Countdown to Ribfest!

For over 20 years, BBQ and Music have come together in Mankato to form a summer tradition known as Ribfest, now held in Riverfront Park. The annual event draws thousands of people to Mankato to take in the smells and sounds of Ribfest. In fact, the 20th annual Ribfest had the largest crowd ever, with 22,048 people attending.  2018 marks the 21st annual Ribfest in Mankato, running Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 5.    

Check out the entertainment lineup for each day of Ribfest:

Thursday, August 2nd (get tickets here):

 - John Michael Montgomery

 - The Chris Hawkey Band

 - Radio Romance

Friday, August 3rd (get tickets here):

 - Bret Michaels

 - Arch Allies

 - Jeremy Poland Band

Saturday, August 4th (get tickets here):

 - Sugar Ray 

 - Tonic

 - Jesse Larson

 - David Sandersfield

 - Stacy K

Sunday, August 5th (Free Admission Sunday):

 - Free Fallen -- A tribute to Tom Petty

 - Pour Me Band

2018 Ribbers:

Don't forget to check out the KEYC News 12 Booth for giveaways 

Eat. Vote. Win. After tasting and eating ribs go to and vote for your favorite Ribber and enter for a chance to win a grill and year supply of BBQ sauce!