When are you open?             

Our gates open:

Friday, August 31st - 11am to 11pm

Saturday, September 1st - 11am to 11pm                                              

Sunday, September 2nd - 11am to 11pm                                                                   

Monday, September 3rd - 11am to 7pm

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. 

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

Thank you for your interest in Canada's Largest Ribfest. Unfortunately, our vendor applications closed April 30th, we thank everyone who applied. Email confirmation will be sent within the next three weeks. Our 2019 vendor application will be open in the fall. 

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. Our 2019 entertainment application will open in the fall.  

Is there a volunteer FAQ's?

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

How do I best support Rotary?

Canada's Largest Ribfest is Burlington's premier fundraising event proudly organized by RCBL, you can donate below. Funds raised at Ribfest support countless programs. Help us give back to the community, you can mail a cheque to: 

Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore
P.O. Box 85103,
Burlington. Ont. L7R 4K3

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. 

What are the 50/50 prices?

Last year the winning ticket was for $25,285! The prices are 3 for $5, 10 for $10, 40 for $20. You must be 18+ to buy tickets. Our license number is LL#9141. Please play responsibly!

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.

Where can I park?

Click here to view parking information. 

Where is Accessible parking or drop-off?

Click here to view assistance information.

Are children allowed in?

Yes, at all times. Family Rides at Ribfest are brought by Magical Midways Inc. Ride coupons can be purchased at the Family Zone Ticket Box right next to the Pier.  It is one coupon per ride and costs $3.  Booklets can also be purchased.


Escape Room?

We will have an Escape Room set up on site all weekend. Yes, an Escape Room! This is the first ever mobile escape room at a festival! This service is provided by Mission Possible Escape Rooms.


What bands are playing/when?

Line up to be announced in Summer 2018!

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. 

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.

Who are the rib vendors this year?

To be announced in the Summer! Check out social media for updates!  

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?

$24 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.

Can I bring my dog or other pets?

No. There is a City regulation prohibiting pets in the event area during special events due to the large crowds.

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.