You Should Go: Autostraddle Babe-B-Q Weekend is (Almost) Upon Us!

Good news, kids! This weekend, Autostraddle’s Babe-B-Q celebration is coming to a backyard, fire pit, and/or other totally appropriate location near you. And I’ve rounded up all of the events our readers are hosting to be part of the action in this very post!

If you’re upset that nobody in your neighborhood is hosting a Babe-B-Q, my advice is to be the meet-up you wanna see in the world. Hosting is as easy as 1-2-3, in which 1 is “pick a date and time,” 2 is “choose an RSVP mechanism, most likely a FB event,” and 3 is “submit it right here.” And if you’re planning to host but haven’t quite gotten around to formalizing those plans yet, don’t worry! All Babe-B-Q events submitted to us this week will be added to this post as they’re received. (We’ve also got some great social media images for all y’all hosting events, which you can find in this post.)

We’ll be guiding you all through the rest of the Babe-B-Q planning process this week with a slew of posts that will help you pick out your BBQ looks, plan your menus, and otherwise get in the grilling spirit. And when you’re finally soaking up the sun together this weekend, don’t forget to use the hashtag #AutoBabeBQ to show us what’s goin’ on! (We’ll probably even reshare your posts on our Twitter and Insta accounts, if that floats your boat!)

And now, without further ado, let’s get listing. And grilling! And loving. And laughing, breathing, whatever, I never memorized the song.


Melbourne 8/16: Bring the Babes, Minus the BQ

Venue: My Place
4/35 Sherwood Rd, Ivanhoe
Melbourne, Victoria 3079

Event Date: 2015-08-16
Start Time: 03:00 pm

Host: Al

Sydney: An #AutoBabeBQ Minus the BBQ

Venue: Camperdown Rest Memorial Park
Newtown, NSW 2131

Event Date: 2015-08-22
Start Time: 11:30 am

Host: Dina

United States

Austin: Backyard #AutoBabeBQ

Venue: 2505 E 9th St
Austin, TX 78702

Event Date: 2015-08-16
Start Time: 05:00 pm
End Time: 09:00 pm

Host: Valerie Blakey

Chicago: North Side #AutoBabeBQ

Venue: Jarvis Beach
1208 W Jarvis Ave
Chicago, IL
United States

Event Date: 2015-08-16
Start Time: 02:00 pm
End Time: 08:00 pm

Host: Sarah Goldberg

Denver: Birthday, Brandi, and #AutoBabeBQ!

Venue: Chez Prenticciaro
3942 Milwaukee st
Denver, Colorado
United States

Event Date: 2015-08-16
Start Time: 06:30 pm
End Time: 10:30 pm

Host: Paula

Dover: New Hampshire #AutoBabeBQ

Venue: Catherine’s Abode!

Event Date: 2015-08-16
Start Time: 02:00 pm
End Time: 08:00 pm

Host: Catherine Rawson

Long Island: Sisters Of The Yam #AutoBabeBQ Celebration

Venue: Eisenhower Park
Merrick and Stewart avenues
East Meadow, NY 11554
United States

Event Date: 2015-08-15
Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 03:00 pm

Host: Gigi

Los Angeles: Backyard #AutoBabeBQ Potluck

Venue: Backyard
1718 Hauser Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Event Date: 2015-08-15
Start Time: 02:00 pm
End Time: 09:00 pm

Host: Carmen SanDiego

Southern California 8/16: #AutoBabeBQ at the Beach

Venue: Huntington Beach
Hutington Beach, California
United States

Event Date: 2015-08-16
Start Time: 11:15 am

Host: Al

Washington, DC 8/15: #AutoBabeBQ Potluck

Venue: Summer Vibe Haus
Washington, DC 20002
United States

Event Date: 2015-08-156
Start Time: 03:00 pm

Host: Carmen

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Ok, there has *got* to be someone else in Phoenix aside from me. C’mon, people, let’s make this happen.

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