The Long and Winding Road

The Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival is a community sponsored, volunteer operated event for the Paradise Center for the Arts. August 11th, 2018 will be the 10th year of this premier end of summer celebration for Faribault and the surrounding area. With a family oriented mix of live music, arts and crafts, BBQ competition, great food and activities for all ages the downtown area of Faribault becomes the focus for one day of foot traffic for friends and neighbors.

No Cover Charge!

"Nothing beats fun for having a good time." (Minnesota Barking Ducks-circa 1980) so once again on August 11, 2018 The 10th Annual Blue Collar BBQ & Arts Festival is FREE entry to all comers..

Schedule for Saturday August 11, 2018

As the Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival is a "live" event with many moving parts change is inevitable.

Please check back to verify information

Our Award Winning Main Stage Schedule for Saturday August 11, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
4:00 PM - 5:10 PM
6:40 PM - 8:40 PM
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Additional Events

NEW for Saturday August 11, 2018 we are adding a second stage!

We will be featuring a number of community acts, singers and dancers and actors and other unbelievable and unique purveyors of the arts! (Thanks to Roger Fette, Rob Varpa, Nick Hannon, Brandon and Joe Scaumann's wife)

1:00 PM

In addition the Paradise Community Theatre & 1855 Live Show will be doing mini-sets/story time throughout the day.


These are the companies and individuals who make the 2018 Blue Collar BBQ and Arts festival possible.

Meet Our Main Players

These are a few of the many groups and volunteers that make the BCBBQ run so smoothly.

The City of Faribault

The Paradise Center for the Arts Board of Directors

The Blue Collar BBQ and Arts Festival Committee

Special Thanks To:

City of Faribault Parks and Recreation Department

The River Church of Faribault Security Team

Jeff Millage - The Iron Horse Ranch

Met-Con Companies

Jay Valentyn - Cedar Lake Electric

Skip Schwartz - Faribo Plumbing

Roger Fette - Fette Productions

If you are interested in joining our team please send an email to

For more information Call 1-507-332-7372

Contact Form

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