Blues, Bandits and BBQ

Photo by Elliot Muñoz.

Oct. 26-27 Blues, Bandits & BBQ

Friday is locals night with a cooking demonstration from chef Tim Byres of Smoke, a biergarten, live music and a “Bonnie and Clyde” screening at 9 p.m. Saturday, the barbeque competition kicks off with judging followed by tasting from 2-4 p.m. The rest of the night will feature lawn games, a market, pumpkin painting, a biergarten and more. If barbeque isn’t your thing, vegan grub will be available for purchase. Go Oak Cliff, 715 W. Davis,, free entry, $20 for tasting wristband


Oct. 2 National Night Out

The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association will work to raise awareness of crime and drug use at this family-friendly event at 6 p.m. There will be food, drinks, games, and police and fire department representatives. Stemmons Plaza Park, 1500 Jefferson,, free


Oct. 4 Cruise night

The Classic Chassis Car Club and the Bishop Arts Merchants Association host cruise night at this month’s first Thursday. Collectible cars will be on display all around the district. It is free to display vehicles — Studebakers, MGs, sedans, roadsters, scooters, bikes, hot rods and muscle cars — between 4-10 p.m. Everyone who brings a classic vehicle receives a complimentary craft beer at Eno’s, from 6-7 p.m.


Oct. 5 Tillman’s 20th anniversary

Bishop Arts institution Tillman’s Roadhouse celebrates 20 years this month. Stop by to toast a complimentary glass of champagne and have a piece of cake. The Stratoblasters, a group of “Oak Cliff boys,” says owner Sara Tillman, start playing live music at 8 p.m. The restaurant will be serving its regular menu, and reservations for dinner are recommended. Tillman’s Roadhouse, 324 W. Seventh, 214.942.0988


Oct. 6 Pumpkin patch and fair

Pick out a pumpkin, eat a breakfast taco and have a fall family portrait made from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will also feature a petting zoo, carnival games, bounce houses and a variety of food and drinks. The Kessler School, 1215 Turner, 214.942.2220, free entry


Oct. 7 AIDS Arms LifeWalk 5k

The Oak Cliff nonprofit invites families, friends and pets are invited to raise funds for the AIDS and HIV positive North Texas community. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 1 p.m. Stick around afterward for food, drinks and entertainment. Robert E. Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek, 214.521.5191, $40 ($50 with dog)


OCT. 12 DSO on the Go

This Dallas Symphony Orchestra performance will feature classical and light classics favorites with principal musician concerto soloists, starting at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online or at the door. Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125 Sunset, 214.692.0203,, $10-$25


Oct. 13 Elmwood street fair

The Elmwood revitalization team is hoping to bring more culture into what it calls the “heart of Oak Cliff.” A street block will be filled with music, vendors selling food and clothes, artists, landscaping and more from 1-6 p.m. Elmwood Neighborhood Association, 2100 block of Balboa,, free


Oak Cliff Home Tour

Oct. 13-14 Home tour

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Fall Home Tour this year lets attendees glimpse into 12 homes and the Tyler Street United Methodist Church, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. See some homes that really stand out and how Oak Cliff architecture has changed throughout the years. Old Oak Cliff Conservation League,, $15-$25, free for children under 12


Throughout October Cyclesomatic

Celebrate all things bicycle during this month-long series of events. A group ride to the fair, a bike-in movie, a scavenger hunt and a Halloween-themed cyclocross race are among this year’s offerings. Check the website for more events. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff,