Rock 'N Rib Festival
September 13-16, 2012
Mark your calendars now for the 2012 Rock ’n Rib Festival presented by Rib Crib BBQ & Grill in Downtown Tulsa. Four days of championship BBQ and live music are slated for this September on the streets outside the BOK Center. Bring the entire family and join us for Oklahoma's premiere celebration of award-winning ribs!
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:00AM-12:00AM
Friday, September 14, 2012, 11:00AM-12:00AM
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11:00AM-12:00AM
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Outside the BOK Center, Third Street and Frisco Avenue, Downtown Tulsa
BOK Center Address: 200 S. Denver, Tulsa, OK 74103
Free Admission all days and hours of the festival
- Thursday Free Admission sponsored by River Spirit Casino
- Friday Free Admission sponsored by River Spirit Casino
- Saturday Free Admission sponsored by Route 66 Harley Davidson
- Sunday Free Admission sponsored by Dr. Pepper 10
Got Sauced: Over 41,000 Visit Downtown for Championship BBQ
Despite lingering rain showers, unusually cool temperatures, and a tornado warning, the 2011 Rock ‘n Rib Festival presented by Rib Crib BBQ & Grill welcomed 41,024 visitors to Downtown Tulsa for championship barbecue from seven award-winning “pitmasters” from across the nation. The four-day festival also featured live music from 17 bands, delicious concessions, Oklahoma wineries, free mechanical bull rides, the Jack Daniels Saloon, and the new Curtis Culinray Stage.
Cowboy’s BBQ of Fort Worth, TX was awarded their second consecutive Urban Tulsa “Best of Show” Award at the festival. Led by “pitmasters” Enrique Vega and Dallas Green, Cowboy’s has been taking their award-winning barbeque to festivals across the country for over 30 years. Their secret lies in their preparation. Every single piece of meat is patted to perfection with a unique “Rio Grande” rub, slow-cooked over a mesquite wood fire, then finally doused in a generous glaze of one of their signature sauces. Cowboy’s adds this award to their collection of over 200 trophies. Their rib recipe was chosen as the best by a panel of 13 judges comprised of representatives from the local media and festival sponsors.
The Rock ‘n Rib Festival is Tulsa’s largest celebration of barbecue and features professional rib “pitmasters” cooking under a massive wall of banners and huge tents on Third Street and Frisco Avenue. BBQ styles range from Southwestern and Memphis, to St. Louis and Texas. Vendors offer extensive menus featuring barbeque ribs, shrimp, beef, chicken, cornbread, beans, coleslaw, and an array of signature sauces.
The 2011 Rock ‘n Rib Festival was presented by Rib Crib with live entertainment on the outdoor stage being courtesy of ONEOK, Inc. Curtis Restaurant Supply presented the new culinary stage. Plaza sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Frontier International Trucks, Downtown Doubletree Hotel, US Foodservice, Jeremiah Weed, Jack Daniels, York Plumbing, Coors Light, the Better Business Bureau, US Digital, Verizon, Cricket, State Farm Insurance, and Cargill Meats. KOTV, Urban Tulsa Weekly, La Semana del Sur, Tulsa Business Journal, Hispano de Tulsa, and Cox Radio, Inc., were all official media partners for the event.
The Rock ‘n Rib Festival is produced and managed by SMG, Worldwide Entertainment Venue Management. Questions may be directed to Jeff Vecchio Nickler, Booking & Special Events Manager at (918) 894-4254. Prospective vendors may contact Jill Duvall, Special Events Coordinator at (918) 894-4267.
Free Live Entertainment on the ONEOK outdoor stage
Official Host Hotel of Rock 'N Rib Festival
Rock 'N Rib Event Map
Curtis Culinary Stage
The Rock 'n Rib Festival is family friendly! Children are invited to visit the expansive children's area for non-stop fun featuring colorful inflatabales, jumpers, an obstacle course, and assorted games.
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
8th annual tulsa poker run
The 8th annual Tulsa Poker Run's final stop and wrap-up celebration will be at the Rock 'N Rib Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Jack Daniel's saloon
The Jack Daniels Saloon will return for guests over 21 years of age. The expanded adult-only party zones will have liquor, mixed drinks and high-point beer. The Jack Daniels Saloon will be located on the box office plaza near Frisco Avenue and offers a prime view of the outdoor stage. This area will also feature a large a GoVision Jumbotron showing the weekend’s best college and NFL football teams in action. The Jumbotron will feature the Chicago Bears as they take on the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 13.
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Where should I park?
A variety of paid parking options are available in Downtown Tulsa adjacent to Rock 'N Rib Festival. Parking is FREE at on-street metered spaces after 5:00PM on weekdays and all day on weekends. The closest paid parking garages to Rock 'N Rib Festival are the Civic Center Parkade and the 100 West Parking Garage.
Is the festival open rain or shine?
The Rock 'N Rib Festival will be open rain or shine.
Will an ATM be on site?
An ATM will be availabe on site at the festival.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed at the festival.
What are sample food prices?
Prices will vary among the rib vendors and concessions.