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Rhythm & Ribs Festival 2017

Friday – Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 2017

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 headliner act for 2017 will be the crowd-pleasing New Orleans funk band, Galactic. The full schedule (see below) will include Laura Reed, The Hip Abduction, Go Get Gone, and Biscuit Miller. 

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. Ages 15 and under are admitted free. All tickets are available at the gate only — no advance ticket sales.

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).

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