Ribfest is back for its 30th year with tantalizing flavors and live rock and country music that will get you moving! If you love good eats, dancing, and hanging out by St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront at Vinoy Park, this is the perfect way to ring in those breezy fall weekends. The three-day festival centered on rockin’ ribs and helpin’ kids will take place from November 9 – 11th this year.

Award Winning Barbeque 

In previous years, Ribfest has focused on exactly what one would imagine – award-winning ribbers from around the nation. Ribfest 2018 will undoubtedly continue to serve up some mouth-watering ribs, but this year will be the first time a variety of other food offerings are available as well, including Pipo’s To Go and 4th Street Pizza. For kids who haven’t quite developed a taste for decadent BBQ yet, the Family Fun Zone will offer some more kid-friendly dining options, as well as great activities for the youngsters! For those rib lovers who are over 21, beer and wine trucks will be stationed throughout the park, and the Rockin’ Pig Saloon will be located at the center of all the action.

Nothing goes better with a heaping plate of juicy ribs than some live country and classic rock music. For its 30th anniversary, Ribfest is featuring some incredible talent, like the Bare Naked Ladies and Los Lonely Boys.

Music All Weekend Long 

Performers and show times are subject to change without notice. Music starts at about 5:00 PM on Friday and about 1 PM on Sat. and 2 PM on Sunday.
Friday: Reverend Barry and the Funk; The Sting Police, a tribute to Sting and The Police; The U2Xperience, a tribute to U2; Robby Steinhardt and the Music of Kansas
Saturday:  Matt Stillwell; Chris Janson; DREAMS playing the music of the Allman Brothers; Runaway June;  Josh Turner
Sunday: Fire & Ice; Los Lonely Boys; Barenaked Ladies

For a complete list of performers that will be playing on The Fran Haasch Law Group Mainstage, check out Ribfest’s music schedule

Annual Ribfest Event! 

Over the past three decades, Northeast Exchange Club’s Ribfest has been an integral part of St. Petersburg’s community. Throughout its history, the event has supported the area’s youth with donations totaling 4.8 million dollars going to over 40 community organizations, such as Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and the Great Explorations Children's Museum

Tickets are available online or at Ribfest’s official ticket outlet, Circle K. Stores throughout the Tampa Bay area will be selling tickets until November 8, or while supplies last.

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