As part of the Security Guidelines for Ribfest, the list of items that are permitted inside has changed. Only bags that comply with standards of 16" x 16" x 8" will be admitted. Guests will be asked to return all restricted items back to their vehicle. Guests who are caught in the festival site with a restricted item(s) will have the object confiscated and may be subject to ejection.
Our security team reserves the right to search any and all bags before granting access into Ribfest. We appreciate your cooperation, please review the following guidelines before coming to Ribfest:
- bags smaller than 16" x 16" x 8"
- cameras still and video ( tri-, uni-, or mono- pods are prohibited)
- plastic baby bottles if you have a child in your party
- lawn chairs
- umbrellas (excluding golf umbrellas and umbrellas with a metal tip)
No, your admission to the festival includes all the entertainment. Admission at the gate on either day from 11AM-2:59PM is $5 and after 3PM is $15. Additional fees apply. Or you can buy passes in advance:
- 2 Day Pass: $20
- 1 Day Pass : $12
- VIP per day: $50
You made the right call! Pre-purchased ticketholders can enter the festival through the main entrance on Water St. or the west entrance on Eleanor St.
Not a problem, either. In this instance you should head to the main entrance at the bridge on Water Street. Please arrive early- we are likely to sell out!
All food vendors accept cash and/or credit directly at their booth spaces. Tickets are not needed for purchasing food.
Alcoholic beverages are available in designated areas throughout the festival grounds and must be paid for using drink tickets, which are available at convenient kiosks for the price of $4 per ticket. The amount of tickets per beverage depends on your drink choice. Check the menu HERE.
If you plan on drinking, you WILL need to show your ID at the gate and get a 21+ wristband. Please have your ID ready when you arrive.
We have water, soda, and juice available for one ticket apiece.
Yes, vendors will also see a variety of barbecue items in addition to ribs, along with various side dishes. We'll also have desserts from Not Just an Almond, Maui Wowie Smoothies, Mangia Catering, and carnival-style concessions from Ibison Concessions.
Our admission gates and all our ticket booths accept both cash and credit card. We also have an ATM located on site.
We allow re-entry prior to 3PM. You will receive a stamp as you leave the venue. No stamp = no re-entry. There is no re-entry if you leave the festival after 3PM.
Enjoy Ribfest in style! The VIP ticket includes access to a private bathroom, seating area and beer trailer. Everyone needs a ticket to access the VIP area, including kids.
Yes, in fact, we recommend it! Lawn chairs and blankets are a great way to ensure you have your own comfortable seat. If you choose to bring a bagged lawn chair, please remove the chair from the bag when going through security.
Kids are welcome! We just ask that after 7 p.m., all kids under the age of 17 must be with an adult. Kids under 12 get into the festival for free. Kids need a ticket to get into the VIP area.
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the festival grounds for Ribfest. Only service animals with their required identification are allowed.
Please note, some artists have requested that attendees not use long lens equipment or video. Signs will be posted at the entrance and announcements will be made and we ask that you respect the artists wishes.