About Us

About the Event

This highly anticipated summertime tradition offers both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbecue. With the addition of 33 acres of parkland along the Scioto Mile, the newly revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for Jazz & Rib Fest. Relocating this year to both sides of the Scioto River in Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Parks, the festival offers three days of continuous jazz by renowned international and local musicians while barbecue pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbecue teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

2017 DATE & HOURS:

Friday, July 21: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 22: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 23: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Typically sunny and warm: average day time temperature 85 °F


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 three different stages all weekend long! Stay tuned for headliner announcements in spring 2017. Click HERE for information on past headliners.