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State Fair of Texas 2019 | Events, Tickets & More

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Fall is here and it’s officially that time of year where those iconic words are heard throughout Fair Park! The State Fair of Texas is right around the corner and we’re here to prepare you for the biggest annual celebration of Texas heritage.

Fair Food

Every year, we all look forward to the pièce de résistance of The State Fair of Texas, and that’s THE FOOD! Turkey legs, funnel cakes, deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried beer, the list goes on and on and the new additions each year never cease to amaze!

The 2019 lineup is nothing shy of what to expect and our tastebuds are already watering. Here we have the top 10 State Fair of Texas Food Finalists:

1. Calypso Island Shrimp Bowl

A tropical-inspired rice and shrimp bowl, this dish incorporates flavors of the Pacific with an astonishing array of colors. Made with cabbage, carrots, basil, ginger, red bell peppers and topped with yellow rice and a sticky spicy and sweet glazed shrimp.

2. Fernie’s Fried Burnt End Burrito

Built with a traditional tortilla, a spread of jalapeño popper cream cheese, crispy bacon and a Mexican cheese blend—the whole thing is folded up, lightly fried, and topped with barbecue sauce.

3. Ruth’s Stuffed Fried Mexi-Cone

A tortilla is wound into a cone shape and stuffed with cilantro-lime rice, pico de gallo, queso fresco, salsa verde and, of course, barbacoa.

4. Southern Fried Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo Ball

Southern fried chicken mixed in with fettuccine Alfredo.

5. Texas Cream Corn Casserole Fritters

Creamed corn, cheddar cheese, and cornbread mix are all brought together and deep-fried until golden brown and delicious. They’re served with even more corn, with a creamed corn queso blanco dipping sauce.

6. Big Red Chicken Bread

When the worlds of savory and sweet collide, a homemade Big Red soda-flavored icing is slathered on a doughnut and topped with a deep-fried chicken wing.

7. Deep-Fried Bayou Fruit Bites

Juicy wedges of fresh fruit lightly coated and fried. Upon emerging from the fryer, they’re covered in a house-made, syrupy confection and garnished with fresh whipped cream, caramel, and a choice of toppings from chocolate chips to walnuts and pecans.

8. Fla’Mango Tango

A twist on the iconic taqueria treat. This dish takes the iconic mango twist and deep-fries it. The whole thing is then coated in a sticky and sweet citrus glaze, topped with whipped topping and paired with strawberry-mango sorbet.

9. Peanut Butter Cup Snookie

A fresh and warm peanut butter cookie is served a la mode with caramel, chocolate drizzle, and the expected cherry.

10. Quick Fried Black Gold Truffles

A decadent spin on the classic cake ball, this treat is made with chocolate cookies, mixed with cream cheese and white chocolate chips, coated in a golden breading made up of vanilla wafers, corn flakes, cinnamon, and nutmeg, fried and topped off with fresh whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and a cherry.

One of everything, please!

Tickets

If you’re anything like us, one day just isn’t enough to enjoy all that the Fair has to offer, so we make multiple trips—which can quickly add up. No worries though, because the State Fair of Texas has season passes! Yes, you read that correctly, SEASON PASSES and they’re a great deal if you plan to attend more than once. All the benefits of having a season pass include:
 
  • 24-day admission to the 2019 State Fair of Texas (SEP 27–OCT 20)
  • One FREE single-day, Bring-a-Friend ticket (valid MON–FRI only)
  • FREE headlining concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage
  • One FREE 2019 State Fair reusable bag (available to the first 8,000 season pass holders who redeem)
  • One 10% OFF coupon for State Fair gear at official merchandise stores located on the fairgrounds
  • $5 discount on the 2019 State Fair of Texas Cookbook
With a season pass you have three different options to choose from: 

Astounding right!?

The savings don’t just stop there. If attending multiple times isn’t your thing, General Admission packages are also available to purchase (online only). 

These include:

State Fair of Texas Events

One of our most favorite things about the fair— aside from the food, of course—is the events within the fair!
 
From car shows to live music to college football, things to do at the State Fair of Texas are non-stop! Some notable events that happen annually include:
 
Live Music on the Chevrolet Main Stage 
Some of 2019’s headliners include Daughtry, Cameo, Rick Springfield, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jacquees, 98 Degrees and more
 
The State Fair Classic 
Prairie View A&M University vs Grambling State University
 
AT&T Red River Showdown
The University of Texas vs University of Oklahoma
 
State Fair Football Showdown 
Texas Southern University vs Southern University
 
Breeds of Livestock
Breeds of cattle, sheep, rabbits, and llamas are shown and compete throughout different days of the fair
 
These only skim the surface of all there is to do and see at The Fair, and each year more attractions and events are added to the line-up. Which is why we find it best to try and plan your trip ahead of time!
 
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Tips & Tricks

Here are some of our go-to tips to do so:
 Make sure you have ALL your event/experience tickets 
For example, any event held within the Cotton Bowl you will need to purchase an event ticket in addition to your General Admission State Fair of Texas ticket. 
 
Utilize the fair website
They have guided itineraries for each day or you can customize and build your own. You can avoid having to wait in lines the first 15 minutes of your visit by pre-purchasing all your tickets online (food/game tickets included).

MAP. IT. OUT. 
From the moment you step onto the fairgrounds, there are going to be people EVERYWHERE, so it helps a ton to map out your plan of action. Gates 3, 4, 5, and 6 are popular entry points!

 Don’t fall for parking scams!
You’ll more than likely have to pay to park no matter what, but if prices exceed $25 to park…it’s a scam. We recommend ride-sharing (Alto, Lyft or Uber) and they typically have a special promo if you’re riding to The Fair.
 
If those options don’t tickle your fancy, there’s always the option to ride the Dart Train, you can even get a discount on your ticket if you purchase a riding pass and your fair ticket front the Dart website
Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram to see some of our behind the scenes ticket hacks, updates, and more on how to make the most of your State Fair of Texas experience!
 
If you have any tips, tricks and hacks let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

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Destiny King

Destiny King

Destiny is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the   Stuff to Do in Dallas blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagram and Facebook.

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