Colorado BBQ Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

Know Before You Go

Check out the answers to these frequently asked Colorado BBQ Challenge questions in order to make the most out of your BBQ weekend!


Can I bring my favorite canine friend?

We love dogs in Frisco and that is why this is a NO pet event. The mix of food and big crowds make the BBQ Challenge less than ideal for dogs  (we know because we have dogs too). Also, this is the time of year when we get higher temperatures so we implore dog owners to not leave their dogs in their cars. Leave Fido at home lounging on your sofa – he’ll thank you for it.


How much does it cost to attend the Colorado BBQ Challenge?

The event is free to attend.  Hogbacks serve as the “currency” of the event.  The reason people purchase ‘Hogback’ tickets is to purchase food, beverages, souvenirs and children activities at the event.

How many tickets should I buy?

One Hogback = One dollar.  Vendors and competitors set their own pricing for their own food, so there is no set formula.  However, it’s easy to spend between $15-$20 on a plate of amazing food, a beverage (non-alcoholic and adult available) and a dessert (hello chocolate-covered strawberries and banana skewers).  There are many non-profit organizations, vendors and activities up and down the street to patronize as well, so to avoid the lines – we always encourage people to “round up” when purchasing sheets of Hogbacks.

OK, I want to eat, drink and do fun stuff at this event!  How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are on sale during the event at ticket booths located throughout the event.  Paying with cash tends to go more quickly, but credit and debit cards are accepted.

To beat the lines, pre-purchase your tickets online now and pick them up at Will Call at the Frisco/Copper Information Center the week prior to and throughout the event.

What do I do if I find leftover Hogbacks in my pocket on Saturday evening after the event?

Participating merchants will be accepting Hogbacks through Sunday evening of the event weekend.  Looks for signs that say “Hogbacks Accepted Here” on doors and in windows of participating restaurants, bars and shops.

Directions & Parking

Directions From Interstate 70

Take I-70 to exits #201 or #203 and woo hoo!  You’re in Frisco.


Don’t spend unnecessary time driving around side streets trying to find parking.  Take a bus from our free lot thanks to support from the Summit Stage and Copper Mountain!  We HIGHLY encourage those attending our event to park in the Summit Middle School parking lot- Colorado BBQ Challenge Map (located at 158 School Road Frisco, CO  80443) and take a shuttle bus into the event on Main Street.  The shuttle bus runs all day during the event hours, and will take you directly between your vehicle and the action on Main Street.

Free Middle School parking lot shuttle buses will run:

  • Friday 11:00am – 9:30pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 6:30pm

Additional parking is located on the side streets surrounding the BBQ Challenge event site, but fill very quickly.

  • Please be careful not to block private driveways when parking.
  • Parking is not allowed on Town right-of-ways between 2:00am and 6:00am in the Town of Frisco.
  • If you are unable to drive because of impairment, please call Summit County Dispatch at 970-668-8600 to report the location of your car and how long it may be there.

Local Transportation

The Summit Stage offers free bus service around Summit County and Frisco serves as a hub for this service.  Grab a hard copy of the bus schedule at the Frisco/Copper Information Center located at the corner of 3rd Avenue & Main Street.


Pedal your way to BBQ bliss with bicycle racks located at the Frisco Historic Park, Visitor Information Center and other locations around town.  The Recreation Path boasts 55 miles of biking/walking/running fun and is a great way to get to the BBQ from neighboring towns as well!


Where can I stay?

Contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-424-1554 or for complete Frisco and Copper Mountain lodging information.