2017 Heinz Field Kickoff and Ribfest

Rib Fest

2017 Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest

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Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 – FREE ENTRY

Thursday, August 31

  • 12 p.m: Doors Open!
  • Thursday Night Fights with USA Boxing
  • 11 p.m.: Day one comes to a close!

Friday, September 1

  • 12 p.m: Doors Open!
  • 7:30 p.m.: Bastard Bearded Irishmen
  • 9 p.m.: The Clarks
  • 11 p.m.: Day two comes to a close!

Saturday, September 2

  • 12 p.m: Doors Open!
  • 1 p.m.: Pitt Panther football is back! Pitt takes on Youngstown State in their season opener here at Heinz Field. Kick off is at 1 p.m., for tickets and game information visit http://heinzfield.com/event/2017-pitt-vs-youngstown-state/
  • 7:30 p.m.: Scooter Brown Band
  • 9 p.m.: The Outlaws
  • 11 p.m.: Day three comes to a close!

Sunday, September 3

  • 12 p.m: Doors Open!
  • 7:30 p.m.: Midland
  • 9 p.m.: Drake White and The Big Fire
  • 11 p.m.: Day four comes to a close!

Monday, September 4

  • 8 a.m: The Steelers/Gatorade 5K Race kicks off! For full details and information on how you can register, visit HeinzField.com/5k
  • 12 p.m: Doors Open!
  • 2 p.m.: FREE 2017 Gatorade Jr. Training Camp on the field (grades 1-8). For more info and registration, CLICK HERE.
  • 4:30 p.m.: Bindley Hardware Co.
  • 6 p.m.: LOCASH
  • 9 p.m.: Rib Fest comes to a close!

As a thank you to the fans, The Pittsburgh Steelers and Heinz Field have made admission to The Miller Lite Kickoff and Rib Festival Free!

The Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest presented by Miller Lite is a five day event featuring football, ribs, and live music. Each day will feature ribs, festival foods, games, rides, and activities for all ages, and the Steelers Experience.

  • There are charges for food and beverages and select games and activities on the grounds
  • A ticket is required to enter Heinz Field for the University of Pittsburgh home game. The festival Grounds will be open on game days and can be accessed without a ticket
  • Admission to the concerts are also free. Fans can bring blankets and lawn chairs but no coolers or outside food and beverages

For more information please contact: 412-697-7181


***DISCLAIMER: Items allowed into Rib Fest may not be allowed into Heinz Field***For all events held within Heinz Field, please follow the guidelines listed here:

  • Backpacks, coolers or open containers are not permitted on to the Kickoff Festival grounds


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, rides 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, Heinz Field continued the tradition of hosting the Kickoff and Rib Festival. The event started in a parking lot adjacent to Heinz Field and then grew onto Art Rooney Avenue and now encompasses over half of Heinz Field. 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 of Heinz Field is open for fans to view the team’s Super Bowl trophies, Hall of Fame Museum, Steelers memorabilia, the new Terrible Towel Wall and more.

Concerts are staged on the south plaza outside of Gate A and are free to the public to enjoy.

On Monday, September 4th of the event, the annual Steelers 5k Run and Walk is hosted around Heinz Field and the surrounding streets to start the event day and is hosted by Steelers legends. Heinz Field will host free Youth Training Camps for kids on Monday of the event. The camps offer kids a once-in-a-lifetime chance to not only step onto the field at Heinz Field but also test their football skills with professional football greats.

Western Pennsylvania is rich in football history and the annual Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival celebrates the kickoff of the regions favorite tradition.

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