How You Can Get FREE (or cheap) Admission to Wichita Ribfest

Wichita Ribfest 2012The 2013 Wichita Ribfest will be held outside of INTRUST Bank Arena May 16-18. You can get FREE Admission to Wichita Ribfest on Thursday with your 2013 River Festival button. (Update: I originally wrote that admission was free any day with the button, but it is Thursday only. I apologize for the mistake!)

Wichita Ribfest features six different award-winning BBQ masters from around the country, live concerts, the Pepsi Sports Zone, and a children’s play area with inflatables and more from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, May 16 -18, 2013.

Regular admission for the event is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and under, but you can get in free on Thursday with a River Festival button, which are already on sale at Quik Trip and Dillons. Or opt for 1/2 price lunch admission Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Concerts are free with admission, but you’ll need to bring cash to purchase ribs, bbq, funnel cakes, kettle corn, beverages, and other food items.

Live entertainment includes Keith Anderson, Phil Vassar, Ten Day Wish, and more. (See the concert schedule below.)

You may bring lawn chairs, blankets, and strollers.

Date: Thursday – Saturday, May 16-18
Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: City Lot D at 777 E. Waterman, just east of INTRUST Bank Arena
Cost: FREE with Riverfest button; $4 for adults; FREE for kids 12 and under
For More Info: The best place to get current information is probably the Wichita Ribfest Facebook page.

Thursday – Sponsored by Connoisseur Media (Biker Night)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The Jazz Forum
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Lady and the Tramps
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Ten Day Wish
8:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. – Sleepy Truckers

Friday – Sponsored by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Nobody’s Business
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The Watchers
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – County Road 5
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Keith Anderson

Saturday – Sponsored by Journal Broadcast Group
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Paramount
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – School of Rock House Band
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Phil Vassar
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Timmy Jonas and the Whiskey Militia
9:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. – Grupo Flamante De Tierra Caliente
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Kazzadorez

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  1. Susan says

    The way I read their page, it looked like Thursday was the only day you could get in with your River Fest button. Can you confirm that? Thanks!

    • says

      When I first looked at their information, I’m pretty sure it said admission was free (as in, every day) with a Riverfest button. I remember because I thought that was new.

      But maybe that wasn’t their intent, because now I see their page says Thursday, specifically, is free with button. :(

      I will see if I can confirm either way. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.