There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz.

The 36th annual Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, returns to the Arena District riverfront in downtown Columbus, Ohio on July 17-19, 2015. Three stages will host the finest local, regional and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 22 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. Admission is free.

Event Highlights

  • Two main stages host the best in local, regional and international jazz artists. Past performers include Dave Koz, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Norman Brown, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, David Sanborn, Dianne Reeves, Spyro Gyra, Tito Puente and Diane Schuur.
  • Jazz Café, an intimate riverfront stage set against the city skyline, features local and regional jazz artists. The Jazz Café offers covered seating on the back patio of the North Bank Pavilion.
  • 22 Rib Burners will compete for “best ribs” bragging rights.
  • Admission is free! 
  • Visit our festival website for more information: www.HotRibsCoolJazz.org