& 16th
At DeSoto Square Mall
in Bradenton, FL
Friday Evening
fireworks by
Zambelli Fireworks
Featuring the top rib teams from across the nation.

Concert Series

Featuring National Recording Artists

A Party with a Purpose

Thank you for a great 2016 event. Check back periodically for information regarding our 2017 event.

Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs
Music Fest.

Don’t miss our concert series featuring National Recording Artists!

2016 Entertainment Lineup

Mitch Clark Band, Soul Circus Cowboys, Nujazz, Reginald Wrangler, Shariah Davis
See the complete lineup.


Festival Dates:

Friday, October 14th from 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, October 15th from 11am to 10pm
Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 8pm

Festival Location:

DeSoto Square Mall (South Parking Lot)
303 301 Blvd West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Telephone: (941) 773-5537


Please consider volunteering your time at the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribs Music Fest. You will not only have fun volunteering at the event, but are able to stay before and after your shifts to enjoy the music and food. It will truly be a great weekend!
Registration Form


“Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” are just a few of the Titles and Awards, the attending Rib Masters share amongst them. Last year’s winners of the “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce” Awards will attend again and are ready to defend their titles.

Kids Fest

Families will find plenty to do and will enjoy Games, Rides, Prizes, Thrill Shows, and Live Entertainment in our Interactive Kid’s Fun Zone.


Read what The Sarasota Post had to say about last year's event.


Don’t miss your opportunity to place your products and services in front of the THOUSANDS that will attend Gulf Coast Rhythm and Ribs Music Fest. Sponsorship levels range from $500 up to $20,000 and we can even customize a sponsorship package that is perfect for your company!

Hotel Discounts

We have partnered with Courtyard Marriott at 100 Riverfront Dr. West. Bradenton, FL 34205. (941-747-3727). Use the word Ribfest to get a discounted rate.
First come first serve.

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Sponsored by

MCR Health Services