Who on Earth would come out to a street festival in Dallas in July during the hottest part of the day?

The festival’s for-profit organizer, Go Oak Cliff, discovered years ago that hundreds of people were eager to do just that.

Bastille on Bishop has grown exponentially since its immediate success in 2010; last year, the celebration of all things French attracted corporate sponsorships and about 5,000 people to the Bishop Arts District.

This year, the festival is growing outside our neighborhood. It’s been renamed Bastille Days Dallas, and it still starts in Bishop Arts on Thursday, July 14. Go Oak Cliff is taking the festival to the Downtown Dallas Arts District the following day, Friday, July 15.

Both festivals are free and open to the public, but a $25 ticket buys a wineglass and two tokens, which can be exchanged for food or wine.