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Riverfront Ribfest Returns to
Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park August 9 - 12


Enjoy BBQ, music, games and rides are the ingredients for a fun event for the whole family at Riverfront Ribfest from August 9 - 12 at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs.

Back for its second year, the festival features six national award-winning BBQ teams, bringing their mouthwatering rib recipes to Iowa and Nebraska. These rib teams include:

In addition to the delicious ribs, all of your favorite carnival food-inspired sides will be available for purchase from Caroline’s Catering. Beverages will also be available to purchase, thanks to our sponsor Bud Light.

It’s a little bit country, a little bit ‘90s rock and roll and more! Come early as the music begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The live entertainment over the four days includes something for everyone:

Additional information about the bands and photos are available upon request.

Daily general admission is $5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $10 after 3 p.m., which includes admission and that night’s concert. Kids general admission is just $5 all weekend, day or evening (16 and under). Admission is free for children five and under.

The first 5,000 tickets will be sold at half price, which means a 3-day Rib-Hopper pass (normally $30) will be just $15 and will include Thursday, Friday and Saturday night concerts.

Admission includes the live entertainment as well as free carnival rides! Riverfront Ribfest hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. Advance tickets to Riverfront Ribfest on sale NOW at riverfrontribfest.com.

The fun doesn’t stop at delicious ribs, great music and fun carnival rides. Riverfront Ribfest is proud to present the Serve-it-Up Grass Volleyball Tournament. Each day will have a fresh set of tournaments with multiple divisions. Registration for the volleyball tournament is $20 per person – register at riverfrontribfest.com. The volleyball registration fee includes free entrance to Riverfront Ribfest, including all concerts and carnival rides.


Driving Directions


Directions to Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. Parking is also available on the Nebraska side of the river. See map above.

Driving East on I-480 (from Omaha):

  • Cross the Missouri River into Iowa
  • Take the 2nd Ave. Exit
  • Turn right onto 2nd Ave.
  • Take right onto 37th Street
  • Take Right onto 40th Street
  • Follow the River’s Edge Taco Fest signs
  • Follow signs to the River’s Edge Ribfest event and parking

Driving West on I-80 (from Des Moines):

  • Continue on I-80 W/ I-29 N
  • Keep right to continue on I-29 N toward Sioux City
  • Take exit 53A for 9th Ave toward Harrahs Blvd
  • Turn left toward Harrah’s Blvd.
  • Follow signs towards Harrah’s North Parking Lot.
  • Follow signs to the River’s Edge Ribfest event and parking

Driving North on I-29 (from Kansas City):

  • Merge onto I-29 N/I-80 W
  • Keep right to continue on I-29 N, follow signs of Interstate 29 N/Sioux City
  • Take exit 53A for 9th Ave toward Harrahs Blvd
  • Take a left toward Harrahs Blvd.
  • Follow signs to Harrah’s North Parking Lot
  • Follow signs to the River’s Edge Ribfest event and parking

Driving South on I-29 (from Sioux City):

  • Take exit 54A toward Ave G
  • Turn right onto Ave G
  • Turn left on 40th Street
  • Continue onto Ave B
  • Follow signs to the River’s Edge Ribfest event and parking