Rhythm & Ribs Festival
One of St. Augustine’s most popular events, this three-day celebration features award-winning barbecue from around the country, great live music and fun for the entire family!
October 15 - 17, 2021
This year’s entertainment is led by country music great Travis Tritt with regional and local bands to provide the perfect accompaniment to some of the nation’s best barbecue! Plus, all proceeds benefit Sunrise Rotary and their many charitable projects.
All of the participating vendors are award-winners. In fact, they will be competing for “Best Of” awards in several categories – a win in any provides serious bragging rights on the professional barbecue circuit. This year’s competitors include some of the best-of-the-best including Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company, Off The Bone BBQ, Carolina Rib King, Porky n’ Beans and Johnson’s BBQ. In addition, plenty of fun foods such as funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle korn, candy apples and corn dogs will be available.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992, Travis Tritt’s blend of country and Southern rock has been recognized with two Grammys and four CMA awards. Seven of his albums are certified platinum, including his certified triple-platinum 1992 album “It’s All About Change.” In addition, he has had 40 singles on the Country Music Charts including 15 Top 10 hits and five that made it to Number One. His Saturday night performance is sure to be a major highlight of Rhythm and Ribs 2021. Also, Friday night features county rock and honkytonk performers Luke Langford Band along with performances by rising country star Jordan Fletcher and the always exciting DJ E.L. Throughout Saturday, BBQ enthusiasts will be entertained by well-known regional performers including Muscadine Bloodline, Walker Montgomery, Davis and the Loose Cannons and Darrell Rae. The Luke Langford Band and DJ E.L. return on Sunday.
The Sunrise Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International, the world’s first volunteer service organization – now with more than 33,000 clubs worldwide all of which work to combat hunger, improve health and provide job training for the less fortunate. More than 200 Sunrise Rotary members volunteer and work diligently to make Rhythm and Ribs a success. Proceeds from the event provide financial assistance to more than 40 deserving local organizations.
Friday, $15 cash at the gate; $10 online. Saturday noon to 2 p.m., $10 cash at the gate; all day admission (including Travis Tritt performance is $35 cash at gate or $25 online. Sunday is $5 cash only at the gate. Ages 15 and under are admitted free of charge throughout the festival. For full Festival details and to purchase tickets, go to: www.rhythmandribs.net
The Festival takes place on West Castillo Drive and onsite parking is available for $10 or $15 in the adjacent Historic Downtown Parking Facility. On Saturday until 11 p.m., the City will also offer free parking and shuttle service from two locations. See website for details.