Kickoff and Rib Festival

The 2022 Acrisure Stadium Kickoff and Rib Festival
presented by Miller Lite

Thursday, Sept. 1  - Monday, Sept. 5, 2022

Enjoy 5 days of football, the best ribs in the country, FREE live music and more to celebrate the kickoff of football in Western PA


Thursday, Sept. 1 Noon - End of Pitt Game
Friday, Sept. 2 Noon - 11:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 3 Noon - 11:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 4 Noon - 11:00pm
Monday, Sept. 5 Noon - 9:00pm

New This Year

  • Veterans Place Cornhole Tournament, the area's largest cornhole tournament
  • Farm to Table Farmers Market featuring local home grown products for purchase from area farmers
  • The Jim Beam Backyard BBQ Experience
  • Battlegories DJ Battle - the region's best DJs face off in a never before seen show
  • BBQ & Blues Monday, featuring Billy Price
  • Art Rooney Avenue Street Parties with DJ Steve Maffei Jr
  • Zodiac Motorcycle Club Bike Ride to benefit Veterans Place


The Kickoff and Rib Festival was started in 1990 at Three Rivers Stadium. Much like today’s event, it featured concerts by national artists, national rib vendors, games and more. The event was set around the circular perimeter of Three Rivers Stadium with the main entrance at the foot of the Gate A ramp. After the closing of Three Rivers Stadium, Acrisure Stadium continued the tradition of hosting the Kickoff and Rib Festival. The event started in a parking lot adjacent to the stadium and then grew onto Art Rooney Avenue and now encompasses over half of Acrisure Stadium. The “midway” is set up along Art Rooney Avenue filled with rib vendors, festival foods and beverages, games, rides and more. The FedEx Great Hall is open for fans to view the team’s Super Bowl trophies, Hall of Fame Museum, Steelers memorabilia, the Terrible Towel Wall and more.

Western Pennsylvania is rich in football history and the annual Acrisure Stadium Kickoff and Rib Festival celebrates the kickoff of the region's favorite tradition.


If you’re interested in participating in the 2022 Rib Fest by cooking your ribs, working as a vendor or sponsoring the event, please fill out our online form.

Special thanks to our 2022 Sponsors!