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Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation

The lights are big and bright when the sun goes down on the State Fair.

Set to music celebrating Texas heritage and American pride, the Illumination Sensation is a dazzling display of color, pyrotechnics and dancing waters located on the historic Fair Park Esplanade. Presented by Mattress Firm, the 20-minute jaw-dropping show includes live dancers, grand columns of fire, and fireworks.

Also incorporated into the show are the Fair Park Esplanade dancing fountains. In all, 272 water jets become a part of the Illumination Sensation, sending bursts of water, some 100 feet into the air, at times. Colorful lights line the jets, pool and surrounding buildings, creating special effects to the spectacular show.

The Fair Park Esplanade, a 700-foot-long reflecting pool capped with three fountains, was built for the 1936 Texas Centennial. You’ll find the Illumination Sensation on the Esplanade between Centennial Hall and the Automotive Building.

Nightly performance at 8 p.m.

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