Gainesville Chicken Festival

Join us October 21st, 2023 at Lake Lanier Olympic Park for Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-Off!

Backyard and professional BBQ teams compete at this Gainesville themed festival!

ACTIVITES (11am – 4pm)

  • Georgia’s Official Chicken Cook-off, over a dozen teams and over 17,000 lbs of chicken!
  • People’s Choice Awards; vote for your favorite Pitmaster!
  • Live Music from Greg Hester!
    • A southern boy raised on soul, Greg captures the stories and tales from his gritty southern world and brings them to life with a catchy groove!
  • Kids’ Zone with bounce house, face painting and more!

New This Year!

Visit the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Burau’s NEW Mobile Visitors Center and pick up 1 of 12 EXCLUSIVE Gainesville postcards! Fill out the postcard and address it to yourself, a friend, or anyone that you think would like a “hello” from GVL. Drop it in the blue mailbox and we will mail it for FREE!

Pre-Sale Wristbands

  • Online sales begin on September 22nd: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR WRISTBANDS
  • Pricing: 
    • Single Wristband (10 samples): $6
    • Cluck Pack (5 Wristbands): $25
  • Prepaid wristband(s) will be available for pick-up the day of the event at the Will Call tent.

Free Parking

  • Off-site parking location for 2023 is Lanier Park: 675 White Sulfur Road, Gainesville GA 30501.
    • Shuttle Hours: 10:45am – 4:15pm
    • The Gainesville Trolleys will transport attendees from this lot to Lake Lanier Olympic Park.
    • Animals are not permitted access to the shuttles; exceptions being Service Animals at work. 
  • On-site parking at Lake Lanier Olympic Park is LIMITED!
  • Large parking lot for vehicles and overflow parking available across Clarks Bridge Road, accessible via pedestrian tunnel.
  • Courtesy dock, if arriving by boat! About 15 spots available in total.
  • Handicap accessible and public restrooms.
  • Pets allowed! Must be well-behaved and leashed.


Proceeds from the Gainesville Chicken Festival fund the Gainesville Spring Chicken Scholarship through the North Georgia Community Foundation for local students! This scholarship supports college students pursuing a degree in poultry science or a related agricultural degree.

*Applicants should be graduating high school seniors or current college students pursuing a degree in a related field! Applications for 2024 will open on January 15th, 2024.*


Ready to Get Cooking?

Click here to view the 2023 cook team application


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Gainesville Chicken Festival (2022 Recap)
2022 Awards Ceremony