Ribfest, the Northeast Exchange Club's annual festival of food and music, is bringing classic rockers REO Speedwagon, 90s alternative act Gin Blossoms and country star Justin Moore to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park. The three-day festival returns for its 25th year Nov. 8 to 10, and will also see performances from Sister Hazel, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Josh Thompson and Randy Houser, as well as local bands playing on a second stage. In addition to music, the festival features a car show and food by award-winning barbecue rib chefs from all over the world. Tickets and a full schedule of performers is available at ribfest.org. Tickets will run $16 per day online or, after Oct. 1, from Circle K stores. Daily admission at the gate is $20.
Ribfest helps to raise funds for a variety of local youth-oriented causes, including All Children's Hospital. Organizers estimate Ribfest proceeds have contributed $3.5 million to local charities to date.