March 31-April 2: Galactic headlines Rhythm & Ribs Festival

Galactic, and New Orleans-based band, will headline the 2017 Rhythm & Ribs Festival on April 1. Contributed image

22th annual event also includes The Hip Abduction, Go Get Gone, and other favorite regional performers

BBQ is back! Get down and pig out at the 22nd Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival, set for March 31 through April 2 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine.

There will be fun for the whole family with award winning BBQ, spectacular live music, venders, and children’s rides. Rhythm and Ribs has been consistently voted as the best festival in St. Augustine!

Music this year is going to be off the charts starting with Friday night’s headliner, The Hip Abduction, a vibrant St. Petersburg, Florida-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.

Hailing from New Orleans, Saturday night’s national headliner Galactic plays music described as “Party Blues with a touch of Barefoot Boogie.” SEE THE MUSIC SCHEDULE BELOW …

Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, March 31; and at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. Admission is $10 er person both Friday and Saturday, and only $5 per person on Family Day, Sunday April 2. As always, children 15 and under are admitted for FREE!

Founded in 1995 by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club, Rhythm and Ribs is a non-profit event that has grown from a small barbeque fest into St. Johns County’s largest festival. All proceeds from the festival support local charities and international service projects. 

The principal sponsors for the 2017 Rhythm and Ribs are Bozard Ford Lincoln, Dunkin Donuts, Camping World and Sight & Sound.

For more information, including a full band line-up, go to


Friday, March 31

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Laura Reed

8:00pm – 10:00pm

The Hip Abduction

Saturday, April 1

11:30am – 1:15pm

Take Cover Band

1:30am – 3:15pm

Go Get Gone

3:30pm – 5:15pm

the kilwein family tree-o

5:30pm – 7:15pm

Andy Frasco & The U.N.

8-10 p.m.


Sunday, April 2

12:00pm – 2:30pm

Eager Beaver

2:45pm – 5:00pm

Biscuit Miller and The Mix

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