The Erie Rib fest is one of Erie’s premier signature events. It is the ‘kick-off’ event to summer in the region and has enjoyed 28 years of growth and success. This festival features National Touring, Award Winning BBQ Cooking Teams (as seen on the Food Network), local and regional entertainment, works by artisans and craftsmen, vendors, business booths, service groups, festival foods and treats, specialty acts, beer on the plaza and safe inflatable rides. Analytics show the largest group of event visitors are typically between 22 and 55 years of age with the ratio of men and women nearly equal. This festival focuses on community spirit, family fun and of course the BBQ! This longstanding festival attracts an estimated attendance of over 50,000 visitors annually.
Did you know that the Erie Rib Fest is owned and produced by a locally woman owned company? President and owner, Kathi Danielson of Performance & Event Management, LLC has owned and produced the Erie Rib Fest since 2004. Her focus has always been to integrate local and regional businesses, musicians and service groups. She strives to use this platform to showcase local businesses and to introduce regional businesses.
This festival attracts a loyal group of event goers. On-site participation will provide the opportunity to engage one-on-one with event visitors. Exhibitor space at the Erie Rib Fest provides an opportunity to increase brand awareness while creating a strong community connection. Your booth space at the festival can be utilized for sampling, demonstrations, education, incentive coupons, a new product launch, sales, giveaways and more!
The cook off takes place at Perry Square Park
571-601 State Street
Erie, Pennsylvania 16501
There is no direct RV camping at Perry Square Park, however, there are plenty of campgrounds nearby. Listed below are a couple of different options available. For more information, visit our Top 10 Campgrounds in Erie.
If you love beach life, then this is the campground for you. You can easily park your RV in this Erie, PA, campground and immediately head for a swim in beautiful Lake Erie. Sara’s Campground is the perfect midpoint between Presque Isle State Park and Water World, so you’re a simple drive to either adventure. Learn more on the location’s website!
As its me might suggest, this campground is also situated on beautiful Lake Erie. Guests can easily hop on over to enjoy the lake or to take a water taxi to their desired location. There’s also a bike path that allows them easy access to the Presque Isle State Park and to Erie’s Bayfront District. Learn more on the location’s website!
There are plenty of hotels in the Erie area as well. Click here for more information.
There are various options available for parking. You can choose from parking garages, street meters, or metered/nonmetered lots. Find out more information here.
Tickets are not yet on sale, but you can purchase a pass for $12 for hours of fun or buy individual tickets at the ticket booth near the rides.
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.