The 10th Annual Hartford Rib Off is back and returning to  Hartford’s Riverside Park from June 14-15, 2019.  The Hartford Rib Off is a 501-c-3 charitable organization committed to raising funds and supporting local charitable organizations through safe and enjoyable BBQ-themed events. 100% of the proceeds from the Hartford Rib Off festival is donated to local charities:  MARC Community Resources LTD, Mayor Mike's Foundation for Kids, and The Hartford Rib Off Scholarship Fund.

This year's festival will begin on June 14th with the Hartford Rib Off Kick-Off Party where guests can enjoy live music, beer samples from 20 different breweries, Tito’s Vodka craft cocktails, and unlimited water and soft drinks. The best pitmasters in New England will come together to compete for first place in a New England Barbeque Society sanctioned Steak and Wing Tailgate contest. Guests can participate in a “People’s Choice” completion where *you* judge the BEST CHICKEN WINGS from our pitmasters.  This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $20 in advance ($30 at the door) and $10 for designated drivers. Event runs from 6pm-9pm.  Live music will be provided by the Hartford’s own Professors of Sweet Sweet Music.  

On Saturday, June 15th the HARTFORD RIB OFF festival continues from 11:30AM - 5:00pm with a family-friendly day packed with an Unlimited BBQ, Unlimited Beer, Tito’s Craft Cocktails, water and soft drinks, Live Entertainment, and vendors.  Attendees can choose from delicious BBQ buffet of ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and various sides. Upon entry, attendees ages 21+ will receive one official Hartford Rib Off commemorative cup, which entitles entrant to unlimited beer from Miller Lite and other breweries.  Water and soft drinks are always available for children and designated drivers. Parking is free. Ticket Prices for Saturday- $50 Adult ($65 at the door); Kids 12 and under - FREE; $20 Kids 12-20; $100 Family Pack (2 adults; 2 children up to age 20).   There are a limited number of presale tickets available for $50.

Tickets can be purchased at:  Festival attendees are welcome to bring a chair or a blanket for comfort as well as pop-up tents for shade.  Sunblock and bug spray are encouraged. This event is rain or shine. For more information about the Hartford Rib Off, contact:  


  • Starting Friday, June 14th, 2019, repeated every day until Sunday, June 16, 2019 — all day