Apply the sunscreen because the unofficial start of summer is here! And what better to soak in the sunshine then by heading to the quintessential spot of summer in the Burgh–Kennywood! You can enjoy delicious ribs, awesome blues music, and of course–the exhilarating rides. Don’t worry because you won’t have the blues when you eat these ribs! Here are some things not to miss.

BBQ Paradise

Fans of mouth watering ribs can enjoy a number of local vendors at the festival, including Kennywood’s The Swhinery. The Kennywood staple has freshly-grilled favorites, which have won over 50 awards from all over America. There’s a bunch of other appetizing options as well–check out Jim’s Smokin’ Que, Rogue BBQ, and Tambellini’s. The aroma is intoxicating!

Feel the Blues!

Kick back and feel the grooves with some soul stirring blues. You can satisfy your blues fix during both days of the festival. Sunday’s lineup features local acts Angel Blues Band, and Billy the Kid & The Regulators. National act and blues rock extraordinaires The Fabulous Booze Brothers will headline the show. Monday’s bands feature Soul Survivors, Jill West & Blues Attack, and Miss Freddye. Now that is some soul!

Thrill Ride

You might as well enjoy the rides while you’re there! Because who doesn’t love the adrenaline rush of riding the Thunderbolt as it rumbles down the wooden tracks?! The Steel Curtain isn’t open yet, but the classic’s will be waiting. Maybe save the ribs for AFTER you ride the giant spinning circle in the sky rush aka the Black Spider.

Discount Tickets!

Kennywood Ribs and Blues Festival

This is your chance to take advantage of special discounted tickets offered for the festival. On

May 26 tickets will be buy one get one free! If you plan on heading out on May 27, you can score $29.99 tickets, but you must buy them online. Nice deals!

When: May 26, 27

Where: Kennywood Park

Ticket here!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh has been writing for Made in PGH since 2018, where he writes about upcoming events. He’s a Point Park University graduate and teaches high school English. In his free time you’ll find him playing guitar and writing new songs.

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