Weekend Events & Activities

The 2021 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.

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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.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Included with cost of entry ticket

  • Live Music on the Main Stage
    • Enjoy local Kansas City bands on the Main Stage, located on Pit Road from 5:00pm – 10:00pm on Friday night
  • Prairie Fresh Marketplace
    • The Prairie Fresh Marketplace is open Friday night from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Come and shop from local Kansas City vendors and find treasures that would excite any Barbecue enthusiast.
    • Food, beverage and goods available for purchase – not included with cost of the ticket.
    • Interested in vending (food or goods) at the BBQ? Click here for more information.
  • Friday Night Fireworks

 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 $10/per vehicle – cash only.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Included with cost of entry ticket

  • Live Music, BBQ Demos & Entertainment on the Main Stage
    • Enjoy local Kansas City bands, BBQ Demos and BBQ Entertainment on the Main Stage, located on Pit Road from 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Salute to Service Day – Red White and Que!
    • Saturday throughout the day we will honor those who have served our country – active and veteran with discounted tickets for military personal, equipment and activities for the entire family to learn and explore!
  • Pit Road Picnic
    • The American Royal, partnering with OBR and Prairie Fresh will be providing a plate of BBQ for the first 5,000 guest that join on Saturday! Gates open at 11am and food will be available to the first come, first serve.
  • Cowtown Family Fun Fest presented by Heartland Coca-Cola
    • The Cowtown Family Fun Fest is a kid-friendly area of the event that provides activities such as face painting stations, appearances and interactive games from local sports teams, hands on crafts and more!
  • Prairie Fresh Marketplace
    • The Prairie Fresh Marketplace is open Friday night from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Come and shop from local Kansas City vendors and find treasures that would excite any Barbecue enthusiast.
    • Food, beverage and goods available for purchase – not included with cost of the ticket.
    • Interested in vending (food or goods) at the BBQ? Click here for more information.
  • Barbecue Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    • The Barbecue Hall of Fame honors those who have impacted the world of BBQ through their live long contributions. On Saturday evening, at 7:00pm on the Main Stage, we will induct the 2020 & 2021 Barbecue Hall of Fame Class.
    • Click here to learn more about the 2020 & 2021 Inductee Classes.