General Information

The State Fair of Texas is a tradition like no other, and it has been a staple of fall in Texas since 1886. Whether you enjoy live music, agriculture, food, shopping, midway games and rides, or any of the other many activities around the park, anybody can have a great time at the State Fair. Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you can think of for the 2016 edition of the State Fair of Texas. We open our gates at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, and we’ll wrap it all up on Sunday, Oct. 22. That’s more than three weeks of fun for all ages.

State Fair of Texas Tickets

16_general_ticketsTickets for the State Fair of Texas may be purchased online beginning August 1, and at Dallas/Fort Worth area Kroger stores beginning September 1. But, that’s not all! We want to you to save in every way possible, which is why we also offer discounts on tickets and coupons through our partners who make the State Fair possible every year. Visit our discounts page today to learn about all the ways you can save at the State Fair of Texas.

You can also save big at the State Fair by bringing a group. Bringing 20 of your family, friends, or colleagues will help you save BIG! For more information on group rates, please visit our groups page.

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Getting to the State Fair of Texas


The State Fair of Texas is located in historic Fair Park just east of downtown and is easily accessible no matter where you’re coming from. You can get to the State Fair by car, DART train or bus, and even by foot if you live close to the park. Check out our directions to the park, parking instructions and map, and a map of Fair Park in the links below.

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About the State Fair of Texas


Oh, where to start? So much has happened over the 130 years history of the State Fair of Texas! It all started on January 30, 1886, when a group of Dallas business men formed the Dallas State Fair Exposition. Almost two months later, the board of directors for the Fair passed a resolution to purchase 80 acres of land in East Dallas (what we know today as Fair Park) to house the exposition. The first State Fair of Texas welcomed more than 100,000 visitors to watch horse races, visit the livestock barn, check out vendor exhibits, and enjoy live entertainment that year.

 The rest is history since that first year of the State Fair of Texas, and we couldn’t be more proud of our growth. We invite you to check out the full timeline of our history to learn just how the fair has evolved and grown over the years.

State Fair of Texas Employment

16_employment_frontgateWhen you create an unparalleled environment of fun, play host to hundreds of small businesses, and keep a safe and clean park for visitors… well, you create a lot of seasonal jobs with the State Fair of Texas. We offer employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds and skill sets. If you’re interest in seasonal employment with the State Fair of Texas, please click below to browse our current open positions.

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