The annual State Fair of Texas will arrive at the end of September, and this year the festival will be filled with 24 days of wranglin’ fun, new installations, attractions, and deep-fried foods. With season tickets already on sale, the State Fair has already previewed some of this year’s upgrades.
The 55-foot State Fair mascot Big Tex is getting a new wardrobe, the Kroger Starlight Parade will light up the fairgrounds every night of the fair, and Mat Ricardo: The Extraordinary Gentleman rounds out a few of the new attractions this year. Expect themed days throughout the fair, including Cowboys of Color and Mexican Rodeo Fiesta. Exhibitions are aplenty, and seemingly the most Texan of them all are butter sculptures or the Dallas Maverick’s “Mav Vault.” But enough on that—here’s everything you need to know about the State Fair this year.
Where is the Texas State Fair?
The State Fair of Texas is held in Dallas at historic Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave. Dallas, TX 75210.
How long is the fair?
The State Fair will run for 24 days, starting September 30, and closing on October 23.
What food will be at the fair?
This year’s theme is “Treats of Texas,” so expect those sizzling corndogs and juicy turkey legs per usual, plus regional and international dishes with a Lone Star type of twist. The wine garden will also make a comeback this year with an array of Texas wines and beer. New to the fair this year: the fried soul eggroll from Dickel’s Smokehouse, the Motherclucker Chicken Sandwich from Palmer’s Hot Chicken, and Dim Sum Loco Burritos at The Dock.
On top of that, the Big Tex Choice Awards were held last week and crowned three restaurants with the most creative, and best taste for savory and sweet categories. Be on the lookout for the fried charcuterie board, peanut butter paradise, and the cha cha chata.
Who is performing at the fair?
The fair has an impressive lineup of both headlining acts and regional performers this year. Taking place at the Chevrolet Main Stage, the concert series is completely free with the price of admission to the fair. Acts this year will include Grammy Award-winning songstress Ashanti, Trace Adkins, Jamestown Revival, and Lucinda Williams.
What’s happening in the creative arts building?
The foodie fun only begins with the 80 concessionaires the fair has. The creative arts building will house temperature-controlled butter structures, plus the celebrity chef and creative arts kitchens.
What are the points of interest at the fair?
The fairgrounds spans 227 acres, and there are several sectors where people will find curiosity—the Hall of State, African-American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens, Lone Star Nature Arts Competition Gallery, Music Hall at Fair Park, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Continental Dar House.
What football games are happening in the Cotton Bowl?
The Cotton Bowl Stadium will host two major college football games during the duration of the fair, beginning with the State Fair Classic (Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State) on October 1. The University of Texas will square up against the University of Oklahoma for the AT&T Red River Showdown on October 8.
How much are the tickets?
Fairgoers are already gearing up for a festive season, and the digital season pass (available for purchase online) allows access to the fair every day is $50. 1-day admission starts at $24, and the two and four-pack combos include two and four premium tickets plus $50 in food and ride coupons. Group ticket packages are also available.