Eight Things You Can Do at the Fair after 5 P.M.

A cool Texas breeze and the beautiful array of lights on Dallas’ night skyline naturally draw in a large crowd of fairgoers each evening. But can you really get the full fair experience after 5 p.m.? Absolutely!

Check out our list below, Eight Things You Can Do at the Fair After 5 p.m.

Texas Star Ferris Wheel

Soaring 212-feet in the air, this iconic Ferris wheel is the largest in Texas and the perfect final touch for a romantic evening or a night out with friends. Riders become part of the Dallas skyline, experiencing the true beauty of the city in this open-air adventure.

Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation

Lighting up the night, the Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation perfectly blends high energy pop music and sophisticated acrobat dancers with art, technology and pyrotechnics in Fair Park’s historical Esplanade. Begins nightly at 8 p.m.

Auto Show

Everything is bigger in Texas and the State Fair of Texas Auto Show is no exception.

Overflowing from two large exhibit halls, this show has been deemed the “Largest New Car Auto Show in the Southwest.” In addition to finding your next car, you’ll also have an opportunity to participate in interactive activities and displays.

Truck Zone

Enjoy the debut of some of the newest, fastest and biggest trucks on the market at the Auto Show’s outdoor Truck Zone. Filled with interactive activities and displays, the Truck Zone is the perfect destination for car lovers to stop by after the Texas heat fades for the evening.

Starlight Parade

A longtime State Fair tradition, the nightly Starlight Parade hosts a procession of more than 15 Texas-themed floats. The parade includes lively music, historic parade wagons, stilt walkers, animated characters in costume, and more. Begins nightly at 7:15 p.m.

Visit the State Fair Wine Garden

Exclusively offering wines made in the Lone Star State, the State Fair Wine Garden features three different wineries each day and provides a shaded area for fairgoers to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. On weekends you can enjoy performances from various local jazz and blues artists.

Enjoy a Show on the Chevrolet Main Stage

The State Fair of Texas presents 24 days of free concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage, featuring a variety of musical acts across all genres. The stage showcases national and regional talent of all types, with evening performances from artists like The Beach Boys, Craig Wayne Boyd, Lecrae, Kelsea Ballerini, and Prophets and Outlaws.

Top o’ Texas Tower

Watch the sunset or take in a great view of the city’s night sky. Reaching 500 feet in the air, the Top o’ Texas Tower offers sweeping views of Dallas, rated the number one skyline internationally by USA Today.

Try Something Fried

It’s the State Fair of Texas – fried is implied. Plus, it’s after 5 p.m. so surely you’re hungry. Brave this year’s newest fried phenomenon or satisfy your appetite with something a bit more traditional, like a funnel cake.


For more information and other great ideas for getting the most out of the Fair after 5 p.m., be sure and check our daily schedule regularly.