Festivals provide guests with the opportunity to meet fellow comic-book enthusiasts, sway to the twang of guitar riffs, and settle vendettas via pie-eating duels. Indulge festively with this GrouponLive deal to the Stratford Blues & Ribfest at the William Allman Arena. For $30, you get two general-admission weekend passes for Friday, June 22, to Sunday, June 24 (a $60 value). See the schedule for events and times.
The third-annual Stratford Blues & Ribfest teams up award-winning rib chefs from across North America with Maple Blues Award- and Juno-nominated music acts. Headliners include Jordan John and the Blues Angels, whose frontman, the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prakash John, recently signed a five-record deal with Celine Dion producer David Foster. Throughout the weekend, more than 15 scheduled bands and musicians, such as Robbie Antone's Blues Machine, Alysha Brillinger, and Plum Loco—featuring John Till of Janis Joplin's backing band—strum and warble on indoor and outdoor stages. Renowned rib masters will strive for sauce-slathered transcendence; participants include the Kentucky Smokehouse and Ontario's own Jack the Ribber, whose chefs, or "ribbers," dance, holler, and entertain onlookers while slinging choice 'que.
Fresh suds and draft root beer slake rib-induced thirsts in the beer gardens (food and drink prices vary by merchant and are not included with this Groupon) before enjoying a show from the Association of Car Enthusiasts of Stratford, a display of shiny tractors and motorcycles, performances from kid-friendly clowns, and a family-fun area with bouncy castles, putt-putt golf, and a fishing pond. Patrons can savour the festival's sounds and tastes while enjoying views of the Avon River's peaceful banks and Lindy-hopping swans.