State Fair of Texas: Celebrating Creativity

Big Tex 2018 State Fair of Texas

Celebrating 133 years of tradition in the fall, the State Fair of Texas® returns September 27 – October 20 for another season of food, festivities, and family fun.

Themed “CELEBRATING TEXAS CREATIVITY,” this year’s exposition kicks off on Friday, September 27 in historic Fair Park. With planning for the big event fully underway, the State Fair team is prepping to bring you more fun and entertainment than ever before. Adding to its annual offering of more than 100 free attractions, 70 Midway rides, and endless activities across the fairgrounds, the State Fair is excited to announce several new attractions lined up for the 2019 event.

What’s New at the State Fair of Texas

An all-new family-friendly experience presented by McDonald’s, “¡FIESTAS DE MARIONETAS!” is one of this year’s not-to-miss shows. Surrounded by lights and beautiful landscaping, a small village of more than 85 handmade marionettes come to life to celebrate a fiesta of color, culture, and creativity. Be sure to stick around for the backstage tour and craft activity after the show. Come check it out yourself with daily performances at the McDonald’s Amphitheater on First Avenue. Take a look at more exciting State Fair of Texas Events.

Your ticket 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.

Live Music on the Chevy Stage & More!

Photo by Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas presents the 2019 Lone Star Music Series, offering FREE daily live music by Texas musicians on four stages across the fairgrounds. In addition to headlining concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage, enjoy local acts from the DFW area every day of the Fair on the Bud Light Stage, Coca-Cola Stage, Dr Pepper Stage, and Texas Monthly Stage.

Fairgoers can see more than 45 different musical acts representing a wide variety of genres during this year’s 24-day run, all included in the price of admission. With genres ranging from rock & roll to country and jazz to R&B, this year’s Lone Star Music Series offers something for everyone. Listed below are the 2019 show schedules for each stage.


Centrally located in Cotton Bowl Plaza, the Bud Light Stage features 24 days of music by 24 different local artists, some of whom have even been spotlighted in major publications like Rolling Stone. Daily performance times on the Dr Pepper Stage at 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m.

See who’s playing on the Chevy Main Stage

Discount tickets are available through your concierge. There will be one ticket valid for ALL ages at $13.50 each. However, as a bonus, if you purchase your tickets in the month of September you will get an additional $1 off per ticket making them only $12.50. So, buy your tickets EARLY and save!