The words Big Bob's BBQ on the open face of an illustrated burger.

Big Bob’s BBQ

Come for the burgers, stay for the company … and the door prizes!


The Transitional Vocational Program (TVP) is thrilled to invite you to attend Big Bob’s BBQ on May 30, 2024. This fun, inclusive event is in support of TVP’s programming for adults with developmental disabilities and proceeds from the event will be directed to TVP student bursaries. There will be burgers (of course!), live music and valuable door prizes. Even better, the barbecue is an opportunity to gather and enjoy the company of the Mount Royal community.



Students, staff, faculty, community members — all are welcome


A BBQ with live entertainment and valuable door prizes. Tickets are $20 and include a burger, chips, dessert and more.


Thursday, May 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


TransCanada Amphitheatre


Tickets are available to buy online or in person at the Cougars Campus Store and on Main Street (in front of the old library location) the week of May 13. They will also be available at the event.

In 1982, Mount Royal employees Bob Charlton, AKA Big Bob, and Stu Gauthier came up with the idea to hold an annual barbecue in support of Mount Royal's Transitional Vocational Program (TVP). Called Picnic in the Park, the annual event fast became a favourite on campus. It was renamed Big Bob's BBQ after Bob’s passing in 2014. A dedicated committee of volunteers upholds the legacy of supporting TVP while creating new connections and community.

Learn more about the history of the event in this story from 2018.