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

The 35th 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 23 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! 
  • Jazz & Rib Fest is proud to partner with “The Happiest 5K on the Planet” – The Color Run – for the fourth annual Columbus fun run on Saturday, July 14. Sizzling hot BBQ ribs, cool jazz and refreshing beverages are just a step away as runners cross the finish line. To register for The Color Run, visit www.TheColorRun.com.

Visit our festival website for more information: www.HotRibsCoolJazz.org