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State Fair of Texas 2023

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

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.

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.

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.

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

General admission: $16.5 online, $18 at the gate; General admission for children (aged 3–12) and seniors (aged 60+): $12.5 online, $14 at the gate; State Fair Season Pass (24-day admission) $45 - 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 time does the State Fair of Texas Open?

Gates are scheduled to open on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 10 am. State Fairgrounds opening hours: Sundays–Thursdays: 10 am–9 pm; Fridays–Saturdays: 10 am–10 pm; Parking Gates & Ticket Booths: daily from 7 am. Hours of State Fair of Texas Midway and Fair Park Museum vary. Show more

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

For discounts, Wednesday is the best day. Every Wednesday, State Fair visitors have the best opportunity to both save big and to give back to the community. It works like that: bring four cans of food to the gate as a donation to the North Texas Food Bank on any Wednesday and get a $4 admission ticket. Show more

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