featuring Collective Soul with special guests, The Clarks! Concert tickets for this Saturday event are on sale now.

Stay at Wilson Lodge from $229 per person

Make it a true fun-filled weekend and stay with us! 

Package Includes:

  • Two-night accommodations at Wilson Lodge
  • Mountaineer Breakfast Buffet each day
  • Backyard BBQ Festival admission
  • A concert ticket to the Saturday night Collective Soul concert
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*Package rate is per person based on double occupancy. Package rate is based on use of standard lodge rooms. Room upgrades are available for an additional fee. Package is subject to applicable taxes and fees and does not include gratuities. Rates subject to change.


  • Live Music photo

    Live Music

    Enjoy the sweet sounds of live music all weekend long featuring many of the area’s most acclaimed artists.

    And don’t miss the Tim McGraw & Faith Hill tribute band, McGraw Hill, on Sunday, May 28 at Levenson Shelter beginning at 7 p.m. with a fantastic fireworks show to follow.

    View the complete line-up of music below.

  • Collective Soul & The Clarks photo

    Collective Soul & The Clarks


    Saturday, May 27
    Camp Russel
    Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

    General Admission
    $60 per person
    Get Tickets

    Collective Soul VIP Experience Package
    $235 per person
    Package Includes:
    -1 General Admission Ticket
    -1 Meet and Greet Photo Opportunity with Collective Soul
    -1 Collective Soul Merchandise Package
    Get VIP Tickets

    Know Before You Go

  • Food Vendors photo

    Food Vendors

    Make sure you grab a bite to eat! Choose from a wide selection of cuisine from your favorite food vendors. 

    Jim’s Smokin’ Que
    R&G Smoke Shack
    Off the Bone BBQ
    740 BBQ
    Mason Dixon BBQ 
    Ig’s Pigs BBQ
    Martoni’s Fire Baked Pizza
    The Gringos Tacos
    Ideal Provisions (BBQ)
    Southpaw Eatz (Variety)
    Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream
    Sno Biz (Shaved Ice)
    Steel City Chimneys (Dessert)

  • Good Libations! photo

    Good Libations!

    Join us at our Shelter of Libations where you will enjoy a wide selection of craft and domestic beer, a fantastic assortment of wine, and a bourbon tasting station that will surely put you behind the barrel.

    Bourbon Tasting:
    Friday 5 – 9 p.m.
    Saturday 1 – 6 p.m.
    Sunday 1 – 8 p.m.

  • Pit Master Demonstrations photo

    Pit Master Demonstrations

    Watch and learn as expert pit masters will perform demonstrations that include prepping and cooking delicious barbeque at our ‘Que School. 

    Saturday, May 27 
    1:00 p.m. | Intro to BBQ (Smokers, Sauces, and Wood)
    4 p.m. | Whole Hog Prep and Display

    Sunday, May 28
    1:00 p.m. | BBQ Appetizers
    4:00 p.m. | Whole Hog Prep and Display

  • Little Piggy Play Station photo

    Little Piggy Play Station

    Our Little Piggy Play Station includes a bouncy house, bubble zone, and magic show that will keep children of all ages entertained all day.

    View hours on the event schedule below. 

Weekend Schedule of Events

All events take place at Levenson Shelter, main concert at Camp Russel.

Friday, May 26
5 p.m. | Festival Opens
5 – 6:30 p.m. | Live Music: Zane Run – Stage A
5 – 9 p.m. | Bourbon Tasting
6 – 9 p.m. | Little Piggy Inflatables
7 – 9 p.m. | Live Music: Trailer Park Ninjas – Stage A

Saturday, May 27
11 a.m. | Festival Opens
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Live Music: Daniel Welsh
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Strolling Magic 
12:30 – 3 p.m. | Live Music: The Muddle – Stage A
1 p.m. | Que School: Intro to BBQ (Smokers, Sauces, and Wood)
1 – 5 p.m. | Little Piggy Inflatables
1 – 6 p.m. | Bourbon Tasting
3 – 6 p.m. | Balloon Twisting
3:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Live Music: Punching Oswald – Stage A 
4 p.m. | Que School: Whole Hog Prep and Display
5:30 p.m. | Camp Russel Gates Open for Main Concert
7:30 p.m. | The Clarks – Stage B (Tickets Required)
9 p.m. | Collective Soul – Stage B (Tickets Required)

Sunday, May 28
11 a.m. | Festival Opens
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Live Music: Jason Treuman – Stage A
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Strolling Magic 
12:30 – 3 p.m. | Live Music: Tammy Jo & Iron Horse – Stage A
1 p.m. | Que School: BBQ Appetizers
1 – 8 p.m. | Bourbon Tasting
2 – 8 p.m. | Little Piggy Inflatables
3 – 6 p.m. | Balloon Twisting
3 – 6 p.m. | Live Music: Billy The Kid & the Regulators – Stage A
4 p.m. | Que School: Whole Hog Prep and Display 
6:30 p.m. | Color Guard Ceremony presented by American Legion Post 1
7 p.m. | Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Tribute Band – Stage A
Fireworks Following the Show!

*Schedule subject to change