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

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's?

Coming Soon!

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

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

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 Coming Soon!   

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.

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.

What are the 50/50 prices?

Last year the winning ticket was for $25,285! Coming Soon! 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?

Coming Soon!

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. Our vendor applications closes April 30th, click on our homepage for vendor details. Email confirmation will be sent within the next four weeks.

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 Emerging Artisit Showcase deadline has been extended, click here for more details on this exciting program!

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.