Weekend Events & Activities

The 2018 American Royal World Series of Barbecue will once again bring back the festival to the world's largest barbecue competition with live music, delicious BBQ and local food, beer and cocktail gardens, and a BBQ marketplace 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.

Media Pass Requests - Media Passes will be available by request. Please email Tami Parr at [email protected] with your name, affiliation, contact information, and number of passes needed. Media Passes must be requested prior to the Barbecue and will be available for pick-up during the event.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gates on Friday will open at 3:00pm. All guests must purchase a single entry ticket to enter the grounds.

Friday events include the Budweiser Beer Garden and the Knob Creek Whiskey and Eggs bourbon and cocktail tent where you can come down and listen to live local music throughout the night. Plus, the Taste of KC Barbecue tasting area, food trucks, fireworks and much more!  Purchase your tickets today!

Tickets
Schedule of Events

Learn more about:

Taste of KC Barbecue
Knob Creek Whiskey & EGGs
Live Local Music Festival
Directions & Parking

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday events include the Cowtown Family Fun Fest, a classic car show, the Taste of KC Barbecue tasting area, the Budweiser Biergarten and Knob Creek Whiskey and Eggs bourbon and cocktail tent along with live local music all day and other activities to enjoy. Purchase your tickets today!

Tickets
Schedule of Events

Learn more about:

Cowtown Family Fun Fest
Taste of KC Barbecue
Knob Creek Whiskey & EGGs
Live Local Music Festival
Directions & Parking

Red, White & 'Que - A Salute to the Military

Saturday Only!

On Saturday, September 15, the American Royal will honor active members and veterans of our armed forces. During the day, Prairie Fresh Pork and Operation BBQ Relief (OBR) will be serving a hot meal to our honored military guests (while supplies last). Find them along Pit Road - Look for the red, white, and blue OBR Trailer.

Courtesy of Old World Spices, 1,000 tickets are available free to military and their families. Starting August 21, complimentary tickets may be claimed through Vettix.org while supplies last. After all complimentary tickets have been claimed a discounted single entry military ticket ($15) and Military Family 4-Pack ($50) for Saturday will be available at the ticket gate and online with DISCOUNT CODE: ThankQue.  Military ID or proof of service required. Purchase your discounted military ticket using the link below.

Military Tickets

KC Automotive Museum Classic Car Show

Saturday Only!

The Kansas City Automotive Museum is partnering with the American Royal to produce a classic car show to be held Saturday, September 15 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the Kansas Speedway during the World Series of Barbecue®. The car show will be located along Pit Road and will feature approximately 200 cars from the Kansas City area. Access into the car show is free with admission into the Barbecue. Awards will be given at 3:15pm on the main stage.

Car Show Registration