Football, ribs, music combine at Heinz Field Rib Fest and Kickoff |

Football, ribs, music combine at Heinz Field Rib Fest and Kickoff

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
At the 2016 Rib Fest, Badd Azz BBQ owner Stacy Bradley opens the lid on her massive smoker.
Courtesy The Clarks
The Clarks will perform at Heinz Field Rib Fest and Kickoff.
Hot stuff: a scene from the 2016 Rib Fest.

Chomping on award-winning ribs and watching some football is not a bad way to spend a late-summer day.

The 16th annual Heinz Field Rib Fest and Kickoff is Aug. 29 through Sept. 2 on the North Shore.

The event features ribs and brisket vendors from all over the country.

The festival attracts more than 100,000 attendees over five days, officials said.

Opening night includes a “Party on the Plaza” at 7 p.m., which includes watching the Steelers final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on a big screen outside of Heinz Field.

On Aug. 30, Pittsburgh’s beloved rock band The Clarks will perform outside Gate A at 9 p.m.

The University of Pittsburgh kicks off its football season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 when the Panthers host the Virginia Cavaliers.

On Sept. 1, the Eli Young Band will be on stage at 9 p.m. to bring their Texas-style rock to town.

The Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kid’s Kickoff Run which begins at 8 a.m. on Sept. 2.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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