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State Fair of Texas 2024

Visit one of the largest and longest-running fairs in Texas

Dates: September 27-October 20, 2024

State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas
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Every year millions of people visit the Dallas Fair Park to enjoy the State Fair of Texas. The fair is a combination of entertainment, art, agriculture, history, and cuisine in one place. One can see and feel all aspects of the Texas culture. Here you can taste a famous corndog, ride the Texas Ferris Wheel, attend lots of musical acts, an auto show, art exhibitions and livestock shows. Huge parades with the mascot, Big Tex, a 55-foot smiling cowboy are worth seeing. Big Tex has been greeting the visitors since 1952. By the way, it's recognized as the tallest cowboy in the world, it takes about two weeks to sew a shirt for this giant.

Hours

The State Fair of Texas takes place annually for about three weeks from late September through October. Sunday–Thursday the opening hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m and, Friday–Saturday the hours are extended to 10 p.m. The Parking Gates as well as Ticket Booths open at 7 a.m.

Fair Attractions

State Fair of Texas boasts an array of family-friendly attractions. The Starlight Parade marches through the fairgrowds every night of the fair at 7:15 pm. Spectacular floats, life-size puppets, animated characters in ornate costumes, and much more make this procession a must-dee. The Soap Bubble Circus is another daily attraction. Attendees flock to the Oak Farms Theater to see Soap Bubble Circus performing Guinness World Record-breaking feats of bubble-ology, like a snowman dancing across a tightrope and an exploding volcano. Street Circus taking place at the Fringe Stage is another fair favorite, with hand-to-hand acrobatics, handstands, contortion, hula hoops, and comedy. Dinosaurs at the Lagoon takes guests back to the prehistoric era, featuring ten life-sized dinosaurs, including a 57-foot-tall Alamosaurus. The area also boasts a kids’ playground ,and plenty of seating and dining options.

History of the Fair

The grand fair originated in 1870 when it was first held in Houston, TX. The immediate success of the festival made it move to larger venues. And in 1886, the State Fair of Texas was officially set in Dallas. The show became such a popular event; in 1916, its attendance topped to 1 million marks. Despite its ups and downs, the fair has always been a top attraction in Texas. In 1950, it hosted Elvis Presley and Vice President Richard Nixon. Same time Big Tex, the 52-foot cowboy figure, was chosen as the symbol of the fair. Nowadays, the festival features interactive exhibits that explain how agriculture touches our everyday ​lives and how food appears on our tables. This is also a place to have fun with the whole family.

Practical info

How much does it cost to get into the State Fair of Texas?

Daily ticket prices kick off at $15 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens (prices vary by days of the week); Premium daily tickets are available online and start at $24; State Fair Season Pass (24-day admission) $50 - available for online purchase and at the gate Show more

How long does the State Fair of Texas last?

State Fair of Texas lasts 24 days. The Fair starts on the last Friday of September and runs for 24 days. Show more

What is the best day to go to the Texas State Fair?

The short answer is Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are considered value days, on which you can buy an admission ticket for only $10 for a special promotion code (but be sure to sign up for the Big Tex Insiders promo code). You can also enter for $10 if you bring two cans of peanut butter at the gate on the opening day. Show more

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