Rhythm & Ribs Festival 2017
Friday - Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 2017 at Francis Field
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 for the 2017 festival will include Laura Reed, The Hip Abduction, Go Get Gone, and Biscuit Miller. The headliner act for 2017 will be announced in early March. See the Entertainment Schedule below for details. 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: Ticket prices are $10 per person on Friday or Saturday and $5 per person on Family Day Sunday. Under 16 and active military with ID are admitted free. Price for veteran with ID is $2. All tickets are available at the gate only -- no advance ticket sales. Ride wristbands will be available for $20 on Friday and Saturday and for $15 on Sunday.
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 31, April 1 and 2, 2017. 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Where: Francis Field is located behind the parking garage at 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine.
Parking and Shuttle Services: Parking is available at the downtown parking facility right next to Francis Field and a free Park & Ride Shuttle will be provided on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The shuttle will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday only, and will pick up from the following locations: the St. Johns County Health Department (200 San Sebastian View), and the North San Marco Lot (301 San Marco Avenue). The shuttle will drop off at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, which is located next to Francis Field (where this event will be held). For parking options for the other days of the festival (March 31 and April 2, 2017), please visit here.
Sponsors of the festival include Bozard Ford, Camping World, Canan Law, and Dunkin' Donuts.
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.
Schedule of Events
Date and Time
Friday, March 31, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Hip Abduction
Saturday, April 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
1:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Go Get Gone
3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
The Kilwein Family Tree-O
5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Andy Frasco & the U.N.
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
2:45 – 5:00 p.m.