I can already smell the ribs. RibFest is June 2 - 5, 2016 at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Camping is back this year and the entertainment lineup is among the best we've seen.

RibFest kicks off Thursday, June 2, 2016 with headliners Big Head Todd and the Monsters, along with Cracker and Anchondo.

Friday, June 3, 2016, Gavin Rossdale's band, Bush will headline along with Fuel, Isaiah James & the Chains and Saul.

Saturday night, June 4, 2016 is country night with Joe Nichols headlining along with Chris Lane and Dustin Evans & the Goodtimes Band.


Sunday is KidzFest with free admission and lots of fun for families.


Camping is back this year. The cost is $300 for an electrical site, or $200 for a non-electrical site. Each site comes with two all-weekend passes to Ribfest. You can purchase your camping reservation through the PREMIER Center box office or through Ticketmaster starting Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Camping check-in hours will be 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 2, 2016 through Saturday, June 4, 2016. No specific spot reservations will be taken, camping will be general admission based on electrical or nonelectrical purchases. Sites will be assigned as guests with camping credentials arrive.


Local rib vendors are encouraged to apply for an open spot on "ribber row." One local vendor will be selected. To download an application, go to www.sfribfest.com.

Update: Rowdy Hog Smokin' BBQ in Sioux Falls has been selected as the local rib vendor for this year's Ribfest.

Other rib vendors include Rasta Joe's, Cowboy's, Aussom Aussie, Johnson's, Porky n' Beans, Desperado's and Just North of Memphis.

Ribfest hours this year will be:

  • Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 4:00 - 11:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


All military and veterans get in for free to the general admission area, plus one guest. Just bring your military I.D., deployment papers, or any form of authentication to the RibFest entrance to be let in free of charge.

Kids 12 and under get in free to the general admission area with an adult.

An all-weekend pass is $30.

Daily admission:

  • Thursday - $10
  • Friday - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Free.  After 3:00 PM, $15.
  • Saturday - $5 from 11:00 AM -3:00 PM, then $15 after 3:00 PM

A limited number of VIP passes are $75 for all 3 nights, or $50 each night. VIP tickets allow you to get VIP parking, and entrance into the VIP pit area - which is directly in front of the stage and has a private bar and bathroom.

RibFest is presented by Campbell's Supply, the Sioux Empire Fair Association and Pepper Entertainment.

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