There is parking throughout downtown at various lots and decks. HERE is a parking map.

Getting In

There are two entrances for this year's event:

Main entrance at the bridge off Water St.
-Advanced Ticketholders
-Day-Of Purchasers

West entrance at Eleanor St.
-Advanced Tickeholders ONLY

Tickets are available for purchase at the Water St. entrance, cash or card. Day-of tickets are still subject to additional fees, and the total after all fees is below:

11:00am - 2:59pm, $5
3:00pm - 9:30pm, $20

If you purchased your ticket in advance, you will need to have your QR code from Eventbrite ready to be scanned at the door. If you are having issues finding your code, please contact us via Eventbrite.

If you plan on drinking, please have your ID ready to get checked at the entrance. Everyone that presents an ID will get a drinking wristband. Anyone caught drinking alcohol without a wristband will be removed from the event.

Kids 12 and under get into the event free. After 7:00pm, all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

If you purchased a 2-day pass, you will need to get scanned in each day. You will also need to get a new wristband on Saturday.

Re-entry is only permitted prior to 3:00pm. You MUST get stamped before you leave the venue, or you will not be allowed back in. No exceptions. If you leave the venue after 3:00pm, you will not be permitted back in. Your bag will need to be checked again upon re-entry.

Due to high numbers of advanced ticket sales, we are VERY likely to sell out. Once we sell out, tickets will not be sold online or in person. No exceptions. If sell out occurs, signs will be posted at the venue and a social media announcement will be made.

Bag Policy

This year, we are instituting a bag policy to keep everyone safe. All bags must be smaller than 16"x16"x8" and all bags will be checked upon entry. Lawn chairs that come in a bag are permitted, but the chair will need to be removed and the bag will be checked.

Please see the full list of permitted and prohibited items HERE.

Food & Beverage

We hope you're ready for some ribs! There are 8 rib vendors this year (4 local on Eleanor St. and 4 national on Edwards St.), as well as a mix of non-rib vendors with desserts, burgers, and more. HERE is our full list of food vendors.

Feeling thirsty? Head to the beer dome to grab an alcoholic drink, or hit up one of our soda stands for something softer. No outside food or drink is permitted. Last call for alcohol will be at 10:30pm.

While the food vendors accept cash or card directly at their booth, you will need to purchase drink tickets for all beverages. These can be purchased at the ticket booth in the festival area using cash or card. Tickets are $4, and cannot be returned if unused. Find our drink prices HERE.


You can find the full lineup with set times HERE.

Chairs are not supplied for the concert (unless VIP), but you are welcome to bring your own! We recommend placing your chairs towards the back, so you do not get bumped by people that are standing.

Please note that basic signs are permitted, but they cannot be attached to a stick of any kind.


VIP can enter the festival at either entrance (Water St. or Eleanor St.). Everyone with a VIP ticket will need to show photo ID and will get a VIP wristband, which gets you access to the VIP area. Anyone that is not 21 will be marked on their hands.

The VIP area is located at the left of the stage. You will need to show your VIP wristband to get access. Once inside, you will find a private bar, luxury restroom trailer, and plenty of seating.

Everyone needs to purchase a VIP ticket to access the VIP area, including kids.

Festival Map

You can find our official festival map HERE.

Weather Policy

Ribfest is a rain or shine event and will continue if it's raining normally. If there is lightning and/or severe weather in the vicinity of the festival, everyone will be evacuated from the event. We recommend heading to local businesses or parking decks.

Posts will be made on social media when it's safe to come back. In this case, re-entry will be permitted to everyone regardless of the time.