When are you open?
Our gates open:
Friday, September 1st - 11am to 11pm
Saturday, September 2nd - 11am to 11pm
Sunday, September 3rd - 11am to 11pm
Monday, September 4th - 11am to 7pm
I purchased VIP tickets but can no longer attend, can I get a refund?
Sorry to hear you can't make it to the festival but refunds are not issued. We follow the same policy as sports games and shows.
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 is the cost of admission?
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?
Jack on the Bone, Bone Daddy's, Gator BBQ, Camp 31, Bibbs Bar-B-Q, Uncle Sam's BBQ, Silver Bullet BBQ, Hawgs Gone Wild, Sticky Fingers, Carolina Rib King, Texas Rangers, The Hogfather BBQ, Pistol Pete's Smokehouse, Boss Hogs, Billy Bones BBQ, Memphis Blazin' BBQ, Horn Dawgs, Crabby's BBQ Shack, and Big Boned BBQ.
Who supplies the ribs?
Do you serve beef ribs?
Yes, some rib teams have beef as well.
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 foods available?
Are there vegan foods available?
This year, we have a vegan food vendor, Globally Local. They will be selling vegan burgers, and even vegan ice cream!
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.
How do I best support Rotary?
Buy beer at the festival, or click here to donate online to Rotary!
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.
Where can I park?
Where is Accessible parking or drop-off?
Can I bring my bicycle into the park?
We have an unstaffed bike corral near the West entrance of the park. Ribfest takes no responsibility for any lost or stolen items.
I am a vendor, where do I park?
Parking is the full responsibility of the vendor. Please visit the city parking map for locations.
What are the 50/50 prices?
This year, we are introducing a 50/50 draw at the festival! 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.
Are children allowed in?
Yes, at all times. Family Rides at Ribfest are brought by World's Finest Show.
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.
What's new to the park for 2017?
New this year, we will have an escape room set up on site all weekend. 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?
Bronte Creek Provincial Park