There's plenty to do in Kansas City this weekend, from the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue to beer and wine festivals, and even a wine and pie pairing class.
"The 40th American Royal World Series of Barbecue is just around the corner, September 13-14 at Kansas Speedway. This signature Kansas City event will include a variety of public events and activities including live music and BBQ demos, beer and cocktail gardens, and a vendor fair authentic to Kansas City and BBQ enthusiasts. Plus, on Saturday a Salute to the Military, a classic car show, a full line up of kids activities, and the Pit Road Picnic where the first 5,000 guests through the gates will receive a free BBQ lunch, while supplies last. Don’t miss the world’s largest BBQ! Get your tickets early at AmericanRoyal.com. See you at the Speedway!" Friday from 3 to 11pm and Saturday from 11am to 11pm. Tickets available here.
"How does fresh-pressed grape juice become wine? Learn how with Fence Stile owner-winemaker Shriti Plimpton inside the winery. This tour and tasting ($25/person) is an EXCLUSIVE opportunity to explore what happens once estate grapes are harvested, crushed, and pressed for juice. We're in the middle of the 2019 harvest season! During this Inside the Winery session, Shriti will discuss fermentation of grape juice, yeast selection, and her critical role as a winemaker to convert fresh juice into a new vintage of wine. Tour guests will sample several early-stage wines from the 2019 harvest during mid-fermentation. This is a RARE, limited-time-only peek behind-the-scenes during harvest season. Guests will also taste a flight of finished wines from a previous vintage year. Shriti will guide guests through the tasting of 2019 mid-fermentation wines and previous vintage wines. During the tasting, guests can compare sensory notes and understand the winemaker's craft and decisions involved to produce wine from grape to glass. Fence Stile is only able to offer this Inside the Winery: Fermentation Tour and Tasting for a LIMITED number of sessions during harvest season at the early stage of winemaking. Don't miss out on this fun, informative tour and tasting in the winery. Friday from 6:30 to 7:30pm and Saturday from 1 to 2pm. Tickets are $25, available here.
"Join us Friday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of "Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing" with British artist Hew Locke, our honored guest for Kemper Museum’s third Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Artist Dinner. Exploring the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, how different cultures fashion their identities through visual symbols of authority, and how these representations are altered by the passage of time is a focus of Locke’s work. Born in Edinburgh, UK, Locke spent his formative years –spanning the 1960s and 70s– in Guyana, before returning to the UK, providing opportunity for a creative and complex menu that parallels the artist’s oeuvre." From 7 to 9pm. Tickets are $125, available here.
"After a long absence (while moving their brewery), our friends at 2nd Shift Brewing are back to KC with a major tap lineup this Saturday. Steve, Libby Crider and the gang are excited to be back at the Station, and we are thrilled to welcome their terrific beers back. All day.
"Join us for the first Strange Groove Festival! We've got an amazing lineup of bands to perform, and we'll have food, beer, music and more beer throughout the day!" All day. Tickets (which include one beer) are $15.
"The 7th Annual Independence Uncorked Wine Festival will be held on September, 14th, 2019 from 1:00pm-6:00pm on the grounds of the Historic Bingham-Waggoner Estate in Independence, MO. Independence Uncorked will be one of the largest Missouri wine festivals in the state featuring 25 Missouri wineries sampling several of their wines, a guest spirits distiller, and over 2500 attendees. The day will also feature art, music, beer, food booths and wine classes. The event hosted by the Rotary Club of Eastern Independence. The cost will be $30 in advance and $40 at the door and will include a wine glass and 4 bottle wine bag (for 1st 2000 people). The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is an 1852 mansion and estate once owned by George Caleb Bingham, the famous Missouri artist. Proceeds from the events will go towards various national and local charities supported by Rotary. Beneficiaries have included the McCoy Park all-inclusive Play Ground, Great Plains SPCA, Community Services League, Independence School District Character Plus Program, Special Olympics, Shoes for Orphan Soles, Shelter Box, Job One, CAPA, Hope House, Rotary Youth Camp and the Rotary Foundation to name just a few. Last year’s charity of choice was Drumm Farm for Kids. No outside food or drink allowed, but food will be available for sale." From 1 to 6pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door, available here.
"For more than eleven years, KC Beer Fest has been the most recognizable craft brew festival in Kansas City and the Midwest. The annual fall festival features more than 200 hand-picked craft beers from around the world, rare keg tappings, live music, gourmet food vendors and more in the heart of downtown Kansas City's Power & Light District." From 3 to 6pm. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $70 for VIP, available here.
"We're super excited to cohost the 2nd ever Spam Cookoff with our awesome neighbors Sarah's on the Hill on Sunday September 15th before/during the Chiefs/Raiders game. Anyone is welcome to bring a Spam centric dish to enter into the competition. Everyone can eat/vote during the game and we'll tally them up when it's over. We'll set up some prize packages for the winners." From 2 to 7pm.
"What's better than wine? Pie and wine! Check out this new event featuring a delectable pie and wine flight. Join us at the winery for a tasting of five wines paired with delicious locally-made pies from The Upper Crust. Our winemakers and the team from The Upper Crust will guide you through a carefully crafted flight of pies paired with some of our favorite handcrafted Amigoni wine, two of which we haven't even released! You'll learn about the production process for each from the people behind the craft. Limited seats are available for this tasting. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to eat and drink local!" From 3 to 5pm. Tickets are $50, available here.
"Join Cultivate KC for our 8th Annual Dig In! Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner, a celebration that showcases food grown in Kansas City by local farmers. This year's five-course meal and signature cocktails will be created by: Kara Anderson of Ça Va, Jonathon Bush of Novel Restaurant, David Friesen of Betty Rae's Ice Cream, Carlos Mortera of The Bite and POI-Ō, Alex Pope of Local Pig and Rachel Rinas of Karbón. The dinner takes place outside at The City Market - Kansas City and will include live music, a pop-up market and auction." From 6 to 9:30pm. Tickets are $150, available here.