Troubadour Festival

October 12, 2023 1:48 pm

Boots, Boogie, and Barbecue. What more can a Texan ask for in a festival? Except maybe the most barbecue joints and country artists ever gathered together at a festival! That’s precisely what you’ll find at this year’s Troubadour Festival right here in Celina.


This is the third and biggest celebration of Texas BBQ and country music yet. So get your tickets now to join the fun on Saturday, October 21, in Old Celina Park. With a BBQ & Music ticket, you get unlimited food samples until 4 p.m. and access to all shows (use code SMOKE20 for 20% off for a limited time). If you really want to elevate your experience, go for a VIP pass that gets you all of the above, plus standing room in front of the stage, a festival T-shirt, and access to the private bar and flushable toilets.


You’ll get to sample smoked meats from 41 Texas-based BBQ joints, 16 of them from a popular Texas magazine’s “Best BBQ” list. Plus, two out-of-state special guests, including nationally known Hoodoo Brown BBQ of Connecticut (you may have seen them on the Travel and Cooking channels). Some of the Texas houses may be familiar, like Tender Smokehouse of Celina, Hutchins BBQ of McKinney, Panther City of Fort Worth, and Smokey Joe’s of Dallas.


What goes better with barbecue than Texas country music? We couldn’t think of anything either. And this year’s music lineup will be better than ever, with some of the biggest names in country music. Multi-platinum artist Chris Young headlines, followed by another star, Randy Houser, and Texas Country legends Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, and Bart Crow on the main stage. Chris Young has 13 No. 1 hits, 3 Platinum albums, 3 Gold, and over 5 billion streams worldwide. Lone Star favorites Squeezebox Bandits headline the second stage with The Droptines.


So, how did this barbecue and boogie fest come about? From the minds of two lifelong friends who wanted to bring the big shows to a small town. Inspired by traveling musicians and how Texans love to travel to find the best barbecue, Chase Colston and Cody Johnson, event organizers and co-owners of Double Tap Entertainment LLC, started the festival to create “something big and dynamic” in a place like where they grew up. They’ve been friends since kindergarten, growing up in a small East Texas town. Usually, in a small town, you have to drive to a concert, but they wanted to do the opposite and bring the concert to the small town.


So why pick Celina? Because it’s a great place where the people immediately supported the event. More than 7,500 attended during the first two years. And most of all, Celina residents love delicious BBQ and country music!


Life at Green Meadows is just like that—fun times, good neighbors, great food, and it’s close to all the special events in Celina. If you aren’t here yet, then come on out and find your dream home in the heart of Troubadour country!