Experience the State Fair of Texas
With the end of summer comes state fairs across the country. The State Fair of Texas is a little later in the year, though, ushering in fall with its signature Dallas attractions. Though we might be biased, we’re certain the best state fair is saved for last.
With infinite ways to enjoy the fair, the major Texas event is a seasonal staple that only gets better each year. Here’s how to make the most of the State Fair of Texas this year:
Things to Do at the State Fair of Texas
It’s impossible to be bored at the State Fair of Texas - attractions abound. From live music to football, craft shows to livestock, there’s something for everyone.
If creativity piques your interest, head to the Creative Arts Building. There you’ll find butter sculptures, arts and crafts contest entries, and the Cutco Celebrity Chef Kitchen, where local chefs host demonstrations and dish out their kitchen secrets.
Stop by the livestock barns to take a Guided Livestock Tour, see incubation and live births, and learn more of the agricultural lexicon. Afterward, check another item off your list of animal attractions by attending the rodeo. One of the best in the nation, the State Fair of Texas rodeo boasts theme nights and features participants of all backgrounds.
No state fair would be complete without live shows, and the State Fair of Texas has an abundance. From parades to dog shows to fireworks displays, you’ll be entertained day and night. And don’t forget about the shows at the Chevrolet Main Stage. Some of this year’s biggest acts include Trace Adkins and Ashanti.
State fairs would also be incomplete without rides, and since everything’s bigger in Texas, so are the State Fair carnival attractions. Purchase a game pass to enjoy the Texas Star Ferris Wheel, the Texas Skyway, and the Sparkletts Log Flume, among others.
What to Eat and Drink
After exploring the grounds, you’ll be in desperate need of some fair fare. Fair food is exceptional in Texas, and whether you’re looking for classics or dying to try something new, you won’t be disappointed.
Come hungry for deep-fried goodness. Taste a fried charcuterie board, a deep-fried lasagna roll, or deep-fried BLT; purchase a bag of eggrolls or a bucket of fries; or have some deep-fried pancakes or deep-fried peach cobbler soul rolls and discover that there’s truly no food that can’t be fried.
Wash everything down with some signature ranch water, or browse the Beer & Wine Garden. But don’t worry - there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available, too.
How to Attend
To attend the State Fair of Texas, purchase a season pass or group tickets on the fair’s website. There you’ll find more specific information about attendance, as well as ways to get involved.
We couldn’t cover absolutely everything you’ll see in Dallas at the fair, but we do have one final note: the State Fair of Texas is a fantastic way to taste Texas.