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Friday, April 26, 6pm – 10pm • Saturday, April 27, 11am – 10pm

Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival returns to downtown Fort Myers on April 26th and 27th! Enjoy tasty barbecue, rocking tunes, and fun for the whole family! Don’t miss this Florida Barbecue Associate sanctioned event, featuring cook teams from all over the South competing for a chance to win.

Music line up coming soon!

Your GA ticket includes admission to the event, does not include other purchases.

GA Tickets available for purchase at event entrances.

Your VIP ticket includes a free meal, 3 free drink tickets, access to VIP seating area, and a Smoke on the Water t-shirt!

(VIP tickets are available for Saturday only).

6pm The Killa Watts

8pm The Nowhere Band & The Zstonez

12pm Deb & The Dynamics

2pm Rosaline

4pm The Electric Mud

6pm Sheena Brook

8pm Ben Allen Band

Do we have to pay to get in?

Admission is a $1 donation fee. Food, drink, and merchandise is not included. VIP tickets are available for Saturday only, and include a free meal, 3 free drink tickets, access to VIP seating area, and a Smoke on the Water t-shirt! Go VIP



Where can we park for the event?

Parking is available throughout downtown Fort Myers. Scroll down to find more information on parking, lodging, and directions.  

Will the trolley bring me there?

Yes, the trolley will bring you very close to the event.


What is prohibited from bringing to the event?

Coolers, outside beverages, and weapons are not allowed inside the event. Plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the event. However, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are encouraged for sitting in grassy areas.



Is the food free?

Admission is free, but food is not. There will be plenty of food available for purchase from vendors.


Are pets allowed?

Yes, pets on leashes are allowed! Pigs encouraged.  

Visiting Fort Myers to attend Smoke on the Water? You’re in luck! Use the promo code XWS to stay at the Courtyard Marriott for $92 a night.

Other Lodging in Downtown Fort Myers:

Hotel Indigo

Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites

I-75 from the north:
Exit 141 West (Palm Beach Blvd) into downtown Fort Myers, where Palm Beach turns into First St., turn right on Bay St. and follow to Edwards Dr.

I-75 from the south:
Exit 138 West (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) to downtown Fort Myers. Turn right on Monroe St., follow to Edwards Dr.

From US Hwy 41: Northbound
Exit at Historic District McGregor Blvd, east (right turn).

From US Hwy 41: Southbound
First exit off the Caloosahatchee Bridge to left on Heitman Street, left on First St., right on Edwards.

Click the locations to find them on the map:

Under the bridge on
Heitman St. & Bay St.

Parking Garage on Jackson & Main Street

(Street parking options are also available downtown).


Ticket Policy

All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets except for cancelled events that are not rescheduled. SBDAC does not offer refunds on purchased ticket. In rare circumstances when a performance may be cancelled (due to extreme weather, artist absence, or other unavoidable situations) we offer refunds or replacement tickets for another performance.