Weekend Events & Activities

The 2024 American Royal World Series of Barbecue is the world's largest barbecue competition with live music and BBQ demos, delicious BBQ and local food for purchase, 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. See below for opportunities we have offered in the past.


VIP Experiences

Are you the ultimate barbecue enthusiast or looking for the VIP treatment at this year's American Royal World Series of Barbecue®? Take your barbecue experience to the next level with one or all of these exclusive events!  Tickets are limited. Get your tickets for the Party of the Year or Royal Tours today! Experiences available on both Friday Night and Saturday.

American Royal's Pit Party- Friday, November 1

Join us in the “backyard” of the world’s largest Barbecue Competition!  Grab a weekend pass to get into two amazing events while the world comes to Kansas City to compete.

Hangout with your fellow Kansas Citians on Pit Road of the Kansas Speedway as the American Royal hosts Kansas City in a night you won’t forget!  Live Music, Games, Food, Drinks, and Fun await you as you party on the INFIELD of the Speedway.  Vendors will be out and selling some of KC’s finest from 3:00pm on – and stage events begin at 5:00pm.

Your weekend wristband, or single event day ticket, gets you access to the fun, stage performances, games, and activities throughout the event – grab a babysitter, because you won’t want to miss this night out.

Watchout for the BB-Qrew – our crew of party starters giving away free stuff throughout the event!  Get a picture with the BB-Qrew and tag the American Royal for your chance to be featured on stage throughout the event!

Note: The World Series of Barbecue is a BBQ contest. Teams may host private gatherings on Friday night. If you are joining a team gathering, you must have an entry ticket to the World Series of Barbecue to access the grounds of the Kansas Speedway. The entry ticket does not include entry into team’s space/private gatherings. Entry tickets do not include parking. Parking is $20/per vehicle – cash only.

KC's Backyard Barbecue- Saturday, November 2

The World is barbecuing, so come relax and have fun in the biggest backyard you could imagine!

The Infield of the Kansas Speedway will be turned into a huge backyard party with Food, Games, Drinks, Fun, Family Activities, BBQ Giveaways, and so much more!  Your Weekend Wristband gets you access to all of the fun, and you’re able to checkout some great Food and Goods vendors from right here in Kansas City!

Bring the whole family out as you travel around the ‘backyard’ playing games and having great local food. Don't miss the BBQ Sauce Wrestling,  Bobbing in Baked Beans and the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands Competition.

The American Royal is so thankful for all heroes throughout the Kansas City area.  With BBQ competition teams coming from around the world we want everyone to know exactly who you are!!  Show off your HERO status as you enter the BBQ utilizing your discounted ticket!  Our HEROES ON DISPLAY ticket is for all of our Active and Retired Military Heroes, Healthcare Heroes, and First Responding Heroes.

Pit Road Public Engagement

Location: All down Pit road (either side of stage/middle section)

Open Hours: Friday: 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm