Yes, it’s that time again. Time for corny dogs, turkey legs and anything that can be dipped in batter and fried. That’s right it’s time for the State Fair of Texas. Of course, there is much more to the State Fair than fried foods. Popular attractions include the Auto Show, musical performances on the Silverado Main Stage, and my personal favorite the pig races.
This year, the State Fair will welcome a brand new Big Tex. The Fair also welcomes back the Chinese Lantern Festival. The festival gates will open on September 27 with the opening of the State Fair of Texas. The State Fair operates 24 days and closes on Sunday, October 20.
Festival operation continues through January 5, 2014. This year’s show incorporates 24 spectacular lantern displays. Festival organizers have themed the festival “Light a New Dream” and they promise an even more impressive display. Guests will marvel at a spectacular imperial dragon boat. Stretching more than 300 feet in length, this royal craft will welcome passengers aboard in the middle of the lagoon.
Gate admission to the State Fair of Texas is $17.00 for adults and $11.95 for children and seniors. Seniors ages 60 and over. Children age 3 up to 48” in height. Children age 2 and under – Free. You can save by ordering advance tickets online.
State Fair of Texas Discounts
These are a few ways to save money on your tickets for the State Fair:
Kroger: Advance purchase General Admission tickets are $14.50. A Season Pass is $34.95. They may be purchased at the check-out counter or at the service desk. The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday) and one Cinemark ticket. DART Combo ticket is $17 and only available at Kroger. It includes a one-time round trip on DART and Fair admission.
Kroger Can Food Drive. Any Wednesday. Admission is $2 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food for area food banks.
Senior Day. FREE Thursdays–Senior Citizens 60 years and older get in to the State Fair FREE each Thursday. Sponsored by Renewal by Andersen.
Any Day--McDonald’s offers $3 off General Admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffer) any day of the Fair. A half price child (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.
Opening Day, September 28 – Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates and get in for $6 per (per donation) per person.
Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays--Any Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are 5 coupons.
Dr Pepper $8 after 5 – Any day after 5 p.m. Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $8 after 5 p.m.
Coke $6 Thursday–Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.
Dickies Day — Thursday, October 11, only. Anyone wearing a Dickies logo clothing item will receive a free voucher for admission to the Fair on same day.
Cinemark – Present Cinemark Movie Theatre ticket stub and receive free admission on any Thursday.
KISS Fridays – Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM website. Admission is $11 with the coupon. Discount is off of general admission only – when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon.
Daily State Fair Ticket Deals
Tuesday – Admission is $5 with an empty Dr. Pepper can, and most midway rides are reduced to 5 coupons
Wednesday – Admission is $3 with 3 cans of food benefiting area food banks
Thursday – FREE admission for senior citizens ages 60 and up, FREE admission with a Cinemark ticket stub, $6 admission with an empty 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola
Any day – After 5 pm, visitors can bring an empty Dr. Pepper can and enter for $8.