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Darius Rucker and band on stageIn late October, as many as 200,000 visitors experience Lexington first hand during the signature annual Barbecue Festival. As cited by Wikipedia, "the annual event is listed in the book 1000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before-You-Die, a part of the series based on the best-selling 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. In 2012, the US News and World Report ranked Lexington as #4 on its list of the best cities for barbecue."  

In 2014, CNN ranked the City of Lexington as #5 in the list of 12 best meat cities in America! BBQ Festival 2016

In June 2016, Fox News featured Lexington's Barbecue Festival as one of America's Top 10 ultimate barbecue festivals based on a contest promoted by USA TODAY allowing Barbecue Lovers to vote for their favorite BBQ Festival. Lexington's Barbecue Festival made the cut!

The festival consists of hundreds of exhibitors, multiple stages of free entertainment showcasing tremendous artists, and of course the world famous Lexington style barbecue.

Find out for yourself at this year's 33rd Annual Barbecue Festival to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 

National Geographic cites Lexington's Barbecue Festival in the list of Free to See: 20 U.S. Food and Drink Events; while the Huffington Post lists the festival as one of  America's 14 Best Small-Town Festivals.  

Bigger and better than ever, the 30th Annual Festival held in 2013 demonstrated why the Barbecue Festival has also been recognized as one of the Top Ten Food Festivals in the U.S.A. by Travel and Leisure Magazine and as one of the Top Ten Great Places to Celebrate Food by USA Today! 

Pictured left to right: Country music artist Darius Rucker performed at the 2013 Barbecue Festival. American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson, performed at the 31st Barbecue Festival in 2014!    

Darius Rucker on stage at BBQ FestivalCaleb Johnson performing at barbecue festival

BBQ Capital Cook-off 

BBQ Competitor Awards (Photo by Jennifer Westmoreland/ Courtesy of SouthComm Publishing Co.)Held annually in April, the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ Capital Cook-Off attracts more than 45,000 visitors to Uptown Lexington. The two day event serves as the ideal complement to Lexington's signature annual Barbecue Festival in October. The competition is stiff with as many as 73 teams competing for approximately $17,000 prize purse, especially with the addition of the Old North State Series. Previous events have brought competitors from as far away as Australia. The BBQ Capital Cook-off is a fund raising event held by Uptown Lexington, Inc.. The event includes live music, activities for children, food vendors, and the Southern Gateway Wine Festival showcasing wine from area vineyards.

Third time winner in Lexington, Jay Reeder Competing in 2013 Cook-off"Two Old Men and a Grill", a local team from Cherryville, North Carolina, was named the Grand Champion of the Fifth Annual BBQ Capital Cook-off.  Lexington welcomes and congratulates all participants in this signature event!

View video highlights of the 5th Annual BBQ Cook-off in 2015. Photographs and video courtesy of Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch


Multicultural Festival and Fantastic 4th of July Festival

American Indian Performs shawl danceLexington presents the Multicultural Festival the first weekend in May. The festival day is packed full of history, culture, art, music, food and dance the whole family will enjoy. Then on July 4th, energizing sounds and spectacular colors fill the night sky as the annual Fantastic 4th Festival comes to Finch Park. In addition to the evening’s firework display, the day offers special amusements and activities for all ages.  


Golf and Recreation  

High Rock Lake (Photo by GeoCore Films/ Courtesy of SouthComm Publishing Co.)

To accommodate a healthy lifestyle, the City of Lexington provides an extensive list of recreational alternatives. Facilities include parks, tennis courts, athletic fields, walking trails, pools, and basketball courts conveniently located around Lexington.  Activity programs are available for all ages. 

Completely renovated in 2004, the City’s municipally owned 18-hole championship golf course, Lexington Golf Club was voted "Top 5 Public Renovations of the Year for 2004" by Golf Inc. Magazine. Book your tee time today!

Visit these additional links for more information about local events and attractions:

Visit Lexington, NC    Map of Local Attractions in Davidson County    High Rock Lake    Lexington Community Links 

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