The Ultimate Guide To Cornwall Ribfest 2024

July 7, 2024

Cornwall Ribfest
Cornwall Ribfest

Concerts, carnival rides, artisans, food vendors and, of course, ribs. Cornwall Ribfest is back in a big way!

Cornwall’s biggest summer festival returns in full force this year to beautiful Lamoureux Park. The four-day event kicks off on Thursday, July 25th and runs through Sunday, July 28th.

“We’re excited about this year’s festival and the great lineup of entertainment and activities that we have planned,” said Terry Muir of the Optimist Club of Cornwall, the driving force behind the festival.

In addition to the fantastic entertainment lineup, visitors can enjoy a kids zone, a huge midway, a beer garden and other activities to go along with the ribs, chicken and pulled pork that will be served up in large quantities. There will be a variety of other food and non-food vendors on site, including many new ones to go along with all of the old favourites (yes, we’re talking about you, mini donuts and blooming onions).

Have questions about Ribfest? We’ve got you covered with our Ultimate Guide to Cornwall Ribfest. Read on below for everything you need to know and start building up your appetite!

See you in the park!

Please note: Every effort is made to ensure the information contained here is accurate however activities can change. Readers are encouraged to consult directly with the Cornwall Ribfest website and Facebook page for the latest details and updates related to the event.

Cornwall Ribfest

Ribfest days and times

Cornwall Ribfest kicks off on Thursday, July 25th and runs through Sunday, July 28th. Grounds open at 12pm on Thursday and 11am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There is no entry fee for Ribfest.

Ribbers Row

Ribfest will feature five amazing ribbers – Fat Boys Barbecue, Texas Rangers, Crabby’s BBQ Shack, Mississippi Smokehouse, and Ribs Royale. They will be set up in the park to the west of the bandshell.

Other vendors

Visitors can enjoy a variety of other foods ranging from ice cream and mini donuts to blooming onions and more. There will also be some local favourites on hand like Sip N’ Scoop, The Happy Popcorn Co., Weenies on Wheel and more!



All Canadian Entertainment is back for the midway and there will be more than a dozen carnival rides and games set up for festivalgoers to enjoy.

The midway will run from 4 pm to 10:30 pm on Thursday, 11 am to 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

Midway bracelets are $35 (per person) in advance (click here to buy) or $45 on site and that includes unlimited rides for the day of purchase!

Click here to purchase your midway tickets in advance 

The bracelet pre-sale ends on Wednesday, July 26th. Online orders can be picked up at The Seeker office at 327 Second Street East. Pre-sale bracelets can also be purchased in person at Little Caesars Pizza (525 Ninth Street East).

Individual tickets and bracelet can also be purchased at the midway grounds at the festival.

This year’s midway will feature a variety of rides including Himalaya, Starship, Groovy Bus, Sizzler, Area 51, Spider, Pirate Ship, Carousel, Motorcycles, Teacups, Pumpkins, Raiders, Go Gator, Goldmine and the signature Ferris Wheel. (Please note rides are subject to change).

Please note children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Entry to the midway is free and you only have to purchase a bracelet or tickets if you plan to go on the rides.

Kids Zone

Ribfest will also feature a kids zone with inflatable castles to enjoy, free of charge, during the afternoon each day of the festival!

Ribfest Entertainment

Live Entertainment

This year’s Ribfest entertainment lineup might be the best yet. Come out and enjoy some great free live concerts at the bandshell!

The full entertainment schedule is as follows:


4 pm Ribfest Idol
7:30 pm Soundcheck (country)
9:30 pm Don’t Stop Believing (Journey tribute)


3 pm Fork In The Road
4:30 pm Us With Wolves
6 pm Bordertowne Cats
7:30 pm The Wilderness
9:30 pm Barstool Prophets


12:00pm Love and Boots
1:30 pm Social Distance
3:30 pm Radio Nova
5:30 pm Semitone Down
7:30 pm Celtic Kitchen Party
9:30 pm Crash Test Dummies


11 am Pickheads
12:30 pm HoozHear
2:30 pm The Shiners
4:30 pm The County Lads

Beer Garden

Grab a cold beverage in the Ribfest beer garden and enjoy the live tunes in the park! The beer garden will be open Thursday from 3 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.


Do you have other questions about the event? Make sure to check out the Cornwall Ribfest website for additional information and keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest updates and info.


There is ample free parking at the Cornwall Civic Complex or Cornwall Community Museum on Water Street, just steps from Lamoureux Park. There is also nearby on- and off-street parking available in Downtown Cornwall.

Extend your stay

Visit Cornwall for Ribfest? Make a weekend of it with a stay in one of our great accommodations! Check out our Stay page for more info on accommodation options in Cornwall.

Explore more

After you’ve had your fill at Ribfest, make sure to explore more of Cornwall – there’s plenty to see! Save time to take a tour of the Historic SDG Jail right across the street from Lamoureux Park. It’s open Wednesdays to Sundays with tours starting on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm each day. There’s also the Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre and the Cornwall Community Museum right in Lamoureux Park (click here for hours). Both offer a fun – and free – experience for the whole family to enjoy!

You can also gather a group of family and friends and challenge yourselves at Rush Hour Escapes, just a block away from the park in Downtown Cornwall (click here to book a time online).

For other fun ideas, make sure to check out the Explore section of our website.

We’re here to help

Got questions? Need recommendations? We’re here to help!

Stop by our visitor information centre right in front of the Cornwall Civic Complex and the entrance to Lamoureux Park. We’re open seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm, and we will be open later (until 7 pm) on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Ribfest. Pick up a visitor guide, maps and information on other things to see and do in Cornwall. We also have souvenirs for sale!

You can also call or text us at 613-938-4748 or email us at and we’ll be pleased to help you with any questions you may have!

Also make sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram for updates and more great reasons to visit Cornwall!