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Fort Myers only FREE barbecue event is back for another year! Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival returns to the Fort Myers River Basin for two days of food, music, and family fun on April 27th and 28th! Learn more about the delicious eats, great bands, and more below.

Meats, Sweets, and Other Treats

Barbecue lovers are always excited for Smoke on the Water! That’s because the best barbecuers from all over the South enter to win this Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event. Ten lucky vendors are able to serve to the public, so see if you can buy something smokey from each one! Plus, in addition to great barbecue vendors, sweets and sides vendors will be spread throughout the event, featuring cupcakes, fair foods, slushies, ice cream, and so much more! Retail vendors with everything from belt buckles to art will be selling their wares, so be sure to stop by and check out all their unique items.

Bands for Music Fans

smoke on the water | ben allen bandThe band lineup for this year’s Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival features some of the hottest acts in the Southeast! Friday, April 27th’s lineup begins at 6pm with Echoes, a show-stopping Pink Floyd tribute band. Then, at 8pm, experience one of the most acclaimed Beatles tribute acts, the Nowhere Band. The music starts early on Saturday, April 28th at 12pm with country artist Eli Mosley. Then, at 2pm enjoy Nashville singer Sarah Peacock, followed by country star Sheena Brook at 4pm. At 6pm, enjoy local blues rock favorites, the Electric Mud. Closing out this year’s show is country rockers the Ben Allen Band at 8pm!

Smoke on the Water 2018

Can you believe it’s FREE to get into such a great event? That’s right, entrance to Smoke on the Water is absolutely free, but you can purchase VIP tickets that come with special perks. The 5th Annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival would not be possible without all the terrific sponsors! This year’s proud sponsors are Victory Layne Chevrolet, Campo Felice, Advance Solar and Energy, The Lodge, City Tavern, Seminole Casino, iHeart Media & Cat Country, the City of Fort Myers, Suncoast Beverage, Budweiser, and the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Help us say thanks by attending Smoke on the Water on Friday, April 27th from 6pm – 10pm, and Saturday, April 28th from 11am – 10pm!

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