Frequently Asked Questions
Kick New Orleans festival season off right … with BBQ! Hogs for the Cause returns as the best barbecue festival this side of the Mississippi.
New Orleans welcomes over 90 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.
Hogs For The Cause is a 2-day barbecue festival full of music, local beer, and fundraising. Both New Orleans musicians and national musical acts will keep you dancing all weekend long to whet your appetite to try every food option from Alabama white sauce to cracklin cochon de lait nachos. Join us for the tastiest BBQ festival in New Orleans!
The 2019 festival is March 29th & 30th. It starts at 3:30pm on Friday and 11:00am on Saturday.
The festival is located at the grounds behind the UNO Lakefront Arena. The address is 6801 Franklin Avenue.
The festival is located at the grounds behind the UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Avenue.
From Uptown, take Claiborne Avenue to the I-10E ramp toward Slidell. Take Exit 237 for Elysian Fields Avenue. After 3 miles, take a right onto Leon C. Simon Drive, then a left onto Franklin Avenue. Parking will be on your right.
From Downtown, take the I-10E ramp toward Slidell. Take Exit 237 for Elysian Fields Avenue. After 3 miles, take a right onto Leon C. Simon Drive, then a left onto Franklin Avenue. Parking will be on your right.
Two parking lots are available behind the arena (is NOT free. These lots are operated by UNO and cost $10 per car.)
We strongly encourage using ride sharing, such as Lyft and Uber to get to the festival grounds.
Re-entry is only allowed if you have a Boss Hog VIP ticket. You cannot re-enter if you buy a general admission ticket.
Hogs for the Cause provides accessible entrances for guests with disabilities at the main entrance of the festival grounds. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes. Although our competing teams generally only offer meat-based dishes, we will have vegetarian food options available.
Play in the mud like a good little piggie.
(Hogs is rain or shine!)
You have no idea how much it pains us to say this, but … no. In the past, we have allowed small pets, but due to the growth of the event and the potential for problems, we do not allow pets animals of any nature. Not even a friendly iguana. We feel your pain. Gus and Penny, the official Hogs Basset Hounds, have been giving us the droopy stink-eye since we made this rule.
Yes. Hogs For The Cause is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donations are tax deductible to the full extent as allowed by the IRS. Visit our donations page for more details.
In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (eight years and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.