The Backyard BBQ and Steak Cook-Off are two separate contests. In order to participate in the Backyard BBQ Contest, a team must be a backyard team as defined by KCBS (see Backyard BBQ Rules). Any/all teams (Master/Backyard/Amateur) are welcome to participate in the Steak Contest. If you have any questions about the contest, please email [email protected]
August 6, 2022 to August 7, 2022
The American Royal is proud to host The Royal Showcase – A Youth & Open Horse Show each year. The Youth portion of the Royal Showcase is an all breed...
August 26, 2022 to August 28, 2022
One of the world’s fastest growing sports, cutting offers tremendous excitement and drama for horse, rider, and spectators alike. The competition consists of horse and rider separating a particular cow...
September 7, 2022 to September 11, 2022
The nation’s best Quarter Horses compete in Halter and Performance Classes – both western and English. You are invited to visit the stalls and see these magnificent animals up close....
September 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
A growing tradition at the American Royal, TableSteaks celebrates the best of the season with amazing steaks, incredible wine and spirits, and the Royal’s most dedicated supporters. More Details
September 23, 2022
Grab your team and test your shooting skills at the American Royal Sporting Clay Challenge!
September 28, 2022 to October 2, 2022
Join us for the 41st American Royal World Series of Barbecue® – the world’s largest barbecue and Kansas City’s biggest party – September 28th through October 2nd! Join us as...
October 6, 2022 to October 23, 2022
The Livestock Show began as The National Hereford Show, 123 years ago in a tent in the Kansas City Stockyards. Since 1899, the American Royal Livestock Show has grown to...
October 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The BOTAR Organization is proud to be one of the largest contributors to the American Royal, funding and providing volunteers for programs including: Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest Breakfast, Collegiate Livestock...
November 7, 2022 to November 12, 2022
Nothing can match the fire and brilliance of the Saddlebred Horse! The American Royal is once again honored to be hosting the UPHA (United Professional Horseman’s Association) National Championship. The...
November 19, 2022
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Come one, come all! Good food, live music and dancing at the American Royal. Round up your boots, grab your partner and join us for the American Royal Chairman’s Uptown...
December 3, 2022 to December 4, 2022
Known for their stamina, spirit and exotic beauty, the Arabian Horse is truly one of the most exciting and versatile breeds of horse. The American Royal Arabian and Open Breed...
February 25, 2022
March 25, 2022 to March 26, 2022
Join us for the 2nd American Royal Backyard BBQ & Steak contest hosted at the American Royal Complex in the West Bottoms on March 25-26,2022. Registration for the event closes...
May 2, 2022 to May 4, 2022
These top notch rodeo contestants come from all over the Midwest to compete against the best. Since 2007, the American Royal has been able to give $83,000 at the Youth...
May 2, 2022 to May 7, 2022
May 5, 2022 to May 7, 2022
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
It’s the best time you can have in the dirt! The party starts with Happy Hour specials at 5:30 in the Tailgate. Three Rodeo performances, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night...
May 15, 2022
The 2022 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Rub Contest will be held May 15, 2022. The best rubs will go head to head for the title “Best Rub...
May 17, 2022
The American Royal World Series of Barbecue® Sauce Contest – The largest barbecue sauce competition in the world where the best of the best go head to head for the...
June 14, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The American Royal is excited to present a morning of leadership development designed to inspire and prepare attendees to create their own unique career paths.