Big BBQ Festival Info from Crest Apartments Irving

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Crest Apartments in Las Colinas are perfect for busy professionals looking for a luxurious place to call home. Las Colinas and Irving are thriving communities just north of the incredible entertainment and nightlife of Dallas. However, even the busiest of professionals need some time to cut loose and kick back. That’s why we try to keep our residents informed about events, concerts and new restaurant openings going on all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Of course, Las Colinas itself is filled with exciting new event spaces and parks. For instance, the $173 million Music Factory mixed-use project on Carpenter Freeway is in development and will bring an entertainment center, restaurants and retail space to the area around Crest Apartments in Las Colinas. Lake Caroline and its surrounding parks have always been ideal outdoor entertainment spots as well, whether for hosting summer festivals or laid-back fall picnics.

With all that said, when you’re really in the mood for a Dallas get-down, look no further than our city’s fantastic fall food festivals (you’re welcome for the new tongue twister). The festival season is in full swing since the weather has finally cooled down, and the city’s event planners are really showing off their skills. The festival we’re most excited about at Crest at Las Colinas is the Blues, Bandits & BBQ festival.

The 6th annual Blues Bandits & BBQ festival is happening in the heart of North Oak Cliff, near the Bishop Arts District at Kidd Springs Park. There will be 30 local BBQ teams competing in five different BBQ skill tests during this festival hosted by Go Oak Cliff. They are allowed to light their fires at 5 p.m on Friday, November 11th, and then the games begin. Of course, the real winners are the patrons who get to come taste the fruits of their labor. Spectators are welcome, and there will be food and drink for sale and live music. Other attractions include a beer garden and tons of kids activities.

The live music on Saturday will be focused on Oak Cliff’s history as the birthplace of Texas music legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and T Bone Walker. Stevie Ray Vaughn’s family moved all over, living in other states such as Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma before ultimately moving back to the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Walker made his recording debut with Columbia Records, billed as Oak Cliff T-Bone. This area is rich with history and the Blues, Bandits and BBQ Festival does a great job paying homage to that.

Nothing goes better with BBQ than some good old Texas Blues tunes. BBQ tasting and competition goes from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The best way to eat as much BBQ as possible is to buy a wristband, which gets you BBQ samples from every team and a vote in the People’s Choice Competition. Winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday so don’t miss out! Wristbands are available for $20 a person and can be bought online. If you don’t want to buy the wristband, Blues Bandits and BBQ is free to attend.  

Info That Matters:

Blues Bandits and BBQ

Nov. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kidd Springs Park, 700 W. Canty St., Dallas

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