Family Fun & Shows

Fun-sized Fair Attractions

Not only is the Fair fun for all members of the family, it’s educational too! Even the youngest fairgoer will learn about the importance of agriculture here in Texas. On any given day, there are tons of family-friendly activities and exhibits included in the price of admission.

Daily Schedule Info to Know

New This Year!

State Fair of Texas Rodeo

This isn’t our first rodeo, per say, but it is all-new for the 2021 Fair! Home of the 1959 Original National Finals Rodeo, we are proud to bring a rodeo back to the historic Fair Park Coliseum this year – and each rodeo is FREE with your admission ticket to the Fair. From high energy bull riding to wild cow milking, you won’t want to miss the Rodeo on your visit to the Fair this year. Presented by United Ag & Turf, the State Fair of Texas Rodeo will take place each weekend of the Fair during the evening.

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Location

Located in the Fair Park Coliseum

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Country Roundup

From the makers of ¡Fiestas de Marionetas! you won’t want to miss the all-new Country Roundup on the re-designed Dr Pepper Midway Stage. Created exclusively for the State Fair of Texas, Country Roundup features animatronic and manual puppetry, and a vintage carousel-style stage to captivate its audience. Bring the whole family! This attraction is sure to entertain fairgoers of all ages. 

Location

Located at the Dr Pepper Midway Stage

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Produce Carver

Just when you thought we’d carved it all – joining the lineup for the 2021 State Fair is the Produce Carver. Think chainsaw carver meets giant pumpkin carver. Working his magic on fruits and vegetables, he travels around the country, teaching the culinary art of fruit and vegetable carvings and leaving spectators and culinary professionals spellbound. Trust us, you’ll want to see this for yourself. 

Location

Located at the GoTexan Pavilion.

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Showstoppers!

Get the party started with the Showstoppers! Giant inflatable characters entertain guests of all ages with their wild antics. Saddle up for a front row, and you might get roped into being a part of the show. Find them at the Hall of State steps, daily. 

Location

Located at the steps of the Hall of State.

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Budweiser Clydesdales

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales make their return to the State Fair.  The hitch team will make appearances in the Kroger Starlight Parade that begins nightly at 7:15 P.M. throughout the Fair grounds. The Clydesdales will also be on display daily for guests to visit in the Horse Stables.

Location

Located at the steps of the Horse Stables.

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Returning Fair Favorites

World of Birds Show presents: SOAR!

Back by popular demand, don’t miss the Fair-favorite, World of Birds Show presents: SOAR! Steve Martin and his stunning array of birds from all across the globe have flown out of retirement and nested back into the historic Band Shell for an all-new, highflying adventure. With a cast of new species, as well as memorable feathered friends, “SOAR!” brings the aviary world up-close to the audience with bird releases from the Texas Star Ferris wheel and flyovers just inches from guests’ heads. SOAR! is also filled with a wealth of knowledge regarding bird health, habitat information, and conservation efforts taking place across the world.

Location

Located in the Band Shell

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¡Fiestas de Marionetas!

Returning for its second year, the State Fair of Texas exclusive, family-friendly experience presented by McDonald’s, ¡Fiestas de Marionetas! is one of this year’s not-to-miss shows. Surrounded by lights and beautiful landscaping, a small village of more than 85 handmade marionettes come to life to celebrate a fiesta of color, culture, and creativity. Be sure to stick around for the backstage tour and craft activity after the show.

Location

Located at the McDonald's Amphitheater on First Avenue

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Mighty Mike Show

Step right up! Be witness to Mighty Mike’s incredible feats of strength in the “Mighty Mike Show.” A bender of horseshoes, juggler of bowling balls and sledgehammers, and all-around charmer, Mighty Mike’s funny performance showcases strongman strength techniques dating back to the 1920’s and, dare we say, questionable dance routines. Audience members will laugh the entire show but also leave motivated and inspired by the culture of the old-time strongman.

Location

Located on the Sideshow Stage on Nimitz Circle.

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All-Star Stunt Dog Show

Fairgoer’s favorite canines are returning to an all-new locationTo provide more seating and allow for guest comfortstop by Marine Corp Square to check out the All-Star Stunt Dog Show. Trust us, these tricks you have to see to believe! These dogs have performed across the country, including appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Oprah Winfrey Show. All the dogs have been rescued from shelters and trained to showcase their unique talents. From jump roping to barrel racing, and even juggling, this show is guaranteed to be dog-gone fun. 

Location

Located in Marine Corp Square.

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Backyard Circus

The Backyard Circus offers young fairgoers in the audience a chance to dress up and take part in the show as lion tamers, tight-rope walkers, ballerinas and a host of other circus favorites.

Location

Located in the east end of the Creative Arts Building

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Livestock Birthing Barn

Experience the miracle of life right before your eyes in the Livestock Birthing Barn. This unique educational experience, exhibiting the incubation and birthing process of various livestock animals. With agriculture and education as the Fair’s foundation, the new Livestock Birthing Barn highlights the agricultural importance of breeding livestock and its role in our everyday lives. Stop by the Livestock Birthing Barn, located at Nimitz and MLK, to learn more about the birthing process.

Location

Located at Nimitz and MLK.

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Chainsaw Carver

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.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located at First Ave. & MLK Blvd.

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Oncor Petting Zoo

This year, the Oncor Petting Zoo has moved to the Pan Am Arena, which will allow fairgoers more room to mosey about and get up close and personal with a variety of farm friends, from emus and zebras to pigs and goats. While you’re there, make sure to visit the nursery where sows, ewes, nanny goats, and their young are on display. Fun for the whole family, this petting zoo allows fairgoers to interact with all their furry friends, and even get the chance to feed them! 

Location

Located inside the Pan Am Arena.

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Oncor

Innovations in Agriculture

Showcasing the State Fair’s Big Tex Urban Farms indoor growing facility, the Innovations in Agriculture exhibit displays unique ways to grow high-yield, healthy produce indoors. The exhibit also includes DIY growing systems that can be built in your home and how they are utilized in the Fair’s Big Tex Urban Farms initiative.

Location

Located inside the Errol McKoy Greenhouse

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Bank of America

Starlight Parade

Presented by Kroger, the Starlight Parade after-dark extravaganza is a time-honored tradition, featuring a colorful assortment of illuminated floats, life-size puppets, stilt-walking performers, and animated characters in ornate costumes. The bold and bright procession glides through the park nightly at 7:15 p.m. Don’t leave the Fair without seeing this amazing spectacle! You can also catch the special daytime parade at noon on Opening Day in Fair Park. 

Every night at 7:15 p.m.

Location

Located throughout the grounds.

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Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation

Set along a scenic reflecting pool, Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation wows the crowd with dancing waters, fireworks and high-energy pop music with engaging performances by dancers and acrobats. This sensational production of synchronized pyrotechnics and special effects begins nightly at 8 p.m. Show up early to stake out the best vantage points along the Esplanade! 

Location

Located on the Esplanade.

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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!

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located in Cotton Bowl Plaza.

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Milking Parlor

Get a glimpse of life on the farm by attending one of the Milking Parlor Demonstrations.  Cows from nearby farms are brought to the Fair for an entertaining and educational exhibit of modern milking procedures. Be sure to stop by for this unique demonstration!

Milking Parlor Demo times:

Mon – Thurs –  1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30

Fri – Sun – 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30

Location

Located near the Band Shell and the lagoon.

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Pee Wee Stampede and Rodeo

This fun-filled activity allows the littlest of fairgoers to grab their cowboy gear and ride stick-horses while competing in a variety of mock-rodeo events. From bronco busting to barrel racing, kids are the stars of this rodeo.

Suitable for children ages three through six years old.

Location

Located in the Ranch Arena, near the Birthing Barn and the Swine Barn.

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Pig Races

Here they come, snout-to-snout, down the stretch, back by popular demand!  The Fair Park Coliseum is the new home to the most-talked-about track in town, the Pig Races. Dressed in fetching racing silks, the wiggly piglets run the course four times a day. Don’t miss this fan favorite! 

Location

Located in the Coliseum.

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"TX Stunt Jam" at the Xtreme Sports Zone

Returning in 2021, TX Stunt Jam showcases some of the top BMX, skateboard, and scooter talent in the United States – even Olympic athletes!  Enjoy this high-energy stunt show daily at the Xtreme Sports Zone in Chevrolet Park Plaza. 

Location

Located in Chevrolet Park Plaza.

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World of Magic

Featuring award-winning illusionists and futuristic elements that captivate people of all ages, “World of Magic” showcases a display of neon lighting, lasers, and even a floating robot! That’s right, a floating robot.

Location

Located in the east end of the Creative Arts Building

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A Few things to know

  • Admission for children ages 3-12 ranges from $10-18, depending on the day, and children ages 2 and younger are free.
  • The State Fair of Texas offers a Safe Kids Program for lost children. Pick up wristbands for your children at any Information Center around the grounds.
  • The Kidway area of the Midway is a family-friendly environment with scaled-down rides and games for fun-sized fairgoers.
  • Strollers can be rented from an independent concessionaire at four locations in Fair Park – the Pennsylvania pedestrian gate, inside the Parry entrance, and the Grand gate.
  • You can bring the following items into the State Fair: wagons, coolers & ice chests, and your own food. For more information on items that are allowed in the Fair, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • State Fair coupons are used to pay for Midway rides and any food items. Coupons are $1.00 each and may be purchased at coupon booths located throughout the fairgrounds.
  • There are hundreds of daily activities and shows at the State Fair of Texas; check the daily schedule or pick up a Visitor’s Guide at entry gates upon arrival.
  • All the shows and attractions listed below are FREE with the price of admission.
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