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Live music, children’s activities and more will be at the BBQ and Brews festival May 22 at The Mill on Etowah. Pictured is a previous BBQ and Brews festival.

The annual BBQ and Brews event in Canton will return from noon to 8 p.m. May 22 at The Mill on Etowah, bringing live music, kids activities, and shopping to The Mill on Etowah.

The free event, organized by Revival Events Group, will offer a variety of barbecue vendors including Crazy Hawg BBQ, Choate BBQ, AF7 BBQ, and Smokin’ Tony’s BBQ. The festival will also feature over 100 retail vendors and artisans spread out across the mill selling a number of homemade items and local food.

“I always say nothing is more American than barbecue and beer, and I think coming out of 2020 this is a good opportunity to gather the community and have a great time together,” said organizer Gary Lamb.

Lamb said the mill’s parking has tripled in size since last summer’s event, making more space for more vendors and guests.

“We will have vendors lined up all throughout the mill at the event green, in the parking lot, around Reformation Brewery, and going along the access road to the entrance,” he said.

For those parked further away, Golf Carts of Canton and Liberty Hill Church will offer golf carts for free to take festival-goers between their car and the festival, Lamb said.

The festival will feature live music from School of Rock East Cobb from noon to 1:30 p.m., Hunter Blalock and The Sad Machine from 2 to 3:30 p.m., J. Scott Thompson Trio from 4 to 5:45 p.m., and the T. James Band will close out the festival from 6:15 to 8 p.m., Lamb said.

There will also be a free kids area provided by Liberty Hill Church, which will feature face painting, games, crafts, and inflatables.

Lamb said Reformation Brewery will be open and will also offer pop up tents serving beer around the festival area.

For updates, visit the BBQ and Brews Facebook page at

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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