Friday, Oct. 11-Saturday, Oct. 12

So this year’s Art of BBQ didn’t go quite as organizers expected. Scheduling conflicts in September meant that the annual cook-out wouldn’t be the same Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event that attracted the biggest and baddest pit masters. Instead, this year’s competition has been made into a two-day street party in downtown Tulsa with a kick-off from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, followed by a full day of activities. The kick-off party at Legends Dance Hall & Saloon, 514 E. Second St., features great barbecue, wines, craft beer, a silent art auction, local films, live music and appearances by Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poets. Cost is $35, and proceeds benefit the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. There will also be a VIP after party from 10 p.m.-2 p.m. at Back Alley Blues & BBQ, 116 S. Elgin Ave.

The following day’s events begin at 10 a.m. with festival art booths and a kids’ play area; the 11 a.m. OU vs. Texas Watch Party with tail gate cook-off at Back Alley; free swing, country-western and ballroom dance lessons at Legends; a 6:30 p.m. street dance; and the full-on street party with live music from 7 p.m.-midnight. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., food trucks roll in and the wings eating contest begins. Look for street art demonstrations through the day and more all in the Blue Dome District. Admission to Saturday events is free. For more, check out

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