Weekend Events & Activities

The 2019 American Royal World Series of Barbecue will once again bring back the festival to the world's largest barbecue competition with live music and BBQ demos, 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.

BBQ public events begin on Thursday and run through Saturday.

Thursday: September 12, 2019

Join us Thursday for a Certified Barbecue Class and learn how to be a judge at the BBQ or be part of the Poker Tournament held at Sporting KC.
*Thursday night events will be held at Sporting KC. Does not include ticket to the BBQ on Friday or Saturday.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday, come out starting at 3:00pm to be part of the biggest and best BBQ Party in Kansas City. Don’t have a party to go to? No problem, come down and enjoy live music on the Hollywood Casino stage, food trucks, bars, and more.

Or, be part of the party experience without hosting a party and be a judge during the Party of the Year.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bring your friends and family down to “Smokin’ Saturday” presented by UMB. Saturday offers fun for the entire family including events and activities for kids at the Cowtown Family Fun Fest, live music and BBQ demos on the Hollywood Casino stage, Car show presented by KC Auto Museum, BBQ marketplace, food trucks, BBQ provided to the public* and a salute to Military.

*Please check back for details of BBQ being provided to the public.

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.