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The Best Things to Do at The State Fair of Texas

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Raise your hand if you love the State Fair of Texas as much as we do! We are so excited that it’s finally State Fair time again here in Dallas. We created the ultimate State Fair of Texas guide for you! Keep scrolling and get ready for an awesome time at the State Fair!

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State Fair of Texas Food Favorites

Who doesn’t love fair food?! We definitely cannot get enough of all the deliciousness that is happening at the State Fair of Texas. Did you know that every year before the Fair the Big Tex Choice Awards are happening? It’s an annual food competition. This year The Armadillo won 2021 Best Taste Sweet and the Deep Fried Seafood Gumbo Balls won 2021 Best Taste Savory and Most Creative.  Of course we had to try some of the winning food. Here’s a list of some of our State Fair of Texas food favorites: 

Have you even been at the State Fair if you haven’t eaten a Fletcher’s Corny Dog?! We always have to get at least one corny dog during our visit. They have multiple locations throughout the Fair grounds. 

Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger

If you love funnel cake, bacon, and queso, you have to try the Funnel Cake bacon Queso Burger. we know it might sounds like a crazy mixture but it was delicious! It actually won in the Big Tex Choice Awards in 2017. It’s located in the food court in the Tower Building at the pizza stand.

The Armadillo

Calling all sweets lovers. Introducing The Armadillo, 2021 Best Taste Sweet award winner. Of course, we had to try it. It’s a giant ice cream sandwich in the shape of an armadillo. Although it’s kind of hard to eat, and might get messy, it 100% worth it. We loved every bite of it. You can find it on the Funway, just off the Midway, at Barrera’s.

Crispy Crazy Corn

Meet the 2021 Best Taste Savory and Most Creative award winner: Crispy Crazy Corn. This dish consists of crispy corn nuggets that are made from battered, fried sweet whole kernel corn, secret seasoning, and topped off with smoked pulled pork, tangy pineapple slaw, drizzled with jalapeño crema with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro. Yu can find it at Ruth’s Tamales located at the Cotton Bowl Plaza.

The State Fair if Texas wine garden is a hidden gem in the middle of the Fair. You can find it by looking for the colorful umbrellas that are hanging above it, offering some nice shade. Throughout the 24 days of the Fair, the Wine Garden will feature a selection of wines more than 20 wines that represent the different wine growing regions of Texas. 

More State Fair of Texas Food Favorites

🎡 Funnel Cake
🎡 Turkey Legs
🎡 Cotton Candy
🎡 Roasted Corn
🎡 Fried Oreos
🎡 Snow Cones
🎡 Lucky Duck Dumplings
🎡 Deep Fried Pancakes
🎡 Fried Capirotada

Thrifty Thursdays

Did you know that you can save money every Thursday on certain foods at the State Fair? From Funnel Cake, to Chicken Strips with Fries, to Shaved Ice Snow Cone, Fried mac and Cheese Bites, and so much more, there are so many delicious discounted options during Thrifty Thursday.

State Fair of Texas Live Performances

There is no State Fair of Texas without awesome live music. No matter what genre, the State Fair has something for everyone to enjoy, and best of all, it’s all free with Fair admission. There are multiple stages located throughout the Fair grounds featuring live music every day. 

2021 Chevrolet Main Stage Headline Acts

🎤 Shinyribs 🗓 Oct 1 | 8:30pm
🎤 Kevin Fowler 🗓 Oct 2 | 8:30pm
🎤 Grand Funk Railroad 🗓 Oct 3 | 8:30pm
🎤 Mike and The Moopies 🗓 Oct 8 | 5:30pm and 8:30pm
🎤 Jack Ingram 🗓 Oct 9 | 6:00pm
🎤 Bill Engvall 🗓 Oct 9 | 8:20pm
🎤 Sugar Ray 🗓 Oct 10 | 8:30pm
🎤 Le Freak 🗓 Oct 11 | 3:00pm and 5:30pm
🎤 Kraig Parker 🗓 Oct 15 | 5:30pm and 8:30pm 
🎤 Charley Crockett 🗓 Oct 16 | 8:30pm
🎤 The Last Bandoleros 🗓 Oct 17 | 3:00pm

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More Things to Do at The State Fair of Texas

Coming to the State Fair of Texas is so much FUN! There are so many exciting things to do every day from live music, to the Auto Show, to rides on the Midway, the Rodeo, the Barn, and so much more!

Shift into gear with the Texas Auto Show at the State Fair of Texas. The auto show is known to be one of the largest shows in Texas and is free with Fair admission. Experience the latest vehicles from the brand you know and discover your next set of wheels.

It’s THE football game of the State Fair of Texas! More than 100,000 people travel to the State Fair for the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners. The game, played in Cotton Bowl Stadium since 1929, is an iconic staple of the State Fair.

Event Details
🗓 Oct 9 | 12:00pm
📍 Cotton Bowl | 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, Texas, 75210
🎟️ Tickets start at $209

Rides

The State Fair Midway features more than 70 rides including the Thrillway, the Kidway, the iconic 212-ft. Texas Star Ferris wheel, the 500-ft. Top o’ Texas Tower, and the 1914 Dentzel Carousel, the Sparklett’s Log Flume water ride, and of course enough Midway games to keep you entertained for hours and win great prizes!

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! The Rodeo is back at the State Fair of Texas. rom high-energy bull riding to wild cow milking, you won’t want to miss the Rodeo on your visit to the Fair this year. The Rodeo is happening on various weekdays and weekends between 6:00pm and 7:30pm at the Woodbridge Home Solutions Coliseum an is free with Fair admission. 

The State Fair of Texas is a celebration of all things Texan, including its rich livestock and agriculture heritage. Did you know the State Fair livestock exhibitors show more than 15 different breeds of cattle, nine breeds of sheep, rabbits, and even llamas?

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We al know it can get quite pricy to go to spend the day at the State Fair of Texas. During the week, Monday through Thursday, adult daily one-day admission tickets are $15 and senior and child daily one-day admission tickets are $10. During the weekends tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for senor and child admission. 

Every Day 

Kroger discounted Premium: Purchase in advance at your local Kroger and get $3 off premium one-day admission tickets or $5 off season passes. 

McDonald’s Coupons: Discount coupons are available at participating McDonald’s locations throughout North Texas on tray liners and inside their meal bags. With this coupon, any fairgoer can save $5 off on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and $7 off on weekends (Saturday-Sunday.) 

Military Appreciation Day is every day: All active military, retired military, and veterans save $5 off on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and $7 off on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate or online. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive discounted admission.

First Responders Day is every day: All first responders can save $5 off on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and $7 off on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) when they present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization at the gate or online, plus up to three discounted admission tickets for their family members. 

Planning on coming to the State Fair of Texas after 5:00pm? You’re in luck, everyone pays kid’s ticket prizes after 5:00pm any night of the week. 

Tuesdays 

Dr Pepper value days: Every Thursday during the Fair when you purchase your admission ticket online for a reduced price of only $10. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code so make sure to sign up and save!

Wednesdays 

North Texas Food Bank, Feed the Need Wednesdays: By bringing five canned food items, fairgoers will receive admission for only $5. All canned donations go to the North Texas Food Bank, which helps fee

Thursdays

Dr Pepper value days: Every Thursday during the Fair when you purchase your admission ticket online for a reduced price of only $10. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code so make sure to sign up and save!

Senior Days: On Thursdays senior citizens 60 years and better get into the State Fair for only $5.

Before you go…

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Vanessa is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do in Dallas City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in Dallas, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

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