Aurora's Ribfest

Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27, 2017

Image of Aurora Ribfest event posterIt's all about the "Ribs, Bibs and Sauce"!

The tastiest event of the year will be taking place at Machell Park, as the rib teams get fired up starting on Friday, August 25.

Not only will there be the tastiest ribs but also roasted yams, roasted corn on the cob, beavertails and many other dishes for every appetite.

We also will have great live entertainment, an inflatable midway and activities for kids of all ages.

A beer garden will be proudly run by the Aurora Rotary Club.

Hours of Operation

Friday, August 25 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Age of Majority - 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. 
Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 26 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Age of Majority - 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Image of Ribfest coupon 

To use coupon: Please click on coupon and print, bring it with you to Aurora's Ribfest.

New This Year – A Mobile ESCAPE Experience

As a new feature for Aurora's Ribfest, we have designed the first mobile ESCAPE experience. For those who haven't tried one of these, they are a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the room. Do you have what it takes to escape Blackbeard's Brig?

Each escape can have up to 4 team mates and there is a maximum time limit of 45 minutes. The cost is $15 per person, but if each person that shows us on their phone that they have liked and shared an Aurora's Ribfest social media post, their cost will be $10. Teams that successfully escape have the chance to win a BBQ prize pack and complimentary wristbands for Aurora's Haunted Forest.

The Escape Schedule:

Friday, August 25 - 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 26 - 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 27 - 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.

If you would like to reserve a time, please email Seanne Goodfellow at or Shelley Ware at

Special thanks to Home Depot for making this experience possible.

Aurora's Ribfest brings 5 ribbers and the names of their teams tell their own story.

  • Uncles Sam's BBQ - Alburquerque, New Mexico
    Uncle Sam's BBQ has maintained it's slogan "Simply the Best" by winning over 100 awards for ribs, sauce, pulled pork and chicken. That reputation continues today, and will carry on far into the future.

  • Bone Daddy's - Fort Erie, Ontario
    Bare no bones about this rib team, you won't want to miss their racks, which are slow cooked and dazzled with a sweet sauce.

  • Camp 31 - Brewton, Alabama
    Along with the awards and trophies, Camp 31 is still one of the highest productive BBQ teams on the road today, cooking the best Southern Style Barbecue around… slow smoked over hickory logs ensuring the tenderest meat and the most flavourful rib experience.

  • The Hogfather - Deep Hills of Tennessee
    Provides the finest competition quality, slow smoked, southern barbecue with a Tennessee twist. Their unique sauce will definitely have you coming back for more.

  • Bibbs BBQ - Naples, Florida
    You will need a bib for these ribs, as you won't want to miss a drop of sauce. Bibbs BBQ claims to be the sauciest of them all.


There is a jam-packed line up with musical acts appearing on the entertainment stage. You will be entertained by some of the region's best musical performers. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes to dance the afternoon and evenings away to great performers! 

Aurora’s Ribfest Entertainment Schedule

Friday, August 25

  • 6 p.m. - Canadian Xsports, Tribute to Canada’s Greatest Hits

  • 9 p.m. - Harlequin

Image of Harlequin band members 

Saturday, August 26

  • 11:30 a.m. - Winnipeg Wind, Tribute to Guess Who

  • 1 p.m. - Hoedown Showdown Talent Competition, PRESENTED BY MAGNA

  • 5:30 p.m. - Six Ways to Sunday

  • 9 p.m. - David Wilcox

Image of Dave Wilcox entertainer 

Sunday, August 27

  • 12 p.m. - Professional Ribfest Judging

  • 1:30 p.m. - Louisa and The Planets

  • 3:30 p.m. - Pontune 5

  • 5:30 p.m. - Stacey Renee Band

Children's Activities

There will be an inflatable midway set up all weekend long to add some excitement for families and for children of all ages. Nominal fees do apply for the midway. In addition, there will be a kids activity zone including crafts, face painting ad more, on Saturday, August 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

People's Choice Award

Don't forget to make your opinion count and cast your vote for the best ribs of the weekend! Ballots will be randomly handed out throughout the event, however you can download one and take it with you. Ballots can be placed in the voting box located under the Town of Aurora tent.

Event Sponsors

Logo for Aurora Home Hardware        Image of Rent Source company logo 

Event Partner

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Travelling from Toronto via Hwy 404:

  • Exit onto Wellington Street West

  • Turn right to go North on Yonge Street

  • Turn left onto Aurora Heights Blvd

Travelling from Hwy 401 or 400:

  • Exit at Lloydtown, go East

  • Turn right onto Jane Street

  • Turn left onto Eighteenth Sideroad

  • Turn right onto Yonge Street

  • Turn right onto Aurora Heights Blvd

Locate Machell Park

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