Ribs for Kids is Petaluma Active 20-30's biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support our mission to serve underprivileged kids in Petaluma, especially funding our annual Children's Shopping Spree- our biggest charitable event of the year. Last year, we were able to sponsor 50 local kids with new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and haircuts in preparation for Back to School, and we hope to sponsor even more this year!

Read more about Children's Shopping Spree here.


Ribs for Kids started 2 years ago with an idea- We wanted to create a rib cook-off competition for the home gourmet; not professional chefs and restaurateurs, but the backyard barbecuer. The inaugural event was held on June 27th, 2015 in the parking lot of Mario & John's Tavern, with about a dozen competitors, beer, games, and good times. But in order for Ribs for Kids to become Petaluma's premier rib competition, we knew we would need a larger space and a kid-friendly environment. So, in 2016 we moved to the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma, and the event was a huge success!

This year, we're growing even more: More competitors, an added side-dish competition, live music, games, and great raffle prizes!

Last Year at Ribs for Kids

Sponsors Included:

  • Mario and John's Tavern
  • Petaluma Hills Brewing Company
  • Duckhorn
  • Fishman Supplies
  • City Sports Club
  • Graffiti
  • Korbel
  • Mi Pueblo
  • Vine & Barrel Wines