St. Augustine's annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival celebrates delicious barbecue, music and good times, with live entertainment and local chefs competing for the best BBQ. The 2017 festival will take place Friday through Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 2017, at Francis Field.
This festival includes great live music throughout the weekend, people’s BBQ choice awards, a kids zone, mechanical bull, an array of vendors, and much more.
Exceptional live music is a staple of this popular festival each year. The artists and schedule for the 2017 festival are still to be announced. In 2016, the lineup included The Marshall Tucker Band, Kaylee Rose, Marc Broussard, the Salt Driven Ride, Swanky Mo's, and Herd of Watts. The live entertainment schedule below will be updated for the 2017 event as soon as the details are firmed up. For the most up-to-date information on festival entertainment, visit here.
Award-winning BBQ from seven regional and national BBQ champions is served throughout the festival, and there is plenty of ice cold beer, sodas and other options as well as a variety of other food items like burgers, pretzels, popcorn, and candy. Barbeque voting takes place all weekend.
The event includes a kids fun zone with games, pony riding, rock climbing wall, rides, and more. This family-friendly event is one of St. Augustine's most popular annual festivals.
Visitors and locals are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No coolers, no dogs or other pets, and no overnight camping or parking, please.
Admission and Hours: Ticket prices vary depending on the day and hours of attendance. No advance sales; pay at gate only. Active military with ID are admitted free. Admission fees for the 2017 event are still to be determined.
When? Friday - Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 2017.
Where? Francis Field is located behind the parking garage at 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine.
Sponsors of the 2016 festival included Bozard Ford, Budweiser, Camping World, and Canan Law.
The St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club consists of community leaders who get together once a week for fellowship and an opportunity to give back to our community and the world.
Over 200 volunteers put in over 2,000 hours to run the Club's signature fundraiser, the Rhythm & Ribs Festival, each year. Additionally, thousands of hours are spent planning the festival throughout each year. The many beneficiaries who receive funds generated by the Rhythm & Ribs Festival include Home Again St. Johns, Betty Griffin House, Catholic Charities, Boys and Girls Club, Council on Aging, St. Francis House, Habitat for Humanity, SAFE Animal Shelter, and the St. Augustine Orchestra. For a complete list of beneficiaries, visit here.