Rib Fest 2018

Rib Fest 2018

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Plans are underway for Rib Fest 2018, which will take place Saturday, July 14, 2018. Announcements of the entertainment lineup, featuring national acts, and ticket sales will take place in March.

Festivities will kick off at 2pm, and the day's schedule will also include children's activities (kids under 17 get in free), a bean bag tournament, and more. B's on the River's Food Wagon, featuring mini donuts, cheese curds, popcorn, pulled pork sandwiches and more will also be available.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the local communities.


Backyard BBQ Rib Contest

Our Backyard BBQ Rib Contest is a fun rib cooking contest (limited number of cooking spaces available). Cooks will prepare 10 full racks of ribs, all furnished by B's on the River. This is an opportunity for you to show your rib cooking skills off! The cooks furnish seasonings and sauce, along with serving up their tasty ribs to guest tasters. Your ribs will be judged first by KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) certified judges and then by our guest tasters.

2018 Contest Entry Form

2018 Contest Rules

General Pricing

Tickets will be available for purchase via our website or at B's on the River, 1455 County Road 27, Watertown, MN. General Admission tickets will be sold the day of Rib Fest. Watch here for additional ticket information. Ticket sales will take place in March.


2018 Camping

Primitive camping (no electrical or water hook-ups) is available at B's on the River Rib Fest 2018. One sleeping unit (ie, camper or tent) and one vehicle per site is allowed. Campsites must be reserved by July 7, 2018 and will not be available for purchase at the gate the day of the event. Fires are not allowed. Additional information on camping at Rib Fest 2018 will be forthcoming.

Camping Rules

2018 Schedule

1:30pm     Ticket Sales Begin On-site

2:00pm     Gates Open, Food Wagon Opens, Kids Events Begin, Bean Bag Tournament Registration Begins

2:30pm     Polka Band TBA (under tent)

3:00pm     Bean Bag Tournament Begins, Rib Contest Turn In

3:30pm     Rib Tasting Begins

4:30pm     All You Can Eat Rib & Chicken Buffet Opens: Until Gone

5:00pm     Live Music TBA (main stage)

6:15pm     Rib Contest Winner Announced

6:30pm     Live Music TBA (main stage)

8:00pm     Live Music TBA (main stage)

10:00pm   Live Music TBA (main stage)

11:15pm   Fireworks

* All times, music/artists, and events subject to change without notice.


Hotel Accomodations

Waconia AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 550 Cherry Drive  Waconia, MN 55387  (952) 442-8787


Cab Services

 Christie Cab (763) 913-4889     Cab Co-op (763) 568-4116


Disclaimers: B's on the River/Rib Fest is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets, personal injury, or loss, theft, or damage to personal property. By attending Rib Fest, you acknowledge and agree your photo may be used in future promotional materials, including but not limited to social media. B's on ther River/Rib Fest has the right to inspect persons or parcels. Chairs, food, beverages or coolers may not be brought into the music area. Must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in any event area. Violators will be ejected. Please carry a picture ID with you at all times. No audio or video recording of any kind is permitted. No refunds for anyone ejected for rule violations. Call for handicap accommodations. Rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges. Artists subject to change without notice. Firearms are not permitted anywhere on B's on the River property.