The Highland Rotary Club & iHeart Media
Present The 16th Annual

The area’s largest family friendly grilling event!
Serving vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and meat lovers

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

August 21, 22 & 23, 2020

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY

General Admission - Friday - Saturday & Sunday at the Gate or Online

Rain or Shine Event

Included in your entry fee is parking, musical entertainment, entry to the contest areas and free same day re-entry.  All kinds of delicious food from BBQ, to Mexican and Jamaican along with Beer, Wine, Soda and Water available for purchase.

Children under 12 are free.
The Ribfest General Admission Times:
Friday – 5pm to 10pm
Saturday – 11am to 10pm
Sunday – 11am to 5pm
No pets are permitted on the fairgrounds.  For further information call the number below.

All beer on Friday will be $5

There is so much delicious BBQ and Great Music you’ll need more than one day to get your fill.
Checkout all of our vendors, we have something for everyone!

Video: Experience at Hudson Valley Ribfest

Information: 844-RIBFEST

"Best of the Fest" VIP Experience (16 and over and 21+ for Alcohol) - Friday and Saturday

ONLINE ONLY – Rain or Shine Event

Enjoy Hudson Valley Ribfest Exclusive VIP Experience.  VIP Tent is for Friday and Saturday night only.

Friday – Gate will open at 5 on Friday, Tent will open at 5pm and food will be served between 6pm and 9pm. (16 and over and 21+ for Alcohol)

Saturday – Gate will open at 11 on Saturday, Tent will open at 4pm and food will be served between 5pm and 9pm. (16 and over and 21+ for Alcohol)

Friday 6pm to 9pm & Saturday 5pm to 9pm only:

  • Unlimited Ribs
  • Unlimited Beer, Soda and Water
  • Exclusive Sampling from Hudson Valley Ribfest Vendors
  • Wide Variety of Sides
  • Dessert
  • Private Tent close to Stage with roped off outside area


Registration begins February 1st at 10AM.

Register now

Live Music

BBQ Contest

Barbecue is growing in the Northeast. The proof is in the numbers. More teams are competing and festival attendance grows every year.  This year’s goal is for 60 teams to pit their barbecue skills against some sharp competition for bragging rights and a portion of the prize money. Limiting to 60 teams will mean a better contest atmosphere so we can take care of contestants. Our event is a NY State Championship. For detailed information download both the Contest Application and the Cooks Info Sheet.  Contest is Full, filling out the application will put you on the waiting list.

More BBQ Contest Information


The Hudson Valley Ribfest is held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, NY. The fairgrounds are located on Libertyville Road, just 2 miles from the heart of New Paltz, 70 miles north of New York City (exit 18) off the NYS Thruway.

Local Transportation

Nearby Attractions

For local Hotels, Restaurants and other attractions, please visit the local Chamber of Commerce and Tourism sites.


2019 Presenting Sponsor

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