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Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest returns

Heinz Field management has announced the return of the Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival, presented by Miller Lite. This Western Pennsylvania staple will begin on Thursday, September 2, and run through Monday, September 6.

The annual Heinz Field festival will feature some of the best ribs in the country, plus football, free concerts, food, and fun for all. Admission to the festival grounds is free.
Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Fans must purchase tickets in order to enter Heinz Field for the Pitt Panthers football game and the Sunday Concerts at Stage AE. Fans must also pre-register for the Steelers 5k Race, Fitness Walk and Kids Kickoff Run and the Gatorade Junior Training Camp.

The event schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 2:
Event Hours 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Takeout Thursday Event Kickoff: Order your favorite Summer Ribs and sides and bring them home for the family to enjoy

Friday, September 3:
Event Hours Noon – 1:00 p.m.
- Rides by Staunch Entertainment and Games by Midgety Entertainment
- 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Steelers Experience Elements
- 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Steely McBeam appearance
Free Concerts featuring:
- 7:30 p.m. – The Sun King Warriors
- 9:00 p.m. – The Clarks

Saturday, September 4:
Event Hours Noon – 11:00 p.m.
- Rides by Staunch Entertainment and Games by Midgety Entertainment
- 4:00 p.m. – Pitt Panthers vs. UMass (tickets required)

Sunday, September 5:
Event Hours 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- Rides by Staunch Entertainment and Games by Midgety Entertainment
- 8:00 a.m. – Steelers 5k Race, Fitness Walk and Kids Kickoff Run (registration required)
- 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Steely McBeam appearance
- 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Steelers Experience Elements
- 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour Street Party with DJ Steve Maffei Jr. on AJR Ave
- 7:00 p.m. – Carly Pearce at Stage AE Outdoors (tickets required)
- 9:00 p.m. – Lady A at Stage AE Outdoors (tickets required)
Fans can claim free tickets to the show between 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Stage AE Tent set up on the festival grounds while supplies last.

Monday, September 6: BBQ & BLUES MONDAY
Event Hours Noon – 7:00 p.m.
- Rides by Staunch Entertainment and Games by Midgety Entertainment
- Noon – 3:00 p.m.: Street Party with TJ the DJ AJR Ave
- 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Steelers Experience Elements
- 2:00 p.m. – Gatorade Junior Training Camp (tickets required: click here for details)
- 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Steely McBeam appearance
Free Concerts: BBQ & BLUES MONDAY
- 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Jimmy Adler Band
- 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Norman Nardini
- 5:30 p.m. – Billy Price

The annual Kickoff and Rib Fest started at Three Rivers Stadium and has grown in size and popularity to become one of the largest rib festivals in the US. The 2021 festival will once again provide local residents the opportunity to enjoy family-friendly activities, music and more for free along the constantly developing North Shore.

Pittsburghers will get the opportunity to try food from 15 of the country's best rib vendors and vote for their favorites.

Like year's past, the 2021 festival will also run alongside other Heinz Field events. Fans will be able to join in the fun at the Kickoff and Rib Festival for free before and after the Pitt Panthers' football home opener vs. UMass on September 4th. On Sunday September 5th, the party on the North Shore kicks off at 8 a.m. for the 2021 Gatorade / Steelers 5k Race, Fitness Walk and Kid's Kickoff Run. At night, patrons can enjoy the festival grounds before, after and during the Lady A / Carly Pearce concert at Stage AE and between 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. fans can claim free tickets to the Lady A show at the Stage AE booth set up on the festival grounds.

Don't Miss a special performance at Stage AE by multi-platinum country superstars, with 11 number one hits, 18 million albums sold, 5-time Grammy Award Winners, 3 Time CMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, Lady A! With special guest, the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, multiple ACM and CMA nominee, Carly Pearce! A ticket is required to attend this show, but visit the Stage AE Booth between 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for free tickets.

The Gatorade Junior Training Camp will return to Heinz Field on Monday September 6th. Starting at 2:00 p.m., boys and girls in grades 1-8 can take part in a free, non-contact football clinic on the grass at Heinz Field. Registration is required.

Free Concerts include local favorites The Clarks featuring Jim Donovan, formerly of Rusted Root with his band The Sun King Warriors opening the show!

New this year Monday features BBQ & Blues Monday with the region's best blues lineup including the Jimmy Adler band, Norman Nardini and Pittsburgh Legend Billy Price.

Also new this year, join in the summer fun with AJR Street parties. Sunday, Sept 5th will feature a Happy Hour Street Party with DJ Steve Maffei Jr. and Monday, September 6th will kickoff Labor Day with a street party featuring TJ the DJ. Both are known for their appearances on Steelers game days.

Fans can also enjoy Steelers activities with appearances by Steely McBeam, Steelers Experience elements, and the Fed Ex Great Hall sights, sounds and memorabilia on display.

The Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival presented by Miller Lite September 2-6. Outdoor summer fun to kickoff the start of football in Western PA!

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