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Kalamazoo Ribfest: Hours & Entertainment Lineup

Kalamazoo Ribfest kicks off Thursday, Aug. 6 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo.

Get ready for this three-day party that offers the best ribs, brews and entertainment, including Blue Oyster Cult, Craig Morgan and Chase Bryant!


Thursday, Aug. 6:

  • 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 7:

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8:

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.


Thursday, August 6
5 – 6:30 pm Pop Cult
7 – 8:30 pm The Dani Jamerson Band
9 – 10:30 pm Chase Bryant
10:30 – 11 pm DJ
Friday, August 7
4 – 5 pm Rock Your Vote winner (determined August 4)
5:30 – 6:30 pm Bonehawk
7 – 8:30 pm Hair Mania
9 – 10:30 pm Blue Oyster Cult
10:30 – 11:30 pm DJ
Saturday, August 8
11a.m. – 2 p.m. Kalamazoo Academy of Rock (multiple bands)
2:30 – 3:30 pm Absolute Addiction
4 – 5 pm Slim Gypsy Baggage
5:30 – 6:30 pm Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
7 – 8:30 pm Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys
9 – 10:30 pm Craig Morgan
10:30 – midnight DJ


As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest has been taking place for more than 20 years and generates an average attendance of 30,000 people during the three-day party.

The event features national and local rib vendors that sell ribs and chicken in outstanding barbeque sauces. To compliment the rib vendors, additional food vendors will be offering side items and sweet treats to top off the food experience at Ribfest. The event will also bring in national rock and country musical artists, local bands, plenty of fun activities including children’s crafts/games, People’s Choice Rib Competition, and the exciting contest for Best Ribs in Kalamazoo.

Full Ribfest Entertainment Lineup!

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