Hogs for the Cause Festival 2023

Hogs for the Cause Festival 2023

MARCH 31, 2023 - APRIL 01, 2023


The Hogs for the Cause Festival bring together over 30,000 people for delicious pig-outs to fundraise for pediatric brain cancer.

The Hogs for the Cause Festival, hosted in New Orleans, celebrates food and music while raising money for pediatric brain cancer. Gathering over 20 bands and 90 competing barbecue teams, this festival is “a flagship of [Hogs for a Cause]” and is an” annual celebration of the year-round fundraising done on behalf of the hogs.”

Hogs for a Cause invites local and regional barbecue chefs to enter into seven different categories to compete for the title of Grand Champion. The two-day event is filled with music, local beer, and fundraising as well. Artists like St Paul and the Broken Bones and Ian Noe will sing as you lick your fingers after trying almost every pork dish imaginable. In years past, the dishes have ranged from Lemongrass rubbed Pork Tacos to Asian Fried Ribs. You’ll wish you had worn bigger pants. 

The Specs

  • Approximately 30,000 people per year attend this delicious festival 
  • Each single-day general admission ticket goes from $50+ and a  2-day general admission ticket costs $99 
  • Children under 10 are admitted for free
  • Gates open from 3:30 PM onwards on Friday and 11:00 AM onwards on Saturday
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What does the ticket include? A single-day General Admission ticket will include a Hogs wristband to access the event and conduct contactless payment of all food and drinks served

What time does the festival end? On Friday, the hours are from 3:30 pm onwards with afterparties starting after 10 pm. On Saturday, the festival is from 11 am to 10 pm. 

Is there an age limit? This festival is open for all ages.

What’s the best time to arrive? Since this is an open event, feel free to arrive whenever you want between the hours of opening. 

What should I bring? Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, strollers, and more to make your experience more enjoyable and more like a picnic. Also, make sure to prepare for the Louisiana weather with ponchos and sunscreen. 

What can’t I bring? No pets or outside food/drinks are allowed. It’s a fundraiser so cash out some money for an incredible cause. 

Will menus be available? Closer to the event, the menus for Friday and Saturday will be made available. 

Is this event vegetarian-friendly? While most of the dishes will be meat-based, there will be options for vegetarians.

BY Monica Manmadkar