Blues, Bandits and BBQ at Kidd Springs Park
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Prepare for a “Texas flood” of brisket and burnt ends at this nod to the Dallas neighborhood that raised Stevie Ray Vaughan (and his axe-wielding older brother Jimmie) and T-Bone Walker, among a legion of musical legends. Hosted by Go Oak Cliff, the festival begins with more than 25 barbecue teams lighting their fires at 5 p.m. on Nov. 9. Spectators are invited to watch them work and listen to live music until around 10 p.m. Smoking continues overnight, and “the beer starts pouring and the park starts rocking” at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, organizers say. Guests who purchase $25 tasting wristbands can sample the teams’ delicious work and participate in competition voting, but you don’t have to eat or pay to attend. Children, well-behaved pets and even vegetarians are welcome to enjoy the lively music and festive atmosphere.
To kick off the festival on Friday, participating teams will light their fires at 5 p.m. and guests are invited to watch the teams at work and listen to live music until 10 p.m.
Tasting and voting are on Saturday from 1 until 3 p.m. Entrance to the event is free, but guests must purchase a wristband to sample barbecue and cast their vote in the competition.
The event is kid- and dog-friendly. Beer will be available to purchase but no outside alcohol is permitted.