FAQ

When is the festival?

The 2014 Jazz & Rib Fest will be held Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. Festival hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Where can I find directions to the festival?

The Jazz & Rib Fest is located in the downtown Columbus Arena District along Spring and Long Streets, McFerson Commons and North Bank Park. Click here for detailed directions and information regarding parking.

Does public transportation run near the festival site?

For local bus routes and information please visit COTA.

Where should I park?

Convenient parking is located all around the Arena District, including surface lots and parking garages. To reach festival Handicap Parking, take Neil Avenue south from Nationwide Boulevard and then left on New Public Lane. The lot will be on your right. To use this lot, you will need to have a handicapped license plate, placard or other state-issued identification. Additional handicap parking is also available in all other Arena District lots and garages. Reserved Parking may be purchased in advance on the Arena District Event Parking website to guarantee a space in an Arena District lot. Click here for detailed interactive map of festival parking.

Will there be seating at the festival?

There will be a tented seating pavilion located on the plaza of the North Bank Pavilion, overlooking the Jazz Café stage. Lawn seating is available in front of all stages. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Guests may set up their own tents in designated areas of the lawn seating areas by the main stages. We ask that you please follow posted signage as to where tents are allowed so that all guests may fully enjoy the performance. Tents need to be safely secured, keeping in mind that there are irrigation systems in the parks. Tents may not be left up overnight and must be taken down in the case of high winds or inclement weather as a safety precaution. No grilling or cooking of any type may be conducted in the parks.

Is the festival wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located at all portable restroom sites located throughout the festival. To reach the handicapped parking lot for the festival, take Neil Avenue south from Nationwide Boulevard and then left on New Public Lane. The lot will be on your right. To use this lot, you will need to have a handicapped license plate, placard or other state-issued identification. Additional handicap parking is also available in all other Arena District lots and garages.

What if I need medical attention at the festival?

Paramedics will be on duty at the festival at all times, located at the corner of Neil Avenue and Spring Street.

What if I become separated from my family?

If you should become separated from your child please report the incident to the nearest police officer or to the information tent. Found children will be brought to the information tent to wait for their parents. You may visit the information tent to obtain a wristband ID for your child to wear during the festival.

Can I vote for my favorite ribs?

We encourage all attendees to vote for their favorite ribs by filling out the People’s Choice Ballot. Ballots and ballot boxes will be located at the information booth and at all sponsor booths throughout the festival.

Are there any festival rules?

The following are NOT PERMITTED on festival grounds: NO carry-in beverages, NO glass bottles or any glass containers, NO unauthorized vending, handbills, petitioning or solicitation, NO grilling or cooking, NO camp fires, and NO weapons. While on festival grounds, bikes and scooters MUST BE walked. While we strongly recommend leaving your pet at home in cool, quiet comfort, animals are permitted, but must be leashed at all times and owners must clean-up after their pets.

Can I buy a festival souvenir?

The main information tent for the festival, where you may pick up a festival guide or purchase a souvenir t-shirt, will be located at the intersection of Neil Avenue and Spring Street. Festival guides will also be available at all pop booths located throughout the festival grounds and at the volunteer booth located on Neil Avenue.

Will an ATM be available?

There will be several ATMs located throughout the festival. Click here to view the festival map for exact locations.

Will the festival have activities for children?

Yes! Click here for more information about fun for families at the festival.

Where is the lost and found?

Lost and found items are kept at the information booth for the duration of the festival. After the festival, lost and found items are kept for up to 30 days. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity. If you have any lost and found issues, please contact MITA@columbus.gov or call (614) 645-7995.

Will there be gluten free options available at the festival?

We reached out to the 2013 rib teams regarding gluten free items. The following teams have responded:

  • Armadillo’s – ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken breast and all sauces
  • Bad Wolf BBQ – all meats and coleslaw
  • BBQ Masters – everything
  • Big Boned BBQ Co. – ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, beans, coleslaw and all sauces
  • Butches BBQ – all sauces and rubs
  • Desperado’s BBQ Co. – all products except cornbread
  • Just North of Memphis – Sweet Kristy’s sauce and dry rubbed ribs
  • Mojo’s Rib Shack – ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken breast and all sauces
  • The Swhinery- pulled pork with no sauce

Disclaimer:

The Jazz & Rib Fest has undertaken considerable research from our rib teams to provide gluten free options for our attendees. While we try to ensure that these items are gluten free, Jazz & Rib Fest does not accept any responsibility whatsoever if such products contain traces of gluten.