FREE ADMISSION, 14 BANDS, EXPANDED PARTY PATIO, AND LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS HIGHLIGHT ANNUAL BARBEQUE CELEBRATION
WHERE: Outside BOK Center, Third Street and Frisco Avenue
WHEN: September 13-15, 11 a.m. to midnight
September 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COST: FREE. All day, every day.
Oklahoma’s premier celebration of barbeque returns to Downtown Tulsa this week. The Rock ‘n Rib Festival, presented by Rib Crib, is September 13-16 on Third Street and Frisco Avenue and will feature championship barbeque, mouth-watering concessions, cooking demonstrations, a kids zone, and performances by fourteen bands on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. Admission to the festival is free – all day, every day.
This new annual Tulsa tradition is a celebration of award-winning barbeque ribs, with seven teams from across the country showcasing their championship recipes on the streets outside the arena. These professional “pitmasters” (who have been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Food Network) compete around the world and pride themselves on their cooking techniques, secret recipes, and unique barbeque sauces and rubs.
In addition to barbeque ribs, beef, shrimp, catfish, chicken, and a variety of delicious concessions will be available. Sno cones, grilled corn, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs, deep-fried pickles, taco salads, kettle corn, smoothies and fresh-squeezed limeade will be for sale. A selection of soft drinks will be offered, along with margaritas, mixed drinks, wine and beer for guests over 21 years of age.
LIVE COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
The Curtis Culinary Stage will feature free live cooking demonstrations from the legendary pitmasters as well as local restaurant chefs. Wanting to make outstanding barbecue at home? Come get tips from the barbeque experts and learn trade secrets on a variety of barbeque-related topics. Crowd-favorite “Pit-mistress” Donna Rice of Desperado’s BBQ will make her encore performance on the stage this year sharing family BBQ scerets.
TULSA POKER RUN
Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts will participate in this year’s Tulsa Poker Run on Saturday, September 15. Benefiting the Tulsa Area United Way, the race is presented by American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union and will conclude at the Rock ‘n Rib Festival entrance. Registration information for this race is available at http://www.getsaucedtulsa.com.
OUTDOOR BAR; FOOTBALL ON THE JUMBOTRON
The Jack Daniels Saloon & Shiner Bock Party Patio will return for guests over 21 years of age. The expanded adult-only party zones will have liquor, mixed drinks and high-point beer. Located on the box office plaza near Frisco Avenue, the party zone will offer a prime view of the outdoor stage. This area will also feature a large a GoVision Jumbotron showing the weekend’s best college and NFL football teams in action.
One of the festival’s greatest features is free live entertainment scheduled daily on the ONEOK Outdoor Stage. The stage will feature marquee performances from The Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis Band, the Red Dirt Rangers, Cruize Control (a Jimmy Buffet cover band), and The Spectrum Band. A full list of bands and an entertainment schedule is available at http://www.getsaucedtulsa.com.