When: Fri., Sept. 25, 4-9 p.m., Sat., Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2015
Barbecue lovers' taste buds will go hog wild at the inaugural Q in the Lou, a sizzling three-day fête of all meats sauced and slow-cooked. This festival of flavor offers sticky-fingered foodies an opportunity to pig out on plates created by nine of the nation's prominent pitmasters. In addition to live music and vendor booths, there are also tool demonstrations, a masters' competition for aspiring grillers, and four master classes curated by celebrity meat mavens Brad Orrison, John David Wheeler, Mike Emerson and Haley Riley, among others. Q in the Lou is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (September 25 to 27) at Soldiers Memorial (Fourteenth and Chestnut streets; www.qinthelou.com). Admission is free, but you'll need money if you want to eat. VIP options ($75 to $164) are available.
Price: free admission, pay to eat