This weekend in Kansas City: American Royal BBQ, Holiday Mart, more fall festivals

Competition at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue has already begun, but the public can join the world’s largest barbecue contest this weekend.

Pit road at Kansas Speedway will feature the BBQ Marketplace and food trucks, 3-10 p.m. Sept. 30 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 1. Entry tickets are $8-$25 for a single day and $40 for the weekend. More information at americanroyal.com/bbq.

Festivals

Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1, Missouri Town 1855 ($10 per car; $20 per van or bus). makeyourdayhere.com.

Silver City Day Parade and Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1, Argentine, Kansas City, Kansas (free). facebook.com.

Strawberry Swing Fall Fest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1 (free), West Bottoms. thestrawberryswing.com.

Library in the Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1, Huron Park, Kansas City, Kansas (free). libraryinthepark.org.

Turkic Food and Art Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1, Dialogue Institute of Kansas City (free). eventbrite.com.

Merriam Drive Live, 2-8 p.m. Oct. 1, Downtown Merriam (free). merriam.org.

Country singer Keith Urban will perform Sept. 29 at the T-Mobile Center.
Country singer Keith Urban will perform Sept. 29 at the T-Mobile Center.

Music

Keith Urban with Tyler Hubbard and Ingrid Andress, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, T-Mobile Center ($29.50-$169.50). t-mobilecenter.com.

“DEAFinitely Dope” with Mathew Maxey, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Polsky Theatre ($17-$35). jccc.edu/midwest-trust-center/events.

Giveon, 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Midland ($32.50-$49.50). midlandkc.com.

Jazz in the Valley, 6 p.m. Sept. 30, MCC-Penn Valley (free). mcckc.edu/jazzfest.

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, “The Horn” featuring Sean Jones, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Kauffman Center ($13.50-$68.50). kcjo.org.

Verona Quartet, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Yardley Hall ($15-$49). chambermusic.org.

Violent Femmes with Kansas City Symphony, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Kauffman Center ($80-$160). kcsymphony.org.

Terence Blanchard with The E-Collective and Turtle Island String Quartet, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Atkins Auditorium ($10-$55). hjseries.org.

Diana Krall, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Kauffman Center ($70.50-$110.50). kauffmancenter.org.

Mother Mother, 8 p.m. Oct. 3, Uptown ($35). uptowntheater.com.

Pusha T, 8 p.m. Oct. 4, The Truman ($36.50-$74.50). thetrumankc.com.

Chanticleer, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Lied Center ($14-$35). lied.ku.edu.

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall will play Oct. 3 at the Kauffman Center.
Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall will play Oct. 3 at the Kauffman Center.

More entertainment

The Junior League Holiday Mart at Bartle Hall will provide early holiday shopping for clothing, accessories, art, home furnishings and more, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 29 (preview party), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 2 ($13-$15; $35-$50 for preview party). jlkc.org/events.

“The Last Five Years,” a play about a five-year relationship between a novelist and an actress, will be presented at the Arts Asylum, opens 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29; runs through Oct. 8 ($20). theartsasylum.org.

The Exiled KC Haunted House will open at Zip KC in Bonner Springs, 7:30-midnight Fridays-Saturdays Sept. 30-Oct. 29 ($40-$50). zipkc.com.

Musicians Calvin Arsenia and Joe Parisi will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Elmwood Cemetery, where there will also be food trucks and tours, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1 (free). kcparks.org.

If ghosts and zombies on the ground aren’t scary enough, Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park in Swope Park introduces Frights at Height, opening 5:45 p.m. Oct. 1; select nights through October ($32.95). goape.com/frights-at-height.

“A Place for Us: A Celebration of Jewish Broadway” starring Ari Axelrod will highlight the songs and stories of Jewish composers, 4 p.m. Oct. 2, White Theatre ($18-$35). thejkc.org.

Elmwood Cemetery, 4900 Truman Road, will celebrate its 150th anniversary Oct. 1 with music, food trucks and tours.
Elmwood Cemetery, 4900 Truman Road, will celebrate its 150th anniversary Oct. 1 with music, food trucks and tours.