CAPITAL RIBFEST IS AN AN ALL-AGES FESTIVAL;
FREE ADMISSION * YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU EAT!
Donations are Welcome.
FESTIVAL DAYS AND TIMES
Friday, August 2nd - 11am-10pm
Saturday, August 3rd - 11am-10pm
Sunday, August 4th - 11am-10pm
Monday, August 5th - 11am-7pm
Can I bring my dog or other pets?
Pets are permitted. They must be well behaved and on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for the safety of the public.
I'm driving. Where are you?
Festival Plaza (right beside City Hall) at 110 Laurier Street in downtown Ottawa. Better yet, open your window and just follow the delicious smell of BIG BBQ.
Is parking available?
Yes. Parking is available on the nearby streets, underground parking right at City Hall and at public parking lots w/in the block. There is also free parking at the World Exchange Plaza on Queen Street.
Do ribbers or vendors accept Visa/MasterCard or Debit?
No. Capital RIbfest is a "cash only" event. However, there are ATM's on-site for your convenience.
What other kinds of foods are available?
Some rib teams have beef ribs as well as pork ribfs. Ribbers and other food vendors offer chicken, salads, coleslaw, baked beans, pizza, french fries, doughnuts, ice cream, roast corn, sweets & treats and more.
Are there vegetarian and gluten free foods available?
Yes. Some vendors offer salads, vegetarian pizza, and corn-on-the-corn. Gluten free sauces available - ask the Ribber.
What is the price of Ribs?
Full Rack $25.00 Chicken & Pulled Pork $15.00
1/2 Rack $13.00 1/2 Chicken $12.00
1/3 Rack $ 9.00 Pulled Pork Sandwhich $8.00
Chicken & Ribs $17.00 Beans & Coleslaw $3.00
Pulled Pork by the Pound $12.00
Big Platter (Includes: Half Rack, Quarter Chicken, Pulled Pork, Beans, Potatoes, etc) $28.00
*Prices and Food Items may vary and are subject to change
Are kids welcome?
Yes. Capital Ribfest is a Family Friendly event. We have entertainment for every age group. All children must be accompanied by a partent or guardian. HOwever, note that the music in the evening will targeted to adults.
Are there volunteering opportunities?
The success of the event is really dependent on the efforts of the volunteers. There are hundreds of positions to be filled. Community Service credit is available. Please visit the Volunteer section by clicking here.
Where does the money go?
Capital Ribfest has partnered with the Ottawa Foodbank with partial proceeds going to support this local cause in Ottawa.
What bands are playing and when?
View the up-to-date entertainment listings and schedule under the Entertainment Page on our webiste.
Is there anything else to do while I'm at Ribfest?
Yes! We have vendors selling clothing, ribfest swag, pop up retailers, street performers, and a NEW Cornhole Tournament.
I'm interested in having a booth to sell my own products or handicrafts. How can I become a vendor?
Please click on the Sponsors Page on our webiste to connect with our Sponsorship Coordinator for full details.
Who do we contact if we have any additional questions about Capital Ribfest?
Please email us at