Summer’s here, which means it’s prime barbecue season. Mark your calendars for these area barbecue fests and don’t forget to bring the Wet-Naps.
Safeway National Barbecue Battle XIX
A barbecue battle so big they close down Pennsylvania Avenue. June 25-26. Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets. http://www.bbqdc.com
Holy Smoke Barbecue State Championship
A real-live carnival accompanies the carnival atmosphere of this appropriately named event started by an Eastern Shore church. July 22-23. Easton, http://www.bbqholysmoke.com
Maryland State BBQ Bash
Fifty teams from the Mid-Atlantic battle for bragging rights— and $12,500 in prize money. Aug. 12-13. Downtown Bel Air, http://www.mdbbq.com
New Holland Summer Fest
The Pennsylvania State Championship BBQ Cook-Off attracts thousands to this little Lancaster County town. Aug. 26-27. http://www.nhsummerfest.org —J.S.