Bartlett Festival, BBQ Contest & Car Show

                  The 2023 Bartlett Festival Festival, BBQ Contest & Car Show                                                                                     Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30 

                                              We look forward to seeing everyone in 2023. 


  • Friday evening, September 29, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Live music starts at 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30, Judge Freeman Marr 5K starts at 9:00 a.m.   
  • For more information email the office of Community Relations

Make plans now to be a part of the 2023 Bartlett Festival on Friday evening, September 30 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at W. J. Freeman Park located at 2629 Bartlett Boulevard

For more information on being a part of BBQ Contest BBQ information

2023 Vendor Space: Information will be mailed out to previous year vendors in February. Will be available to other vendors in April.  cash, check or money order made out to City of Bartlett, are accepted for payment, sorry no credit card payments        

This fun-filled family event will kick-off on Friday evening with  live musical entertainment starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Judge Freeman Marr Panther Pride 5k run will kick things off at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, followed by some great local music, arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, the awards for the MBN sanctioned BBQ cooking contest, concessions and much, much more. The perfect place to spend an autumn weekend.   

The Freeman Marr 5K is for runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels.  From the runner or walker looking to finish their first 5K to the avid runner looking for a new fun race.  So make plans to come participate and support Bartlett High Athletics.                                                                                           

Free Admission - Free Shuttle Bus

Friday evening, 5:30 to 10:30p.m. 

  • One parking location
  • Behind the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6048 Stage Road.

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

  • Two parking locations
  • Stage Centre (corner of Stage Road and Kirby-Whitten)
  • Behind the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6048 Stage Road.

2023 Music Stages TBA  


Friday Night Live Music

6:00 to 7:00 pm -    

7:30 to 9:30 pm -    

Saturday Stage Line-Up  TBA

9:00 am -    5K Race Start Time  - 

10:00 am -  Race Results

10:30 am - 11:00 am  - 

11:00 am - 11:30 am -  

11:30 to 12:15 pm -  

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm -  

1:30 to 2:30 pm -   

2:30 to 3:30 pm -   BBQ Cooking Contest Winners Announced 

3:30 to 4:30 pm - 

Demonstration Stage - TBA 

10:30 am - 

11:00 am - 

11:30 am - 

12:00 pm - 

1:30 pm - 

2:00 pm - 

2:30 pm - 

3:00 pm - 

3:30 pm - 

The Rockin’ Robin DJ’s Stage

( by the Police Department/Children’s Area) 

Featuring various musical entertainment, games and lots of fun! They will be giving away a free party, so make sure to go by and register. Rockin’ Robin DJ Web Site

Car Show

Car Show participants can register on-site between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Entry fee is $25 per vehicle with judging beginning at noon and awards at 3. This show is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. Each entry will receive an 8” x 10” color photo of your vehicle. There will also be Best of Show awards given in several categories, a poker walk, 50/50 drawing, silent auction, music, drinks, and great food nearby.

All show vehicles must enter the park through the new entrance off Bartlett Boulevard across from Ivanhoe. Look for the car show signs and be mindful of festival pedestrians when entering.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 30 and make plans to come out and enjoy a great car show and wonderful fall festival with entertainment for the entire family!  This event is hosted by  Mustangs of Memphis

Proceeds from the car show go to  Memphis Oral School for the Deaf