A party with a purpose

Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest, a party with a purpose.

Save the date!
October 9th - 11th, 2015
at the Manatee County Fairgrounds

Last year's Rhythm & Rib fest performers:

Friday: Country Music Star Tracy Lawrence and One Night Rodeo
Saturday: Grammy Nominated R&B Stars Lyfe Jennings and Musiq Soulchild,
Smooth Jazz Artist BK Jackson and more...
Sunday: Doug E Fresh and T-Pain

Lyfe Jennings, Tracy Lawrence, Musiq Soulchild, BK Jackson, NuJazz, One Night Rodeo

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Festival Dates:

Friday, October 9th
Saturday, October 10th
Sunday, October 11th

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Please consider volunteering your time at the 9th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest. You will not only have fun volunteering at the event, but are able to stay before and after your shifts to enjoy the music and food. It will truly be a great weekend!


“Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” are just a few of the Titles and Awards, the attending Rib Masters share amongst them. Last year’s winners of the “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce” Awards will attend again and are ready to defend their titles.


Ticket information coming soon.

Kids Fest

Families will find plenty to do and will enjoy Games, Rides, Prizes, Thrill Shows, and Live Entertainment in our Interactive Kid’s Fun Zone.


Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities are still available. Last years event attracted over 25,000 attendees. This year’s event is even bigger and better and is expected to draw 30,000 visitors from Manatee and the surrounding counties to the Manatee Fairgrounds.