Ribfest Langley is a free family-friendly Metro Vancouver festival that’s hosted by area Rotary clubs and features live music, BBQ-ed ribs and craft beer.
In 2019 the 3-day event took place at Langley‘s McLeod Athletic Park on the weekend of August 16th to 18th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event has been cancelled in both 2020 and 2021. Thankfully, it’s set to return from August 12th to 14th in 2022.
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Langley’s Rotary Ribfest
Ribfest Langley celebrated its second year in 2019 and it was a fabulous community event. Admission was free, but the food cost money. The third edition of the festival had to be delayed a couple years but it’s set to take place in 2022.
At the event there are BBQ-ed rib and other food vendors, family-friendly activities and live entertainment.
This is not the first barbecued-rib themed event run by Lower Mainland Rotary clubs to raise money for their charitable work. Port Moody Ribfest, for example, has been taking place at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park since 2015.
Where and When
In 2019 Ribfest Langley took place at McLeod Athletic Park which is located at 5687 Johnston Townline Road (by 56th Avenue and 216th Street) just north of the Langley Airport and Canadian Museum of Flight.
The event happened on August 16th, 17th and 18th in 2019. Its hours of operation were from 11:00 am until about 9:00 pm or so on each of the three days. 2022 details will likely be similar on its dates of August 12th, 13th and 14th.
What to Expect
At Ribfest Langley there are of course vendors selling both pork and beef barbecued ribs. Participants in 2019 included Boss Hogs and Gator BBQ (both from Ontario), Guerilla Q BBQ (from Chilliwack), Prairie Smoke (from Saskatchewan) and Smoke & Bones (from North Vancouver).
In addition to barbecued ribs, other foods for sale included vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as fried potatoes, mini doughnuts, ice cream, corn on the cob and berry pies.
From the BBQ vendors you can expect pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork, beans and barbecued chicken. You can also expect to be entertained by the cooks while they do their grilling!
Also at the event you can expect to see thousands of people with their families, live bands and dance groups performing most of the day, and children having fun in the Kids’ Zone.
In the Kids’ Zone there are bouncy castles, crafts, a face painting station, a mechanical ride, games on the grass and various other fun things to do.
Food and beverages at Ribfest Langley costed money. Admission to the venue, kids’ activities and the live entertainment, however, were all free (although donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated).
Schedule & Entertainment Lineup
For an idea of what to expect in future events, below is the schedule of events for 2019. 2022 details will hopefully be similar.
(Note: Times and other details were subject to change.)
Friday, August 16th (2019)
- 11:00 am – Music
- 12:15 pm – Surrey Square Wheelers
- 1:30 pm – Mexico Vivo Dance Group
- 2:30 pm – Wheat in the Barley
- 3:45 pm – Brookswood Country Band
- 5:00 pm – TMB (Ted MacDonald Band)
- 6:15 pm – Her Brothers
- 7:30 pm – CCR “Bad Moon Riders”
Saturday, August 17th (2019)
- 11:00 am – Music
- 12:00 pm – Bella Domingo
- 1:00 pm – Asi Somos
- 2:15 pm – Big Shinny
- 3:30 pm – Big City Soul
- 4:25 pm – Big City Soul
- 5:30 pm – Tiller’s Folly/Way Cool Band
- 7:15 pm – Heroes of Rock/Jonas Falle
Sunday, August 18th (2019)
- 11:00 am – Music
- 11:30 am – Peggy’s Line Dancers
- 12:15 pm – Johnny & the Rose
- 1:00 pm – RibFest Awards
- 2:15 pm – Tren Al Sur
- 3:30 pm – Peter Tam (an Elton John tribute)
- 4:45 pm – Barracuda (a Heart tribute band)
- 6:00 pm – Byrd Dawg (an Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel tribute band)
- 7:00 pm – Byrd Dawg
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Ribfest Langley.
TIP #1: Take cash. Credit cards can be used at the Beer Garden, but rib vendors can only accept cash. There are ATM cash machines on site, although service fees will apply.
TIP #2: Parking is available via 56th Avenue. There are signs and parking attendants giving directions. People with handicapped parking passes should access the venue via 216th.
TIP #3: Invite your friends and carpool if you can.
TIP #4: If you like barbecued ribs and free live entertainment, go to Ribfest Langley! Funds raised from the event benefit worthwhile charitable causes!
TIP #5: The ribs and BBQ sauces from Prairie Smoke, Smoke & Bones and Gator BBQ are apparently gluten free (or at least they were a couple years ago). Two of our favourites though are Smoke & Bones and Guerilla Q (and both are local).
For more information about the event see the Ribfest Langley website.
For details about the Lower Mainland’s other major BBQ-ed rib event, click Port Moody Ribfest.