There is parking throughout downtown at various lots and decks- Lot 1 off Edwards St. is a great choice at only $3! Meters are free after 5:00 PM on Friday and all day Saturday. HERE is a full parking map.
ALL ticketholders will enter the event at the bridge on Water St.
Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance, cash or card.
11:00am - 2:59pm, FREE
3:00pm - 9:30pm, $24
Online ticket sales end at midnight on the day of the event.
Re-entry is only permitted prior to 2:59pm. If you leave the venue after 3:00pm, you will not be permitted back in. Your bag will need to be checked every time you enter the event.
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 Beer Dome. 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.
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.
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.
We hope you're ready for some ribs! There are 7 rib vendors this year (3 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 10:00pm on Friday and 9:30pm on Saturday.
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 $2, 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.
Crowd surfing and moshing are strongly discouraged, as they present a safety hazard to everyone around you.
VIP will enter the festival at the Water St. bridge entrance. 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. You will need an additional 21+ wristband if you plan on drinking.
The VIP area is located at the right of the stage. You will need to show your VIP wristband to get access. Once inside, you will find a private bar, private restrooms, and plenty of seating. This area will open at 3:00pm.
Everyone needs to purchase a VIP ticket to access the VIP area, including kids.
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.
Don't forget to stop by our sponsor booths!