Mankato RibFest: Local Fun for Five Bucks

ribfest mankato mn The 16th Annual Mankato RibFest is going on this weekend at Riverfront Park.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long.  Most of my RibFest memories are from the parking lot in front of the Brett’s building.  I was in the front row when Night Ranger played a few years ago, surely embarrassing myself and my husband, but it was a fun night!

mankato ribfest 2013 The $5 cover charge is a bit deceiving.  If you eat a lot of ribs and drink a lot of beer, your Ribfest tally will definitely add up.  But, compared to other events outside of Mankato, this is a great deal.  Where else can you listen to live music from bands you’ve actually heard of, drink beer, see tons of people you probably know, and eat world-class street for under, let’s say $50 a head?  Not many places.  That’s one of the joys of living in small town Minnesota.  Dig out your cowboy boots or 80s mullet wig (depending on when you go)… just get there, have fun, and support the community!  Oh, and don’t wear a white shirt if you’re eating ribs.  I learned that lesson the hard way.

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Thursday, August 1
5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Headliner: BLACKHAWK

  • 6PM – Devon Worley Band
  • 8PM – Rocket Club
  • 10PM – Blackhawk 

Friday, August 2
11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Headliner: EVERCLEAR

  • 6PM – The Reckless
  • 8PM – Leogun
  • 10PM – Everclear

Saturday, August 3
11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Headliner: LOVERBOY

  • 12PM – TBA
  • 2PM – Barefoot Winos
  • 4PM – The Murphy Brothers
  • 6PM – Powerhouse
  • 8PM – Arch Allies
  • 10PM – Loverboy

Sunday, August 4
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 12PM – TBA
  • 1PM – City Mouse
  • 3PM – Mary Jane Alm Band


Vetter Stone Amphitheater, Riverfront Park Mankato, MN
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BBQ teams coming to RibFest:

  • Texas Thunder
  • Chicago BBQ
  • Uncle Bub’s
  • Big Boned BBQ
  • Famous Dave’s – National Team

Fees: $5.00 General Admission | Tickets at the gate

Appropriate for: Children, Teens, College/Young Adults, Adults, and Seniors

Accessibility Services Available: Wheelchair Access

FREE Parking at Downtown Ramps.
FREE Shuttle Service from downtown to Riverfront Park Thursday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. | Pick up is on Riverfront Drive in front of the Civic Center.


Entertainment subject to change.
Event will take place rain or shine.

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