Event Details

Ribfest is a three day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest has been taking place for 30 years and generates an average attendance of over 10,000 people during the three day festival.

Admission to the event is FREE before 4 pm and is $10 each day after 4 pm. Children 12 and under receive free admission. VIP tickets for the premier Ribfest experience are available on Friday and Saturday, and we'll also host the Best Ribs in Kalamazoo tent with VIP tickets available for Thursday night.

The event features national and local rib vendors that sell ribs and chicken in outstanding barbeque sauces. To compliment the rib vendors, additional food vendors will be offering side items and sweet treats to top off the food experience at Ribfest. The event will also bring in national rock and country musical artists, local bands, plenty of fun activities including children’s crafts/games, People’s Choice Rib Competition, and the exciting contest for Best Ribs in Kalamazoo.

This year's entertainment line up for Ribfest includes:

Thursday, August 2

4 - 4:45 pm Megan Dooley

7 - 8:30 pm Typo

9 - 10:30 pm Fool House

10:30 - 11:30 pm DJ

Friday, August 3

4 - 5 pm Rock Your Vote Winner

7:30 - 9 pm HairMania

9:30 - 11 pm Lita Ford

11 - 12:30 am DJ

Saturday, August 4

4 - 5 pm Pillar to Post

5:30 - 7 pm DC-90

7:30 - 9 pm The Breakfast Club

9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Survivor

10:30 - 12:30 am DJ


  • When: Thu Aug. 2
    11:00 am - 11:30 pm

  • Address: 145 E. Water St.
    Kalamazoo MI,US 49007

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