Aurora's Ribfest

Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26, 2018

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 24.

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 24 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Age of Majority - 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Saturday, August 25 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Children's Zone - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Age of Majority - 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Sunday, August 26 - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inflatable Midway - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Children's Zone - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Beer Garden - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Age of Majority - 8 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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!

Entertainment Line-Up
There is fantastic live entertainment all weekend long. Check out our amazing headliners:

Friday August 24 at 9 p.m. - Rik Emmett & RESolution 9 

Saturday, August 25 at 9 p.m. - Platinum Blonde

Check back for updates!

             Ribfest Bands 2018

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 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hoedown Showdown - Saturday, August 25
Once again the Hoedown Showdown will be holding auditions for the lucky vocalist that will be performing at the Hoedown. The top 20 chosen to audition will be performing live and hoping to make it to the next round of auditions taking place on Friday, September 18 at Magna.

Professional Rib Teams Cook Off - Sunday, August 26 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, 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.


If you would like to volunteer for this event, please fill out the volunteer application form and email to

Aurora's Ribfest - Volunteer Application Form

Event Sponsors

Logo for Aurora Home Hardware        Image of Rent Source company logo 

Event Partner

Image of Rotary organization logo 


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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