Aurora's Ribfest


Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, 2019

It'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 23.

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 provided by Superior Events and activities for kids of all ages.

Hours of Operation

** Please  note that guests 19 years of age and older will need to show government issued I.D. to obtain a free wristband upon entry.  Wristbands must be worn by those 19 years of age and older at all times while enjoying the event.

Friday, August 23 - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Labyrinth Escape Room - 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Rotary Club of Aurora Beer Garden - 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mechanical Bull Riding - 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 24 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
BATL Axe Throwing League - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Labyrinth Escape Room - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Children's Activity Zone - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rotary Club of Aurora Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, August 25 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Labyrinth Escape Room - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Children's Activity Zone - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rotary Club of Aurora Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There is Excitement All Weekend Long

Mechanical Bull Riding
How long can you stay on the mechanical bull? Try out this exciting activity on Friday between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 

Escape Room
Join Labyrinth Escape Games for an exciting escape experience! Bring your friends and try out their NEW mobile escape room, made especially for Aurora's Ribfest!

BATL Axe Throwing League
There will be activities for the adults too! Try your hand with Axe Throwing in the afternoon on Saturday with some target practice.

Rib Teams

Aurora's Ribfest includes these incredible professional rib teams:

  • Bibbs BBQ - Naples, Florida
  • Bone Daddy's - Fort Erie, Ontario
  • Camp 31 - Brewton, Alabama
  • Sticky Fingers – Castleberry, Alabama
  • Uncles Sam's BBQ - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Entertainment

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.

Friday, August 23

5:30 p.m. - Green River Revival: Tribute to CCR
9 p.m. - Honeymoon Suite

Saturday, August 24

11:30 a.m. - Ninth Line
1:30 p.m. - Bernadette Connors
3:30 p.m. - Tribute to Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks
5:30 p.m. - Desire: Tribute to U2
9 p.m. - The Spoons

Sunday, August 25

12 p.m. - Best of Rib Judging
1:30 p.m. - Six Ways to Sunday
3:30 p.m. - Monkey Wrench: Tribute to Foo Fighters
6 p.m. - The Neil Young-uns

  • 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 free kids activity zone including activities, face painting and more.
    - Saturday, August 24 - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    - Sunday, August 25 - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Professional Rib Teams Cook Off – Sunday, August 25 at 12 p.m.
    The Professional Rib Teams Cook Off is hands down, lip smacking excitement. Local dignitaries will be judging the finest sauces and ribs from the professional ribbers which are all competing for trophies in this final stop on the provincial ribfest tour. 

  • 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. Ballots can be placed in the voting box located under the Town of Aurora tent.

Photo Gallery

Check out this photo gallery from Aurora's Ribfest 2018 event.

Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event    Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event

Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event    Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event

Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event    Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event

Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event    Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event

Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event    Photo from Aurora’s Ribfest special event

Thank you for our Event Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Logo for Aurora Home Hardware   

Event Partner

Image of Rotary organization logo

Rental Sponsor

Image of Rent Source company logo

Children's Zone Sponsors

Image of Aurora Family Martial Arts company logo    Image of Sport Clips company logo


Directions

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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