The Texas State Fair is Back, Bigger and Better Than Ever!

State Fair logo 2022

Get your tastebuds ready now – opening September 30, the 2022 State Fair with this year’s theme: TREATS OF TEXAS, is brewing to be one to remember.

For more than 135 years, food has been a focal point of the annual State Fair of Texas. When you ask people what their favorite part of the State Fair is, and they will answer THE FOOD! As an event that blends more than 2 million people from all walks of life, the wide variety of food represents just that.

Celebrate the 2022 theme “TREATS OF TEXAS” by coming out to this year’s 24-day exposition starting September 30 through October 23 at historic Fair Park in Dallas.

State Fair of Texas Foods

Fair Food - Corny dog

Inspired by the fun and eclectic nature of sticker collections, this year’s commemorative theme art highlights fan-favorite foods by creating a collage of colorful, eye-catching caricatures that capture the spirit of “TREATS OF TEXAS.” 

Iconic Fair foods like corny dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and turkey legs laid the foundation for the annual event to become a worldwide foodie destination and even a bucket list item.

Introduced in 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards food competition just poured more grease into the fryer, amplifying the concessionaires’ creativity and giving them a platform to share the news of their new creations each year.

Over the years, concessionaires have developed countless new food concepts and menu items – shocking combinations like Funnel Cake, Bacon Queso Burger, and Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack; yummy sweets that make your mouth water like Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Waffle Balls and Deep Fried Peaches & Cream; and groundbreaking foods so unique even Oprah had to try like Fried Butter.

“This year’s commemorative theme art is about more than just food, it’s about bringing people together. Whether you’re competing in a Creative Arts cooking contest, wandering the Big Tex Urban Farms greenhouse on the Midway, shopping for locally made treats, or taste-testing the Big Tex Choice Awards finalists, food is the common denominator all fairgoers come out to enjoy year after year.

said Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas president

See What’s New at the State Fair

The Music on the Chevy Man Stage

The State Fair of Texas is proud to announce the FREE music lineup for this year’s Fair. Fairgoers can experience all different kinds of live music – country to R&B, Norteño to electro-pop – across the fairgrounds during all 24 days of the 2022 State Fair of Texas, all included with their admission ticket. And, seeing as the Fair is all about celebrating all things Texan, of the more than 90 performers this year, 74 artists featured across the three live music stages, including four headlining acts, hail from the Lone Star State.

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. Featuring headlining and regional acts, the Chevrolet Main Stage is located next to the Craft Pavilion, near the Hall of State.

  • TRACE ADKINS will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30
  • Grammy award winner ASHANTI performs at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1
  • PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND lights up the night at 8:30 p.m on Saturday, October 1
  • LA FIERA DE OJINAGA‘s norteño sounds at 8:30 p.m on October 2
  • The CHRIS PÉREZ BAND will rock fairgoers on October 4 at 8:30 p.m

Don’t miss all the great national and local music acts coming to the State Fair. The concert series on the Chevrolet Main Stage is totally FREE with your State Fair of Texas admission.

More information on season passes and ticketing for the 2022 Fair will be available next month; sign up to be a Big Tex Insider and be the first to know. Download the State Fair of Texas Visitor’s Guide.