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 food, music, beer, and fundraising. Join us for Bacon Night on Friday and BBQ all day Saturday. Dance the weekend away to both local and national artists while savoring all of the delicious food options from bacon boudin sushi to smokin' ribs and so much more. Join us for the tastiest BBQ festival in New Orleans!
Hogs for the Cause 2020 is happening March 27th & 28th. The festival 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 or Goin' Ham Super 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 as well as ADA restrooms. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes. Although our competing teams generally only offer meat-based dishes, there will be vegetarian food options available.
Play in the mud like a good little piggie.
(Hogs is rain or shine!)
Hogs for the Cause has gone cashless. Once you receive your wristband, you will register it and connect it directly to your credit card. You can pay for everything with the tap of your wrist!
If you have cash, you can add it to your wristband at the festival, just find a top up station.
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.