Rhythm & Ribs Festival: October 14-16, 2022

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!

August 12, 2022
aerial view of Rhythm and Ribs Festival in St. Augustine at sunset

One of St. Augustine’s most popular events, Rhythm & Ribs returns with three days of tantalizing BBQ, great entertainment and fun for the entire family! Some of the nation’s best BBQ chefs will serve their signature spicy concoctions throughout the festival as part of a spirited competition for top honors in a variety of categories. Plus, outstanding musical groups perform throughout the festival.

a glaze brush rubbing over glazed BBQ ribs on the grill


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.


Friday night’s headliners are The Tams – a Southern R&B groups whose “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” was just one of their hits on the top musical charts of the 60’s, 70’s and into the 80’s. Saturday’s lineup includes Departure (Journey Tribute Band), Electric Avenue (formed in 2019 to help Bruce Springsteen’s production of the 80’s feel good film “Blinded by the Light”) and Yacht Rock Schooner (the smoothest hits of the late 70’s and early 80’s). Sunday’s entertainment features Fortune Child (Jacksonville’s own “old soul” band), St. Augustine’s popular Paper Clip Hustlers and One Good Ring, carrying on the music and vibe of The Grateful Dead.

Saint Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club
via www.staugustinesunriserotary.com


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, $10 online, $15 at gate; Saturday, noon to 2 are $10 at the gate; all day is $35 online or at the gate; and Sunday is $5 at the gate. Admission is free for ages 15 and under. For full Festival details and to purchase tickets, go to: www.rhythmandribs.net


The festival takes place at Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Hours are Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Festival takes place on West Castillo Drive and onsite parking is available for $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.