FAQs

Have questions? We have answers! Check out some of our frequently asked questions below. If your question is still not answered, send us an email at info@sfarena.com, call us at 605.367.7288, or find us on Facebook and communicate with us there. 

When is RibFest?
RibFest is always the weekend after Memorial Day. In 2017, that falls on Thursday, June 1 through Saturday, June 3.

Where is RibFest?
RibFest is held at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds - between 12th and Madison Streets, just east of I-29.

Where can I get tickets?
Tickets are available without any fees at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center KELOLAND Box Office. They are also available (with fees) online at www.ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. 

Can I get tickets at the gate?
Yes, you can.  

Do you take credit cards?
All sales for RibFest are CASH only. There will be a few ATMs located inside the festival grounds, but we suggest bringing cash to avoid the extra lines and fees.  

Does the ticket to RibFest get me into the concerts, too?
Yes! The ticket you purchase gets in to the gates, which includes all the live music!

I heard military gets in for free, how does that work?
All military and veterans get in for free to the general admission area, plus one guest. Just bring your military I.D., papers, or any form of authentication to the RibFest entrance to be let in free of charge.

Is there a cheaper ticket for kids?
No, BUT children 12 and under get in for FREE with an adult to the general admission area.

What's the difference between a general admission ticket and a VIP ticket?
VIP tickets allow you to get VIP parking, and entrance into the VIP pit area - which is directly in front of the stage and has access to a private bar and bathroom. 

My tickets are at Will Call. Where is that?
Will Call will be held at the Main Entrance - Gate 1 on the east side of the Fairgrounds. 

Where will ___ be located?
Good question! Check out a map of the festival grounds here.  

Where do I park?
There are three large parking lots on the north, east, and south sides of the Fairgrounds! Check out a map of the festival grounds here

Is parking free?
Parking is free until 4 pm, after that it is $5 per car.

I have a RibFest Lifetime Pass, does that still work?
Yes! Just bring it to the RibFest entrance to be let in free of charge. 

What time does RibFest start?
On Thursday, we open at 4 pm.
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we open at 11 am.

What time does the music start?
Music will start between 4 - 5 pm.

Will there be seating?
We will have a few picnic tables on hand but all other space is general admission standing room. You can always sit on the grass, too!

Can I bring my lawnchair?
Lawnchairs are allowed inside the RibFest gates. However, they are not allowed into the VIP Pit area.

Can I bring a cooler?
No, coolers and backpacks are NOT allowed inside the RibFest gates. We do have plenty of delicious ribs, ice-cold lemonade, and lots of beer on hand to purchase, though!

Can I bring my camera?
Small digital cameras are allowed in to the festival grounds. Large professional cameras with detachable lenses will not be allowed in.

Can I camp at the fairgrounds?
You sure can! Learn more about Camping here

Do I still have to pay for food?
Yes, you will still have to pay for food and beverages inside the RibFest gates.