Sauciest Event of the Year: Ribfest 2018

July 18, 2018

The sauciest event of the year is back! Ribfest is coming to Cornwall once again on July 26-29 for a weekend full of entertainment and juicy ribs. It’s free admission, free parking (on evenings after 6 pm and weekends) and free music.

The Ribfest circuit has been one of the most successful events in North America these past years. 2018 will be no different! In previous years, Cornwall’s Ribfest attracted thousands of people, and Cornwall’s 2018 Ribfest is probably the most anticipated summer event.

There will be fun for the whole family! A beer garden for mom and dad as well as carnival rides and a free kids zone for the kids. There will also be live entertainment throughout the weekend.

Enjoy a day on the waterfront in Lamoureux Park with a beer in one hand and a juicy rack of ribs in the other while listening to live music.

Ribfest Schedule

  • Thursday (July 26): 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Friday (July 27): 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Saturday (July 28): 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Sunday (July 29): 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Carnival Rides (Midway)

Carter Shows has been the proud partner of Cornwall Ribfest since the very beginning. Once again this year, they will be providing various amounts of carnival rides and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Tickets are $30 at the fair, but you can save $5 if you buy in advance! Get a midway bracelet for only $25, valid for one day, for all rides, as many times as you want if you buy online or in person at the following locations:

-Seeker Office: 327 Second Street E.

-Little Caesars Pizza: 525 9th Street, Cornwall

-Cornwall Civic Complex: 100 Water St E, Cornwall

-Floral Expressions: 100 Water St E, Cornwall

-The Maker Shop at HF Group: 145 Pitt street, Cornwall

Entertainment Lineup


4:30 – Ribfest Idol
5:30 – Opening Ceremonies
6:00 – Rez Pony
7:30 – Soundcheck
9:30 – Red/Taylor Swift


1:00 – Derek Falls Band
2:30 – Sevengate
4:00  – Twisted Kilt
5:30 – Gravel Hill
7:30 –  Little White Lies
9:30 – Absolute Journey


12:00 – GrungeBot
1:30 – Shelter Valley
3:00 – Radio Nova
4:30 – Coldrift
6:00 – Mena Hardy
7:30 – Capital Beatles
9:30 – Carl Dixon sings the Guess Who


12:30 – Moonlight Ride
2:00  – Kilts, Riffs and Spurs
3:30 – Practically Petty (Tom Petty)
5:30 – Road Apples (Tragically Hip)

For those arriving in boats… (click image to enlarge)

Those who are planning to dock their boats at Marina 200 in order to attend Ribfest will have to sign in and pay an overnight transient fee (which will be discounted). For more information on this, please call the marina at 932-8301.

For more information, visit the Cornwall Ribfest website.

Additional Events
Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Additional Information
Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West) in Lamoureux Park.

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Article by Sophie Poirier