When are you 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
Who are this years Rib Teams's?
N11 Texas Rangers
N12 The Hogfather BBQ (was Dinosaur BBQ)
N13 Pistol Pete's Smokehouse
N14 Boss Hogs
N15 Billy Bones
N16 Memphis Blazin' BBQ
N17 Miss Piggy's World Famous BBQ
N18 Crabby's BBQ Shack
N19 Crown Maple
S10 Carolina Rib King
S9 Sticky Fingers
S8 Hawgs Gone Wild
S7 Silver Bullet BBQ
S6 Uncles Sam's BBQ
S5 Bibbs Bar-b-Q
S4 Camp 31
S3 Gator BBQ
S2 Bone Daddy's
S1 Jack on the Bone
Who won the judges contest last year?
Best judged ribs - 1. Camp 31, 2. Big Bone BBQ, 3. Billy Bones BBQ
Best Judged Sauce - 1. Uncle Sam's, 2. Billy Bones, 3. Memphis Blazin' BBQ
Best Green Pig Rig - 1. Crabby's BBQ, 2. Gator BBQ, 3. Uncle Sam's
Who won the judges contest this year?
The award for BEST SAUCE goes to:
3rd - Camp 31 BBQ
2nd - Jack on the Bone
1st - Miss Piggy’s BBQ
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 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.
Accessible Parking is available by Spencer's Restaurant as will as around the downtown core. Visit this interact map for full details.
What bands are playing/when?
Line up is available on our Entertainment tab.
Are children allowed in?
Yes, at all times. Family Rides at Ribfest are brought by Magical Midways Inc. Ride tickets or coupons are $2.00 each or 20 tickets or coupons for $35.00. Ride tickets vary in price from 2 to coupons.
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.
*Escape Room Experiences by Mission Possible Escape Rooms*
Mission Possible Escape Rooms will be bringing 3 different experiences to RibFest this year! A 20 minute portable Escape Room, an Outdoor Adventure (amazing race style) and a puzzle challenge! Put your problem-solving skills to the test! Tickets are available at Mission Possible Escape Rooms located beside the Gazebo.
Pricing will be as follows:
2 players - $15
3 players - $20
4 players - $25
5+ players - $30
2-6 players - $10
Teams of 2-6 - $25
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.
How do I best support Rotary?
Canada's Largest Ribfest is Burlington's premier fundraising event proudly organized by RCBL. 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
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.
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.
What are the 50/50 prices?
Last year the winning ticket was for $25,285! The prices are 1 ticket for $5, 3 tickets for $10, 10 tickets for $20 and 40 tickets for $40. You must be 18+ to buy tickets. Our license number is LL#9991. Please play responsibly!
Club Saucy Seats (VIP)
$40 entry, August 31-September2, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
$30 entry, September 3, 11:00 am - 6:00pm
$75 All You Can Eat Ribs! (Saturday & Sunday) 5:00-8:00 pm
$10 Front of Line Pass
$10 Snack Ticket (big bags of popcorn/chips/bottled water)
Located on the East side of Spencer Smith Park
Please note, no outside food or beverages of any kind are allowed in the park. As well, we do not allow any large bags or purses in the park.
Click here for more information about VIP Saucy Seats and getting tickets
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?
The Hogfather BBQ
Billy Bones BBQ
Memphis Blazin' BBQ
Miss Piggy's World Famous BBQ
Crabby's BBQ Shack
Carolina Rib King
Hawgs Gone Wild
Silver Bullet BBQ
Uncle Sam's BBQ
Jack on the Bone
The Candy Counter
Tiny Toms Doughnuts
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. 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. 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?
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.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Who supplies the ribs?
Do you serve beef ribs?
Yes, some rib teams have beef as well.