Live Music at the State Fair of Texas

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Photo by Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

See more than 30 live music and entertainment events at this year’s State Fair

The State Fair of Texas presents 24 days of FREE concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage and throughout the fairgrounds, featuring a total of 77 acts as part of the live music lineup. From country to Tejano, rock to hip-hop, this year’s Chevrolet Main Stage lineup has something for everyone. And ALL included with the price of admission to the State Fair.

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The 2021 State Fair of Texas is Back!

Big Tex State Fair of Texas

Howdy Folks! It’s September and that means that it’s State Fair of Texas Time!

This year’s State Fair is packed full of all the things you love. fried foods, the Texas Auto Show, and great live music on the Chevy Mainstage. Don’t miss all of the fun and entertainment of the biggest and one of the most popular events in North Texas. The 2021 exposition, themed “Howdy, Folks!,” runs September 24 through October 17 in Fair Park.

Save BIG at This Year’s State Fair

Priced from $15-$25, adult daily one-day admission to the Fair has never been more affordable! Your ticket includes access to more than 200 daily shows, concerts, activities, and exhibits, all at no extra cost. The Fair offers $10-$18 daily one-day admission for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors ages 60 and older, with free admission for children ages two and younger. Parking prices remain the same for 2021, starting at just $20.

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Where to Find Your Favorite Fair Foods

Fair Food - Corny dog

Even though we won’t be able to enjoy the Auto Show, live music concerts, the Midway, or other State Fair of Texas attractions, we can still enjoy some of our favorite ‘fair foods’ like Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.

 Big Tex Fair Food Drive-Thru 

This year, starting on September 19th, you can get Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Pioneer Kettle Corn, and more State Fair favorites, all while social distancing and without having to get out of your car. There are a variety of packages available, starting at $65, and they include everything from a professional photo with State Fair icon Big Tex to sodas, cotton candy, and even a prize from the midway games.

Smokey John’s turkey legs, Sweet Connie’s corn on the cob, and more fair foods can also be added.

Fair Food & Photo Packages are available for these dates: 

  • September 19 – 20: Photo-only Drive-Thru experience $25. The photo-only activation will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with all tickets pre-sold in three entry windows. 
  • Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2020  
  • Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4, 2020 
  • Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12, 2020 (excluding Saturday, October 10, due to the AT&T Red River Showdown football game) 
  • Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18, 2020 

FAIR FOOD & PHOTO PACKAGE A – $65

Feeds Two (2) people
Includes:

  • Admission (in one vehicle) for up to eight (8) people
  • Downloadable professional photo with Big Tex
  • Two (2) Soft Drinks or Bottled Waters provided by Haworth Concessions
  • One (1) order of Jack’s French Fries
  • One (1) order of Stiffler’s Fried Oreos®
  • One (1) bag of State Fair Cotton Candy
  • One (1) bag of Pioneer Kettle Corn
  • One (1) Midway Prize
Order Package A – $65

FAIR FOOD & PHOTO PACKAGE B – $99

Feed 3-4 people
Includes:

  • Admission (in one vehicle) for up to eight (8) people
  • Downloadable professional photo with Big Tex
  • Four (4) Soft Drinks or Bottled Waters provided by Haworth Concessions
  • Two (2) orders of Jack’s French Fries
  • Two (2) orders of Stiffler’s Fried Oreos®
  • Two (2) bags of State Fair Cotton Candy
  • Two (2) bags of Pioneer Kettle Corn
  • Two (2) Midway Prizes
Order Package B – $99
More information about State Fair of Texas Cancelation.

*Photo credit Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

See Y’all Next Year!

State Fair Of Texas Cancels 2020 Season Due to Coronavirus

We are sad to announce that the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the State Fair of Texas Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 State Fair of Texas

The 2021 State Fair of Texas is scheduled to run Friday, September 24 through Sunday, October 17, 2021, in historic Fair Park.

This will be the first time since World War II that the State Fair of Texas has not opened. The State Fair of Texas has previously canceled Fairs because of World War I (1918), planning for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and 1937 Pan American Exposition at Fair Park (1935 – 1937), and World War II (1942 – 1945). 

 “This was an extremely tough decision. The health and safety of all involved has remained our top priority throughout the decision-making process. One of the greatest aspects of the Fair is welcoming each and every person who passes through our gates with smiles and open arms. In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no feasible way for the Fair to put proper precautions in place while maintaining the Fair environment you know and love. While we cannot predict what the COVID-19 pandemic will look like in September, the recent surge in positive cases is troubling for all of North Texas. The safest and most responsible decision we could make for all involved at this point in our 134-year history is to take a hiatus for the 2020 season.”  

Gina Norris, board chair for the State Fair of Texas

With health and safety as the top priority, the management team and the board of directors discussed all potential scenarios since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Fair gathered input from fairgoers, concessionaires, commercial exhibitors, Midway operators, auto manufacturers, business partners, staff, medical experts, and government officials to consider while coming to this conclusion. The Fair realizes the impact not holding a Fair will have on our loyal fans and the North Texas economy, but this is the right thing to do for the health and wellness of our community.  

While the State Fair of Texas is canceled for 2020, the NCAA, respective conferences, and participating universities – the University of Texas & University of Oklahoma and Prairie View A&M University & Grambling State University – will be in charge of making decisions regarding the football games that occur at Cotton Bowl Stadium during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Should football be played this fall, the schools will be playing in the Cotton Bowl as scheduled, despite the cancellation of the 2020 State Fair. Those details are still to be determined.   

“While we are heartbroken at the notion of not welcoming more than 2.5 million of our closest friends for this annual celebration of the Lone Star State, the excitement we feel in moving forward with planning the 2021 State Fair of Texas and keeping this 134-year tradition alive will keep us motivated until we can greet our fairgoers, seasonal staff, and business partners again in a safe environment.”

Mitchell Glieber, president of the State Fair of Texas. 

The State Fair of Texas will return September 24 – Ocotber 17, 2021