Gainesville Chicken Festival

Join us at Lake Lanier Olympic Park for the same chicken-packed afternoon including Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-Off. Backyard and professional BBQ teams compete at this Gainesville themed festival!



  • Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-off, 15 teams and over 17,000 lbs. of chicken.
  • People’s Choice Awards; vote for your favorite Pitmaster!
  • Live Music!
  • Kids’ Zone with bounce house and other activities.


  • $6 Wristband = 10 Samples
  • Purchase 5 Wristbands for $25.

Proceeds from this event go to the North Georgia Community Foundation scholarships for local students.

Pre-Sale Wristbands

  • Prepaid wristband(s) will be available for pick-up the day of the event at the Will Call tent.
  • Pickup your wristband(s) prior to the event at the Finance Department located in the Gainesville Administration Building, 300 Henry Ward Way, Room 201.
  • Cluck wristbands will be available for purchase at the event.

Free Parking

  • Off-site parking will be located at the Lanier Park Complex, 675 White Sulphur Road, Gainesville 30501. The Gainesville Trolleys will shuttle attendees from this lot to Lake Lanier Olympic Park.
    • Shuttles are handicap accessible and can transport 24 passengers at a time. Animals are not permitted access to the Trolleys; exceptions being Service Animals at work. 
  • Large parking lot for vehicles and overflow parking across Clarks Bridge accessible via under-road tunnel.
  • Courtesy docks.

Don’t be chicken — join us lakeside in 2023 and treat your taste buds!

Morgan Wingler
Lake Lanier Olympic Park Special Events Manager 855-536-1996
James Watson Headshot
James Watson
Lake Lanier Olympic Facilities and Watersports Manager 855-536-1996