Inaugural Lone Star Smokeout announced for May 2025 in Texas!

Lone Star Smokeout 2025 in Texas USA

From the team behind the Windy City Smokeout and Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants comes the first-ever Lone Star Smokeout, which will debut at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4, 2025. The three-day event marks the first expansion for the Windy City Smokeout, the 2022 winner and 2024 nominee of the Academy of Country Music Awards Festival of the Year.

The Lone Star Smokeout will bring to Dallas Fort-Worth the same country music star power that the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants and Windy City Smokeout teams are known for. Guests can expect an exciting curated lineup from ACM award-winning promoter and Smokeout cofounder Ed Warm. Previous headliners of the Smokeout include Zach Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Cody Johnson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band, and many more.

Guests of the Lone Star Smokeout will also experience a deliciously impressive lineup of 10 of the country’s best BBQ teams and a robust craft beer program.

Featured in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Country Living, Food & Wine, MTV and more, the Windy City Smokeout was created in 2013 and is operated by Lettuce Entertain You, an independent, family-owned restaurant group based in Chicago that owns, manages and licenses more than 120 restaurants nationwide. For more than a decade, Windy City Smokeout has been the nation’s premier outdoor country music festival, bringing the best in BBQ, performances from country music’s biggest stars and up-and-coming talent and craft beer to more than 90,000 festival-goers each year in Chicago, IL.

When Windy City Smokeout started in a small parking lot in downtown Chicago in 2013, we had the goal to create a festival that would offer guests the hospitality that Lettuce Entertain You is known for combined with the best in country music and barbecue. We never could have imagined that a decade later, the Smokeout would have the opportunity to expand. To be able to produce the first-ever Lone Star Smokeout at AT&T Stadium with the Dallas Cowboys organization is an incredible opportunity, as many of the BBQ teams and artists come from the great state of Texas. We can’t wait to introduce this amazing festival experience to the city of Arlington and the greater North Texas community.

R.J. Melman, President of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants

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