Capital City Ribfest

Nebraska Pork Producers Capital City Ribfest

Aug 13 - 16, 2015

About The Event

Nebraska Pork Producers Capital City Ribfest is Lincoln’s favorite, and longest running summer festival featuring award-winning barbecue from around the country and some of the best local and regional live music on the Ribfest Sound Stage.

Barbecue vendors will be serving smoked varieties of ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken and more. The festival is unique to Lincoln in that barbecue is the focal point of the event – offering the public a chance to sample a variety of barbecue recipes from Southern, Texas style, Australian, Memphis, and Southwestern BBQ, all without leaving Lincoln!

Check out the Bud Light Beer Garden Experience. The 75’ x 55’ mobile beer garden will provide a perfect gathering place for patrons to sit and enjoy an ice cold beverage with televisions, an interactive digital kiosk, and a cell phone charging station.

Admission at the Gate Only

$5.00 — Adults
FREE — Kids 11 & Under
On Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14, admission is FREE from 11AM – 2PM with a can of food for the Food Bank of Lincoln as a suggested admission.


Thursday, August 13
11:30AM — Chris Sayre
4:30PM — TBA
7:00PM — AM/FM
9:30PM — Hairball

Friday, August 14
11:30AM — John Walker
4:30PM — SwitchBak
7:00PM — Emmett Bower Band
9:30PM — Casey Donahew Band

Saturday, August 15
4:30PM — TBA
5:30PM — Laura Reed
7:00PM — Earl & Them
9:30PM — Here Come the Mummies

Sunday, August 16
11:30AM — Chris Sayre
1:00PM — TBA
*The entertainment schedule and lineup is subject to change without notice.

Participating Rib Vendors

  • Aussom Aussie: Sydney, Australia
  • Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co.: Hinckley, OH
  • Howling Coyote Southwestern BBQ: Chicago, IL
  • Johnson’s BBQ: Chesapeake, VA
  • Just North of Memphis: Annandale, MN
  • Porky N’ Beans: Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Texas Rib Rangers: Denton, TX
  • Uncle Bub’s: Naperville, IL

2015 Ribfest Sponsors

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Directions to festival space public parking

(SMG-Managed: 402.904.4444)

  • Take West “O” Street to Sun Valley Boulevard.
  • Take a right onto Sun Valley Boulevard and go north to Line Drive.
  • From Line Drive follow the signs to the Festival Space parking lot.

Patrons may walk to the arena utilizing the connecting Pedestrian Bridge and will land at the northeast corner of the arena, approximately 28 feet off the ground and will also connect to the east side of the arena at ground level.


No coolers or outside food or beverages allowed in the festival area. Also no skateboards or bicycles inside the festival area.

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