Canada’s Largest Ribfest in Burlington, Ontario

Frankly, it’s a little dizzying, all the excitement happening in Burlington these days!

Festivals galore

From the Kite Festival, to the Sound of Music Festival, to the opening of the Brant Street Pier, and then Taste of Burlington, the Joseph Brant Festival, the Children’s Festival, Marques d’Elegance and a whole lot of other excitement. Well, here comes the icing on the cake, or, more accurately, the sauce on the ribs:

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is back in town, folks! Does Burlington host some fabulous festivals, or what?


In its 18th year, Canada’s Largest Ribfest has built a reputation as being one of the leading annual events in the GTA. This family-friendly event brings 18 Ribber Teams from across North America to the beautiful waterfront in Burlington, Ontario, to compete for the title of Best Ribs.

Find out why this is Canada’s Largest Ribfest here.


More than 150,000 people from Burlington and beyond are expected to gather at Spencer Smith Park on the Labour Day Weekend to sample delicious ribs, hear live music and enjoy some family-oriented activities. Did you know that approximately 150,000 pounds of ribs will be served over the weekend?

Ribfest began in 1995 by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. As a true community event, proceeds from Ribfest go directly back into the community to benefit a variety of important causes.


Burlington’s waterfront is THE destination for the last weekend of summer. Hours of operation are 11am-11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 11am-8pm on Monday.


Here are a few things you need to know to make the most of your Labour Day Weekend at Ribfest:

  • Admission is free and families are welcome
  • Bring cash
  • Shuttle bus parking is available at Mapleview Mall
  • No dogs allowed
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available
  • Ribfest produces only biodegradable waste and 100% recyclable material (and crews of amazing volunteers sort through it all! Make sure you say thanks when you see these volunteers!)
  • All pork is 100% Canadian and supplied by title sponsor Fearmans (yes, some beef is available as well)
  • Proceeds benefit a variety of great charities, so come on out and show your support!

You can find answers to the rest of your questions here.

Ribfest is the perfect way to wrap up your summer here in Burlington. And it’s not too late to volunteer – what a great way to get in on all the action!


Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your relatives, but most important – make sure you bring your appetite!

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:

  • Mdhuset says:


    Canada’s Largest Ribfest in Burlington, Ontario

  • Great post. We love Ribfest. We have sort of became pros at it. We have shared our top 10 tips on how to tackle ribfest like a pro:

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