RIBBERFEST PRE-SALE WRISTBANDS* $30 with FOOD COUPONS will go on sale June 15th, 2019.

After July 31st RIBBERFEST ADVANCE WRISTBANDS* will be $30 without food coupons.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS press this link:  Come Back June 15th!

A $1 handling fee per wristband charged for online and phone orders

ADVANCE WRISTBANDS are $30 and DO NOT have food coupons.

No wristbands will be sold on Friday, August 16th until the gates open at 5:00 pm. Gate price $35

Online and phone orders will be charged a $1 handling fee per wristband.

ALL ONLINE ORDERS AND PHONE ORDERS will be available at the event WILL CALL.  

Maps to WILL CALL available upon request.

 All wristbands purchased online will be available at “Will Call”. You will get an email receipt when you purchase online. Bring that receipt or a picture ID.  If someone other than purchaser is picking up wristbands they MUST HAVE the actual email receipt.  The Will Call location changed this year; the tent will be at West and First St. ***2 BLOCKS EAST OF BROADWAY*** See the ‘Will Call’ tent hours 9A to 9P Friday and Saturday.  NO THURSDAY PICK-UP! 

 2019  Gate wristband prices are:

Gate wristband price $35.  If you purchase your wristband on Friday it will be good for both days.

    All wristbands are NON REFUNDABLE.


Got Kids?

Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free to Ribberfest when accompanied by a paying adult. Be sure to check out the Piglet Pen as well!

Things to leave at home:

These items will not be allowed into the gate during the event weekend: Coolers, food, beverages, pets, umbrellas, canopies, golf carts, bikes, roller blades, or skates, and hula-hoops.  We are limited on space for these activities.


We will have additional camping available in Madison again this year. In addition to camping at Clifty Falls State Park, there will be camping at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Spots will again be $15 per night with water & electric. There will also be showers available. For further information call Lonnie at 812-265-8919. We are sorry for the inconvenience but there will be NO SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM FAIRGROUNDS THIS YEAR. Hopefully our campers at the Fairgrounds will have an extra vehicle to get downtown.  Due to a scheduling conflict the trolley will be unable to offer shuttle service.  Our local taxi service is Hilltop Taxi — 812-265-3337.

2019 Schedule

Vendors may begin set-up Thursday, August 15th — check with Joe for set-up time.

FRIDAY — August 16th 6:00 AM — BACKYARD BBQ BLAST Competitors may arrive.

9:00 AM — KCBS Registration teams/judges

3:00 PM – KCBS Cooks meeting (required)

4:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin — every 2 hours last one at 8:30 pm

5:00 PM — GATES OPEN 5:30 PM — Welcome, Scott Davidson emcee

6:00 PM – Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens

6:00 PM – ARTIST 1 takes the stage 6:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) first of 2

6:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin

7:00 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast judging begins

7:30 PM — Mayor Welch/Sponsors welcome

8:00 PM – ARTIST 2 takes the stage

8:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin – this is the last ride tonight

9:30 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast awards at stage

10:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s play area closes

10:00 PM — Headliner ARTIST takes the stage 

SATURDAY — August 17th 7:00 AM — 5K-Ribber-Run & RibberRide Registration begins

8:00 AM — 5K-RibberRun Walk/Run begins

8:45 AM — Madison Area Bicycle Club -RibberRide begins

9:00 AM – Kidz Q cooking  competition begins

9:30 AM — KCBS Judges Meeting/Brown Gym (required)

11:00 AM — Kidz Q judging begins


11:00 AM — KCBS Judging begins

11:00 AM — Announcements, Scott Davidson emcee; female & male overall winner of 5 announced

11:30 AM — ARTIST 1 takes the stage

12:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens

12:00 PM — Announcements, Scott Davidson emcee

12:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin — every 2 hours last one at 8:30 pm

1:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) second of 2

1:30 PM – ARTIST 2 takes the stage

2:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride

3:00 PM – Good to the Bone Rib Eating contest

3:30 PM — ARTIST 3 take the stage

4:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s play area closes

4:00 PM — KCBS/ Kidz Q Awards Ceremony at Brown Gym

4:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride

5:00 PM – Announcements, Scott Davidson

5:30 PM — ARTIST 4 takes the stage

6:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens

6:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride

7:00 PM – Mayor’s Thank You for coming

7:30 PM – ARTIST 5 takes the stage

8:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride –last one

9:00 PM – Pigmania winner announced

9:30 PM — Headliner ARTIST  takes the stage

11:00 PM – Festival Closes — see you next year AUGUST 21-22, 2020.

Thank you for joining us!

Madison Ribberfest, 601 W. First St., Madison, IN 47250 800-559-2956