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Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 17-18, 2018 @madisonindiana

August 17, 2018 Leave a comment


By Sarah Prasil
Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Happening this weekend, August 17 & 18, 2018, Madison’s riverfront will be filled with the soulful sounds of blues and the smoky aroma of sizzling barbeque during the 17th annual Madison RibberFest Barbeque & Blues.

This two-day festival along the scenic Ohio River in historic Madison, features regional and national blues bands, barbeque competitions, boat rides and more. It’s a fan favorite and was a 2016 Award Winner for Best of Indiana – Best Music Festival!

Nine great blues bands are set to take the stage on Friday evening and all day Saturday, August 17 & 18 at Madison Ribberfest.  Friday night kicks off at 6:00 pm with the Junk Box followed by Dawn Tyler Watson and ending with headliner Walter Trout. On Saturday, music starts with the Jordan Wilson Coalition at 11:30 a.m. followed by King Bee & The Stingers, John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, John Nemeth & The Lovelight Orchestra, Eric Gales and headliner Ronnie Baker Brooks will close out the festival.

Barbeque lovers get to see 60 professional barbeque teams from around the country compete in the Indiana State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off for cash/prizes and a chance to represent Indiana at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s world championship.  On Friday night, there’s a Backyard Blast cooking competition for amateurs and a Kidz “Q” for the youngsters on Saturday.

Riverboat cruises on the Queen City paddle wheeler will return, a 5K RibberRun/Ride on Saturday morning, the Pig Toss Corn Hole Tournament and the “Piglet Pen” children’s play area with games and inflatables, all round out the offerings for a great family weekend.  Check for details & registration.

Whether it’s Barbeque, Barbecue or BBQ – don’t miss Madison RibberFest: Barbeque & Blues August 17 and 18 in Madison, Indiana.

Two day wristbands are only $30.   Gates open at 5pm on Friday, August 17 and 11am on Saturday, August 18.   Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. On sale now through August 16th at the Visitor’s Center – 601 West First Street (online through August 15th). Wristbands are $35 at Gate. To order wristbands or for information, call 800-559-2956 or visit, see The Rest of the Fest tab.

Irish Festivities in Madison, Indiana, Mar. 10-15, 2015

March 7, 2015 Leave a comment
Ohio River riverfront gazebo in Madison, IN.

Madison, Indiana Gazebo on the Ohio River riverfront. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ann Mulligan
Visit Madison, Inc.

Madison pays homage to its Irish roots with a week-long series of events beginning March 10, 2015 when The Ohio Valley Celtic Society hosts a showing of “The Matchmaker” at the Red Bicycle Hall at 7 pm. This 1997 romantic comedy set in Ireland is for adults only. Beverages & snacks are available and proceeds support The Madison Ulster Project.

On Wednesday, March 11, a Celtic Symposium begins at 6pm with light refreshments at The Jefferson County Historical Society. This will be an evening of light-hearted, fun and educational topics of Celtic life and history. Topics will touch on the influences of Celtic Culture in our own community.

John Nyberg, Executive Director of The Jefferson County Historical Society is a featured speaker. He is currently researching a community of Irish weavers in the Canaan area in the early 1900s and will give an overview of the project. The Symposium is free to the public with donations accepted to benefit Jefferson County Historical Society.

The highlight of the celebration will be on Friday, March 13, beginning at 5 pm in Madison’s downtown. The Ohio Valley Celtic Society will be organizing Irish Road Bowling from 5-7pm. On this short urban course, participants roll cannonballs down the alley and the player with the fewest throws to travel the distance wins the contest.

Revelers will love A Taste of Ireland. For only $35, you’ll visit 9 of Madison’s favorite restaurants and bars for a traditional Irish dish or drink. You’ll try dishes like Dublin Coddle, Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness, Irish Coffee, and more. There are 2 seatings at 6pm and 6:45pm or diners can present their ticket at the participating establishments between 5pm and 9pm. Tickets are on sale now until March 12 at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 West First St. or by calling 812-265-2956.

Free trolley rides are available to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. You’ll enjoy Irish music and Irish step dancers or dress like a leprechaun and compete for a $50 Best Leprechaun prize.

Rounding out the celebration is an Irish Tea on Sunday, March 15 at the Shrewsbury-Windle House, 301 W. First Street, from 2-5pm. Enjoy a selection of Irish teas served with classic tea snacks at this beautiful historic property. This is open to the public at no charge but donations are accepted.

For more information or to purchase A Taste of Ireland tickets, contact Visit Madison at 800-559-2956.

Spectacular Fall Vistas in Madison, Indiana

November 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

By Tammy York
Visit Madison

Perfect locations to see and experience the beauty of fall abound around Madison, Indiana. Start the weekend with a cozy room at one of the many hotels or beds and breakfasts. Then leisurely spend your day walking along the riverfront taking in the beautiful scenery of the fall colors set against the backdrop of the Ohio River. To stretch your legs a little more head to nearby Clifty Falls state Park.

One of the best places in southern Indiana to see the changing fall colors is the fire tower located on Trail #1 at Clifty Falls State Park. Trail #1 is easy to access from the Clifty Falls Nature Center and is a moderate walk downhill to the fire tower. Once you have ascended the steps you are greeted by a large observation deck which offers panoramic views of Clifty Falls gorge and Ohio River area. Retrace your steps back to your vehicle or use the Clifty Falls State Park map to help you decide what trails you’d like to take next.

Another good location to see fall beauty is near Clifty Falls State Park’s North Gate. Secure your vehicle in the north parking lot, walk towards the large pavilion, and you will see Trail #7. This trail is a relatively moderate hike that includes several vistas of Little Clifty Creek as well as Clifty Falls and Little Clifty Falls. When you decide to grab a bite to eat try one of several restaurants in downtown Madison as well as plenty of cafés and sweet shops.

For more information on visiting Madison Indiana go to or call 1-800-559-2956.

Halloween Weekend in Madison, Indiana, Oct. 25-26

October 24, 2013 Leave a comment
Lanier Mansion in Madison, Indiana.

Lanier Mansion in Madison, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Tammy York
On behalf of Visit Madison

If you’re at a loss for what to do on Halloween weekend, there are plenty fun events going on in Madison, Indiana. On Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. start your weekend off right at the Village Lights Poetry Night’s open sign-up and mic night. You can read your own work or that of a favorite poet.  The emcee for the event is well known Madison poet Jill Kelly Koren.

Of course, on Friday you can also take advantage of the Fourth Friday Art Jam. This celebration of the arts occurs on the sidewalks and shops of the downtown area. Whether you are seeking art, listening to music, gazing at galleries, looking around, or grabbing something good to eat there is plenty to see and do from 5-8 p.m. along Madison’s Main Street.

On Saturday, October 26 continue the fun with Live Music in the Twain Room at the Village Lights Bookstore.  From 1-3 p.m. listen to Cincinnati’s Tom Schneider and his mesmerizing monthly mélange of American Songbook standards, Broadway show tunes, bossa-nova/Latin, blues, and jazz on the Steinway grand.

After grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants, take the kids to the Spooky Mansion between 6-8 p.m. (only on the 26th). “Our Spooky Mansion is designed for younger children and includes the King and Queen of Halloween as well as Trick-or-Treating and a craft project the kids can do.” says Gerry Reilly, site manager for the Lanier Mansion (see photo above). The activities are all ongoing between 6-8 p.m. The admission fee is only $3 per child (1 free adult admission per child). For more information contact Gerry Reilly at 812-273-0556.

For the adults, enjoy The Annual Halloween Party from 8-11 p.m. at the Thomas Family Winery at 208 E. Second Street. Costumes aren’t required but you’ll definitely feel like the odd man out if you aren’t wearing one. For more information call 800-948-8466.

Find out more information about what events are happening in Madison by going to the Visit Madison Facebook page or

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Landshark Communications, LLC.

RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, May 17-18

April 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Madison, Indiana on the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana.

Madison, Indiana is on the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana.
Image provided by and used with written permission.

By Ann Mulligan
On behalf of RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival

Exciting changes are in store at the 2013 RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, Indiana. This quickly growing event features up and coming musical artists on the threshold of national acclaim. There’s a greater focus on serving the finest craft beers from the region. And new for this year will be gourmet food trucks from surrounding cities. The event also features a Folk Art Village with artisans and craftsmen demonstrating pre-1800 craft skills.

This year the festival is moving to a two-day format, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2013. And for the first time there will be two stages with continuous music throughout the weekend. As always, the event takes place on the beautiful riverfront in historic Madison, Indiana.

Favorite performers from past years will return for this 9th annual festival, including The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Latin/Mountain fusion group Appalatin. Others include Ben Sollee, John McCutcheon, Rani Arbo and Daisey Mayhem, The Vespers, and Andrea Davidson. The Second Stage will feature Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Danny Flanigan, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, and Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the changes this year,” said Event Coordinator Greg Ziesemer. “Our Friday headliner is authentic Cajun music by Balfa Toujours from Lafayette, Louisiana, and we have dance instructors coming to teach the crowd the Cajun “Two-Step” before their set! Our Second Stage performances will be “staggered” between the Main Stage performances, so there’s never a break in the action.”

Every year many of the performers take time out to spend time in the Folk Village Jam Tent for workshops and jamming. “It is a highlight of the festival when the main stage artists join us,” said Folk Jammer founder John Sheckler. “I’ll never forget when the Chocolate Drops came to the tent and shared their amazing talent.”

Culinary choices will be expanded this year with a new “Kitchen Alley,” featuring gourmet food trucks and fresh food vendors. “These food trucks are rolling works of art that can deliver a hot, gourmet meal within minutes,” said Kevin Watkins, Director of Culinary Services. Greg Ziesemer continued, “We are really elevating the overall experience at our festival. Food trucks are a diverse and exciting way to offer interesting, healthy food options, AND, they’re totally hip!”

Complementing the food will be a greater emphasis on craft beer from regional brewers. “The Craft Beer tent will feature five Indiana micro breweries with 15 different brews to choose from. There should be something to suit anyone’s taste,” said Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham.

For tickets and a full list of performers, activities and show times go to or call 800-559-2956.

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