top of page

Frequently asked questions

  • Where is the entrance to the festival?
    Holy Smokes takes place at Riverfront Park in North Charleston located at 1061 Everglades Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405. Upon arrival to the park, follow signage to find the main entrance. Please note: there is only one entrance to the festival.
  • Is there a ride share drop-off/pick-up area?
    Yes! Please use the following location for pick-up and drop-off for Uber and Lyft. 1360 Truxtun Avenue North Charleston, SC 29405
  • Is there overnight parking?
    There is no overnight camping or RV parking available.
  • How does the festival work?
    Over 50 pitmasters and chefs from across the country will gather to create a range of incredible barbecue food. A General Admission ticket to the Holy Smokes festival gives you all-you-can-eat access to four barbecue villages (Traditional, Texas, New School and Coastal) and entertainment. Beverages will be available for purchase. VIP Tickets are all-inclusive of food, entertainment and beverages.
  • Is there Holy Smokes merchandise available to purchase?
    Coming soon!
  • Is there a map of the festival grounds?
  • What is Hogs for the Cause?
    The mission of Hogs for the Cause is to provide assistance to families with children battling brain cancer by engaging the community through barbecue culture. In 12 years, Hogs for the Cause has grown from one pig helping one family to one of the most highly acclaimed barbecue and music festivals in the country with over 30K people in attendance. The funds from the two-day music and barbecue festival allow the organization to help thousands of families through direct grants and funding programming at children’s hospitals across the United States. Hogs has expanded its impact and is providing fundraising opportunities throughout the US. They work with hospitals nationwide to create partnerships, funds and housing to mitigate financial burdens for all pediatric cancer diagnoses.
  • Are pets allowed?
    Pets are not permitted at the event, with the only exception being service animals.
  • Can I donate to support the cause?
    Yes! Click here to donate online or mail checks to: Rock The Block 1567 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29405 Memo: Holy Smokes
  • How can I sponsor the event?
    You can check out our available sponsorship opportunities here!
  • What should I wear to Holy Smokes?
    Dress casually and comfortably as you are a part of the barbecue community! The event will be held outdoors at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.
  • What are your bag and security policies?
    Small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" in size are allowed. Clear bags of any size are also allowed. Diaper bags and strollers are acceptable. All bags will be subject to search at our discretion. Please note that no outside food/beverage, weapons or firearms will be allowed on-site.
  • Can I bring chairs or blankets?
    Lawn chairs, camping chairs, and picnic blankets are allowed for use in the designated area by the stage. All items will be subject to search.
  • What is Holy Smokes?
    Holy Smokes is a BBQ festival bringing national leaders of the barbecue community together in North Charleston, SC. The festival is paying homage to the history, culture, and traditions of American barbecue while raising awareness and funds for families affected by pediatric brain cancer through donations to Hogs for the Cause.
  • Are there any discounts or perks for active military and/or veterans?
    It's Veterans Day and we want to honor you! As active military and veterans, you will receive access to the Veterans Lounge sponsored by Anderson Insurance Associates. This will be a special space to show our appreciation and thanks for your service. Make sure to add the Veteran Recognition onto your purchased ticket to the event before checking out. With this add-on your entire party will gain access to the lounge. Please note that you will be asked to show your ID upon arrival.
  • Where can I park?
    GA PARKING MAP HERE. For General Admission ticket-holders, parking is first-come, first-serve in the nearby lots around Riverfront Park. Look for on-site signage and our parking attendants! Please note that McMillian Ave is closed for construction and will not be available for use. A parking plan has been put into place with alternate routes activated to get you to the Festival. A parking team, as well as NCPD, will be in place to get you to the closest parking lot available. Please plan for additional time to get to the Festival due to potential traffic delays. Ridesharing is highly advised. VIP ticket-holders will receive one VIP Parking Pass per order. VIP Parking will be in a dedicated lot with an attendant closest to the venue. You will receive your VIP Parking Passes in a text or email the evening before the event. A dedicated Uber/Lyft Drop-Off Point will be available on-site as well as ADA parking.
  • Where should I stay?
    Click here to check out some of our partner hotels! Riverfront Park is conveniently located 15 minutes from Downtown Charleston should you choose to stay there!
  • What time does the festival open and when can I park?
    The festival hours are from 11am-4pm on November 11th. VIP's and Sponsors can enter the event with early access at 10:30am. Parking lots will open at the following times: VIP's and Sponsor Parking Lot: 9:30am ADA Parking: 9:30am General Admission Parking Lot: 10:00am
  • How do I buy tickets?
    Click here to purchase your tickets! Tickets will be available to purchase on the festival day, however, we encourage guests to get their tickets in advance as there is the possibility tickets will sell out before November 11th.
  • Who are the benefactors of the Holy Smoke Barbecue Festival?
    Proceeds from the Holy Smokes Barbecue festival will go to Hogs for the Cause to help raise awareness and funds for families affected by pediatric brain cancer. All donations will stay in Charleston to support MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House across the street. In honor of this year's festival taking place on Veterans Day, a portion of all ticket sales will go directly to Friends of Fisher House Charleston.
  • Is this a barbecue competition?
    The festival is not a competition, but instead a chance for attendees to sample an incredible range of barbecue styles from over 50 renowned pitmasters and chefs.
  • Is my ticket refundable?
    Festival tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, your ticket can be transferred to another party. If you need assistance transferring your ticket, please reach out to Please note: the event will take place rain or shine.
bottom of page