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Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest announces South Stage entertainment lineup


Above / Every day when the sun sets on Ribfest, volunteer members of the Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest Committee compare notes for the next day and the following year’s event. For the schedule of entertainment and activities planned for 2017, visit www.ribfest.net.

The Exchange Club of Naperville and the 2017 Ribfest Committee will welcome 24 bands to its South Stage line up for 2017 Ribfest.

The 30th Annual Ribfest is set open at 12PM on Fri., June 30 for a four-day run, closing with a fireworks finale on Mon., July 3, in Knoch Park, just off West  Street in Naperville. Gates open at noon each day and the park shuts down at 10PM.

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The family festival features four days packed with food, carnival rides, fun entertainment and music, all with a purpose to benefit the unmet needs of local social service agencies.  Over the past 30 years, $15.5M has been donated from Ribfest proceeds to more than 50 local nonprofit organizations and businesses, all working to prevent and eliminate child abuse and domestic violence.  

Ribfest features two entertainment stages, one in the North Park and one in the South Park. (PN File Photo)

Friday, June 30

  • NPD-Battle of the Bands Winner
  • Frequillbrium
  • Buckshot Bully
  • One More Time
  • Thirsty Boots
  • Lil Red & The Howlin Wolves

Saturday, July 1

  • School of Rock
  • The Millennials
  • Common Allies
  • 7th Heaven
  • Brother John
Volunteers receive commemorative Ribfest t-shirts. (PN File Photo 2016)

Sunday, July 2

  • School of Rock
  • Over the Sun
  • The Danhattans
  • Rule of Four
  • Dan Peters & West Side Winders
  • MARK FARNER formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

Monday, July 3

  • Brothers of Absolution
  • Bluesheart
  • Idlewild North
  • Joanna Connor
  • Mike Wheeler
  • Toronzo Cannon
  • Halsted St. All-Star Blues Jam

Above / In addition to delicious ribs and other barbecue favorites, the South Park features the Family Fun Area, carnival rides and folks gathering for fellowship and a good time. (PN File Photo 2016)

Tickets are On Sale now

To highlight the evening concerts, volunteers sell Ribfest novelty items! (PN File Photo 2016)

For concert times, online ticket purchase and event information visit www.ribfest.net.

Ribfest is produced by the Exchange Club of Naperville and sponsored, in part, by Navistar, Exelon Nuclear, Meijer, Miller Lite, Gerald Kia, US Bank, Baird & Warner, Naperville Bank and Trust, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, ABC 7 Chicago and many other wonderful sponsors in conjunction with the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District.


Volunteer run and mission driven, the Exchange Club of Naperville welcomes volunteers to assist in making Ribfest the premier outdoor summer festival in the area. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with a click here.

Individuals who want to volunteer can login and sign up online at www.ribfest.net. Volunteers are needed for Child ID, trash pick-up and gate keepers at three different gates where patrons pay admission to enter.

For more information about all the happenings at 2017 Ribfest, visit www.ribfest.net.

Remember! Spectacular Fireworks at dusk on Mon., July 3! Celebrate safely.

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