Get ready for a smoky finish to the summer. We’re excited to announce the American Royal World Series of Barbecue® will be held Labor Day weekend at the Kansas Speedway.

Last year was an incredible success. Over 40,000 of you joined us for Friday night’s festivities and we achieved record setting attendance for the weekend overall. For the nation’s premiere BBQ competition, the new event weekend places the World Series of Barbecue in the middle of the competitive barbecue season for hundreds of elite barbecue teams on the circuit.

This signature Kansas City event is getting a fresh feel with more public events and activities than ever, including incredible live music, delicious BBQ and local food, and a vendor fair authentic to Kansas City and BBQ enthusiasts. Plus, with a full line up of kid’s activities the Barbecue will have fun and entertainment for all ages.

Close out your summer the best way Kansas City knows how: with friends, family, great food and drink, and a cloud of smoke rising over the party.

The Barbecue is the place to be Labor Day weekend. And an unforgettable way to kick off the American Royal season. So mark your calendars. Tell your friends. And stay tuned here for more details. See you at the Speedway!

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The American Royal World Series of Barbecue® is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City. 2017 will mark the 38th year of fire and smoke! Competitors from around the world join in the world’s largest barbecue competition to be crowned the grand champion in the Invitational Competition, Open Competition, Sides Competition and Kids Que!

Labor Day weekend will host the largest and most pristine barbecue competition in the world. The American Royal is excited to bring the biggest and best party in Kansas City back to the Kansas Speedway.