2016 Festival Features

ABC 6 / FOX 28 Pavilion

Become an ABC 6 fan and cool off at the same time! Conveniently located at the heart of the festival, relax under the shade of the ABC 6/FOX 28 Pavilion on the corner of Rich Street and Civic Center Drive. Stop by the pavilion for a hand fan and meet y …

ShadeTree Canopies

Relax under the cool comfort of ShadeTree Canopy pergolas located at the West Bank Stage and in Bicentennial Park. Stop by and learn more about this patented retractable canopy system and pick up cool ShadeTree sunglasses or a fun ShadeTree frisbee.

Big Bite Tour

The Big Bite Tour is the largest entertainment experience traveling to the nation’s major food and music festivals. Joining the Big Bite Tour at Jazz & Rib Fest are Snyder’s of Hanover, Turkey Hill Dairy, Brookside Chocolate, Mentos, Gold Bond Powder, …

Great American Cookout

The Great American Cookout wants to give YOU the ultimate backyard BBQ, complete with your favorite celebrity pitmasters! Stop by the Great American Cookout where BBQ experts will share grilling tips and free samples. Also, enter to win a party for up …

L.L. Bean Base Camp

The L.L. Bean Bootmobile is setting foot at Jazz & Rib Fest with games, giveaways, prizes and L.L. Bean coupons. Be sure to stop by for a chance to win an L.L. Bean gift card and to gear up for all of your outdoor adventures!

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs Tour

The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs Tour is firing up the grill and serving free hot dog samples, along with lots of Coney Island style fun and games. Stop by to try ring toss, bag toss, single horse carousel and their Zoltar fortune teller machine.

Duke’s Taste Tour

The Duke’s Taste Tour kitchen trailer will prepare delicious recipes with Duke’s Mayonnaise for visitors to sample all weekend. Stop by for a taste and take home a mini jar of Duke’s Mayonnaise along with a recipe card and a coupon so you can try Duke’ …

Heinz BBQ Sampling Experience

Heinz worked with some of the nation’s top pitmasters to create a collection of authentic regional barbecue sauces that taste even better than they look. Stop by the Heinz BBQ Sampling Experience to taste their delicious new sauces – each sauce is made …

Buckeye Health Plan

Need a bookmark to help with your summer reading? Buckeye Health Plan and Buckley the Squirrel will help you create your own personal bookmark. Whether you like animals, sports or flowers, there is something for everyone. Visit the Buckeye Health Plan …


Stop by the GEICO booth for free games, prizes and giveaways. Guess how many GECKOs are in their Guess the Gecko box for a chance to win a $200 gift card!


Stop by the car2go tent on the Rich Street bridge for FREE registration and 30 minutes to try it out. Win free minutes and other prizes while you snap a selfie with the famous Columbus deer!  Want FREE Rockstar-VIP Parking? Visit the car2go website and …

Mobile City Hall

Visit the Mobile City Hall to learn about City of Columbus departments, services and events; file a 311 report or learn how to apply for a city job.


COTA moves us forward, connecting central Ohio’s residents, workforce and visitors to each other and to our collective future. Stop by COTA’s interactive booth to learn more about public transportation in Columbus.

Cultural Arts Center

While you’re enjoying the Jazz and Ribs Fest, stop by the Recreation and Parks Department’s Cultural Arts Center, just across the street from Bicentennial Park on West Main Street at Second. The Cultural Arts Center is Central Ohio’s premier visual art …