JUNE 14-16, 2024

Friday & Saturday  11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Sunday  11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Welcome to RIBFEST 506, the ultimate destination for rib lovers in NB. Our passion for bringing people together over mouthwatering ribs has led us to create an unforgettable experience for all our visitors. Taste the Ultimate Mouthwatering Ribs!

Join us at RIBFEST 506, for a sizzling experience.  Unforgettable flavors, fun, and entertainment await you in Saint John, NB.

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Introducing our Charity Partner - Make A Wish!

Together, We Create Life-Changing Wishes For Children With Critical Illnesses.
Make-A-Wish Canada is an independently operating affiliate of Make-A-Wish international. We create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, and we are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, operating in 50 countries. Here in Canada, we serve children in every community from coast to coast to coast.

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted over 37,000 wishes across the country, over 1,000 last year alone.


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Our Crosby’s Secret Sauce competition is back for its second year!  Held at the Fredericton Ribfest Block Party, June 8th, 2024 and the Ribfest 506 Saint John, June 15th, 2024, this year’s competition becomes even more heated as contestants compete for the title of New Brunswick’s best homemade BBQ sauce!

We are calling all BBQ enthusiasts who have their own Secret Sauce recipe – the one that garners praise from friends and family, the one that never fails and brings the magic to the grill.  
Free to enter, contestants must submit their recipe for their favourite homemade BBQ sauce, initially judged by the Crosby’s team, with the chosen semi-finalists then asked to bring their actual sauce to either ribfest to compete for the prizes and titles.  
All recipes must contain Crosby’s molasses (any style) or Maple + Molasses (or both!) and be the contestant’s own recipe, with their special touch – we want originals! We also want your story – why this the sauce that makes you the ultimate grill master. We also want to see your technique, so send a couple photos of you in action.

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A fan favourite for the 15 year, Fat Boys hails for London Ontario. Being Proudly Canadian they only use Canadian sourced ingredients to make some of the best mouth watering ribs and award winning gluten-free sauce!



A fan favourite for the 15 year, Fat Boys hails for London Ontario. Being Proudly Canadian they only use Canadian sourced ingredients to make some of the best mouth watering ribs and award winning gluten-free sauce!



Celebrating over 30 years of excellence! Billy Bones BBQ & crew have traveled the entire United States, Canada and even Ireland winning state and national barbecue competitions. Billy Bones BBQ sauces have won over 250 awards plus fifty first place finishes. Billy bones BBQ offers BBQ sauces, BBQ rubs, hot sauces, competition dry rubs for ribs and pork, chicken and more.



Camp 31 was founded in 1908 as a “Saw Mill” general store outside Brewton, Alabama. Camp 31 BBQ was established by Larry Murphy in 1985, and we’ve been serving up mouth-watering authentic southern BBQ ever since.

In June 2022, The AREA 506 Container Village opened the full waterfront experience with a diverse collection of retail shops, a performance space, a waterfront container lounge, food trucks, public art and pop-up activities. All wrapped up in more than 60 shipping containers, celebrating everything that’s cool about Saint John's identity as a Port City.



Where is the RibFest Site?

This year, The RIBFEST 506 will be located at The AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village  located at 85 Water Street, Saint John, NB E2L 0B1

What are the event dates and hours?

June 14th & 15th (11 AM - 11 PM) and 16th (11 AM - 6 PM, 2024

Do the vendors accept credit or debit cards?

Most of our vendors will accept cash only.

What is the cost of admission?

Event entry is by donation at the gate. 
Please be generous. With your help we can grant a wish!

Are there foods available other than pork ribs?

Yes, there is chicken, pulled pork, brisket, sausage, French fries, Blooming Onions, perhaps beef ribs, and more.  There will be desserts from some of our vendors as well.

What entertainment will be featured?

There will be entertainment on the main stage in the AREA 506 container village. Please see our Entertainment section on our website for more info or visit our Facebook page for more information as we provide updates in the coming weeks. There is no extra charge for entertainment. 

Are children allowed?

Definitely! Not only are they allowed, but they are also encouraged to attend, minors must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I become a Sponsor?

Please email [email protected] or complete the Contact Us form on our website.

How do I become a Vendor?

Please see the vendor information tab here on on website. Email [email protected] for a vendor Information and Application.

Are dogs allowed?

We are happy to accomodate Service dogs only howeverthey must be clearly identified as a service dog.

Will There be Parking Available?

Parking lots operate 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (holidays excluded), and rates are hourly or daily. Garages operate 24/7.
On-street parking, all options (metered, pay & display, pay-by-plate, HotSpot and QR codes) are available at a rate of $2.00 an hour. Meters operate 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (Holidays excluded). Weekends are free.!

More parking info avaliable here including a interactive map!



Get in Touch!

Contact  us here  for any questions ! You may also message us via our facebook page. 


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