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.

Masks are required in indoor areas including restrooms, media center, and volunteer hospitality. When not indoors wear your mask when not actively eating or drinking.


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.

Click here for more details and to purchase VIP Tickets

Friday, September 17, 2021

Included with cost of entry ticket

  • Live Music on the Main Stage
    5:00PM Tate Stevens
    6:30PM DJ Crown
    8:00pm Boogie Wonderland
    10:00pm Fireworks – No one on stage
  • 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.
    • Find a full list of vendors and food trucks below
  • 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

10:00AM 810 Radio Station Live Broadcast
12:15PM Carl Worden Band
1:15PM National Turkey Federation Demo
2:00pm Military Fly over – followed by stage celebration
3:00pm Saucy Jack Band
4:35pm Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders
5:30pm DJ Crown
6:00pm Prairie Fresh – Rib Eating Contest

Salute to Service Day – Red White and Que! (SATURDAY ONLY)

    • Location: Pit Road
    • Fly over 2:00pm
      • Happy Birthday to the Air Force on the stage during fly over
    • Veterans Community Project
    • Flags of Freedom


  •        20 Ft Trailer of Scooters and Motorcycles
  •         1 Military Box van
  •         A handful of military motorcyles

Picnic in the Pit (SATURDAY ONLY)

    • Location: Garage C – Prairie Fresh/Seaboard Garage
    • Time: Begins at 11:00am - First 5,000 guests receive a free BBQ meal.
    • BBQ Plate to include:
      • Pulled Pork (Pork by Prairie Fresh Pork - cooked by OBR)
      • Bun (Roma)
      • Zarda Sauce
      • Zarda Baked Beans
      • Reser’s Sides: Potatoe Salad and Macaroni Salad
    • When you arrive,  head to the infield and then go to Garage C/Prairie Fresh to pick up your free meal! Meal does not come with a drink.
    • Seating
      • Seating will be available at the following locations:
        • Victory Circle – seating left from Governors Party
        • Victory Circle – Bleacher Seating
        • Pit Road – Grass Area
        • Pit Road – Smithfield Seating & cooling station
        • Pit Road – Tall boy Tables along Pit Road

Cowtown Family Fun Fest presented by Heartland Coca-Cola

    • Location: Pit RoadFamily Activities & Partners to include:
      • Balloon Artists
      • Bikers Against Child Abuse
      • Boy Scouts
      • Caricature Artist
      • Cornhole Tournament provided by KC Crew
      • Face Painters
      • KC Parade of Hearts – coloring activity
      • Mechanical Bull*
      • Ninja Obstacle Course* provided by Zip KC
      • School of Rock performances

      *Waiver required

BBQ Marketplace

    • The BBQ Marketplace is open Saturday from  from 11:00am – 9:00pm. 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.
    • Find a full list of vendors below.

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.

BBQ Marketplace & Food Trucks 

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

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


  • Barbecue News Magazine
    • The Original Barbecue and Grilling Magazine
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse
    • Learn more about BACA: Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children.
  • Charlie Hustle
    • Kansas City T-shirt staple! Pick up your 2021 American Royal T- Shirt.
  • Gunter Whilhem
    • Premium high carbon Steel knives manufactured in Germany – product line includes knife sets and professional chef knives
  • Multivac
    • One of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solutions for food, life science & healthcare products as well as industrial items.
  • Prairie Fresh Pork
    • American-owned pork producer, Prairie Fresh manages every step of the process, which guarantees delicious, high-quality pork every time!
  • Smithfield Seating & Cooling Station
  • Transwest
    • Top makes of RV’s, Trucks, Commercial Trailers, Horse & Livestock Trailers, Fleet Vehicles & Personal Vehicles – showcasing RVs
  • Veterans Community Project
    • Nonprofit organization on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing.
  • Visit KCK
    • Explore Kansas City, Kansas things to do, events, hotels and more.

Marketplace/Goods Vendors

  • Ambrosi Bros Cutlery Co
    • Knife sharpening service, knives, cooking utensils
  • Bluff City BBQ Supply
    • Prepackaged bbq sauces, seasonings, and swag
  • Craft Spice Blends
    • Craft Spice Blends small batch seasonings and rubs
  • Cutco Cutlery
  • Flying Mookey Acres
    • Custom made BBQ Sauces, Cowboy Candy (sweet pickled jalapenos), BBQ Rubs, Hot Sauces, Freezed Dried Candies
  • Hamrforge USA
    • Showcasing : El Parrilla Grill, El Padre Grill & Firepit, The Beast Smoker & Grill, The Old Ironsides, Double Barrel Barrel Smoker
  • Innovating Solutions LLC
    • Showcasing and selling: Tappecue WiFi BBQ Thermometer and Accessories & AirProbe2 (Wireless Probe)
  • Jealous Devil Charcoal
  • Moore Water Treatment
  • Renewal by Andersen
    • Offering home owners a no-cost, in-home consultation to receive pricing on their window and door projects. Guests of the event have a chance to win $10K worth of windows and doors!
  • Seal Smart
  • Spicy J’s Seasoning
    • Showcasing and Selling all 10 Spices/Seasoning
  • STL Pure Heat Gourmet Sauce
    • Showcasing and Selling 3 Gourmet Sauces: Sweet N Spicy, Sweet N Mild, Garlic Heat
  • Timber Milling & Kiln, LLC
  • Tony’s Pigg’s Kick’n Hot BBQ Sauces
    • Showcasing and selling Kick’n Hot Barbeque Sauces

Food Vendors

  • Aw Shucks
    • Roasted corn and drinks
  • Bucks Barbecue
    • Barbecue beef, ham, chicken & two side choice
  • Coffee Cake KC
    • Coffee Drinks, Smoothies, Pasteries
  • Devons Autism Driven, Sweet Daddy Corn, Gourmet Kettlecorn
    • Gourmet Kettlecorn: Original, Lemon, Cinnamon Habanero and Vanilla Rum.
  • Kc Smashers
    • Lemonade, Limeade, Orangeade, Teas, and BBQ sandwiches with chips
  • Parisi coffee
    • Providing Coffee & Fresh Pastries to teams the public
  • Taco Republic – located in the Fireball Bar**
    • Street tacos, fresh salsa, guacamole and queso served with fresh tortilla chips and much more.
  • Thelma’s Treats
    • 10 Different flavors of our Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop
    • Stainless Steel Souvenir Mugs with daily refills of our fountain soda. Made with cane sugar. Our caffeine-free, and gluten-free flavors include Root Beer, Diet Root Beer, Vanilla, Black Cherry, Sarsaparilla, Birch and Orange. Stainless steel straws and lids.