Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest

Destination: Canal Winchester and the city of Canal Winchester invite you to enjoy the 10th annual Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest on July 26 and 27 in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

The air will once again fill with the wonderful aroma of barbeque and the timeless beat of authentic American Blues at Ohio’s only blues and rib festival.

The two day summer street celebration features live blues music, world-class ribs, a variety of quality non-rib food options, children’s activities, shaded dining areas, and a beer and wine garden.

From solid rockin’ electric blues to traditional acoustic performances, there’s something sure to satisfy even the most discriminating blues fan as music continuously flows from two stages throughout the event. Bring your friends, your appetite, and a couple of lawn chairs for one of the best parties of the summer. Families are welcome and admission is free.

“Some of the country’s best rib vendors will be here. Make your way downtown to enjoy the great food and great music,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert.

Destination: Canal Winchester’s Executive Director Karen Stiles said, “We’re again honored to welcome several rib masters from the national barbeque circuit back to Canal Winchester. They will be competing fiercely against each other for trophies and bragging rights. If ribs aren’t your thing, there is a solid roster of nearly twenty other specialty food vendors to satisfy almost any taste or budget. We’re also happy to be able to bring back the popular $1 pony rides, too. Maybe the best part of our event is that there is no charge for getting in to experience some of the finest live blues and barbecue to be found anywhere at any price.”

An estimated 40,000 people visit Canal Winchester’s downtown to attend the Blues & Ribfest each year, making it one of central Ohio’s most popular summer outdoor festivals.

The festival benefits the community by attracting visitors and by promoting national, regional and local blues performers. The festival site radiates out from the High and Waterloo street intersection (closed to vehicle traffic) in historic downtown Canal Winchester. For GPS/digital mapping users, the address 10 N. High St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110 may be used.

Lawn chairs are recommended due to limited seating. Outside food and beverages are not permitted within festival grounds. Skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, and other “recreational wheels” are also prohibited.

Parking will be available in the areas adjacent to festival grounds with additional handicap parking in designated areas on West Waterloo Street and North High Street.

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Here is the music performance schedule:
July 26
Main Stage
5-6 p.m. – Mitchell Project
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Pam Taylor & The Flyin’ V’s
8-9:15 p.m. – Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers
9:30-11 p.m. – Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Stradley Place Stage
5-6:30 p.m. – Molly Winters
6:45-8:45 p.m. – Lews Brothers
9-10:30 p.m. – Ben Bachert

July 27
Main Stage
Noon – 1 p.m. – Michael Locke
1:30-3 p.m. – Willie Phoenix
3:30-5 p.m. – Noah Wotherspoon
5:30-7 p.m. – Biscuit Miller
7:30-9 p.m. – Chris Cain
9:30 – 11 p.m. – Dana Fuchs

Stradley Place Stage
Noon – 1:45 p.m. – Luthor Trammell
2-3:15 p.m. – Alex Poteet
3:30-4 p.m. – Kid harmonica lessons
4-6:15 p.m. – Will Freed
6:30-7 p.m. – Adult harmonica lessons
7:15-8:45 p.m. – Long Tall Deb & Colin John
9-10:30 p.m. – Steve Riggs

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