Santa Maria Elks RodeoThe Santa Maria Elks Lodge is not only a cornerstone of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, but also the host of the annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade, which takes place this year from June 4-7.

Get ready for bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and team roping, to name a few of the exciting events that will unfold at the Elks-Unocal Event Center in Santa Maria. The festive parade takes place on South Broadway on Saturday, June 6 starting at 9 a.m. Of course, there will be many opportunities to enjoy Santa Maria Style Barbecue in and around the rodeo and parade. Click here for tickets and information.

The Santa Maria Elks Lodge has played a legendary role in the tradition of Santa Maria Style Barbecue. In his seminal book on Santa Maria Style Barbecue, R.H. Tesene observed that the Elks Lodge “has been by far the largest and most active organization to promote and put on Santa Maria Style Barbecues since the Santa Maria Club.”