The Rotary clubs of oshkosh are proud to once again present

Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest & Fundraiser

At Menominee Park in Oshkosh

Proceeds to Benefit the Oshkosh Community

Great Bands

In past years, we've rocked Oshkosh with great bands including Hairball, Road Trip, Vic Ferrari, and the Official Blues Brothers Revue. This year, we're bringing you a mix of all your favorites!

Announcing the 2018 Line-Up

Friday, August 31 - Gates open 5pm-11pm

  • 5:00-7:30pm Kitty Corona
  • 8:00-10:30pm G.B. Leighton

Saturday, September 1 - Gates open 11am-11pm

  • 3:00-6:00pm Rising Phoenix
  • 7:00-10:30pm Boogie & the Yo-yo'z

Sunday, September 2 - Gates open 11am-11pm

  • Noon-3:00 Spicy Tie Band
  • 4:00-7:00pm Road Trip
  • 8:30-10:30pm Little Texas

Monday, September 3 - Gates openfrom 11am to 4pm

  • 12:00pm Local Cook-Off and Professional BBQ Judging Contest
  • 1:00pm Giant Jenga Challenge
  • 2:30pm Local and Professional BBQ Award Presentation

If you're interested in the other events during Wisconsin's Best Ribfest, please check out our list of Daily Events, including Family activities, the 5K Rib Run/Walk, Cornhole Tournament, and much more!

Delicious Ribs

Sweet, spicy, smoky... With the smell of grilling in the air, you'll have a hard time choosing. Don't worry though - you cannot go wrong! The National Barbecue Cookers Association (NBCA) vendors at Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest are all award-winners. Come hungry and come back often to try them all!

The NBCA rib vendors are open for business each day during event hours. Join us for brunch, lunch, dinner, and all the snack times in between!

Our special tip: Don't miss out on the Local Cook-Off on Monday to catch upcoming regional stars!

Family Activities

From midway games and rides to giant lawn games, you can enjoy summer fun with your family and friends (some activities are free with your Rib Fest entrance, such as the giant lawn games, others have additional cost, such as the midway rides).

Work up an appetite at the 5K Rib Run. The route is flat and comfortable for all ages and abilities. Walk, run, skip, dance, push a stroller... you do you! We'll see you at the finish with a unique finisher medal.

Don't miss out on the Cornhole Tournament either. It's a great way to enjoy the weekend festivities with your friends!

A Local BBQ Cook-Off and cooking demonstrations add some more excitement and fun to the weekend.

In 2018, we'll again have presentations by local groups, so you can learn more about the community we live in.

You can also enjoy the annual Shake the Lake boat races held in nearby Millers Bay, put on by Badger State Outboard Association, during Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest. 

Tickets and Pricing

MOnday Special: Come on down - Free Admission all day Monday!

2018 Tickets

You can get your tickets at the gate or purchase them online!

Order your tickets at

General Admission Ticket: $5 before 4pm, $10 after 4pm

The General Admission ticket admits one person one time on any day of the event. No re-entry allowed.

Our tip: Buy online and save!!

If you buy ahead of time online for $5, you can still use your General Admission Ticket after 4pm with no additional charge.

Weekend Ticket: $20

Ticket is exchanged for a wrist band at the event and is good for unlimited re-entry for one person at any time during the 4-day event.

Weekend Tickets will also be available closer to the event at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel in Oshkosh.

Kids at Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest

What about kids? Kids 10 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Make it a family event!

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Raffle! Get Your Raffle Tickets!

$5 a ticket

Winners drawn on Labor Day 3:00pm at Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest. 

Winner need not to be present to win.

1st Prize: Brand New Weber Spirit SP-330 Natural Gas Stainless Steel Grill

2nd Prize: BBQ Party Supplies

3rd Prize:  Grilling Accessories

4th Prize:  4 VIP Tickets to next year's rib fest

Thanks to Kitz & Pfeil TrueValue Hardware for sponsoring!

Sign Up for More Fun

Get the "meat sweats" during the annual Rib Run. Try your hand at the Cornhole Tournament. Or fire up the grill in our Local Rib Cook-Off. 

Try any or all of these events to make the most of your Labor Day weekend in Oshkosh!

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Rib Run 5K Run/Walk

Want to try all the ribs at Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest? Join us for the 2018 Rib Run!

The family event is a great way to stay active. This year it's a chip-timed 5K!

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Cornhole Tournament

Get your team together for your chance to win! This outdoor favorite is another way to take your Rib Fest experience to the next level.

Enter to win great prizes!

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Local Rib Cook-Off

Do you have BBQ skills to show off? We're hungry to find out what you can do!

The Local Rib Cook-Off is one of the most asked for community events of the weekend!

2018 Event Results

Family Day Festivities

Family day schedule and activities for Saturday, September 1st, 11am to 4pm

(All activities subject to weather.)

11:00 Gates Open

$5.00 General Admission (or Weekend Pass)

10 and under free when accompanied by an adult

  • Food and BBQ Vendors
  • Midway Rides and Games
  • Knockerball Games

The following schedule and activities are at NO additional cost:

  • 11:30 Baby Back Rib Races - with prizes (ages 12 and under, races run in age groups)
  • 12:00 Oshkosh Karate Club Demonstration and participation
  • 12:30 Oshkosh Jets Cheer Demonstration and participation
  • 1:00  Kids' Pig Calling Contest - with prizes (ages 12 and under, sign-up that day)
  • 1:30  Oshkosh Karate Club Stranger-Danger and Self-Defense Class
  • 2:00  Miss Oshkosh Outstanding Teen Twirling Demonstration and participation
  • 2:30  Kids' Corn-Eating Contest - with prizes (ages 15 and under, sign-up that day)
  • 3:00  Winnebagoland BMX Bikers Meet and Greet
  • 3:00  Rising Phoenix (main stage band)

Other FREE activities:

  • Demonstrations by local organizations
  • Mini-races and kids' contests
  • Oshkosh Rhythm Institute Drum Circle (12-2 only)
  • Baby Cakes and Sparkee the Clowns Face Painting and Balloon Animals (12-3 only)
  • Giant Backyard Games
  • Corn Hole
  • Miss Oshkosh and Miss Oshkosh Outstanding Teen 2018 Meet and Greet
  • Black Light Art Painting by Fire Escape
  • Community Outreach Tables with crafts and activities

About Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest

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It all started when...

In 2015, the three Rotary clubs in Oshkosh, WI, got together with an idea to provide the Oshkosh community with an exciting (and delicious) event on Labor Day weekend that also raises funds for local projects.

The first Rib Fest in 2016 was a huge success, and the clubs raised over $20,000 for the community!

With delicious award-winning ribs, fun family games, cool drinks and hot bands, this Labor Day weekend event has something for everyone.

We hope the community continues supporting this event, so we in turn can support the community we love. Mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend each year! You bring the hunger - we'll bring the napkins!

If you'd like to get involved, contact us.