Release Date: July 2,2018

City of Akron Rib, White and Blue Festival runs through July 4

The City of Akron’s Rib, White and Blue Festival will run through July 4 on South Main Street in downtown Akron. This year, 11 rib vendors from across the country will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in the “Best Of” competition. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and admission is free.

Eleven rib vendors from five states feature:

BBQ Master: Georgia
Cowboy’s BBQ: Texas
Pig Foot BBQ: Ohio
Pig Tails BBQ: Ohio
Texas Pit BBQ: Texas
Carolina Rib King: South Carolina
Big Boned BBQ: South Carolina
Porky Chicks BBQ: Arkansas
Fine Smoke BBQ: Ohio
Hog Wild BBQ: Ohio
Off the Bone BBQ: Ohio

Other Vendors

Judy’s Concessions (sausage/steak sandwich, fried cheese and bloomin’ onions)
Otterbacher Concessions (candy apples, popcorn and cotton candy)
Quaker Concessions (funnel cake, birch beer)
Pierogi Lady (pierogis and sausage)
Gift Concessions (fries, roasted corn, lemonade, ice cream)
Thirsty Dog beer
Tramonte Distributing, Miller Lite, Corona, Heineken

Event locations and parking information

The Rib, White and Blue Festival is on South Main Street between University and Bowery Streets and this part of Main Street will be closed off to traffic.

Parking is FREE after 6 p.m. on Fridays and weekends at all city-owned parking decks and lots.

Handicapped parking is available at the State Street deck, which has an elevator to the Lock 3 level, or at Cascade Plaza, where handicapped parking is available by entering at Mill Street and following the ramp up to Lock 4 (parking level 2, orange). For complete details visit

Featured Music Acts in the Lock 3 Amphitheater:

July 2

Night Fever, 8:30 p.m. with Overboard at 7:00 p.m.

July 3
Hotel California, 8:30 p.m. with Kerosene at 7:00 p.m.

July 4
The 122nd Army National Guard Band, 8:30 p.m. with Flashbang at 7:00 p.m.
*July 4 fireworks will be presented at 9:45 p.m.

Complete concert and event information is available and regularly updated at

Event Sponsors:

The stage sponsor is Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health System.

Rock the Lock concerts on Fridays are sponsored by WONE Radio.

Other sponsors include Metro PCS, Coca Cola, Courtyard Marriott Downtown Akron, G. Stephens Construction, Miller Rental, Downtown Akron Partnership and Miller Lite, Pritt Entertainment Group, Thirsty Dog, Earthquaker Devices, Rubber City Harley-Davidson, Roetzel, Vitamix.