A Party with a Purpose

You spoke and we’re listening. We are changing the format of the event and negotiating with venues to bring you a new and improved Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest. Therefore, we have decided not to host an event this year in order to plan appropriately and solicit additional sponsorships. We will have an even better festival in Spring 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the event wheelchair-accessible?

All areas of the festival that are accessible to the public are designed to be wheelchair-accessible. These include the parking, seating, restrooms, concessions, etc.

Can I bring coolers, food, or beverage?

You will not be allowed to bring food, beverage, or coolers into the event. A variety of food and beverages will be on sale at the event. Absolutely no coolers, food, or beverage allowed.

Can I bring chairs?

Yes, chairs are welcomed and encouraged.

What happens if it rains?

The event will happen rain or shine.

How will I know what time each performer will be on stage?

The performance schedule will be listed on the website. Event programs at the venue will also list the entertainment schedule.

Are pets allowed?

Registered service dogs are the only animals that will be allowed admittance to the event.

Are umbrellas permitted?

Umbrellas are NOT permitted.

Is re-entry to the event allowed?

No re-entry.

Are ATM’s available at the event?

Yes. There are ATM’s located at the venue with service reps available to assist patrons.

Are there hotels in the area to stay?

Yes, there are a number of hotels in the area. We have partnered with Courtyard Marriott at 100 Riverfront Dr. West. Bradenton, FL 34205. (941-747-3727). Use the word Ribfest to get a discounted rate. First come first serve.

Are food and drinks purchased with cash or tickets?

Food and drinks are purchased with cash.

Are Drones allowed?



Please consider volunteering your time at the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest. 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!
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“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.

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.


Read what The Sarasota Post had to say about last year's event.


Don’t miss your opportunity to place your products and services in front of the THOUSANDS that will attend Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribs Music Fest. Sponsorship levels range from $500 up to $20,000 and we can even customize a sponsorship package that is perfect for your company!

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MCR Health Services