Indiana Best Music Festival

The ONLY wristbands with food coupons (Pre-sale) go on sale June 15th WHILE SUPPLY LASTS.

The $30 pre-sale wristbands will go on sale June 15th at the Visitor’s Center/major sponsors/online/by phone — quantities will be limited.

 2017  Advance wristbands and Gate wristband prices are:

Advance wristbands $30 (no food coupons) will be available AFTER pre-sale is over until August 16th online and by phone;

you may still purchase Advance wristbands                 “in person” at select business locations through Wednesday, August 16th;

and “in person” at the Visitor’s Center until                                          4:30 pm, Thursday August 17th .

No wristbands will be sold on Friday, August 18th until the gates open at 5:00 pm.

Beginning Friday, August 18th wristbands will only be available at the gates when they open at 5:00 pm.

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

    All wristbands are NON REFUNDABLE.

Any questions please call Kathy 812-701-0127.


PRE-SALE WRISTBANDS will go on sale both online and by phone, AND ALSO at the Visitor’s Center and major sponsor locations BEGINNING June 15th WHILE SUPPLY LASTS.

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.

2016 Schedule

Vendors may begin set-up Thursday, August 18th — check with Joe or Audrey for set-up time.

FRIDAY — August 19th

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


5:30 PM — Welcome, Scott Davidson emcee

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

6:00 PM – GHOST TOWN Band takes the stage

6:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) first of 2

7:00 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast judging begins

7:30 PM — Mayor Welch/Sponsors welcome

8:00 PM – JUNIOR BROWN takes the stage

9:30 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast awards at stage

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

10:00 PM — Headliner JONNY LANG takes the stage 

SATURDAY — August 20th

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 — TANITA GAINES 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

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

1:30 PM – THE BEAT DADDYS take the stage

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

3:30 PM — The LUCKY LOSERS featuring Phil Berkowitz and Cathy Lemon take the stage

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

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

5:00 PM – Announcements, Scott Davidson

5:30 PM — SONNY MOORMAN takes the stage

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

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


9:00 PM – Pigmania winner announced

9:30 PM — The incredible LOS LOBOS takes the stage

11:00 PM – Festival Closes — see you next year AUGUST 18-19, 2017.


Thank you for joining us!

Madison Ribberfest, 601 W. First St., Madison, IN 47250