The best end-of-summer tradition, the 2017 Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival offers family fun in spades. Come out for some ribs, but stay for the vast amount of entertainment.
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The festival will feature the best ribs you’ve ever tasted, plus totally free admission. It’s happening on August 31 to September 4 at Heinz Field.
What’s at the Festival
At the festival, along with lots of ribs, you’ll also enjoy festival food, games, rides, and activities, plus plenty of live music. Admission to the festival is free, but some food, games, and activities will require a charge.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the live music – all concerts are free.
Ribs on Offer
There will be a whole lot of smoky, barbecue ribs to choose from as you wander around the festival. Just a few of the vendors who will be grilling, smoking, and marinating include Smokin Joe’s Ribs, Smokeshack B.B.Q., Texas Pit Barbecue, Big Boned Ribs, Carolina Rib King, Old Carolina Barbecue Company, and Chicago BBQ Company.
Kickoff and Rib Festival Events
The festival will surround a few different larger events. On Saturday, September 2, the University of Pittsburgh will face Youngstown State in the first game of the season. Meanwhile, the festival will continue on the grounds surrounding the stadium.
On Monday, September 4, the Steelers/Gatorade 5K Race will start off the day’s events. The participants will finish at the stadium around midday, at 2 p.m.
If you’re planning on hanging out at this festival and chowing down on some ribs, you need accommodations. Book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square if you’ll be attending this fun festival.