With regret, The American Royal has decided to cancel the World Series of Barbecue scheduled for September 17-20, 2020. Our barbecue team, in consultation with our partners, local health officials and event sponsors, have explored and exhausted all options of modification that would enable us to be both safe and financially responsible to our not-for-profit organization. It has therefore been determined that holding the Barbecue in 2020 is simply not feasible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back for the World Series of Barbecue, tentatively scheduled for September 16-19, 2021.

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The American Royal World Series of Barbecue® is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City. 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! Check back for information and updates about the 2021 Contest.