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What are the Fair’s hours?

The 2023 State Fair of Texas will run September 27 – October 20, 2024. Gates will open Friday, September 27, at 10 a.m.  

Hours of Operation 

Sundays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Fridays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Last entry time is 9 p.m. 

Parking Gates & Ticket Booths 

Open daily at 9 a.m. 

State Fair of Texas Midway and Fair Park Museum hours vary

How do I get there?

To get to the Fair easily, navigate to the State Fair of Texas parking lot located at Gate 2 at 925 S. Haskell, Dallas, Texas 75223. Insert that address into your maps app or follow one of the directions below. 

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 48A, towards Haskell Avenue. Turn left on Haskell, go straight through the light at Parry Avenue, and enter at Gate 2. 

From Austin-Waco 

Take Interstate 35E North to downtown Dallas. Take exit 428B to connect to Interstate 30 East (toward Texarkana), then take exit 48A, towards Haskell Avenue. Turn left on Haskell, go straight through the light at Parry Avenue, and enter at Gate 2. 

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 48A, towards Haskell Avenue. Turn left on Haskell, go straight through the light at Parry Avenue, and enter at Gate 2. 

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 48A, towards Haskell Avenue. Turn left on Haskell, go straight through the light at Parry Avenue, and enter at Gate 2. 

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 48A, towards Haskell Avenue. Turn left on Haskell, go straight through the light at Parry Avenue, and enter at Gate 2. 

From Texarkana-Greenville-Rockwall 

Take Interstate 30 West toward downtown Dallas. Take exit 48A, towards Haskell Avenue. Turn left on Haskell, go straight through the light at Parry Avenue, and enter at Gate 2. 

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). 

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices vary depending on discounts available and day of the week. 

General admission: $25-$15
Child (ages 3 to 12): $18-$5
Child two and younger: FREE
Senior (ages 60 and older): $10-$18
Seniors ½ price every Thursday: $5

State Fair Season Pass & Packages
The State Fair Season Pass is only $60 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 25 people, advance group discount tickets are available. The earlier you buy, the more you save!

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

Where can I park and how much is it?

While there are several parking options at the State Fair of Texas, the easiest and most convenient parking lot can be reached by entering at Gate 2 which is located at 925 S. Haskell, Dallas, Texas 75223. Click here to find your way to this gate. 

State Fair parking is $20 per space at official Fair lots. All State Fair parking is well lit and conveniently located near pedestrian gates. Bicycle racks are located inside Gates 5, 6, and 11, but they are on a first come first served basis. Premium parking is available for $40. Enter the Grand Avenue Gate from Cullum Blvd., Parry/Haskell (Sat./Sun.) to use this service. 

PARKING SPACES FOR THE DISABLED REQUIRE A DESIGNATED LICENSE PLATE OR HANG TAG. 

Overnight parking is prohibited. The only exception is TX vs. OU weekend only in designated RV parking lots. Space is allocated on a first come first served basis. Adjacent spaces may not be reserved. Cash or credit card payment is due at the gate upon entry unless you have already pre-paid for your space. 

Click here for RV overnight parking information specific to each weekend.

Where can I stay nearby?

The Dallas-area is filled with places for visitors to stay. Our friends at Visit Dallas have compiled a list here.

What are coupons? How much is a coupon worth?

The State Fair of Texas uses coupons as its main form of currency. Each coupon is valued at $1. For example, a ride that costs 6 coupons is equal to $6.   

As of 2023, fairgoers may now use coupons for food, rides, AND games! Don’t forget, coupons from previous Fairs are valid any year that you visit the State Fair of Texas. Coupons can be purchased online in advance or at booths inside the Fair. 

Can I use coupons that I bought at last year’s Fair?

Yes! Food and Midway coupons do not expire and can be used for future Fairs.

What food and drinks can I buy at the Fair?

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 in advance at BigTex.com/Tickets. 

Additionally, the State Fair of Texas offers several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food and beverage items. Visit any hospitality center or guest relations location for more information. 

What should I wear to the Fair?

The State Fair of Texas is a casual, family-friendly environment. We suggest you dress comfortably, wear walking shoes – or cowboy boots if you prefer – and check the local weather report before you leave for the Fair. 

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must always be worn. Texas themed shirts and hats are acceptable and encouraged. 

The State Fair of Texas reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from the experience of other guests. 

Ensuring the State Fair is family-friendly is an important part of the Fair experience. In that spirit, we ask you to use your discretion and common sense. 

Attire that is not appropriate for the Fair — and may result in refusal of admittance — includes but is not limited to: 

  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics.
  • Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment.
  • Clothing with multiple layers are subject to search upon entry.
  • Offensive tattoos
  • Costumes or masks (unless they are for medical purposes) may not be worn by guests 12 years of age or older.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Masks may not cover the head and face entirely.  Eyes must be visible.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry and/or removed from the State Fair of Texas, unless attire can be modified to meet the above standards. 

How do I pay for food, drinks, rides, and games?

Food, drinks, rides, and games, are all paid for using State Fair Food & Midway Coupons. State Fair Food & Midway Coupons can be purchased at the numerous coupon booths around the grounds or in advance online at BigTex.com/Tickets.  

As of 2023, fairgoers may use coupons for not only food and rides but now ALSO for games! If a fairgoer has a Midway game card with funds from 2022 or a prior Fair, they may bring that game card to either of the Fair’s guest relations locations to exchange for Food & Midway Coupons. This new change will allow guests to use a single source of currency, thus simplifying their visit to the State Fair of Texas. And as always, coupons from previous Fairs are valid any year. 

Can I use cash/credit card to buy food, ride a ride, or play a game?

No, coupons are used to purchase food and beverages, ride rides, or play games; however, you will need cash or a credit card to purchase items from our shopping exhibitors. Several ATMs are available throughout the fairgrounds. See their locations on the map.

Can I return or exchange my unused coupons for money? 

Unused Food and Midway coupons cannot be exchanged for money, as they are good year after year and never expire. 

What activities are FREE at the Fair?

The State Fair of Texas offers more than 100 FREE, daily activities that are included in the price of your admission ticket. Whether it be our weekend rodeos, 90-plus musical acts, or street performers, there’s something for fairgoers of all ages! Read more about our FREE attractions at BigTex.com/Attractions.

How much do rides and games cost?

Most rides at the State Fair of Texas range from 5-12 coupons. The majority of kiddie rides located on the Kidway, are less than 6 coupons. Games at the State Fair range from 3-20 coupons. The State Fair Midway is made up of a collection of small businesses that set their own prices. And don’t forget that every child wins a prize when they play select games on the State Fair of Texas Midway!

I have a game card; can I exchange it for coupons? How?

Yes! If you have a Midway game card with funds from 2022 or a prior Fair, you may bring that game card to either guest relations location to exchange for Food & Midway Coupons.  

We hope this new change will simplify your visit to the State Fair of Texas, allowing you to use a single source of currency for food, rides, AND games! As always, coupons from previous Fairs are valid any year. 

Can I bring my pet to the Fair?

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. 

Can I bring bull horns, air horns, megaphones, or similar items into the Fair?

Bull horns, air horns, megaphones, 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.

Can I bring large signs, large props, or similar items into the Fair?

Large signs or props 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.

Can I bring selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, or other camera equipment into the Fair?

Unless credentialed through the State Fair of Texas’ PR office, selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, and similar items are NOT allowed. We ask that you leave your selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, and/or similar items at home or in your vehicle in the interest of the overall safety of our visitors. The 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. If you are a photographer interested in taking photographs with professional or extensive camera equipment, you must first visit BigTex.com/Media and fill out the State Fair of Texas Media Credentials Request Form.

Can I fly drones/UAVS/UASS at the Fair?

The State Fair of Texas is—and has always been—a private entity. The Fair leases the Fair Park property from the City of Dallas but is not part of the City or controlled by a government body.

The State Fair of Texas prohibits the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, within the 277 acres of Fair Park without prior written approval of State Fair’s Public Relations Department. This process safeguards that the remote pilot complies with current FAA rules, provisions, and guidance by taking a responsible, risk-based approach to ensure the safety of the thousands of “non-participants” within the dynamic “open-air assembly” nature of the Fair event. Law enforcement will respond to all unauthorized UAS to identify the pilot and document the aircraft in use. 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. Individuals violating State Fair rules are subject to ejection from the grounds and/or criminal enforcement of applicable statutes.

Can I ride a bicycle, skateboard or roller blade at the Fair?

In the interest of the overall safety for our guests, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller skates, and/or other wheeled forms of transportation are prohibited inside the gates (wagons to transport small children are approved).  

Can I bring any weapons into the Fair?

Please help us keep the Fair safe and fun for all! We reserve the right to search all fairgoers and their bags upon entry into the fairgrounds. No weapons of any kind are permitted on the fairgrounds, with an exception for License to Carry (LTC) holders (see below for more details.) This includes firearms, knives, clubs, tasers, chemical dispensing device etc. Also, all sharp metal objects, such as pocketknives, scissors, and other sharp implements, are strictly prohibited. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle. If you usually carry a pocketknife 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 inside your vehicle.

License to Carry a Handgun 

The State Fair of Texas is—and always has been—a private entity. The Fair leases the Fair Park property from the City of Dallas but is not part of the City or controlled by a government body. 

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 valid handgun licenses to carry their handguns in a concealed manner while attending the Fair (except for locations prohibited by law). The State Fair will not allow unlicensed gun owners to enter the fairgrounds with a firearm. 

A person holding a valid Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC), or a valid 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 Chapter 46 an LTC holder is prohibited from carrying a handgun (1) on any other premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place (this may include Cotton Bowl Stadium, as well as the State Fair’s livestock facilities where interscholastic events are presented), (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. 

The 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, the guest will be asked to conceal the handgun (if the guest has a valid LTC), otherwise the guest will be asked to secure the handgun in his or her vehicle or at some offsite location. 

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. 

NOTE: The State Fair of Texas does not provide lockers for the storage or checking of weapons, 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. 

Can I bring a Wagon into the Fair?

Small children may be pulled in a wagon. 

Can I bring personal food and beverages, coolers, or ice chests into the Fair?

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, and your cooler will be searched as you enter the grounds.

When visiting the State Fair of Texas, what rules should I expect to follow?

State Fair of Texas Guest Code of Conduct 

The State Fair of Texas is a nonprofit organization that’s mission is to celebrate all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. We want to make sure the Fair is a fun – and safe – place for all our fairgoers, vendors, and Tex Team members. 

When you join us on the fairgrounds and attend the Fair, all fairgoers are expected to respect and abide by the following rules: 

  • We expect all fairgoers to be Fair-friendly and respectful of your fellow fairgoers.
  • Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, offensive, or illegal is not allowed on the fairgrounds.
  • Disruptive running is not allowed on the fairgrounds.
  • Improper or illegal use of motorized scooters or similar items will not be allowed. Dangerous behavior or failure to abide by scooter rules will result in loss of privilege to operate a scooter and subject the offender to possible eviction from the fairgrounds. 
  • After 5 p.m. Minors Policy: As of 2023, starting at 5:00 p.m. daily, all minors, age 17 and under, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone (21+) when they enter the Fair. Parents, guardians, or chaperones may accompany no more than six minors 17 years of age and under.
  • In addition to our safety measures on the fairgrounds, we also encourage guests to lock their vehicles and ensure they have properly stowed away any personal items or valuables.
  • Entry to the fairgrounds is contingent on a security screening process. All guests will be screened for weapons either by a walk-through or hand-held detection device. Bags, purses, coolers, and similar containers will be searched to determine if any illegal, prohibited, or suspicious items are present that may pose a safety or security concern within the property. For a full list of prohibited items, visit: BigTex.com/FAQ.
  • We ask that everyone remain “Fair Aware.” If you see something that doesn’t look right on the fairgrounds, please say something to a uniformed police officer or State Fair Safety Team member. Let’s all do our part to keep the Fair safe. 
  • Dress appropriately for a family-oriented and mostly outdoor event. Clothing must adequately cover the body. Visible undergarments are not permitted. Guests may be asked to remove masks, hoods, or other clothing that obscures the entire face of the person. Clothing likely to provoke a disturbance or involve other guests in open conflict is not permitted. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Not staging any form of public event or protest, soliciting, or distributing information of any kind without the prior written approval of State Fair of Texas management or security personnel.
  • Not leaving bags or baggage unattended. Any unattended bags are subject to search and possible seizure. 
  • Only registered service animals that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are allowed. No pets are allowed. Dogs and other animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. The State Fair of Texas reserves the right to deny access or require removal of any service animal that is disruptive or poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
  • Observing the hours of operation of the State Fair of Texas and its vendors, and promptly leaving at the close of business hours or as otherwise directed by State Fair of Texas management or security personnel.

By attending the State Fair of Texas, you agree to abide by all the Fair’s rules, including all health and safety rules. Violation of these rules may cause forfeiture of your admission ticket and removal from the premises. For additional rules and legal disclosures, please refer to the back of your State Fair of Texas admission ticket or visit BigTex.com/FAQ. 

State Fair of Texas management and public safety personnel reserve the right at any time to disperse crowds or remove any person or groups of people from any area of the property when necessary or otherwise deemed appropriate. Any person engaged in any unlawful activity may face criminal prosecution. 

The State Fair of Texas respects the rights of all individuals and pledges the equitable enforcement of these rules, reserving the right to define and interpret conduct that may be unacceptable and to modify the terms of the Guest Code of Conduct at any time. 

The State Fair of Texas appreciates your cooperation in adhering to the Guest Code of Conduct. 

 

 

 

 

After 5 p.m. Minors Policy

During the 2023 State Fair of Texas, starting at 5 p.m. daily, all minors, age 17 and under, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone (21+) when entering the Fair. Parents, guardians, or chaperones may accompany no more than six minors 17 years of age and under. 

How can I purchase Food and Midway coupons?

You may purchase Food and Midway coupons online in advance, or inside the fairgrounds. Cash and credit cards are accepted. We also accept Apple Pay on our automated coupon kiosks.

If you choose to purchase your coupons in advance online, please know the following criteria MUST be met in order to redeem your online coupon pickup order:

• PO Box addresses not allowed for digital pick-up.
• Print at Home (PAH) coupon vouchers must be presented by the original purchaser.
• Original purchaser must present valid photo ID & credit card used for purchase.
• Name & address on ID and credit card information must match billing address on order.
• PAH coupon vouchers CANNOT be transferred or gifted to another individual for use.

All sales are final and are not eligible for refunds, exchanges, reschedules, or transfers.

Does the Fair take photos or video of its guests for various purposes?

When entering the fairgrounds during the annual State Fair of Texas, you hereby grant permission to SFT, its affiliates, and licensees, without compensation, to capture, film, video, photograph, publish, transmit, stream, display, reproduce, and otherwise use your image or likeness captured while attending the Fair or on the fairgrounds with or without your knowledge.

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What rides and games are available at the Fair?

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. In addition, we have the Kidway area, featuring rides suitable for children 2 years of age and older. The State Fair Midway also has a variety of fun games for you to play! Learn more about the Midway.

As of 2023, fairgoers may use coupons for not only food and rides but now ALSO for games! Coupons can be purchased online in advance or at booths inside the Fair. If a fairgoer has a Midway game card with funds from 2022 or a prior Fair, they may bring that game card to either of the Fair’s guest relations locations to exchange for Food & Midway Coupons. This new change will allow guests to use a single source of currency, thus simplifying their visit to the State Fair of Texas. And as always, coupons from previous Fairs are valid any year. 

Is there live music at the Fair?

Yes! The State Fair of Texas provides a FREE Texas-sized music festival each year with three stages and nearly 100 artists. The Chevrolet Main Stage is an outdoor venue with a huge festival-type stage and experience, as well as an ADA-compliant area for guests needing special assistance. Featuring headlining and regional acts, the Chevrolet Main Stage is located next to the Craft Pavilion, near the Hall of State.   

In addition to the Chevrolet Main Stage, live music can be found across the grounds. The Bud Light Stage, located in the heart of Cotton Bowl Plaza, will showcase local and regional talent all 24 days of the Fair, just steps away from all your fried food favorites. The Yuengling Flight Stage, located outside the Go Texan Pavilion, will feature a Friday night comedy series titled “Deep Fried Comedy,” along with live music throughout the week where you can sit back and unwind with a glass of wine or beer. Learn more at BigTex.com/LiveMusic. 

Where can I get information once I’m inside the fairgrounds?

Visit one of our ten Hospitality Centers spread throughout the fairgrounds. View the map for your nearest location.

Hay diez centros de información repartidos por todo el parque. Los amables miembros del Equipo Tex están a su disposición para responder a sus preguntas y ayudarle con mapas y direcciones.

Where is Guest Relations located on the fairgrounds?

The State Fair of Texas has two guest relations locations. Our first location is located on the Midway, near the Top o’ Texas Tower and Neon Big Tex. The second location is on the far end of the Centennial Building, closest to the Hall of State. See the map for the exact locations.

Los visitantes que tengan preguntas o dudas pueden acudir a una de las dos oficinas de Guest Relations (Servicios para visitantes) del recinto ferial. Guest Relations Centennial está situada en el edificio Centennial, cerca de Big Tex, y cierra a las 9 p.m. Guest Relations Midway está situada cerca de la Top o’ Texas Tower en el Midway, y está abierta hasta el cierre del Midway. Guest Relations Midway también alberga los siguientes servicios: Centro de Seguridad Infantil, Centro de Cuidado del Bebé, y Objetos perdidos.

What if my child gets lost or separated from me? What is the Safe Kids Program?

The Safe Kids Program ensures your little cowboys and cowgirls are safe if they ever get separated from you or the rest of your party at the Fair. Upon arrival, fill out your FREE child’s wristband at any Hospitality Center, guest relations location, or in the Creative Arts Building at the Little Lone Stars’ Craft Corral. We use a wristband system that allows fairgoers, Tex Team members, DPD, and our Safety Team to identify a lost child. Once a child is found and authorities are notified, they are taken to our Safe Kids Corral, located in the Guest Relations Midway Complex across from the Top O’ Texas Tower and Neon Big Tex. 

Estos centros de cuidado del bebé de la Feria ofrecen privacidad y un ambiente tranquilo tanto para la madre como para el bebé. Las instalaciones tienen aire acondicionado y están situadas en el centro, en United Ag & Turf Plaza, frente a la Laguna, y en el área de Guest Relations (Servicio para visitantes), en el Midway.

Do you have a Lost and Found?

Yes! If you lose an item you may stop by our Lost and Found, located in the Guest Relations Midway Complex across from the Top O’ Texas Tower and Neon Big Tex. Lost and Found can be contacted by calling (214) 565-2975 or emailing lostandfound@bigtex.com. Due to the seasonal nature of our event, our Lost and Found operates for one additional week after closing day of the State Fair of Texas. We do not retain any of the items past that additional week.

Situado en el área de Guest Relations (Servicio para Visitantes) en el Midway, los asistentes a la feria pueden localizar sus objetos perdidos o entregar los que encuentren en el recinto ferial. Por favor, espere a que los objetos lleguen a la oficina de objetos perdidos.

Are the Children’s Aquarium and Texas Discovery Gardens open during the Fair?

Yes! Both the Children’s Aquarium and Texas Discovery Gardens are open during the State Fair of Texas. Visit the web pages below for more information. 

Texas Discovery Gardens: https://txdg.org/ 

Children’s Aquarium: https://www.childrensaquarium.com/ 

Additionally, the African American Museum and Hall of State are open to public and FREE with your admission ticket!  Read about each location below and learn more about the featured exhibits during the 2023 State Fair of Texas. 

African American Museum: https://aamdallas.org/ 

Hall of State: https://www.dallashistory.org/about/hall-of-state/ 

Why are similar items different prices throughout the Fairgrounds?

The State Fair of Texas is a collection of small businesses. The prices for concessions and rides are determined by the operators and concessionaires without input from the State Fair. Only the prices for parking and admission are set by the Fair.

Where can I find First Aid?

First Aid Stations are located in the Coliseum and on First Avenue, adjacent to the Children’s Aquarium. If in need of assistance, locate a State Fair employee or call 214-421-8818. Police can call parademics to other areas of the park.

Los puestos de primeros auxilios se encuentran en el Coliseo y en la Primera Avenida, junto al Acuario de los Niños. Si necesita ayuda, localice a un empleado de la Feria Estatal o llame al 214-421-8818. La policía puede llamar a los paramédicos para que acudan a otras zonas del parque.

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Baby Care Centers

Baby Care Centers are available for the convenience of guests. Over the past four years, three brand new Baby Care Centers have been installed – one next to the Children’s Aquarium, one in the new Guest Relations Building on the Midway, and one near the Swine Barn and Backyard Steak-Out & Pizzeria. Please see map for exact location. Changing stations are located in all of the women’s restrooms and in the men’s restrooms located in Cattle Barn #1, both sides of the Coliseum, Embarcadero, the Midway, the Perot Museum, east of the Aquarium, 1st & MLK, and MLK & Coliseum. An area is also available in the Oak Farms Children’s Activity Center. Electrical outlets are available in the Baby Care Centers.

Los puestos de primeros auxilios se encuentran en el Coliseo y en la Primera Avenida, junto al Acuario de los Niños. Si necesita ayuda, localice a un empleado de la Feria Estatal o llame al 214-421-8818. La policía puede llamar a los paramédicos para que acudan a otras zonas del parque.

ATM Machines

ATMs are located throughout the grounds. Please pick up a Visitor’s Guide as you enter the Fair or from one of our many Hospitality Centers, you can also visit: BigTex.com/Map. Personal checks cannot be cashed on the fairgrounds.

Bike Racks

Bicycle racks are located inside Gates 5, 6, and 11; they are available on a first-come, first-served basis with limited availability. Bicycles are not allowed past the pedestrian gates or on the fairgrounds. DART also provides bicycle racks at the two stations servicing Fair Park – Fair Park station on Parry and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Station.

ASL Interpretation

The State Fair of Texas offers sign Interpretation for the hearing impaired. Available Friday through Sunday at select shows. Check the online schedule for more details. 

Weekend/Holiday Show Schedule: Location Sensory-Friendly Mornings Show Schedule: Location 

11 a.m. – Fiestas de Marionetas McDonald’s Amphitheater 11 a.m. – Fiestas de Marionetas McDonald’s Amphitheater  

12:30 p.m. – In the Kitchen with Cutco: Celebrity Chef Kitchen Creative Arts Building 12:30 p.m. – In the Kitchen with Cutco: Celebrity Chef Kitchen Creative Arts Building 

3:00 p.m. – Livestock 101 Bull Alley  

4:30 p.m. – All-Star Stunt Dog Show Marine Corps Square

Se ofrece interpretación en lenguaje de señas para determinados espectáculos. Para más información, visite BigTex.com/schedule.

Wagons, Strollers, Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

The State Fair of Texas offers wagons, strollers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters for rent through HomeTown Mobility. Reservations can be made in advance at www.htmia.com or by calling 1-712-938-2029 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as on weekends during the State Fair. A valid driver’s license or state ID is required for all rentals. Per the State Fair of Texas Guest Code of Conduct, Improper or illegal use of motorized scooters or similar items will not be allowed. Dangerous behavior or failure to abide by scooter rules will result in loss of privilege to operate a scooter and subject the offender to possible eviction from the fairgrounds.   

Reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance, and cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund, minus a $5 cancellation fee per rental unit. Rental locations are at the Front Gate (Parry Ave.), Grand Ave. (Gate 5), Pennsylvania Pedestrian Entrance (Gate 11), and Pan Am Gate (North side of the fairgrounds). Utilize BigTex.com/Map for more information. 

Rental Prices: 

Scooters $75 per day (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Wheelchairs $30 per day
Single Strollers $20 per day
Double Stroller $25 per day
Wagons $20 per day
Personal Storage Cubical $5 

Sensory-Friendly Mornings

On every Wednesday of the State Fair of Texas, fairgoers can enjoy Sensory-Friendly Mornings, where there will be adjustments made across the fairgrounds to better accommodate those with sensory-related concerns. In addition, fairgoers will be able to enjoy all the fun of the Midway without the usual lights and sounds from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Please note that the usual lights and sounds of the Midway will return at 1 p.m. There are also a few locations around the grounds designated if needed. Visit BigTex.com/Sensory closer to Opening Day of the Fair for more information.

The Fair invites individuals with autism, their families, and anyone else who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience to come out and enjoy the great State Fair of Texas on Sensory-Friendly Mornings. See you at the Fair! 

P.S. Wednesday is also the best discount day! Each person who brings five canned food items to donate to North Texas Food Bank will receive $5 admission. 

Ride Sharing and Taxi Services

Ride sharing, and taxi services are to be staged at Haskell to 4206 Gurley Ave Dallas, TX 75223 – drop off and pick up only. While you can use these services at any gate on the fairgrounds, we recommend using the above address, as we find this is the most efficient area to allow for less traffic.

Football

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What football games are played at the Cotton Bowl during the Fair?

There are two college football games scheduled on Saturdays during the State Fair of Texas: The State Fair Classic between Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M University, and the Allstate Red River Rivalry between University of Oklahoma and University of Texas. A game ticket includes Fair admission on game day. Visit BigTex.com/Football for details about the games or call (469) 945-3247 and press “0” for additional assistance.

Is the Allstate Red River Rivalry (Texas/OU) at the Fair every year?

Yes, the annual Texas vs. OU football game has been a State Fair of Texas tradition since 1929, and a weekend that people on both sides of the Red River enjoy and look forward to each year. The current agreement between the State Fair of Texas, the City of Dallas, the University of Texas, and the University of Oklahoma runs through 2025.

Is the State Fair Classic (Grambling/Prairie View) at the Fair every year?

Yes, the annual State Fair Classic has been a State Fair of Texas tradition since 1925, and a weekend that people enjoy and look forward to each year. The current agreement between the State Fair of Texas, the City of Dallas, Grambling State University, and Prairie View A&M University runs through 2025.

What is the State Fair Showdown?

The State Fair Showdown was played in the historic Cotton Bowl during the 2018 and 2019 State Fair of Texas. The matchup was between Texas Southern University and Southern University.

What items are not allowed inside Cotton Bowl Stadium?

All Bags, including backpacks. 

Purses that exceed 10” x 10”. 

Medical Bags will be inspected upon entry. 

All weapons of any kind.  

Outside alcoholic beverages of any kind. 

Artificial noisemakers (bells, horns, kazoos, whistles, etc.) 

Banners, flags, flag poles, signs, umbrellas, etc. 

Cameras with detachable lenses greater than 10”. Video cameras and tripods. 

Coolers 

Any explosive or flammable items. 

Outside food and beverages. 

Any items that are deemed a safety hazard or annoyance (balls, balloons, firearms, fireworks, frisbees, glass, hard plastic or metal water bottles, laser pointers, etc.) 

Pets (service dogs permitted). 

Strollers 

Tobacco products of any kind, including e-cigarettes. 

Any type of seat cushions or chair backs. 

Baby seats 

Are food and drinks available for purchase inside Cotton Bowl Stadium?

Yes, food and beverages are available for purchase inside Cotton Bowl Stadium on game days. 

Will my football game ticket get me into the Fair?

Yes! If you have a football ticket for the State Fair Classic or Allstate Red River Rivalry, that ticket will also act as your admission to the Fair on game day. 

Work with the Fair

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Interested in seasonal employment?

Please visit BigTex.com/jobs or contact hr@bigtex.com

Interested in exhibiting livestock?

Please visit BigTex.com/livestock or contact livestock@bigtex.com.

Interested in being a commercial exhibitor?

Interested in being a vendor?

Interested in being a sponsor?

Please visit BigTex.com/get-involved/corporate-sponsorship or contact Leslie Jefferson at ljefferson@bigtex.com.

Interested in volunteering?

Please contact sbrosin@bigtex.com