Nothing says fall like the smell of barbecue smoking in the crisp air, shiny classic cars on display and the roar of motorcycle engines … That’s just what you will find at McDonough’s Hogs, Hotrods & Harleys Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in historic downtown McDonough, GA, from 12-4pm!  

Come enjoy a BBQ cookoff, live music, car & motorcycle show, fall festival arts & crafts, talent demonstrations and more!  Join us — there’s something for everyone!

Car & Bike Show Registration online
Backyard BBQ Cook Off Registration online
Fall Festival Vendor application online

Hogs Hotrods & Harleys, Fall Festival, McDonough GA


fall festival, McDonough GA

Scarecrows are coming!

They will be here before we know it!  Every fall this fun-filled event hosted by McDonough Main Street and the Greater McDonough Business Association is open to all individuals/families, businesses, schools, churches, non-profit organizations and governments in McDonough and surrounding areas.  Last year’s event showcased 170 Scarecrows on and around the historic McDonough Square with over 2000 votes cast for the People’s Choice Award.  This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, with prizes totaling $3,850!

With competition entries due no later than Monday September 24, 2018, it’s not too early to start brainstorming your amazing 2018 Scarecrow ideas. 

For additional information about the contest/registration form and a set of the contest regulations go to the City of McDonough website:  or contact the Welcome Center @ 678-782-6230.  Download contest rules & regulations here.

Atlanta Food Wars 2018

Atlanta food wars

Who loves food???  (We do!)  Put this fun event on your calendar — Atlanta Food Wars!   The 3rd Annual Atlanta Burger Wars event has grown! It’s now THREE competitions, FOUR categories, and a new name, Atlanta Food Wars! So, make your plans now! #‎AtlantaFoodWars is a charity event and a preferred qualifier to the ultimate food fight, the 2018 World Food Championships (WFC).

Burgers & Bacon Atlanta – Grillmasters Classic is the first event happening on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 11am – 4pm at Heritage Park, located at 101 Lake Dow Road in McDonough, GA.  Professional judges anoint the Judge’s Choice in both competitions, but “We The People” will decide People’s Choice. So, bring out the whole family and enjoy a fun-packed day eating!

 Eats & Sweets, the second event, will be held under the stars on August 17, 2018 from 6-9pm at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Join us at Friday Night Drags as competitors bring out their best sandwich and/or best dessert for you to sample.  Professional judges will award the checkered flag to the Judge’s Choice winners, but you’ll have a chance to nudge your favorite across the finish line with the People’s Choice vote. So, make your date, and don’t be late Eats and Sweets!

Want to be a judge?  EATS Atlanta Judging Class is a culinary experience designed to train your mind and taste buds for judging in the competitive world of Food Sport. This is YOUR chance to learn, taste and see how food dishes are judged at the world’s Ultimate Food Fight. Your EAT instructor will walk you through our proprietary E.A.T Methodology that is used to score our international competition. You’ll leave our interactive food course with a satisfying palate and with an official GOLD card status as a certified Food Champ Judge! Classes will be held at Jim N Nicks in McDonough, GA. Saturday, August 4 at 9 AM – 11 AM.

Atlanta Food Wars

July 4th Ice Cream Social

July 4th McDonough

Celebrate Independence Day with us in downtown McDonough, GA! 

Mayor Copeland invites everyone to join us for an Ice Cream Social on the downtown square.  Come enjoy a cool treat with neighbors and friends on July 4, 2018 at 6pm!  

Local BBQ joint a mainstay

BBQ restaurant, McDonough GA

For almost 32 years, Pippin’s BBQ Restaurant has been a mainstay in downtown McDonough, GA.  Thirty-two years — that’s a long time!  We think their commitment to quality and freshness is what keeps folks coming back again and again! 

It all started with the cooking traditions in the Pippin’s family, as Ron Pippin grew up in Forsyth, GA.  His father cooked BBQ on the weekends, and make fresh Brunswick stew which they shared with friends and family.  Ron and his brother we often charged with staying awake late keeping the fire hot, as the meat cooked all night.  Ron watched and learned first hand how to make some mean BBQ, not knowing he would eventually be the one continuing the tradition.  And as the story goes, Ron opened his restaurant officially in 1986, in downtown McDonough, GA.

BBQ restaurant, McDonough GA

According to Ron and Edie Pippin, “We don’t take short cuts” when asked what makes their restaurant unique.  From the fresh cabbage chopped in their slaw, to the select meats cooked on-site daily on a smoker.  Did you capture that “daily” — that makes a huge difference in barbecue.  Whether hams or chicken, the crew at Pippin’s BBQ smokes it perfectly and serves it up right Tuesday thru Saturday.

BBQ, Pippins BBQ, McDonough GA

The Pippins attribute their longevity to their loyal staff, some who have been with them 15+ years.  “They understand the commitment to quality and how we do not take short cuts” according to the Pippins.  “We also appreciate our long-time customers, who make what we do rewarding.”  The restaurant offers catering.

Stop in Pippin’s BBQ for some of the best smoked meat in town — pulled pork, smoked chicken, etc.  Don’t forget their Brunswick Stew and Cole Slaw too!

Pippin’s BBQ is OPEN:
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 7:30pm
Sunday & Monday closed

Pippin’s BBQ is located at 40 Sims Street in McDonough.  Check weekly specials and more info on Pippin’s Facebook page.

Pippins BBQ, McDonough GA


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