About Us

About the Event

The Jazz & Rib Fest is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque for more than thirty years. Building off the success of our move to the premier entertainment destination of downtown Columbus, we are thrilled to once again call The Arena District the home of hot ribs and cool jazz. McFerson Commons and North Bank Park stages will anchor the event with performances featuring the best regional and international jazz artists. The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local artists on an intimate riverfront stage set against the city skyline. Award winning rib-burners representing 10 states and Canada will fire up their grills along Spring & Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

DATE & HOURS:

Friday, July 18: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 19: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 20: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:

The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Click here for more details on the location.

PARKING:

Surrounding areas of The Arena District. Click here for more details on where to park.

WEATHER:

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

ADMISSION IS FREE!

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! Click here for more details on the performance schedule.