SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 20, 2019
For more than 130 years, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated agriculture, entertainment and all things Texan in Dallas. It’s a cliché to say that an event has something for everyone, but if it’s been a minute since you’ve been, here are some tips to navigate one of the best and most diverse cultural events DFW has to offer.
SEE THE LIVESTOCK
Of course the Fair is a showcase for future farmers and their livestock. To that end, you’ll find daily livestock tours, exhibits and shows. Almost 300 kids from across Texas will participate in the Youth Livestock Auction this year. My favorite animal event at the Fair: the daily pig races. The “squee” factor for fun and cuteness is off the charts! You can access daily events schedules here.
TRY THE FAIR FOOD
One of the best things about the Fair is the weird and wonderful food samplings. The Fried Margarita (circa 2006) was one of the best fun fried things I’ve ever tasted. I can’t say the same for the Fried Beer, but you’ve got to try this stuff while you can get it, right? The food offerings at the Fair are legendary, and this year’s crop is no exception. Of course you can’t go wrong with the classic Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, but the Big Tex Award winners never disappoint.
And if your tastes are a little more refined, check out the Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen. Some of the best chefs in Dallas and Fort Worth will whip up a favorite dish, which you’ll be able to sample!
ROCK THE MIDWAY
With tons of games and more than 70 rides, the Midway offers fun for all ages to keep you entertained for hours. For a great view of the Dallas skyline, hop on the Texas Star Ferris Wheel (the largest in Texas) and for an unforgettable classic, climb aboard your favorite animal on the Dentzel Carousel.
From rock to country and rap to soul, the lineup at the Chevrolet Main Stage has you covered. Past headliners include Aaron Watson and Ludacris — Keep an eye on the State Fair of Texas website to see who will be playing in 2019.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the AT&T Red River Shootout between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma on October 12. Whether you bleed orange or you’re a Boomer Sooner, this event’s one of the most anticipated days in college football.
TIPS TO SAVE ON TIME AND MONEY
- Thrifty Thursdays, offered on all four Fair Thursdays, provide you with a chance to eat all your favorites from participating vendors for far less than retail pricing!
- Don’t Wait ‘Til the Gate offers advance purchases for food and ride tickets. Because you pay for food with tickets, (not money) budgeting in advance is going to help you save some cash. You can also buy season passes and family passes. Or go with a group of at least 20 friends and shave off a third of the ticket cost!
- Use DART or the TRE to save on transportation; there’s a DART stop at the front door to the Fair!
- Become a Big Tex Insider and get the scoop on ticket discounts and promotions.