September 8 - 10, 2023

Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-7pm
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Check out the food and festivities at Ribfest

A modern-day meat brigade! The best ribbers in town are coming together to serve your favourite meats this summer. Dine at the best barbecue in Calgary with some cold beer, live entertainment, vendor alley, 50/50, raffles, and more!

Enjoy delicious ribs hot off the rack with your kids in the family area! If you love giving back, eating well, and spending time with your family, this is the event for you. With free parking and free entry, there isn’t anything standing in your way! Once again the festival has free parking and is free to enter!

Enter our 50/50 draw for a chance to win prizes! Tickets will be sold at the event. Is there anything better than a warm summer day spent near the grill? We think not. And we want to share the sticky season with you, Calgary!

All donation proceeds go towards the 3 Rotary Clubs of Calgary who, in turn, donate to charities supporting mental health and wellness in our community.  Good food for a good cause, this is meat you can feel good about.  Three examples of charities we have supported are CUPS, I Can For Kids and It’s A Crime Not to Read.

Last year’s winner of our 50/50 took home $4612.50.

Rotary Clubs

Brought to you by the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Chinook, Calgary Centennial and Calgary East.

A proud non-profit global service organization with 3 of the 13 clubs in Calgary and the area working together, we are thrilled to bring you Ribfest and continue to connect Calgarians and build stronger communities.

The Rotary Club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. The heart of Rotary is its local Clubs, which bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas and build relationships. Clubs are supported by The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of members and partners around the world, and Rotary International, which coordinates global programs and initiatives.

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How The Festival Works

Once you arrive, follow the signs to line up for delicious BBQ. We can't wait to see you!


1. Come off Crowchild to McMahon Stadium and park in the North parking lot. Parking is free!!


2. Walk across to the South lot to the Rotary Ribfest YYC entrance.  Admission is free!


3. Volunteers will provide information and offer the opportunity to donate to Rotary, and purchase a 50/50 ticket.


4. Find the beer gardens for a nice cold beverage. 


5. Pick your favourite rib truck (or try all four)!


6. Find a seat and enjoy your meal along with the great live music.

7. Tell your friends and post on our social media.

Meet The Ribbers

Cooked on cherry wood, low and slow, we've got an incredible selection of vendors for the whole family to enjoy. All of your ribs have been slow-cooked for 5 hours, and your pulled pork for 14 hours. So yes... it's that good.

Pistol Pete's

Sauce – sweet and tangy

Oklahoma City

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Billy's BBQ

Due to unforeseen circumstances unfortunately Billy Bones is not able to attend. Our thoughts are with the Billy Bones staff and families.

Buckeye BBQ

Sauce – Smokey

St.Louis, Missouri

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Blazin' BBQ

Sauce – Bold BBQ

Chatham, Ontario

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Papa Jack's

Blooming Onion & French Fry

Meet the Judges

On Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm please join us as our amazing panel of Celebrity Judges completes a fun taste test competition to see who really has the best ribs, chicken and sauce. We will award our 2023 Rotary Ribfest YYC trophies to the winning rib truck teams.

2022 Celebrity Panel Our 2022 panel of celebrity judges had a great time and got messy with a sampling of ribs and chicken from each of our rib trucks.

From left to right...Thanks to Calgary Stampeders Rene Parades and Cody Grace, Virgin Radio's Andrew Uyeno, CTVs Chris Epp and Kathy Le, NHL Alumni member Dylan Olsen and Canadian Olympic Bobsledder Alysia Rissling for having some fun with us.
Best Ribs of Rotary Ribfest 2022 We had a tie for the best rib of Rotary Ribfest YYC 2022. Congrats to Blazin' BBQ and Pistol Pete's for sharing the award.

Meet the Bands


Saturday Sept 9th
12:00pm – 2:00pm

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Steve McQueen Band

Saturday Sept 9th
7:00pm – 9:30pm

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Meet the Vendors

Calgary Mini-Donuts, Cookie Dough Stand YYC Family Squeezed Lemonade

We are happy to have some tasty YYC Food Trucks join us to satisfy your sweet tooth.  In addition take a few minutes to take a stroll through our Vendor Alley to learn more about the local goods and service providers noted in the drop down menu.

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A completely digital fintech company that begin in 2019. Neo offers a range of products including a rewards credit card and high-interest savings account.

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Gutter protection that protects your entire home from roof to foundation.

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Bring the love of woodworking to your home with beautiful, handcrafted furniture and décor. The do-it-yourself workshops allow to complete the Rusted Petal projects with their guidance and no experience is necessary.

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Hand craft and unique tumblers and mugs sure to personalize your drinking experiences. Deborah will be at Ribfest on Saturday and Sunday only.

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A sustainable clothing brand that uses organics fabrics to create beautiful day wear and accessories that are Super Soft, Breathable and Comfy with a touch of heritage.

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Mr. Chang also known as Daddy C, is a chef from Jamaica. Daddy C’s Jerk Sauce is very versatile and spicy. It is Gluten and Dairy free and can be used on all meats, seafood, vegetables, beans and can be used as a dip.

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At Horton Park Dental, we help you maintain a healthy oral health and give you that gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted. We are passionate about dentistry, and take great pride in helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. Our clinic is currently accepting patients of all ages and walks of life.

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Reusable containers to keep your food fresh and your kitchen organized.

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Shelley is one of Canada’s most accomplished photographers with a long list of Canadian and International awards and accreditations. She holds a Master of Photographic Arts with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) and a Master of Photography with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Shelley owns and operates a portrait studio overlooking Fish Creek Park in SW Calgary.

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We’re women who support other women. Since 2003, we’ve been cheering each other on, empowering each other to find passion and purpose by working when, where and how we want.  Our thoughtfully designed, durable products help you stay organized and simplify your life, at home and on the go.

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We can’t wait to bring back our regular Ribfest festival in 2022, complete with beer gardens and bands in addition to these great ribbers!

Social Media Feed

THANK YOU CALGARY! 👏👏 You showed up and showed out! A big Thank you to our ribbers, our sponsors, our volunteers, our artisans, our media partners, our celebrity judges and every single person that came to Rotary Ribfest YYC 2022! We could not have done it without you! Until next time! We Love you Calgary ❤️👏
Wohooo! Day two of Rotary Ribfest YYC 2022 was a blast! Thanks to everyone that showed up to support us! Tomorrow will be even better with more delicious ribs and an exciting rib judging event by celebrity judges @andrewu92 @kathytrinhletv @chris.epp @rizzbobsleigh @rparedes30 @oly__olsen and many more exciting stuff! You don’t want to miss the last day!