Kalamazoo Ribfest

Kalamazoo Ribfest

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$12 – $50

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Arcadia Creek Festival Place

145 East Water Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Join us this summer at Ribfest- one of Kalamazoo's oldest festivals that features two solid days of food, entertainment and fun!

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Ribfest, presented by Seat N Sleep, is a two-day event at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in Downtown Kalamazoo. As one of the original festivals held downtown, Ribfest is now in its 34th year and attracts over 10,000 people each summer. Proceeds from the Kalamazoo Ribfest go to benefit the Arc Community Advocates, who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to empower them to live a life that is fully included in the community and advocate on their behalf.

The event features national and local rib vendors that sell meats in outstanding barbeque sauces. To complement 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, and the exciting contest for Best Ribs in Kalamazoo. This year's headliners include Pop 2000 Tour, Sister Hazel, and Puddle of Mudd.


Q: Do I have to buy a separate ticket for the concert?

A: No, your admission to the festival includes all the entertainment.

Q: What does the VIP ticket inclue?

A: Enjoy Ribfest in style! The VIP ticket includes access to a private bathroom, seating area and beer trailer.

Q: Do you allow re-entry?

A: We allow re-entry prior to 3PM. You will receive a stamp as you leave the venue. No stamp = no re-entry. There is no re-entry if you leave the festival after 3PM.

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: Kids are welcome! We just ask that after 7 p.m., all kids under the age of 17 must be with an adult. Kids under 12 get into the festival for free.

Q: Are pets allowed?

A: Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the festival grounds for Ribfest. Only service animals with their required identification are allowed.

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