Savour #KWRibfest


Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show  

COVID-19 Update

April 30, 2020

We have been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and feel that in the best interest of the health and safety of our community, the 2020 Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, scheduled for July 17-19 be postponed.

The good news is that we are still working to bring you mouth-watering bbq and craft beer this summer and have tentatively re-scheduled #KWRibfest for September 25-27. This is, of course, pending further information and recommendations from government and health officials on COVID-19, but we hope that five months from now it will once again be safe for large public gatherings and to celebrate together. 

We love our #KWRibfest community. Yes, it’s about enjoying ribs and craft beer, but anyone who’s been part of our event knows it’s more than that. Charities, vendors, artists, staff etc., there are many people and businesses impacted by the cancellation or postponement of events. We know that losing social events, gatherings, concerts and all of the many things we do as groups of people is a tough loss. Ultimately we feel it’s of the utmost importance to do what’s best for the well being of our community and bring people back together only when we know it’s safe to do so.

We are heartened and hopeful that our situation in Ontario is improving, and would like to thank everyone who has taken measures to help protect our collective safety and well being. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the thousands of people who support the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show, and to everyone who makes the event possible each year. 

We can’t wait to see you again and wish you good health in the meantime.

Celebrate the BEST summer has to offer! Enjoy mouth-watering barbequed ribs and chicken, an incredible selection of Ontario craft-brewed beer, plus live entertainment, a Kids Fun Zone and MORE - all in the open atmosphere of Victoria Park.

Life doesn't get much better!

2020 marks the 17th anniversary of this great community event -

Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour.


VIP Tickets

Enjoy #KWRibfest in style. VIP tickets will go on sale in July.

About VIP Tickets


 Sample new brews and time-honoured classics with our wide selection of Ontario craft-brewed beer. Alternatives to beer (including non-alcoholic beverages) are aslo available.

About Breweries

Live Entertainment

The #KWRibfest stage stays rockin' with live entertainment all weekend long. 

About Live Entertainment

Kids Fun Zone

Fun for the whole family. Kids Fun Zone produced by Grand River Inflatables will be running all weekend with various fun inflatable activities for kids.

About Kids Fun Zone

The Foodbank of Waterloo Region Logo

Admission to the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show is free but donations to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region are accepted at the gate. Please note: due to the nature of the event, anyone under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult (ie. your parents) to be admitted.

Thank you for attending the 2019 Ribfest event. Due to your generous donations, $9,404.13 and 525 lbs of food was raised for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. 

Please help us to support our local food bank and come ready with a donation.

Learn more about Social Responsibility at #KWRibfest.