State Fair of Texas (Tips and Tricks)

Can you feel the excitement? Can you feel it? THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS OPENS ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!! This is no joke one of my favorite times of the entire year!!! The State Fair of Texas is a really big deal, y’all. It’s not like any other state fair (ok well maybe it is a little bit…) but it’s just so fantastic! And the fact that it is in Dallas every year makes it even better – it’s so convenient for me!

The fair has been going since 1886, and is one of the largest (if not THE largest) fairs in the country, with millions of people coming through during the 24 days the fair is open. There are so many fun things to do and see!

The petting zoo!

The Texas Star Ferris wheel!

The exhibits! (Last year was full of Taylor Swift clothes/guitars/awards!)


BIG TEX!!! (The most amazing 55-foot tall moving statue for the fair!)

I’ve only gotten to go to the fair for 2 years, but I already feel like a seasoned vet. Last year I got the season pass and it was SO worth it! You get to go as many times as you want PLUS you get a guest pass to bring a friend! The fair is only 2 train stops away from where I work downtown, so last year I even went to the fair just for lunch a few times! How great is that?!? I definitely am going with the season pass again this year, and I can’t wait to go ALL. THE. TIME.

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure that you get the FULL State Fair of Texas experience!


Just do it! If you go 2 times, it has basically paid for itself. You get to go as many times as you want, you get a free guest pass to use with a friend (during the week), and you get discounts on merchandise!


I’m a planner, sometimes more than is necessary, but I always try to have a game plan when I go to the fair. It’s good to know where the best food is, where the petting zoo is, where the ferris wheel is located, etc. Check out the map here.


Some (not all) of the food is cheaper on Thursdays during the fair, so that’s a great time to go and try out different/typical fair foods without spending an arm and a leg. The new and award-winning foods are usually still full price.


If you’re planning on seeing a concert (which you should, there are a ton and they’re all FREE!), they can fill up fast, so you’ll need to get to the concert area a little early if you want a good spot. If you don’t care, then don’t worry about it! You’ll still be able to hear the main stage concerts through most of the fair.


If you only want to go to the fair for a few hours and can only go during a weekend, consider going DURING the big Texas vs. OU football game. While the fair is PACKED that day with all the people going to the game, the fair seems a lot emptier when the game is taking place.


There is seriously so much delicious “traditional” fair food and so much new food to try, it definitely helps to share! And sharing means you can try more things and find your favorite!


The DART train drops you off right at the front gate!! It’s the easiest way to get to and from the fair, and you won’t accidentally lose your car in the massive parking lots.


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