When are you open?  

  • Friday, August 30th - 11am to 11pm

  • Saturday, August 31st - 11am to 11pm

  • Sunday, September 1st - 11am to 11pm

  • Monday, September 2nd - 11am to 7pm

Park Map

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How do I best support Rotary?

Canada's Largest Ribfest is Burlington's premier fundraising event proudly organized by RBL. Funds raised at Ribfest support countless programs. Help us give back to the community, you can mail a cheque to: Rotary Burlington Lakeshore, P.O. Box 85103, Burlington. Ont. L7R 4K3

Where can I park?

We do not have a Ribfest designated lot but be sure to use any of the city lots during your stay. Click here to view parking information. 

Where is Accessible parking or drop-off?

Click here to view assistance information.

Accessible Parking

Accessible Parking is available by Spencer's Restaurant as will as around the downtown core. Visit this interactive map for full details.   

Is there a shuttle this year?

We discontinued our shuttle bus last year, as Burlington Transit provides convenient transportation routes. Visit their website to plan your trip here.

What is the cost of admission?

Free! We appreciate donations at our West and East Gate or at any of our donation jars in the Beverage Tents. 

Can I bring my own water bottle?

You can bring an empty water bottle to fill at our water station, located on the East end of the park, just behind the McCafe trailer.

Can I bring my dog or other pets?

The promenade is open to all including your pets. Once you enter the fenced in event space only service animals are permitted. Security can check for supporting documents. There is a City regulation prohibiting other pets in the event area during special events due to the large crowds.

Are there rib coupons this year?

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Are there Ribfest hotel rates? 

Yes, we're glad you asked. In partnership with Tourism Burlington we are happy to offer Ribfest hotel rates. Click here for full details. 

Who are this years Rib Teams?

Click here to see the list of rib teams attending this year!

Who won the judges contest in 2018?

The award for BEST GREEN PIG RIG goes to: 
3rd - Billy Bones BBQ Canada 
2nd - Bone Daddy's BBQ & Smokehouse Canada
1st - Crabby's BBQ Shack

The award for BEST SAUCE goes to: 
3rd - Camp 31 BBQ 
2nd - Jack on the Bone 
1st - Miss Piggy’s BBQ

The award for BEST RIBS goes to: 
3rd - Carolina Rib King 
2nd - Silver Bullet BBQ
1st - Miss Piggy’s BBQ

Can I bring my bicycle into the park?

We have an unstaffed bike corral near the East entrance of the park at Brant and Lakeshore Road. Ribfest takes no responsibility for any lost or stolen items.  

What bands are playing/when?

Click here to see this year’s lineup!   

Are children allowed in?

Yes, at all times. Family Rides at Ribfest are brought by Magical Midways Inc.  Ride tickets details coming soon!

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Do vendors accept Visa/Mastercard or Debit?

No, however there are ATM machines onsite.

Do the beer tents accept Visa/Mastercard or Debit?

Yes, they accept debit, credit, and cash.

What are the 50/50 prices?

Last year’s winner took home $16,227.50! LL#11070. Check here to purchase! Please play responsibly!

Alcohol Responsibility

Canada's Largest Ribfest is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Every year, people from throughout southern Ontario and beyond flock to the shores of Spencer Smith Park in Burlington for four days of fun and great tasting ribs. Canada's Largest Ribfest is a licensed event and alcohol can be purchased during the festival. Ribfest is also a family event, and we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves, be responsible with your alcohol consumption, and don't drink and drive. 

Which vendors will be at the festival?

Click here to see the list of vendors attending this year!

What other kinds of foods are available in addition to ribs?

Chicken, hot dogs, sausages, corn, baked potatoes, French fries, fried onions, donuts, funnel cakes, elephant ears, popcorn, ice cream, candies and more...

Are there vegetarian/vegan foods available?

Some, we are incorporating more vegetarian/vegan options! 

What is the price of ribs this year?

$25 full rack, less for smaller portions. All food vendors set their own prices. All prices are tax included.

Are there any gluten free options?

The following ribbers have gluten free sauce: Texas Rangers, The Hogfather BBQ, Pistol Pete's Smokehouse, Memphis Blazin' BBQ, Horn Dawgs, Crabby's BBQ Shack, Big Boned BBQ, Hawgs Gone Wild, Gator BBQ, Bibbs Bar-B-Q, Camp 31, Jack on the Bone, Uncle Sams BBQ and Silver Bullet BBQ. We do not yet have Halal options.

I'm interested in being a vendor, where can I apply?

Thank you for your interest in Canada's Largest Ribfest. Our vendor applications closed in April. Visit our site during the winter for Ribfest 2020 vendor applications.

I'm interest in being an entertainer, where can I apply? 

Thank you for your interest in Canada's Largest Ribfest. Unfortunately, our entertainment application closed in March, we thank everyone who applied. Email confirmations have been sent. Visit our site during the winter for Ribfest 2020 vendor applications.

Is there a volunteer FAQ's?

Yes, are are glad you asked, this link will take you to the volunteer FAQ's. 

Is there boat docking available?

Not ideal. Very limited areas, no docks.

I am a vendor, where do I park?

Parking is the full responsibility of the vendor. Please visit the city parking map for locations.

Nearby camping?

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Who supplies the ribs?

Onsite, Sysco

Do you serve beef ribs?

Yes, some rib teams have beef as well.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, it is located at the security tent, across from the kids’ zone by the pier.