Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival?
The Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival is a community event for all ages. The Festival is hosted by the Duncanville Lions Club and the City of Duncanville. The Duncanville Lions Club hosts several fundraisers throughout the year – with the goal of sending children to a camp in Kerrville.
The Lion’s camp is located in Kerrville, TX and is for children with health issues or physical disabilities. The Texas Lions Camp, now in it’s 62nd year, has the capacity to hold 250 campers at each weekly session. Participants (depending on their individual abilities), enjoy activities such as arts, crafts, music, drama, cookouts, hiking, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing and much more. There is one counselor for every two campers, plus the camp has a fully equipped infirmary and trained medical staff.
Special needs children, who may be blind, deaf, diabetics, mobility impaired, have prosthetic limbs, Down’s syndrome and other developmental challenges, are all welcomed with cheers and high-fives when they arrive at the camp. The excitement these children have at reuniting with a favorite counselor, or a friend from another part of the state is obvious– from the big hugs to squeals of delight.
Camp graduates are so enthusiastic they often return in subsequent years, until they reach the maximum age limit. Quite a number of the camp counselors, now young adults in college, were once campers themselves! They lead by example, and the self confidence is instilled in the new youngsters, who return from camp more confident and mature.
If you are a parent of a child with illness or disabilities, the Lions are looking for YOU, and your child. The Lions Clubs invite you to call and learn how your physically disabled child (including vision/hearing impairment, diabetes or Down’s syndrome) might qualify for a free week of Summer Camp at the Texas Lions Camp.
The Lions work closely with schools, and other organizations to identify those children who might qualify to attend a fun-filled, challenging week at camp in Kerrville, in the heart of the beautiful Hill Country. Naturally, the Lions Clubs pay all expenses and even provide transportation.
Where is the Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival located?
The Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival is located in Armstrong Park at the corner of Wheatland Rd. and S. Main St. in Duncanville. Get directions here.
What bands are playing and what time?
We have some great music for you this year! The entire lineup is located here.
What are the festival hours?
The hours are: Friday, October 16 from 5pm to 10pm. Saturday, October 17 from 10am to 11pm.
How can we purchase tickets and how much are they?
Ticket prices are $10 per person per day. Kids 10 and under get in free.
Tickets for the People’s Choice are also available for $10 per person. Sample all the amazing, mouthwatering BBQ at the People’s Choice! Purchase tickets and sample the competition BBQ and vote for your favorite. $10 per person.
Are tickets available at the gate?
Tickets can be purchased at the gate. We take credit cards or cash at the gate.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes! Leashed pets are welcome!
What is there to do besides listening to the bands?
Food vendors – Try a variety of festival food including funnel cakes and corn dogs and everything in between. Come hungry!
Arts & Crafts Vendors – Check out a fun variety of merchandise for sale. Vendors will open Friday evening and most will be here through Saturday evening.
Kids BBQ cook-off – The Kids Cook Off will start at 11 am on Saturday the 19th. Note: If you’d like to register to participate in this event, and we want to encourage registration on-line because we only will have 10 openings for ages 6 – 10 and 10 openings for ages 12 – 16. Please note it will START at 10 so be there early.
What is the BBQ cook-off?
KCBS Sanctioned BBQ cook-off is a competition of up to 47 teams from across the country. The teams cook their meat on site and are judged Saturday morning before the festivities begin. Want a taste? Join us for the People’s Choice Competition.
People’s Choice – Saturday (3pm-4:30pm) – Sample all the amazing, mouthwatering BBQ at the People’s Choice! Purchase tickets and sample the competition BBQ and vote for your favorite. $10 per person.
How can I get updates about the festival?
What are the Smokin’ Blues & BBQ festival rules?
Please help us out by not bringing coolers, food, drinks, contraband, weapons, skateboards, roller-blades, scooters, laser pointers, Frisbees or professional camera equipment (any camera with a detachable lens).
You may bring in one factory sealed water bottle up to 1 liter. Snacks and drinks for toddlers will be allowed.
Wrist Bands must be worn at all times
Pets on leash only
Lawn Chair or small ground cloth OK
And our entertainment contracts disallow the following:
Video and audio recording equipment/devices within the designated concert zones.
Unauthorized sales, solicitations, and distributions are prohibited.
The backstage area is off-limits to the public.
Persons entering the site may be subject to search for any prohibited items.
The facility reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person violating the facility, local, state or federal laws or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management.
Is this a rain or shine event?
Yes! The Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival is a rain or shine event. In the event of severe weather we’ll announce schedule changes on our website and on our Facebook page.
Will you give a refund if it rains, etc.?
The festival is rain or shine, so all sales are final and no refunds are given. All musical acts and times are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Where is handicap parking?
Handicap parking is located in the City Hall parking lot.
Where can I find parking and how much does it cost?
A map of the parking lots can be found here. Feel free to park in Armstrong Park, the churches across the street or the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. After Noon on Saturday, the bank parking lot will be open as well. There will be crosswalk laid out, and a uniformed police officer directing traffic to ensure attendees can cross the street safely.
A $5 donation is suggested in each of the parking lots.
Are there ATMs on site?
There will not be any ATMs set up on site, but an ATM is available at the bank across the street.
What should we wear?
This is an outdoor event in Texas – weather changes rapidly, so be prepared and plan accordingly. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat during the day, don’t forget the sunscreen, and be sure to wear a watch so you don’t miss any of the cool bands!
If a parent loses a child, where should they go?
The Lost and Found (including for children and the elderly) will be at the CERT trailer which will be parked at the Senior Center on James Collins. Lost and Found items are kept here until the festival gates close on Saturday night. After the festival ends, please call 972-489-6392 to inquire about Lost and Found items.
What if first aid is needed?
The first aid station will be at the CERT trailer which will be parked at the Senior Center on James Collins.
Is the site wheelchair accessible?
Are lawn chairs/blankets allowed?
Yes, but please be respectful of others. Chairs should be low to the ground and have backs at shoulder height. Keep in mind that unless otherwise noted, this is “festival viewing” with no reserved seating and patrons may be standing in front of you during a performance. We want everyone to enjoy the concerts and have a great time. Be respectful of people around you and please share your space, get to know your neighbors, and make room for others. Please leave tents at home.
Is smoking allowed at Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival?
There is no smoking allowed in Duncanville City Parks, smoking will be prohibited at the festival.
Once I’ve entered the festival site, can I leave and return the same day?
Yes, but you will need to have your hand stamped when you exit. This stamp will allow you re-entry only for that particular day.
I’d like to be a vendor at the Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival, how do I get started?
It’s easy and we’d be happy to have you! Please visit the vendor page on our website to fill out the application and we will be in touch with you to confirm.
How do I pay for things within the festival, cash or coupons?
No coupons are needed at the Smokin’ Blues & BBQ Festival! It is up to the vendor, but most accept credit cards and cash.