THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR November 2020.
Now in its 25th year, Rhythm & Ribs is St. Augustine’s most beloved festival. What began as a small Barbeque Fest (its original name) has grown each year and attracts music lovers and barbeque aficionados from all over the Southeast and beyond. Voted Best Food Festival by readers of Folio in 2019 and voted St. Augustine’s Best Festival by the readers of The St. Augustine Record from 2001-2009 and 2013-2015, it’s clear that the people have spoken – Rhythm & Ribs is the must-attend event of the St. Augustine festival season. You’ll enjoy three days of live music, food from award-winning regional and national BBQ champions, games and rides for the little ones, and rows of vendors.
But Rhythm & Ribs is more than just a weekend of food and fun. Founded and hosted by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club, the festival is an all-volunteer effort of many more people than just club members. Over 340 volunteers put in over 2,000 hours to run the festival for three days. And why? Because Rhythm & Ribs was started as a way to give back to charitable organizations for local and international service-oriented projects. Proceeds from the weekend fund the Sunrise Rotary’s many charitable missions, both in the community and beyond.
WHEN & WHERE
Rhythm and Ribs 2020 will take place on November 2020 at Francis Field, located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St. Augustine. Festival hours on Friday, March 27 are 5-10pm; hours on Saturday, March 28 are 11am-10pm; hours on Sunday, March 29 are 11am-5pm.
Admission on Friday is $10. Admission on Saturday is $5 from 12-5pm and $10 from 5-10pm. Admission on Sunday is $5. Children 15 years old and younger are free. And new this year, you can get in free from 11am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to grab a delicious barbeque lunch!
Over the past quarter century, Rhythm & Ribs has garnered a reputation for some of the finest barbeque selections on the city’s calendar. This year, you’ll be able to sample dishes from Carolina Rib King out of South Carolina; Desperados BBQ out of Ohio; Porky ‘N’ Beans out of St. Lucie here in Florida; Johnson’s BBQ out of Virginia; and Off the Bone BBQ out of Ohio. If you want to take your taste buds in a different direction, you’ll also find lots of fun festival foods, like funnel cakes and corn dogs, kettle corn and shaved ice.
In the past, the festival has played host to some pretty incredible headliners. Acts like JJ Grey & MOFRO, Sister Hazel, Rusted Root, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, and the Marshall Tucker Band have graced the stage and gotten the crowds on their feet. This year will be no exception as country music stars Easton Corbin and Muscadine Bloodline will take the stage on Saturday night. Lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics, and mastery of understatement, Easton Corbin has multiple music awards and earned a spot on Carrie Underwood’s 2016 tour. And though a new force making country music waves, Muscadine Bloodline already has two chart-topping EPs and fans on every coast. Fans of the local music scene will want to catch Davis & the Loose Cannons opening the stage on Saturday.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
- 6-8pm – Luke Langford Band
- 8:25-10pm – Jordan Fletcher
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
- 12:30-1:30pm – Davis and the Loose Cannons
- 1:30-3:45pm – Luke Langford Band
- 4:05-5:05pm – Crawford and Power
- 5:25-6:25pm – Walker Montgomery
- 6:45-8pm – Muscadine Bloodline
- 8:30-9:55pm – Easton Corbin
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
- 12-4pm – Pellicer Creek Band
If you have little ones, you’ll also be able to check out the Kids’ Zone for rides and games and kid-friendly foods. The Kids’ Zone has a pay-one-price wrist band that is $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday, and $15 on Sunday.
For more information on Rhythm & Ribs, visit www.rhythmandribs.net.