Event: River Grill Before the Big Chill

Cincinnati Parks hosts the city’s first-ever sanctioned State Championship Kansas City Barbeque Competition, where guests can watch pro teams compete to make the perfect barbecue in categories based on meat type — and then taste the results.

Cincinnati Parks hosts the city’s first-ever sanctioned State Championship Kansas City Barbeque Competition, where guests can watch pro teams compete to make the perfect barbecue in categories based on meat type — and then taste the results. There’s also a backyard competition for amateurs in pork ribs and chicken wings categories, with a grand prize of $1,000. Aside from delicious smoky meats, attendees will also enjoy live music from local favorites and Mickey Thomas, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, with Starship. 


5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday. $5. Sawyer Point, 815 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, cincyrivergrill.com.