Every year, people from all over come to Niagara Falls for Ribfest, Ontario’s best barbecue event with three days of pork-filled glory. Ribfest 2019 is the 15th annual event and will be held June 14-16, and it’s one of the most fun things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Come here for music, entertainment and, of course, delectable barbecue food to pig out.
When you’re putting together a list of Niagara Falls attractions to check out this June, add Ribfest 2019. And if you’re looking for other things to do in Niagara Falls (like ice wine tasting), check out our site, where you can book the best place to stay in Niagara Falls.
Ribfest 2019 Details
Where: Rapidsview Park, 7369 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Parking: Park for free in the Rapidsview parking lot.
When: Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, from noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, June 16, from noon to 7 p.m.
Cost: Admission to the event is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit organisations supported by Ribfest hosts Rotary Club of Niagara Falls Sunrise, like Rotary House, Pathstone Mental Health, Literacy Niagara, GNGH Foundation, School Breakfast Program, Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Club of Niagara.
Pets: Pets are not allowed at this event, due to health regulations.
Restrictions: Coolers and smoking are also prohibited.
Which Food Vendors Will Be at Ribfest 2019?
There will be plenty of different names from the Niagara Falls region serving up the best in barbecue. Get ribs, or a pulled pork sandwich or another deliciously mouth-watering barbecue selection. The ribbers who will be on site include:
- Billy Bones
- Bone Daddy’s
- Fat Boys BBQ
- The Hogfather BBQ
- Silver Bullet
Ribbers will go head to head in competitions for Best Ribs and Best Sauce. Visitors can vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice category. There will be a Ribber Awards Presentation Sunday, June 18, from 4:30-5 p.m.
In addition to barbecue and ribs, visitors can also get sides and vegetarian items like corn on the cob, blooming onions, potato chips, ice cream cones, donuts and funnel cake. Pair your meal with a cold beer or soda, or sip on some fresh squeezed lemonade.
Ribfest 2019 Entertainment
Ribfest is about more than the food. The community event includes lots of live entertainment for fun for the whole family. Some things to look forward to include:
- Live music and bands
- Face painting
- Bouncy slides
- Balloon animals
For 2019, the live music entertainment schedule is:
Friday, June 14
- 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Avenue Inn Band
- 4-6 p.m.: Soul Jam
- 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Twist of Fate
- 9-11 p.m.: Fanzzango
Saturday, June 15
- Noon-1 p.m.: Evan Rotella
- 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Jessica Wilson Band
- 4-6 p.m.: Serious Trouble
- 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Slider
- 9-11 p.m.: Vinyl Flux
Sunday, June 16
- Noon-2 p.m.: Riley Michaels, ProAction Cops & Kids
- 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Patsy and the Muscle
- 5-7 p.m.: Killin’ Time
Most of the entertainment comes directly from the Niagara Falls region. If you’re a music lover looking for fun things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario, you’ll want to visit Ribfest to see some of Niagara Falls’ most talented musicians.
More Fun at Ribfest 2019
If you’re visiting Niagara Falls from somewhere else, Ribfest is also a great place to go to see goods made by local artisans. There will be more than a dozen local Niagara Falls market vendors on site. You can grab a souvenir to take home, or visit with local businesses.
Some things you might be able to do at Ribfest (besides all the yummy food) include check out bath and beauty products, get a chair massage, meet local firefighters, enter drawings to win a car, meet local radio station personalities and more.
Plan for Ribfest 2019 on Your June Niagara Falls Visit
There’s no shortage of entertaining Niagara Falls attractions, and June is a great time to visit Niagara Falls. The weather is beautiful, and it’s peak season for things to do in Niagara Falls.
When you’re planning your June Niagara Falls vacation, add Ribfest 2019 to your itinerary. Here are some other fun things to do in Niagara Falls Ontario in June:
- Splash around at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
- Visit the Niagara Brewing Company
- Cool off with ice wine at a Niagara Falls winery
- Golf on a Niagara Falls golf course
- Head out on the White Water Walk
- Check out the Cave of the Winds for a unique Niagara Falls view
- Learn Niagara Falls history at Old Fort Erie
Want to make this June memorable for you and your family? Book the best place to stay in Niagara Falls now.