New England Ribfest FAQ’S 


Questions about the New England Ribfest? No worries. Here are some helpful tips for an awesome Ribfest experience!

Do I have to buy a separate ticket for the concerts?

No, your admission to the festival includes all entertainment. Friday admission is free until 3 p.m. and $10 after 3 p.m. On Saturday, admission is only $10 per ticket too!

I bought Ribfest tickets in advance, where should I go?

Ticket holders looking to gain entry into the festival should go to the pre-sale line at the main gate.

I didn’t buy my tickets in advance and need to purchase them onsite. What should I do?

We will have a tent set up at the entrance of Bass Park for day-of-event ticket purchases. No worries, we’ll get you right in!

What is the deal with the VIP?

Looking to elevate your experience? The VIP ticket is the way to go. VIP ticket includes upfront access to the show as well as access to our VIP Tent, VIP exclusive porta-potties, private cash bar, allows reentry, plus $10 Ribfest food voucher.

How do I purchase the ribs/food from the vendors?

All food vendors accept cash and or debit/credit cards directly at their booths. You do not need food tickets to purchase food.

How do I get beverages?

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the two designated beverage tents. To purchase beverages, you must use drink tickets that are available adjacent to the beverage tents.

Will there be other food available in addition to ribs?

Yes, rib vendors also bring a variety of other BBQ foods such as, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, BBQ sausage, along with various side dishes.

Do you take credit cards or cash only?

We take cash and credit cards for admission. However, beverage tickets are cash only.

Do you allow re-entry?

Before 3 p.m., you can come and go as you like, however, after 3 p.m., there is no reentry if you leave the festival - excluding VIP tickets.

Where should we park? 

As the event nears, we will have more information about parking.

Can we bring lawn chairs?

Yes. It is festival seating so please bring your own seats! We will have some seats available for VIP ticket holders, but we encourage VIP ticket holders to bring their own comfy seats, too.

Is there an age limit to attend?

We welcome children of all ages! This is a family event, and we encourage you to bring the whole family out to enjoy the day. Kids 12 & under are free both days. During  the night, after 7 p.m., children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Are pets allowed?

Sadly, no. Pets are not allowed on festival grounds unless they are a service animal with proper identification.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes! We’d love for you to document the day with pictures. Share them with us via social media using the hashtag, #newenglandribfest! And find us on Facebook – New England Ribfest.

Please note: Some artists have requested that attendees not use long lens equipment or video. Signs will be posted at the entrance and announcements will be made. We ask that you respect the artists’ wishes.

What items are not allowed in the venue?

No outside food, beverages, weapons, coolers, laser pens and similar focused light devices, professional cameras and recording devices, musical instruments, scooters, bikes, bags or umbrellas are allowed inside the venue.

New England RIBFEST is a rain or shine event.

Must be at least 21 years old with valid ID to purchase or consume alcohol.