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Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade – Sunday, February 10, 2013

Posted by    |    January 18th, 2013 at 11:22 am

One of the biggest parties in Oak Cliff will take place Sunday, February 10, 2013 – the 5th Annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade! The parade runs approximately one mile down Davis, starting at the intersection of Davis & Windomere (across the street from Nova Restaurant) and the parade finishes in the Bishop Arts District. This year the Bishop Arts District will be home to TWO parties – featuring tons of crawfish, cold beer, jambalaya, red beads & rice, live music and a few thousand of your closest friends.

The floats will begin lining up early Sunday afternoon, but the parade won’t kick off until until 4pm. All floats will arrive in the Bishop Arts District by 6pm.


Due to the large crowds along the parade route, the entire route will be fenced to prevent the parade viewers from spilling dangerously infront of the floats and vehicles that are part of the parade – so you’ll want to claim your spot along the parade route early to make sure you’ve got a good view. All of the restaurants along Davis plan to host watch parties, so those can also be good options for your viewing pleasure.

Of course, the best place to watch is in the Bishop Arts District. The parties in Bishop Arts will start at 3pm and run until the parade is complete. Come early and bring cash for the food & beverages available.

More details to come, or you can visit for all of the event details.


Cliff Fest is Sunday

Posted by    |    November 18th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Cliff Fest is Sunday, November 18! Here’s a
little bit about what you’ll find from noon to 6 in the Bishop Arts District.
There’s a great stage line up (see below), Oil & Cotton is doing crafts for kids, there are lots of neat street vendors (see list below) plus our storefront shops, of which we have lots of newcomers!
There’s plenty to eat and drink, from our staples in the District to special guests like Mesa, Spiral Diner, and El Padrino! Word on the street is our neighborhood microbrewery, Four Corners Brewing Company, just “kegged” the Brown we’re serving on Friday! Fairhaven Vineyards out of Tyler, a regular at the Bishop Arts Saturday Market, will be there with their Texas wines, too.

Chili tasting and voting is from 2 – 4. We’ll start selling the spoons for $5 at 1:45. In a new development, we’ll be benefiting BOTH the North Texas Food Bank AND the Rosemont 6th Grade trip to the inauguration in Washington D.C.! So come prepared to eat and to do a bit of good for the neighborhood! The chili will be located in front of Eno’s. It’s not too late to enter! If you think you’ve got game, sign up here.

Getting there: As always, we suggest a bike ride or walk! The pedicabs will also be running from 2 – 6 on W 7th. If that’s not your speed, Bishop Arts has gone upscale and now offers district-wide valet. The valet stand is in the gravel lot next to Calvario Funeral Home and costs $5.
May thanks to the sponsors: Methodist Hospital, Jim Lake Companies, Councilwoman Delia Jasso, Councilman Scott Griggs, Craig Schenkel, Mark Miranda, Hattie’s, Eno’s, and Oddfellows.

Also, many thanks to the ecology club from Bishop Dunn for running our recycling program!
Stage schedule:
12:00 Felix Flores Band
12:45 SOTE
1:00 Bona Fide Blues

2:15 La Rondalla / Yells at Eels
3:45 Bethan
5:00 Fox and the Bird
Vendor list:
Oak Cliff Soup Company
Grand Tete
The Kessler
Mighty Fine Arts
The Canterbury School
Cozy Cottage
Tyler Street Church
Winnetka Heights
Texas Theater
El Padrino
The Vintagemobile
Dowdy Studio
Fairhaven Vineyards
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
From the Ends of the Earth
Spiral Diner
Anytime Fitness
Designs by Darlean
Fair Earth Paper
Dylan & Company
Zang Triangle
Dash for the Beads
Izzy Loves Embellishments
Eva Azul
Sunset Hill Neighborhood Association
Gypsy Trading Company
Three R Designs
8th Street Designs
Get Gay Stuff
Randy Gonzalez
Kings Highway Conservation District
Espresso Delight
Colcerex Trading Company

Cliff Fest 2012

Posted by    |    November 6th, 2012 at 5:10 am

The 4th Annual Cliff Fest: More Than Just a Taste is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, from noon to 6 p.m. Cliff Fest is the one festival each year where we focus solely on what makes Oak Cliff so great: the talent within. This year’s will also take place in the Bishop Arts District. Cliff Fest is a day of local food tasting, local shopping, local performances, and meeting your neighbors!


This year’s CliffFest will also feature the 3rd Annual Oak Cliff Chili Cookoff! The cookoff is open to all Oak Cliff residents and businesses, and there’s no cost to enter. Simply fill out the form here and then get cooking on your best chili recipe. Each chili entry needs to bring 2 quarts to provide samples to the public. This is a People’s Choice award, and may the best chili win! The cook-off benefits the North Texas Food Bank, an Oak Cliff-based non-profit that can do amazing work with very little money!

If you are interested in performing, please contact Amy at amy @ cowanroberts (DOT) com.

We are also accepting sponsors! If you are interested in being featured on banners, sponsoring a stage, or just want to give out of the kindness of your heart, contact Amy at amy @ cowanroberts (DOT) com.

Mark your calendars, and see you there!

And The Winners Are…

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2012 at 5:10 am

The 3rd Annual Blues, Bandits & BBQ was a huge hit with an estimated crowd of 2500 BBQ lovers and a literal ton of smoked meat consumed (and who can forget the 14 kegs of Four Corner’s Local Buzz). The 22 BBQ teams who participated competed in 5 judged categories (brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, sausage and chicken) and then vied for the coveted title of ‘People’s Choice’ as voted by the more than 700 attendees who were lucky enough to snag a tasting wristband. It helped that the weather was perfect, the bands rocked and the Go Oak Cliff volunteers kept things running smoothly.

And the winners of the 2012 Blues Bandits & BBQ are:

1st Place – Davis Hawn Lumber
2nd Place – OC Master Basters
3rd Place – Tie between Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke & The Smoak Cliff Boys

Pulled Pork:
1st Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s
2nd Place – Ego Brothers
3rd Place – Kings Highway Neighborhood Association

Pork Ribs:
1st Place – The Smoak Cliff Boys
2nd Place – Heavy Metal Cooking Team
3rd Place – Ego Brothers

1st Place – Thin Blue Beautiful Smoke
2nd Place – Oak Cliff Oh’s
3rd Place – Rosemont Dad’s Club

1st Place – Texas BBQ Posse
2nd Place – Road Kill BBQ
3rd Place – Los Huevos Grandes

And the winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award was the Texas BBQ Posse, with Los Huevos Grandes coming in second and Red Beard BBQ finishing third.

A huge thanks to our sponsors who helped to make this possible: Bolsa Restaurant & Smoke Restaurant, Bolsa Mercado, The Kessler Theater, SqFt Real Estate, Hewitt & Habgood Realtors, North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine, Rafael Anchia, Delia Jasso, West Davis Dental, Robb Puckett & Jenni Stolarski Realtors, and Ben E. Keith. And a big thanks to the bands that played and to the volunteers who helped to make the entire event run so smoothly.

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Blues Bandits & BBQ, which will be October 25 & 26, 2013. BBQ team entries will be announced in the spring on and event details will be announced next summer. See you next year!



What To Expect: 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Want the scoop on what to expect during the 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ festival? Here’s the all the details that you need to plan your weekend of fun!





WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012 from 5pm-10pm and Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 12pm-6pm
WHERE: 715 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208 (3 blocks west of Bishop Arts on Davis Street)
WHAT: Live music, 23 competition BBQ teams cooking more than 1000 pounds of BBQ, beer garden, & fun for the whole family

First thing to note is that there is NO admission fee to attend Blues, Bandits & BBQ this year – it’s free and open to the public! That’s free admission to the wood fire cooking demonstration, the outdoor movie screening, beer garden, live music, kids bounce house, and more! Second thing to note, the location is DIFFERENT than last year! Third thing to note is that if you want to TASTE the BBQ, then you have to purchase a tasting wristband from Prekindle in advance. They are selling fast so we suggest you hop on over and take care of that now.

Now let’s cover the rest of the details!

The fun starts Friday, October 26 at 5pm when we officially open the beer garden and kick the night off with a little live music. Come on out and check out the BBQ teams who will be arriving, setting up their areas and firing up their smokers. We’ll also have a wood fire cooking demonstration from Chef Tim Byres from Smoke Restaurant at 6pm which is free and open to the public. Finally, we’ll finish the night with an free outdoor screening of the classic film ‘Bonnie & Clyde’! Food trucks will be onsite and we’ll be selling beer from 5pm-10pm.

The BBQ teams will spend the night onsite tending to their smokers, but come back at noon on Saturday, October 27 for the main event! The beer garden opens up again at 12pm and the live music starts then as well. The BBQ tasting will be from 2pm-4pm and a pre-purchased wristband is necessary if you want to sample the brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork from the 23 competition teams. Each person with a wristband will also have an opportunity to cast their vote for the 2012 People’s Choice award. A few cautionary notes about the tasting – if you wait to buy your tasting wristband till the day of the event you’ll be out of luck. We will be sold out prior to the doors opening on Saturday. And, if you purchase a wristband you’ll want to make sure you are onsite during the entire tasting time (2pm-4pm). The best meat goes fast and the teams will be rolling out different meats at different times based on the judging schedule.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

4:00 P.M.       BBQ Team load in
5:00 P.M.       Beer Garden opens
5:00 P.M.       Live Music — The Cliff Blues Band
6:00 P.M.       Tim Byres, Smoke Restaurant –  Wood Fire Cooking Demonstration
7:00 P.M.       Live Music — Dallas Family Band
8:00 P.M.       Live Music — Johnny Beauford & The Jack Kerowax
9:00 P.M.       The Texas Theatre Presents – Bonnie & Clyde (movie shown onsite)

12:00 P.M.     Beer Garden opens
12:00 P.M.     Live Music — Bona Fide Blues
1:30 P.M.       Live Music — The Roomsounds
2:00 P.M.      People’s Choice BBQ Tasting begins
2:00 P.M.      Oil & Cotton hosts children’s art project
2:45 P.M.       Live Music — Rev K.M. Williams & Trainwreck
4:00 P.M.      People’s Choice BBQ Tasting ends
4:00 P.M.      Live Music — RTB2
4:45 P.M.       Announce BBQ winners
5:15 P.M.       Live Music — The Cliff Blues Band
6:00 P.M.      Event Ends

And here’s the lineup of teams for the 2012 Blues, Bandits & BBQ competition:

Matador Meat & Wine                                                      Texas BBQ Posse
TNTQue                                                                                The Smoak Cliff Boys
TRUE BBQ                                                                           Guthries
Los Juevos Grandes                                                           Smokin Domo Nation
RickShaw Catering Company                                         Red Beard BBQ
The Notorious P.I.G.                                                         Kings Highway Neighborhood
Two Hats                                                                              OC Master Basters
Roadkill BBQ                                                                       Rosemont Dad’s Club
3 Bar BBQ                                                                             Ego Brothers
Oak Cliff Oh’s                                                                      Heavy Metal Cooking Team
North Oak Cliff Beer & Wine                                           Thin, Blue, Beautiful Smoke
Davis-Hawn Lumber & Architectural Millworks




New Apartment Construction Slated For Bishop Avenue

Posted by    |    October 17th, 2012 at 5:10 am

Go Oak Cliff reported on Facebook yesterday that the road construction project that has dragged on for nearly 18 months is almost complete, and a beautiful bike lane had been painted. Today it looks like the crew has made additional progress and by the time you read this the barricades that have dominated Bishop may have been removed completely. But as the street construction clears, it appears that it is only to make room for the construction of two new apartment buildings on vacant lots at 801 North Bishop and 908 North Bishop Avenue.

The lots are owned by Good Space, a well known real estate company in the neighborhood responsible for some of the more historically sensitive and detail oriented rehabilitation projects in the neighborhood. Owned by long time Oak Cliff resident David Spence, Good Space has been the winner of three Preservation Dallas awards for it’s restoration projects in and around the Bishop Arts District. Good Space is also the landlord to several of Oak Cliff’s finer dining establishments, including Bolsa, Bolsa Mercado, Lucia, Dude Sweet Chocolate and the recently opened Emporium Pies.

Good Space has partnered with Magnolia Property Company on this project, which will bring a total of 39 new apartment units to Bishop on a block that has apartment buildings of similar density. Magnolia Property Company is described as a developer of environmentally sustainable boutique apartments in urban neighborhoods.

Construction is not scheduled to actually begin on the project for several months. In the meantime Good Space and Magnolia are hosting an informational session for neighbors to learn more about the project on Thursday November 1st at 6:30pm at the Kidd Springs Rec Center (711 West Canty, Dallas TX 75208).



Bonnie & Clyde – Free Outdoor Movie October 26th!

Posted by    |    October 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am

As part of the Blues, Bandits, and BBQ festival, Go Oak Cliff and Aviation Cinemas will be showing the Warren Beatty classic, Bonnie & Clyde on the evening of October 26th. Head out to the vacant lot at the 700 block of Davis Street (between Vernon and Van Buren). Music will begin at 6PM and the movie will start around 8:45. Bring a blanket, ride a bike, and enjoy a great night out with neighbors and friends. There will be food trucks, beverages and more, so it should be tons of fun!

Two New Restaurants Landing In Bishop Arts

Posted by    |    October 3rd, 2012 at 5:10 am

The Dallas Morning News reported in July about Sarah Lombardi (part of the Lombardi Family Concepts) signing a lease for the old Oak Cliff Mercantile building across 7th Street from Oddfellows. Then came reports that the signing of the lease included the small building that currently houses El Padrino. So when signs went up in the windows this week, it became a little more clear what is planned for the space.

The old Oak Cliff Mercantile space will still be called the Oak Cliff Mercantile, and the tagline on the sign says, “eatery, taproom & commons”. Perhaps more interestingly, the growing national hot dog craze seems to have landed in Oak Cliff, as it appears they will convert the Padrino space into Dog House, featuring hot dogs and frozen custard. Sounds similar to the ever popular Wild About Harry’s on Knox, but should be an interesting addition to Bishop Arts.

TABC permits have been filed, but it doesn’t appear that any construction has begun to convert the Mercantile space into a restaurant.

Calling All BBQ Teams – City of Dallas BBQ Championship!

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2012 at 5:10 am

With over $1000 in prize money and more than 30 teams expected to compete, the 3rd Annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ festival on Saturday, October 27th will act as the unofficial City of Dallas BBQ championship. Team entries are being accepted between now and Friday, September 28th at 5:00pm and are open to all who feel they can compete.

Teams will compete in 5 categories, including brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, chicken and sausage as well as a People’s Choice Award.

To enter, teams must fill out this form and pay the $100 entry fee. Fee helps to cover the cost for the the permitting for the event, and each team will also be provided  a 10′ x 10′ tent and a 6′ table as well as four BBQ tasting wrist bands (an $80 value).

Teams will be expected to do all cooking on-site (715 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208) at the event. Arrival to the event must occur between 4pm and 7pm on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Complete rules can be found here. Event details can be found here. For additional information or questions please contact Rob Shearer:


3rd Annual Go Oak Cliff Blues Bandits & BBQ

Posted by    |    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:10 am

The 3rd Annual Go Oak Cliff Blues Bandits & BBQ will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Conveniently located in the heart of North Oak Cliff  at the future site of the Davis Street Market development, 715 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208 is also the site of this summer’s amazing sunflower art installation, 1700 Seeds. The space will allow for plenty of room for our BBQ teams, live music, a huge shady beer garden featuring beer from Oak Cliff’s own Four Corners Brewery,  a kids area with a bounce house, room for food trucks, and more! It’s going to be an amazing weekend in Oak Cliff – so mark your calendar now.

The BBQ competition portion of Blues, Bandits & BBQ is the defacto City of Dallas BBQ Championship, with all the bragging rights that go with it. Teams compete in five categories: brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork – and anyone with a smoker and a little talent can enter. Teams need to register in advance (click here) and the deadline for team entry is Friday, September 28 at 5pm.

If you want to sample and enjoy all of the amazing competition BBQ, as well as vote on the 2012 BBQ People’s Choice Award, then you’ll want to purchase your BBQ tasting wrist band in advance. Once we sell out of these there won’t be any additional wrist bands available. But have no fear – we will have food trucks and other food vendors on site who will sell other treats onsite for cash.

More details on the schedule of events, bands, activities and other things going on during the weekend will be posted back here shortly. Look forward to seeing everyone – we’re expecting perfect weather, amazing BBQ, cold beer and lots of fun.