Top things to do this weekend: Ribfest, Koo Koo Kanga Roo and fancy cars in Odessa

The inaugural Concours d’Elegance brings a luxury car competition and Ribfest brings Josh Turner and Barenaked Ladies.
Published November 7 2018



For 30 years, Ribfest has been a major draw in downtown St. Petersburg, bringing together big musical acts and competitive barbecue. It has also allowed the Northeast Exchange Club to donate $4.8 million to local charities over the last three decades, thanks to the all-volunteer work force. This year, admission to the Vinoy Park festival is lower. Friday tickets are $5, Saturday and Sunday are $20 each and include entrance and all entertainment. Fancy “Boss Hog” tickets runs from $75 to $325.

On the food side, look for award-winning ribbers including Blazin’ Bronco out of Cleveland; Cowboys BBQ & Rib Co. from Fort Wayne, Texas; Desparado’s from Hinckley, Ohio; Johnson’s BBQ from Chesapeake, Va.; Texas Outlaw out of Elizabethtown, Ky.; the Tender Rib from Brandywine, Md.; and our hometown heroes, Fat Fred’s Famous BBQ out of St. Petersburg. A new feature this year, if barbecue isn’t your jam, is an array of different food vendors offering kettle corn, churros, paella, empanadas, pizza and loads of other foods.

On the music side, the main stage lineup includes Kansas vocalist and stringmaster Robby Steinhardt headlining on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and country day on Saturday has earnest baritone Josh Turner (Long Black Train) headlining at 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, Barenaked Ladies (One Week, It’s All Been Done), above, will close the festival at 6:30 p.m. Los Lonely Boys (Heaven) and another cover band, Pat Benatar tribute band Fire and Ice, round out Sunday’s bill. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. 501 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 528-3828.

MORE: What’s on the menu for food and music at Ribfest

TAKE THE KIDS: Koo Koo Kanga Roo

The comedic Minneapolis dance-pop duo of Bryan Atchison and Neil Olstad goes by Koo Koo Kanga Roo. The all-ages dance party has been described as “the Beastie Boys meet Sesame Street.” The show relies heavily on audience participation, so don’t expect to stay in your seat at the Capitol Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday. 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $18-$35. (727) 791-7400.

FANCY CARS: Concours d’Elegance

Sunday brings the inaugural Cigar City Concours d’Elegance car show to the Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa. The French term meaning “competition of elegance” dates back to the 17th century, when aristocrats paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris. There are Concours d’Elegance events around the world, most famously in the United States at Pebble Beach, Calif., and Hilton Head, S.C. It is exclusively for prestigious vehicles to be displayed and judged. Sunday’s theme is Transformation of Transportation, featuring a special class that will focus on “Period Correct Hot Rods and Customs from 1932-1955,” and a Lincoln display on the 18th green of the North Starkey Ranch Golf Course. There will also be live cigar rollers and vendors selling luxury items, wines, cigars, cocktails, craft beers and food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa. $24.95.

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