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Lexington , NC

Population: 19,129
Photo: Bill Russ

Barbecue Festival

Nowhere does barbecue better than Lexington, NC. Known as the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” the city showcases its talent each year at the Barbecue Festival, drawing crowds of more than 150,000 to take part in this giant taste test. Held annually on one of the last two Saturdays of October, the festival features six stages, including one just for kids and one for local acts, and all the barbecue you can eat.

Don't Miss: The special Festival Barbecue

What's Served: Barbecue

What to Bring: Plenty of napkins; things could get messy