.... to help plan your Ribfest visit

Q: Where is Ribfest?

A: Riverside Park - 709 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H 7G6

Here is the link to directions

We highly recommend you take either public transit or ride your bike as parking is limited. A gentle reminder that no bikes will be allowed in the park.  Good news is that we have free valet bike parking supported by the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT).

Q: Where do I enter?

A: There are two entrances: the main entrance is on the southeast side, north of Riverside Park’s carousel: the second entrance is on the northwest side of the park past the gravel parking area. 

Q: Is there admission?

A: We don’t charge admission but we will ask for donations at the gate. Ribfest is a fundraiser where all the proceeds are given back to local organizations. For over 23 years, the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium has raised more than one million dollars to support our community.

Q: Do vendors/beer tent accept Visa/Mastercard or Debit?

A: NO, but there are several ATMs on site.

Q: Is it rain or shine?

A: YES. We will be serving up ribs, great food, and entertainment for the community whether it rains or shines. Make sure you dress accordingly. Bring some slickers if rain is in the forecast or sunscreen if its going to be sunny.

Q: Can I buy bottled water at the park?

A: Bottled water will not be available for sale.  We encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottles as the Guelph Water Wagon will be the only source of water refills.

Q: Can I bring my pet?

A: Unfortunately, no pets are allowed in the park during Ribfest.  Service dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.

Q: Will I be able to pre-purchase tickets for the rides?

A: Magical Midways Inc. has set up a link to purchase a wristband for $25 + service fees per person. That’s $10 off the regular weekend price!  Visit -

Wristbands are good for one all you can ride wristband on same day as redeemed.  Sales end midnight August 25th.

Q: What are the kid's area hours?

A: The midway will operate on the same hours as the rest of the event.  The other kid's activities will be available from opening until early evening (approx 6 pm) 

Q: Is alcohol available?

A: Yes, Ribfest is a licensed event selling beer, wines, and coolers.  Please be prepared to present ID to verify your age. Please drink responsibly.

Q: Am I allowed to bring my own alcohol?

A: No one is permitted to bring alcohol into the event.

Q: What are the rib prices this year?

A: Subject to change, the prices are expected to be:

  • 1/2 rack $18
  • Full rack $30-32
  • Sides (corn bread, baked beans, coleslaw, mac 'n cheese) $2-5 each



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Water will not be sold at this event. 
Bring your water bottles for a free fill up at the City of Guelph Water Wagon

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The organizers, vendors, sponsors and staff wish to thank you in advance for when you visit this years Guelph Ribfest. In an effort to maintain a safe, clean, and fun-filled family atmosphere, pets will not be able to enjoy Ribfest firsthand.
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