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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!"

The festival consists of hundreds of exhibitors, multiple stages of free entertainment showcasing tremendous artists, and of course the world famous Lexington style barbecue!  Bear in mind this is not a barbecue tasting competition.  Instead, local restaurants band together to serve up the volume of Lexington style barbecue that the crowds draw. 

Bigger and better than ever, the 30th Annual Festival held in 2013 demonstrated why the Barbecue Festival has 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!  The following photos from the 2013 and 2014 festivals were shared courtesy of Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch.

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.)The 5th Annual BBQ Capitol Cook-off is scheduled for April 24-25, 2015! Held annually in April, the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ Capital Cook-Off is a two day event that has attracted more than 45,000 visitors to Uptown Lexington, serving as the ideal complement to Lexington's signature annual Barbecue Festival in October. The competition is stiff with as many as 77 teams competing for a $15,900 prize purse, with the recent 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. and sponsored by the Bank of the Carolinas. The event includes live music, activities for children, food vendors, and the Southern Gateway Wine Festival, showcasing wine from area vineyards.

Jay Reeder Competing in 2013 Cook-offCongratulations to all 2014 winners! "Smokin' Skullies", a local team from Raleigh, North Carolina, was named the Grand Champion of the Fourth Annual BBQ Capital Cook-off. Hats off to all participants for their hard work!

View video highlights of the 4th Annual BBQ Cook-off in 2014. Photographs and video courtesy of Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch


Multicultural Festival and Fantastic 4th of July Festival

Chinese Assoc Performers-Courtesy of Donnie Roberts/The DispatchLexington 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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Last updated: 12/3/2014 1:26:19 PM