3 Reasons To Do Rib America Festival Indianapolis

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Rib America Festival.  Downtown Indianapolis.  Labor Day weekend.  2012.

You know this is one of my absolute favorite annual events in downtown Indianapolis if you pay attention to the blog.  I remember going even when I was in high school, driving 30+ minutes to come downtown at the Murat Centre parking lot.  The event has long since outgrown that small lot and now calls Military Park its home.

My top three reason you should do Rib America Festival this year:

1. GREAT FOOD - Of course this event is all about the eats.  Presented by Indiana Pork Farmers, you have the opportunity to sample some great smoked, dry rubbed or slathered meat from around the country.  Ribs, rib tips, pulled port, chicken, turkey...it's all there.  Corn bread, spiral cut potatoes, tons of sauces, grilled corn, funnel cakes...it's all there.  Yes, they serve booze, too.


Let's kick things off with Friday night's lineup featuring:

  • Duke Tomatoe & The Power Trio - 5-6:30pm
  • Eddie Money - 7-8:30pm
  • George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic - 9-10:30pm

Saturday's lineup is something different for Rib Fest this year and I am SO excited to see this change in the schedule.  They are presenting a jam band day, which I will not miss.

  • Upshot - 12-1pm
  • Infamous Stringdusters - 1:30-2:30pm
  • Twin Cats - 3-4:30pm
  • The Werks - 5-6:30pm
  • Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - 7-8:30pm
  • moe. - 9-11pm


  • Picture Yes - 12:30-2pm
  • Hunter Smith Band - 2:45-4:15pm
  • TBA - 5-6:30pm
  • Night Ranger - 7:15-8:45pm
  • Tesla - 9:30-11pm


  • Flatbed Twitch - 12-1:30
  • Dude - 2-3:30pm
  • Blue Oyster Cult - 4-5:30pm
  • Cheap Trick - 6-7:30pm


Always one of the best elements at any type of festival.  It's great to sit around and watch people walk, or stumble, by.  Check out the crowd having a great time.  Talk to your fellow festival-goers to find out which stand has the best sauce, best ribs, best deal.

The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown is proud to be the Official Hotel sponsor of this year's Rib America Festival...for the fifth consecutive year!  Our three star hotel downtown Indianapolis has some great offers for you as we partner once again with this year's festivities:

Rib America Indianapolis Hotel Package - Ribs & More includes your overnight guest room, breakfast for two in the restaurant, two admission tickets and 20 food and beverage tickets to use at Rib America Festival.  Click the link to find out more!

Rib America Indianapolis Hotel Deal - ROOM ONLY RATE includes only your Indianapolis hotel accommodations.

You may even run into the winner of this year's people's choice award...or a musician if you stay with us!

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