Blues, Brews & Barbecue

Downtown Allentown Events

On Saturday, June 8, 2019 - BLUES, BREWS & BARBECUE returns! From 12 Noon to 10 pm enjoy great brews and BBQ, a variety of craft vendors and of course, rockin' Blues music ALL DAY LONG. 

Over 20,000 Blues enthusiasts gather in downtown Allentown each year for our annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival. They come to listen to incredible Blues musicians with international prominence, to sample amazing BBQ from all around the US and to drink delicious craft and domestic brew – all right here in the heart of Downtown Allentown! 

Spanning SIX stages of FREE music, the festival will stretch from 9th & Hamilton Streets down to 5th Street incorporating the LV Building Trades Stage at the PPL Plaza Stage, Allentown Brew Works Biergarten Stage, The Hamilton Kitchen Stage, Queen City BBQ Stage, the Bell Hall Stage and the Tacos Y Tequila Stage. 

Kids Art Experience: For the kids, and the young at heart, stop by the Kids Art Experience presented by the Cultural Coalition of Allentown (CCA) at The Archive space located at 627 Hamilton Street. Kids can participate in a variety of activities including, a Book & Puppet Interactive Puppet Show, a CCA Craft Table, mural projects with artists, Rachel Jackson and Pedro LeDee, plus more!

Schedule of Performances

LV Building Trades Stage at the PPL Plaza
2-3 p.m. - Nick Andrew Staver
4:30-6 p.m. - The Craig Thatcher Band
6:45-8:15 p.m. - Vanessa Collier
8:30-10 p.m. - Brandon 'Taz' Niederauer

Fegley's Biergarten Stage
1-2 p.m. - Norman Taylor
3-4:15 p.m. - Jack Adams Band

The Hamilton Kitchen Stage
1-2 p.m. - Chaz DePaolo
3-4:30 p.m. - The BC Combo
5:45-7:15 p.m. - King Solomon Hicks

Queen City BBQ Stage
2-3 p.m. - Pentley Holmes
4:30-5:45 p.m. - Supra Ayers Band

The Bell Hall Stage
1-2 p.m. - Phyllis Hopkins Trio
3-4:30 p.m. - Little Monkeys
5:45-7 p.m. - Tavern Tan

Tacos Y Tequila Stage
1:30-2:45 p.m. - The Groove Merchants
3-4:15 p.m. - Deb Callahan
4:30-6 p.m. - James Armstrong
6:30-8 p.m. - Slam Allen

Late Night Performances
9:30 p.m. - midnight
Fillet of Soul Blues Band at Fegley's Allentown Brew Works
The Groove Merchants at The Hamilton Kitchen
The BC Combo at Queen City BBQ

Wondering what food and craft vendors we have in store? Click here for a list!

Presenting Sponsor: City Center Allentown

Other sponsors include: the City of Allentown, PPL, PPL Center, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Northstar, Bennett Automotive, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Action Party Rental, Dr. McGillicuddy’s,  Allentown Brew Works, Bell Hall, Queen City BBQ, The Hamilton Kitchen, Tacos Y Tequila, Alvin H. Butz, Inc., ESSA Bank & Trust, RCN, BB&T, Green Mountain Energy, The Morning Call, Renaissance Allentown Hotel, Lehigh Valley Style, WDIY, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Martin Guitar, Wegmans, assembly88, Sarott Design, AmericaVen, County of Lehigh and Roberson Butz Architects.


We need volunteers! Get a group or sign up individually to help us make it a great day! Click here to sign up!