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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

How long is the State Fair? What time does the State Fair of Texas open and close?

How long is the State Fair? What time does the State Fair of Texas open and close?

The 2016 State Fair of Texas will run September 30 – October 23, 2016.  Gates will open Friday, September 30, at 10 a.m.

Hours of Operation
Sundays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Parking Gates & Ticket Booths

Open daily at 7 a.m.

State Fair of Texas Midway and Fair Park Museum hours vary.

How much are State Fair tickets?

How much are State Fair tickets?

General admission:  $18
Child (under 48″ in height): $14
Child under age 3: FREE
Senior (ages 60 and older): $14
Seniors FREE every Thursday (October 6, 13 & 20, 2016)

Beginning August 1, you can purchase advance discounted tickets online. Beginning September 1, you can purchase them at any North Texas Kroger Food Store. 

State Fair Season Pass & Packages
The State Fair Season Pass is only $39.95 and allows you attend the State Fair every day of the season. It also includes FREE State Fair gear, discounts, a bring-a-friend ticket, and much more! We also offer a variety of State Fair Combo packages. For more information check out our tickets page.

 Group Discount
If you are attending the Fair with a group of more than 20 people, advance group discount tickets are available. You can save up to 39% on tickets with your group!

For additional discounts offered during the State Fair, visit our discounts page. 

Where is the State Fair of Texas? How do I get there?

Where is the State Fair of Texas? How do I get there?

Address:
1945 Lagow Street, Dallas, TX 75210
Dallas, TX 75210

Directions by car:
From Sherman-Plano-Richardson
Take U.S. 75 (North Central Expressway) South toward downtown Dallas. Take exit 284A to connect to Interstate 30 East (toward Texarkana), then take exit 48B and follow directions to Fair Park.

From Austin-Waco
Take Interstate 35E North to downtown Dallas. Take exit 428B to connect to Interstate 30 East (toward Texarkana), then take exit 48B and follow directions to Fair Park.

From Fort Worth-Abilene-Weatherford
Take Interstate 30 East to Dallas. Follow signs for Interstate 30 East toward Texarkana. After passing downtown Dallas, take exit 48B and follow directions to Fair Park.

From Denton-Lewisville-Gainesville
Take Interstate 35E South to downtown Dallas and exit 427E. Immediately after taking the exit, move to one of the left two lanes and enter Interstate 30, Eastbound. Follow signs for Interstate 30 East toward Texarkana. After passing Downtown Dallas, take exit 48B and follow directions to Fair Park.

From Houston-Huntsville-Corsicana
Take Interstate 45 North to exit 284A. Move to the right lane and follow signs for Interstate 30 East. Take exit 48B and follow directions to Fair Park.

From Texarkana-Greenville-Rockwall
Take Interstate 30 West toward downtown Dallas. Take exit 49B and follow directions to Fair Park.

Directions by train:
Using the DART Rail Green Line, visitors can arrive at the State Fair of Texas from two stations – Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance of the fairgrounds or MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6).

Please visit the directions page for more information. 

How much is it to park at the State Fair? Where can I park? Can I ride my bicycle?

How much is it to park at the State Fair? Where can I park? Can I ride my bicycle?

Parking is $15 per space used at the official State Fair of Texas lots. Parking spaces for the disabled require a designated license plate or hang tag. More information on parking lot locations can be found on our State Fair Parking Map.
Bicycle racks are located inside Gates 5, 6 and 11. They are a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Bicycles are not allowed past the pedestrian gates or on the fairgrounds. 

Are wheelchairs, scooters, strollers or wagons available for rent at the State Fair of Texas?

Are wheelchairs, scooters, strollers or wagons available for rent at the State Fair of Texas?

The State Fair of Texas offers wheelchairs, electric carts, strollers and wagons for rent through Home Town Mobility. Reservations can be made for wheelchairs and scooters at www.htmia.com or by calling 1-877-928-5388 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends during the State Fair. A valid driver’s license or state ID is required for all rentals.

Reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance and cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund, less a $5 cancellation fee per rental unit. Rental locations are at the Front Gate (Parry Ave.), Grand Ave. (Gate 5), and Pennsylvania Pedestrian Entrance (Gate 11). Fairground Map.

 Rental Prices:

  • Scooters$50 per day (8am-10pm) **Optional Damage Insurance $5**
  • Wheelchairs$20 per day
  • Single Strollers $12 per day
  • Double Stroller $15 per day
  • Wagons $15 per day
  • Personal Storage Cubical $5

Sign interpretation is available for the select shows. 

What hotels and lodging options are near the State Fair of Texas?

What hotels and lodging options are near the State Fair of Texas?

The State Fair of Texas has partnered with Dallas-area hotels offering exclusive pricing for our out-of-town visitors. Our lodging partners include Sheraton Dallas, Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, and Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley. Please visit our lodging page for more information. 

What items are allowed in the State Fair of Texas?

What items are allowed in the State Fair of Texas?

Wagon
Small children may be pulled in a wagon.

Personal Food and Beverages
Tasting “Fair food” is a big reason why people visit the State Fair of Texas, but if you have any dietary restrictions or other reasons for wanting to bring your own food or beverages, please do. Please note: Alcohol, glass containers and metal knives and forks are prohibited.

Coolers or Ice Chests
Your cooler will be searched as you enter the grounds; please do not bring metal knives, glass containers or alcoholic beverages.

What items are NOT allowed in the State Fair of Texas?

What items are NOT allowed in the State Fair of Texas?

Pets
Pets are NOT allowed. However, a service animal is permitted for individuals with a disability. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. All service animals must remain on a leash or harness and may not be left unattended. Service animal behavior is the responsibility of the owner and you will be asked to leave the Fair if their behavior becomes a threat to the safety of another guest or employee. We do not have accommodations for pets at the fairgrounds.

For more information about service animals and the ADA, please visit their website.

Knives, Scissors, and Other Sharp Implements
Please help us keep the Fair safe and fun for all! We reserve the right to search all fairgoers upon entry into the fairgrounds. All sharp metal objects, such as pocket knives, scissors, and other sharp implements, are strictly prohibited, as are guns and other weapons. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle. If you usually carry a pocket knife and forget it’s in your pocket when you reach the security checkpoint, you will be asked to return it to your vehicle to secure your knife or be given the option to dispose of it prior to entering the park. If you question whether something is safe to bring in, it probably isn’t – and should be left at home or in the vehicle.

Bull Horns and Air Horns
Bull horns, air horns, and similar items are NOT allowed. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle prior to entering the fairgrounds. Use of these items on the fairgrounds is strictly prohibited and will result in the item being confiscated and could result in you being removed from the Fair.

Large Signs
Large signs are NOT allowed. Please leave them at home or in your vehicle prior to entering the fairgrounds. Use of these items on the fairgrounds will result in confiscation of related materials and could result in you being removed from the Fair.

Selfie Sticks
Selfie sticks, monopods, and similar items are NOT allowed. We ask that you leave your selfie sticks, monopods, and/or similar items at home or in your vehicle in the interest of the overall safety of our visitors. Use of these items on the fairgrounds is strictly prohibited and will result in the item being confiscated and could result in you being removed from the Fair.

Drones
Drones, quad-copters and/or any type of remote controlled craft are NOT allowed on the fairgrounds, with one exception – registered vendors may sell these types of devices on the fairgrounds without their battery packs. The State Fair of Texas prohibits the use of all remote controlled devices of any type, including, but not limited to, aircraft, drones, quad-copters, cars or trucks, on or above property owned, leased or controlled by the Fair. Operation of such remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices without prior written consent of the State Fair of Texas or proper law enforcement authority will result in the confiscation of all related materials, you being removed from Fair property, and/or prosecution under Texas law.

Bicycle, Skateboard or Roller Skates
In the interest of overall safety for our guests, we ask that you do not bring skateboards, scooters, roller skates and other wheeled forms of transportation inside the gates (wagons to transport small children are approved). Bicycle racks are located inside Gates 5, 6, and 11. Bicycles are not allowed through State Fair ticket gates. DART also provides bicycle racks at the two stations servicing Fair Park – Fair Park station on Parry and the Martin Luther King Jr. station.

Concealed Handgun or Openly Carried Handgun
A person holding a valid Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC), or a valid concealed handgun license from a reciprocating state, is permitted to enter the Fair with his or her concealed handgun, provided that he or she thereafter fully complies with all applicable laws.  LTC holders are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable Texas laws.  For example, under Texas Penal Code Section 46.035 a LTC holder is prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun (1) inside Cotton Bowl Stadium or on any other premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place, (2) on the premises of a business that derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, or (3) while intoxicated.

State Fair of Texas prohibits Fair attendees (including LTC holders) from openly carrying handguns while at the Fair.  If an individual attempts to enter the Fair with an openly carried handgun, he or she will not be allowed to enter the Fair unless he or she conceals the handgun (if he or she has a valid LTC) or secures the handgun in his or her vehicle or at some offsite location. If an LTC holder enters the Fair with a concealed handgun and then begins to openly carry the handgun, he or she will be asked to either conceal the handgun or to leave the Fair.

NOTE:  State Fair of Texas does not provide lockers for the storage or checking of weapons for LTC holders, so please plan your visit to the Fair accordingly.  For example, if you plan to attend a game or event in the Cotton Bowl Stadium, please secure your weapon at home or in your vehicle prior to entering the fairgrounds.

The State Fair of Texas has received inquiries about its decision not to allow open carry of handguns during the Fair and would like to clear up some of the questions that have been raised.  It is important to understand that the State Fair of Texas is—and always has been—a private entity.  The Fair leases property from the City of Dallas but is not part of the City or controlled by the City.  Also, many of you have read or heard recently about a private organization that may begin operating Fair Park as a whole. That is a different organization that is not related to the Fair.

The State Fair of Texas has long been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the rights of responsible gun owning Texans.  For that reason, the Fair has long allowed Fair attendees with concealed handgun licenses to carry their handguns while at the Fair (except for locations prohibited by law).

With the recently enacted open-carry law, the State Fair of Texas considered whether to allow openly carried handguns during the Fair.  After carefully considering the issue, the Fair has decided to prohibit open carry, while continuing to allow concealed carry.  This decision is consistent with an August 9, 2016 opinion letter issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in which the Attorney General confirmed that the law which prohibits the government from banning handguns from most government property (Texas Government Code 411.209) applies only to bans implemented by the government and does not override the rights of a private entity that happens to operate on property leased from the government.  In that situation, the private entity is no different than any other business operating on private property.

We know that this is an important issue for many Texans, and that the Fair’s decision may disappoint potential fairgoers who regularly and responsibly practice open carry.  However, the Fair strongly believes that allowing concealed carry and prohibiting open carry is a reasonable compromise that best ensures the safety and comfort of all Fair attendees. 

 

Activities at the State Fair of Texas

How much are State Fair of Texas coupons?

How much are State Fair of Texas coupons?

State Fair of Texas coupons are sold for $0.50 each at coupon booths located throughout the Fair. One coupon sheet with 20 coupons is sold for $10. You can purchase coupons with cash or credit card (American Express, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard). You can also purchase coupons online. State Fair coupons are used for food, drinks, and rides.

Does the State Fair of Texas have ATM Machines?

Does the State Fair of Texas have ATM Machines?

 ATMs are located throughout the grounds. Pick up a Visitor’s Guide as you enter the fair or from any of our many information booths. Personal checks cannot be cashed on the fairgrounds.

What food and drinks are sold at the State Fair of Texas?

What food and drinks are sold at the State Fair of Texas?

Small businesses from across the state sell State Fair food like corny dogs, turkey legs, cotton candy, Frito Pies, Sausage-on-a-Stick and much more! Every year, these loyal food vendors create new Fair foods by putting a spin on gourmet, regional, national and even international dishes. Check out our New Foods page to see this year’s lineup, learn more about each dish, and where you can find them on the fairgrounds. We also sell a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. Be sure to purchase your coupons once you get inside the gate or order them online to purchase food and drinks.

What rides and/or games are available at the State Fair of Texas?

What rides and/or games are available at the State Fair of Texas?

Rides
The State Fair Midway features more than 70 rides including the iconic 212 ft. Texas Star® Ferris wheel, the Kidway, the 500 ft. Top o’ Texas Tower and the 1914 Dentzel Carousel. The Kidway area features rides suitable for children 2 years of age and older. State Fair food/ride coupons are used to pay for all Midway rides. Coupons can be purchased online in advance or at booths inside the Fair.
Learn more about the Midway.

Games
The State Fair Midway also has a variety of fun games for you to play! In order to play games, you must purchase a Big Tex Game Card. These cards can be purchased at booths and kiosks adjacent to the gaming areas.

What is the Chevrolet Main Stage?

What is the Chevrolet Main Stage?

The Chevrolet Main Stage hosts a variety of musical concerts across all genres during the State Fair of Texas. All concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage are presented FREE to State Fair visitors. It is standing room only, so come early for a chance to be up-front and close to your favorite stars. See the complete schedule for this year’s Fair.

The Chevrolet Main Stage is located at the end of Lone Star Boulevard (Grand Avenue) near the Hans Mueller Tent. Concerts are designed for “standing” only. A designated area for persons with disabilities is located at the left front stage area.

What football games are played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium during the State Fair of Texas?

What football games are played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium during the State Fair of Texas?

There are 3 college football games scheduled on Saturdays (October 1, 8, 15, 2016) during the 2016 State Fair of Texas. A game ticket includes fair admission game day. Visit the college football page for details about the games or call (214)-565-9931 and press “0” for additional assistance.