It’s Christmas in October. The American Royal World Series of Barbecue celebrates its 35th anniversary. This year, the West Bottoms barbecue contest will host more than 550 teams all hoping to take the crown. At the Royal, you can visit the Barbecue Hall of Fame (new inductions will be 7 p.m. Saturday night), see cooking demonstrations (Johnny Trigg is at 3 p.m. Saturday), hear live music, purchase rubs and sauces from the expo, and talk to the teams competing. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the gate.
The Zombie Pub Crawl lurches into Westport Saturday night. There’s a host of bands, headlined by Tech N9ne, on the stage of the Uptown and across Westport venues. The doors at the Uptown (3700 Broadway) open at 4 p.m. and the Westport Stage (Pennsylvania & Westport) opens at 3 p.m. Tickets are between $27.10 and $62.85 plus fees.
The fourth annual Harvest Moon American Indian Festival is Saturday (12 to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (12 to 7 p.m.) at 31st and Troost. Snack on buffalo burgers and popcorn, while listening to traditional Native American artists and watching folk dancers. Tickets are $10. Children under 10 years old are free.
The Shawnee German-American Club is holding its 12th annual Oktoberfest Celebration tonight from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Center (13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee Mission, Kansas). There will be a biergarten, bratwurst and traditional German folk dancing. Admission is free.
The Louisburg Cider Mill holds its annual Ciderfest Saturday and Sunday (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days). You can watch cider being pressed, eat cider donuts or work your way through a caramel apple. Admission is free, but it’s $8 to get into the corn maze/pumpkin patch.
The 26th annual Applefest returns to Weston, Missouri, this Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Learn about candle-making and leather tanning while munching on apple pies and apple dumplings. Admission is $1 and free for children under 15 years old. Tickets are $10.
The Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market is holding a Harvest Fest Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. The first 150 kids get a small pumpkin to paint, St. Luke’s East Hospital will be holding a cooking demonstration and there’s plenty of fall produce to stock your crisper.
A Taste of Zona Rosa, the annual fundraiser for the Northland Symphony Orchestra, is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Zona Rosa Town Square (8640 N Dixson Avenue). Jazz, hors d’ouevres and drinks. Tickets are $50.
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