Canada’s Largest Ribfest is Back in Burlington!


Labour Day weekend in Burlington, Ontario can only mean one thing! And no, I’m not talking about the ‘S’ word starting on Tuesday. Canada’s Largest Ribfest is back in town for the 19th year, and what better way to wrap up summer?


Spencer Smith Park will once again play host to another fantastic Burlington festival. It’s the last festival of the season to be held at Spencer Smith, so get down to the Waterfront and celebrate on August 29 – September 1!

What you Need to Know in a Nutshell…

  • Ribfest takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Admission is once again FREE!
  • Bring cash for the rib vendors and beer tents (ATM available on site)
  • Shuttle bus parking is located at the north entrance of the Burlington GO station ($3 suggested roundtrip donation)
  • Bicycle parking is available at the park
  • Parking, shuttle and bike info can be found here
  • You can bring your kids, but please leave your pets at home
  • Plenty of great entertainment 
  • Family zone – fun for the whole family
  • Fantastic VIP events
  • Check out the list of ribbers here
  • Don’t forget to vote for the best ribs!


Ribfest Gives Back

Ribfest is a fundraising initiative of The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. Proceeds from the event go to a wide variety of deserving causes, including health, hunger, and humanity charities, locally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, Ribfest volunteers can have their hours allocated towards one of the many Rotary-supported charities.

***And this year, the Rotary Clubs of Burlington are making a special appeal for Ribfest attendees to make a $2 donation towards Burlington Flood Relief 2014, to support local families who experienced significant damage to their homes after the August 4th flooding.***


A few celebrities at last year’s Ribfest


You can even sign up to volunteer at Ribfest – without an army of hardworking volunteers, this festival wouldn’t be the success it is, year after year.


Be a part of the excitement at Ribfest this weekend in downtown Burlington. It’s a fantastic Labour Day tradition here in Burlington!

Hope to see you there! I’ll be taking in all the action while wearing my security vest on Saturday morning and afternoon.


About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website:

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