Daily Shows

Live shows for everyone in the family.

On any given day, there are countless activities and shows for visitors to enjoy. Pro tip: If you’re bringing children less than 12 years of age to the Fair, be sure to check out the Family Fun section of this site to help you plan your visit. For a complete list of all daily shows and activities, see the State Fair daily schedule.

Daily Schedule

Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation – Presented by Mattress Firm

16_shows_mfisExperience the nightly celebration – completely remastered! Set along a scenic reflecting pool, Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation wows the crowd with dancing waters and liquid fire. A unique and breathtaking event, the show combines fireworks and high-energy pop music with engaging performances from dancers and acrobats. This sensational 18-minute production of synchronized pyrotechnics and laser lights begins nightly at 8 p.m.


 Lone Star Stampede

16_new_stampede_300x214Guests will watch the tale of the American West come alive through this award-winning performance, featuring quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys and bandits. This can’t-miss event showcases traditional Native American dancers, sharpshooters and a Texas Longhorn cattle drive.


Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk Show

16_new_lordsofgravity_300x214_2Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, the Lords of Gravity group has become one of the most well known acrobatic basketball teams in Europe. Each high-energy show brings jaw-dropping hoop skills and high-flying acrobatics to the court. The talented troupe will be performing daily in Chevrolet Park Plaza.

XPogo Extreme Sports

16_new_xpogo_300x214Get your high flying action fix with Xpogo, an extreme sports show that amazed fairgoers for the first time in 2016. Catch their return visit this year with action-packed daily performances featuring two pogo professionals showing off their skills with gravity-defying tricks, flips, and spins.

Wild West Pet Palooza – Presented by Kroger

16_shows_wwppThe Wild West Pet Palooza, featuring Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals, includes an array of comical skits starring animals that have been rescued from shelters across the nation. Boasting an impressive cast of critters ranging from cats and dogs to pigs and porcupines, this show is full of family fun. Slaven and his staff of trainers have adopted hundreds of homeless pets and brought them back to star in shows all around the country.

Hedrick’s Pig Races

16_shows_pigHere they come, snout-to-snout, down the stretch, back by popular demand! The Pan-Am Arena is home to the most-talked-about track in town; the pig races. Dressed in fetching racing silks, the wiggly piglets run the course three times a day.


ZuZu African Acrobats 

Performing on the new Mattress Firm Stage along the Esplanade, the Zuzu African Acrobats take the limbo to a whole new level. From daring feats of balance to amazing acrobatics, the group draws cheers after each new trick.

Chainsaw Carver

Visit the Truck Zone Stage to watch Burt Fleming as he takes a blank section of timber and turns it into a work of art using his chainsaw. Owls, eagles, bears, alligators – Burt can find all these and more inside logs and pieces of wood. This chainsaw carver’s natural talent and quick wit are not to miss.

Majesty of the Horse


Join renowned horseman Jerry Diaz for an intimate presentation displaying the majesty and beauty of the horse. Located in the Ranch Arena next to the Children’s Health Barnyard.

Midway Barker

He ain’t got no body! Don’t miss this hoot of a performance! The Barker entertains Midway crowds with his antics and jabs – all in good fun. A funny-bone tickler!

Nightly Starlight Parade

16_shows_paradeThis nightly illuminated parade features spectacular floats, lively music, dazzling costumes and a fun assortment of characters. Every night of the Fair beginning at 7:15 p.m.