24 FREE Concerts at the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas presents 24 days of FREE concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage and throughout the fairgrounds, featuring a wide variety of musical acts across all genres. The Fair is proud to announce its list of confirmed headliners scheduled to appear on the Chevrolet Main Stage in this year’s FREE concert series, included with admission to the State Fair.

The Chevrolet Main Stage is an outdoor venue with a huge, festival-type stage and experience, as well as an ADA-compliant area for guests needing special assistance. The stage showcases national and regional talent of all types, with all performances included in the price of admission.


Multitalented artist and powerful hip-hop icon, Chris “LUDACRIS” Bridges takes the stage on Saturday, October 13 at 8:30 p.m. Ludacris’ broad portfolio of music offers an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, imagery, and infectious tunes that have earned him three Grammy awards and 17 nominations. In addition to his heavily awarded music career, Ludacris is an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama Hustle & Flow and widely-known movie series The Fast and the Furious.

The concert series continues Sunday, October 14 at 8:30 p.m. with country singer-songwriter HUNTER HAYES. After being nominated for a handful of Grammy awards, winning a collection of Country Music Awards, and touring the world behind a pair of critically acclaimed albums, Hayes went through a period of musical rebirth. As a category-defying artist and musical innovator, he entertains fans with a mix of his newest sounds and the songs that jumpstarted his claim to fame.

Sevyn Streeter

Taking the stage on Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., SEVYN STREETER has cemented herself in the music industry as both an accomplished songwriter and singer. Her album Girl Disrupted debuted at number 1 on iTunes R&B Charts and has yielded a Top 10 single on the Billboard’s Urban A/C Charts. In addition to making her mark as a solo artist, Sevyn is a credited writer for seven songs on Chris Brown’s Grammy-winning album, Fame, and co-wrote two songs on Alicia Keys’ Grammy-winning album Girl on Fire.

Morris Day & the Time

Closing out the first Saturday at 8:30 p.m. is legendary Funk band MORRIS DAY & THE TIME. Led by singer-songwriter Morris Day, the band members are known for having been close Prince associates and are arguably the most successful artists who have worked with him, achieving particular popularity with R&B fans with tracks such as “Jerk Out” and “Jungle Love”. Formed in 1981, their work has been a part of the formation of the Minneapolis sound, featuring a mix of soul music and dance music with funk, rock ‘n’ roll, and more.

Michael Salgado

Opening Weekend concludes on Sunday, September 30, with a performance by two-time Latin Grammy winner MICHAEL SALGADO at 5:30 p.m. The San Antonio-based Norteño/Tejano musician makes his mark on crowds as both a talented singer and accordionist.

He began climbing the Latin American music charts in 1995 after releasing his single “Cruz de Madera”. Salgado’s 1996 album En Concierto introduced his most successful single, “Sin Ella,” which reached the top 20 of the Latin American music charts.

Aaron Watson

Taking the stage on Saturday, October 6 at 8:30 p.m. is country music star AARON WATSON. With eighteen years, over a dozen recorded albums, and more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe under his belt, the Texas native is no stranger to the spotlight. Watson’s recent hits include 2017 single “Outta Style,” which reached Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart after a record-breaking 50-week climb, as well as his newest album Vaquero, receiving praise from big-name brands like Texas Monthly, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, CMT, and The Boot.

Pop singer and 22-year-old heartthrob AUSTIN MAHONE will perform on Sunday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Beginning his career in 2010 by posting videos singing covers of popular songs on YouTube. He has since gained a large following referred to as “Mahomies.” The singer boasts a number of awards and honors, including an MTV VMA for Best New Artist and their “Artist to Watch” in 2013, in addition to wins at the MTV EMAs, iHeartRadio Music Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and the Young Hollywood Awards.

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 BUD LIGHT STAGE is convenient to everyone’s Fair food favorites and features a wide variety of local and regional acts. The 2018 lineup ranges from zydeco funk to classic country, featuring performances from COFFEY ANDERSON, BRANCH & DEAN, CHUBBY CARRIER & THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND, and BIG CITY OUTLAWS.

Nestled in the heart of the Midway inside the Coca-Cola Picnic Grove, the MIDWAY 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 a new musical act for 2018, the Midway Stage will host VOCAL TRASH, 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 stage’s 2018 lineup will feature performances from ROCK BOTTOM BOYS, BLANE HOWARD, and SOUND EXCHANGE.

See the full Chevy Main Stage Concert Schedule

Download the State Fair Music Playlist