The State Fair of Texas is an annual festival event held at Fair Park in Dallas. It's food, it's football, it's farm animals, it's fun for all ages. It runs from September 27 through October 20.
An estimated 3 million people attend the fair each year, bringing nearly $350 million to the Dallas economy. The State Fair of Texas kicks off each year with a parade through downtown Dallas. On the final day of the 2013 Fair, Big Tex, the giant cowboy that has greeted visitors for 60 years burned due to an electrical fire. But thanks to many donations and hard work, Big Tex is back for 2013.
Plan to spend money on the great food, rides or games but don't forget that there are a lot of fun things to do at the fair that are free. Concerts, livestock shows, the car show and more attractions don't cost any money. Pick up a visitor's guide when you enter the fair so you don't miss a thing.
There really is something for everyone at the State Fair of Texas. The fair showcases unique foods, exciting carnival rides and games on the Midway, livestock shows, concerts, football, shopping and so much more.
If you love to shop, this is the place. You can shop for almost anything at the fair. Spend hours shopping at The Embarcadero for arts and crafts, pet-related items, jewelry and more. Shop for a new car in the Truck Zone or Automobile Building.
Check out the photo gallery for the sights and scenes from the fair. It includes everything from the midway to hands-on attractions for the kids -- and every fried food I could sample over a 3-year span.
Fair Park 3921 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210
Hours: The Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. daily and close at 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursdays. Buildings remain open until 10 p.m. each Friday and Saturday.
- General Admission: $16
- Kids under 48" tall: $12
- Seniors 60 and over: $12
- Children 2 and under: Free
- Seniors 60 and over: Free every Thursday (October 6, 13 and 20)
- Dallas Fall Garden Getaway: $19
- Parking $15 per space
- See the Discounts and Deals section for special pricing
There are many special discounts during the State Fair of Texas. There's even an opening day deal on September 28, 2012. Bring a full 20 oz. Dasani water bottle or any Coca-Cola product for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates and enter the State Fair for $6 per donation per person. Check the updated list of discounts and specials here and for information on when you can catch most rides for only 5 coupons!
Self parking is available on official State Fair lots for $15 per space. Look for "Official State Fair Parking" signs. Valet parking offered at Grand Avenue (daily) and Haskell/Parry (Saturdays/Sundays only) for $30.
Spaces marked for the disabled are located in each lot. First come, first serve. If spaces are filled, an attendant will direct you to the next available spaces.
Where to Stay?
Embassy Suites Dallas Near the Galleria
14021 Noel Road
Dallas, Texas 75254
All State Fair of Texas guests enjoy:
- Free cooked to order breakfast
- Free Internet Access
- Complimentary Evening Reception
- Two Room Suite
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