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 2018 the 3-day event takes place at Langley‘s McLeod Athletic Park on the weekend of August 17th to 19th.
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Langley’s Rotary Ribfest
Ribfest Langley celebrates its inaugural debut in 2018 and it promises to be a fabulous community event. Admission is free, but the food costs money.
At the event there are BBQ-ed rib and other food vendors, family-friendly activities, Zumba dancing and live music including performances by Elton John, Beatles and ABBA tribute bands.
This is the first time that Rotary clubs in the Langley region have put on such an event, but it’s not the first time Lower Mainland Rotary clubs have used a barbecued-rib theme 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
Ribfest Langley takes 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 happens on August 17th, 18th and 19th in 2018. Its hours of operation are from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm on each of the three days.
What to Expect
At Ribfest Langley there are of course vendors selling both pork and beef barbecued ribs. Participants in 2018 include Boss Hogs and Gator BBQ (both from Ontario), Guerilla Q BBQ (from Chilliwack), Misty Mountain BBQ (from Alberta), Prairie Smoke (from Saskatchewan) and Smoke & Bones (from North Vancouver).
In addition to barbecued ribs, other foods for sale include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as fried potatoes, mini doughnuts, ice cream, corn on the cob and berry pies. Starbucks will also be serving coffee, likely by donation.
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 cost money. Admission to the venue, kids’ activities and the live entertainment, however, are all free (although donations are encouraged and greatly appreciated).
2018 Schedule & Entertainment Lineup
Below is the schedule of events for 2018. (Note: times and other details are subject to change.)
August 17th (Friday)
- 12:00 pm – Zumba
- 1:15 pm – Le Plaisir Dance Troupe
- 2:15 pm – Mexico Vivo
- 3:15 pm – Bella Domingo
- 4:15 pm – Recoil
- 5:15 pm – Her Brothers
- 6:15 pm – Caryn Fader
- 7:15 pm – Tiller’s Folly
August 18th (Saturday)
- 12:00 pm – Zumba
- 1:15 pm – Asi Somos
- 2:30 pm – Brookswood Country Band
- 3:45 pm – Elton John Tribute
- 4:30 pm – Matices del Sur
- 5:45 pm – Wheat in the Barley
- 7:15 pm – ABRA Cadabra (an ABBA tribute band)
August 19th (Sunday)
- 11:45 am – Zumba
- 1:00 pm – RibFest Awards
- 2:15 pm – Elton John Tribute
- 3:15 pm – Brookswood Country Band
- 4:30 pm – Recoil
- 5:15 pm – Samba Fusion
- 6:00 pm – Byrd Dwag
- 7:15 pm – Day Trippers
- 8:00 pm – 50/50 Draw & Final Announcements
- 8:15 pm – Day Trippers
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, Misty Mountain, Smoke & Bones and Gator BBQ are apparently gluten free.
TIP #6: We tried the ribs, chicken, beans and pulled pork from Smoke & Bones and all were delicious! If you can’t wait until next year to try them again, you can visit their restaurant at 999 Marine Drive in North Vancouver. (It’s so nice that they’re 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.