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Mankato, Minnesota

21st Annual Mankato RibFest, August 2-5, 2018



Mankato, Minnesota - Ribbers from all over the country travel to Mankato, Minnesota's Riverfront Park August 2-5, 2018, to compete and be crowned the best around at the annual RibFest. Experience the great nationwide taste of ribs and other wonderful foods for which you can be the judge. This four-day festival includes well-known musical guests performing every night and the tastiest ribs around. Come for the food, stay for the fun.
RibFest's entertainment includes country hitmaker John Michael Montgomery Thursday, rocker Brett Michaels Friday, rock band Sugar Ray Saturday, and Free Fallin, A Tribute to Tom Petty Sunday, among many other daily musical acts. Music is from 5:00 to 11:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights, noon to 11:30 pm on Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday.


Tickets are $10 per night and free on Sunday. Limited reserved seating is $29.50 Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.
The outdoor festivities will be held rain or shine.
Mankato's annual RibFest takes place at Vetter Stone Amphitheater, 310 West Rock St., Mankato, MN 56001, which was named a top outdoor stage for concert goers in or near the Twin Cities. It was also ranked fourth in a top 10 outdoor venue listing by the Star Tribune.
Mankato RibFest is proudly organized by the Verizon Center staff. For more information, visit




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About Visit Mankato -

In Minnesota, only Mankato offers enriching cultural encounters such as headliner concerts, theatre, music, visual arts and lively entertainment in combination with its vibrant downtown, extensive cycling trails and historic river valley. While you’re here, you’ll also find just the right combination of small town feel and thriving regional center. Mankato is a hub for arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife. And it’s all so close. Just a short 75 minutes from Minneapolis, Mankato is an easily accessible Minnesota destination of choice.




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