Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest FAQs

When is Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest & Fundraiser?

Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday.

2018 Schedule:

  • Friday, August 31 from 5pm to 11pm
  • Saturday, September 1 from 11am to 11pm
  • Sunday, September 2 from 11am to 11pm
  • Monday, September 3 from 11am to 4pm

Where is Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest & Fundraiser held?

Menominee Park in Oshkosh, located near the water between Parkway and Irving. 

When can I purchase ribs?

When the gates are open! Want ribs for brunch, lunch, dinner, and all the snacks in between? Our national rib vendors are open for business during event hours.

How much are tickets?

2018 Ticket will be available soon!

    • 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!!
      • At the gate, tickets will be $5 before 4pm and $10 after 4pm.
      • If you buy ahead of time online for $5, you can still use your General Admission Ticket after 4pm with no additional charge.
    • 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.
    • Kids 10 and under are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Make it a family event!

What's the fundraiser for?

Each year, the steering committee, made up of local Rotarians, selects a community project to support. We'll keep you posted when 2018's recipient is named.

What is included in the admission cost?

Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest is a community fundraiser, organized by volunteers from the three Oshkosh Rotary clubs. We appreciate your participation and support! 

The entry fee covers the bands and infrastructure (like hand-washing stations, porta-potties, tents, and seating). Food and drinks are extra.

We also have FREE backyard BBQ style lawn games for fun with friends and family.

Is this a family event?

Absolutely! Each day and night during the event, we have midway games and rides, kiddo-friendly foods, and bands the whole family will enjoy!

Don't miss out: We have a whole day of special Family Events Saturday from 11am-4pm - check out the homepage for details on the FREE family contests, games, and activities.

I don't eat ribs. What do I do?

There will also be roasted corn, mac and cheese, and other sides to try if you don't eat meat.

In addition to ribs, there are also chicken and brisket options.

Can I bring a pet?

No, sorry. We love them too, but due to health codes, we cannot allow your pets on the premises.

What about carry-ins?

Sorry again, no carry-ins. You also cannot take alcohol from the premises. 

Can I bring a chair to watch the bands?

Yes, you may. All bags are subject to inspection when you arrive. Seating and tables will also be available in the tents. Please note, you may not put chairs in the area directly in front of the stage. 

Will there be beer and drinks?

Yes. We'll have a selection of beers, malt beverages, and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Drinks will be served in bottles or cans. Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest can cooler sleeves will be available for purchase at the gate and at the drink tents.

You may not carry in or carry out alcoholic beverages.

Please drink responsibly.

Can I volunteer to help out?

We'd love your help! Please email us if you're interested in volunteering.

Most of the volunteers are local Rotary members, their friends and families. This is a community event, and a community of volunteers work together to make it a success!

A special THANK YOU to the local Boy Scout troops, who volunteer to help keep the venue cleaned up.

What's Rotary?

Rotary is an international service organization. We're proud to say we're the largest non-religious, non-political service organization in the world. For more than 110 years, our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.

Our motto: Service Above Self

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies

Get involved!