It’s a smokin’ hot weekend downtown.

The 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival filled the air with smoky aromas and steamin’ sounds Saturday at the Levitt Pavilion and Jesup Green.

The two-day event continues today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A dozen blues bands from around the world are showcased, along with a handful of local artists.

Along with a wealth of activities for kids, there was an all-day barbecue competition held in the Imperial Avenue lot.

“I just love this venue,” said Jen Boudin, who traveled from Melville, N.Y., for a third year. “I love this space.”

Like many others, Boudin, who attends about 75 concerts a year, was meeting friends there to dance, soak in the sun and enjoy a full day of music.

“This is our way,” she said.

“It’s great,” said Todd Ehrlich of Westport, whose team “I Like Pig Butts and I Cannot Lie” was competing in the barbecue competition for the eighth consecutive year with an arsenal of chicken, pork and more.

“This is such a fun day to be out here,” he said. “The music, the sun is awesome and good friends.”

“The competition always makes it fun,” said his teammate Dan Kowalewski of Long Valley, N.J. “This is a great day — good food, you get music and you get barbecue.”

The event, organzied by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, has grown since its inception in 2008.

“It’s just going great,” said Lee De Monico, director of marketing and communciations for the DMA. “We had unbelievable pre-sales,” she said, and a line of people waiting to get in when the festival opened Saturday morning.

She said the the event has something to appeal to everyone. “We’ve got the hardcore music fans … the families that just want to eat some festival food and do those bouncy-bouncy things for the kids, and they get to see a full-day lineup of local bands, so there’s music everywhere.”

“I love it,” said Johanna Rossi of Westport, whose grandchildren took part in the drum circle in the Westport Library’s parking lot. “I like them getting involved with the music. It’s really fun.”

“We come every year,” said Karen Smith of Norwalk, “mostly for the kids’ stuff, to tell the truth.”

“We love it,” she said.