State Fair of Texas Announces New Attractions for 2016

big-texCelebrating 130 years of tradition, the State Fair of Texas returns this fall for another round of food, festivities and family fun. Themed “Celebrating Texas Agriculture,” the 2016 exposition kicks off on Friday, September 30, 2016 in Dallas’ historic Fair Park.

The Taylor Swift Experience

After a history-making run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, The Taylor Swift Experience is making its way to the Lone Star State with a brand new collection of memorabilia from the superstar’s archive as a featured exhibit at the State Fair of Texas. The famed exhibit takes fans through her journey as a singer, songwriter and global superstar, showcasing memorable performance costumes, tour photos, and instruments. The exhibit also features a special collection of memorabilia that has never been displayed in this unique combination before, such as the light blue Reem Acra gown she wore at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas during the ACM Awards 50th Anniversary.

The Fair is thrilled to host this one-of-a-kind exhibit in the historic Hall of State building, with the excitement of providing an attraction that appeals to all ages. Diehard fans are sure to recognize some of Taylor’s trademark wardrobe pieces, from the rhinestone-studded ringmaster ensemble she wore for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on The RED Tour, to the custom-beaded outfit she wore at the 2014 American Music Awards when she premiered “Blank Space.” Regardless of age or musical preference, visitors will gain a better understanding of Taylor’s achievements that led her to super-stardom and her impact on the entertainment industry worldwide.

In addition to hosting The Taylor Swift Experience™ at the State Fair of Texas, the Hall of State brings fairgoers a taste of Texas with three other exhibits dedicated to the Lone Star State and its history. “Six Nations over Texas” tells the story of the six countries whose flags have flown over Texas and includes rare artifacts from each nation. Fairgoers can learn all about the American West and its prevalence in Texas culture through the “Ways of the West” exhibit. Guests looking to brush up on their cow herding skills can learn all about the traditional cowboy lifestyle in “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.”

Football and the State Fair Classic

Football fans have a lot to look forward to this year, with not two but three games scheduled during the 2016 State Fair. Opening weekend of the Fair brings devoted fans from Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University for the annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic on October 1. The rivalry continues on October 8 when the Cotton Bowl Stadium hosts the AT&T Red River Showdown, where the University of Texas Longhorns face the University of Oklahoma Sooners. The historic Cotton Bowl Stadium welcomes a new matchup on October 15, when the Air Force Academy takes on the University of New Mexico, presented by Lockheed Martin.

In addition to the traditional State Fair staples, Fair food fanatics can look forward to a few new food locales debuting this year. Trio on the Green brings a new concept of “bites and flights,” serving trios of appetizers and drinks. Located under three oak trees outside the Coliseum, this shady destination will serve everything in threes, from sliders and fries to flights of beer and wine. Fiesta Grande will open next to the Hall of State, offering a selection of both Mexican and domestic beer and assorted snacks at a shaded outdoor location. The cantina-style patio features tables and umbrellas perfect for relaxing, with live acoustic music on weekends.

Live Music and Entertainment

state fair concertsWith live music as one of its cornerstones, the State Fair of Texas presents 24 days of free concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage, featuring a variety of musical acts across all genres, including AB Quintanilla, The Chris Perez Experience, Kacy Musgraves and Jasmine Sulivan.

Music from the Chevrolet Main Stage in this year’s free concert series is included with admission to the State Fair.

In addition to the Chevrolet Main Stage, the Fair offers daily live music performances on multiple other stages throughout the grounds. Centrally located in Cotton Bowl Plaza, the Budweiser Sound Stage is convenient to everyone’s fair food favorites and features a wide variety of local and regional acts.

The 2016 lineup ranges from Tejano to classic country, with performances from Coffey Anderson, the Tejas Brothers and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band.

Nestled in the heart of the Midway, the Coca-Cola Stage is perfect for staking out a spot at the picnic benches and relaxing in the shade while enjoying a family-friendly musical performance. With an all-new musical act for 2016, the Coca-Cola Stage will host The Honey Bears, who will be performing daily throughout the run of the Fair.

On Nimitz Circle next to the Creative Arts building is the Dr Pepper Stage, offering an eclectic mix of musical talent and a quaint grassy area to relax with friends and family. The 2016 lineup will feature The KilldaresSix Appeal and the Light Crust Doughboys.

Mark your calendars for the 2016 State Fair of Texas, themed “Celebrating Texas Agriculture.” The Fair invites you to join the fun and celebrate the importance of agriculture in the Lone Star State by attending this year’s event, running Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 23.

2016 State Fair of Texas Chevrolet Main Stage Headliner Schedule

Tickets, Food Coupons and Season Passes

Your trip to the Fair is your ticket to Texas-sized fun – with hundreds of events included in the price of admission, you’ve got an all-access pass to free entertainment. Season Passes, coupons and single tickets are available  at BigTex.com/tickets 

About the State Fair of Texas

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers. The 2016 exposition runs September 30 through October 23 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.
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