About the Event

This highly anticipated summertime tradition offers both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque. With the addition of 33 acres of parkland along the Scioto Mile, the revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz. The festival offers three days of continuous live performances while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more!

2018 DATE & HOURS:

Friday, July 20: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.


All food vendors will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Food and concessions will be available during event hours only.

Enjoy hot ribs and cool jazz on two stages all weekend long! Stay tuned for headliner announcements in spring 2018. Click HERE for information on past headliners.


Attendees have many options for traveling to Jazz & Rib Fest including by car, car2go, bus and bike.


car2go offers attendees the closest parking to the entrance of Jazz & Rib Fest. The simple car-sharing option offers a drop zone area that makes it easy to park the car for free and get to grooving at Jazz & Rib Fest. Use CBUS30 to sign up and receive a membership discount in advance of the festival.


Many local bus routes offer service to downtown Columbus and The Scioto Mile and the C-Bus offers quick and convenient service through downtown. For schedules and route details, visit COTA


Ride your own bike or rent a CoGo to travel the many trails and bikeways that lead to The Scioto Mile.


Parking is located throughout downtown Columbus, including at Columbus Commons, COSI and area surface lots. Click here for detailed interactive map of parking options. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed.


Handicap Parking is available at meters on Mound Street between South Civic Center Drive and the entrance ramp to 70 West/71 South, as well as at meters on Town Street between Civic Center Drive and Front Street. Additional handicap parking is available in area surface lots and parking garages. To use handicap parking, you will need to have a handicapped license plate, placard or other state-issued identification. View the Festival Map for details.

Jazz & Rib Fest is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at all portable restroom sites located throughout the festival and in Bicentennial Park. Please note: Jazz & Rib Fest does not offer wheelchair or stroller rentals.