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.

A few things to know before you hit the fairgrounds:

  • Admission for children under 48″ is $14; under age three is 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 $.50 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.

New in 2018

Home on the Range

Introducing Home on the Range, the Fair’s new attraction located inside the Coliseum. Featuring the re-designed Little Hands on the Farm farm-to-market activity for little ones, as well as the Children’s Barnyard petting zoo, Home on the Range brings these two popular activities together in a themed, indoor location. You don’t want to miss this all-new experience.

Location

Located in the Coliseum

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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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Sponsored By:

Bank of America

Amazing Archery

Learning to shoot a bow and arrow at the young age of four, Frank Addington, Jr. is an instinctive archer. With nearly 40 years of performing under his belt, Frank will showcase his talents at this year’s Fair during the Amazing Archery show. Frank’s exhibitions feature several one-of-a-kind shots. He can even hit aerial targets as small as baby aspirin, shot from midair behind his back. Performances daily from October 8 through October 21.

Location

Located in the Amphitheatre on First and Grand

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All-Star Dog Stunt Show

Offering the world’s first and original “stunt dog show,” audiences of all ages will be captivated by amazing canine tricks you have to see to believe! The All-Star Stunt Dog Show 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 the Pan Am Arena

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Sponsored By:

Hunt OilRenewal by Andersen

CHulaHoopsUSA

Proudly Texan, CHulaHoopsUSA is a premier hoop company created with success for the masses in mind. CHulaHoops are uniquely designed so everybody can do it. Their team of bilingual, pro hoop dancers and instructors mesmerize crowds with world class tricks and choreography on stage, then they hit the floor to help the audience join in the hooping.

Location

Located in Marine Corps Square

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Fair Favorites

Little Hands on the Farm

Kids love this miniature farm where they can plant seeds, gather eggs, and drive a tiny tractor before harvesting crops and taking them to market. With earnings from selling their crops, kiddos can purchase snacks in the General Store.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Suitable for toddlers to ten years old.

Location

Located inside the Coliseum.

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Sponsored By:

Sprint

Oak Farms Theater

The Oak Farms Theater is home to two activities geared toward younger children, the Backyard Circus and The World of Magic. The Backyard Circus offers audience members a chance to dress up and take part in the show that features a host of circus favorites. The World of Magic is an exciting attraction with magic tricks and illusions, featuring performances by illusionists and a floating robot. That’s right, a floating robot.

Suitable for toddlers up to eight years old.

Location

Located in the east end of the Creative Arts Building

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Kids' Boardwalk

The Kids’ Boardwalk is a colorful venue that stretches across the southwestern edge of the Leonhardt Lagoon and features a variety of kid-friendly shows, games, and activities – all FREE with State Fair of Texas admission.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location

Located near the lagoon outside the Science Place Building I.

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Team Big Air!

The Team BIG AIR! Basketball Slam Dunk Show joins the list as one of the Fair’s new daily shows for 2018. Team BIG AIR! has taken basketball to new heights performing acrobatic slam dunks all over the world for more than a decade. Each high-energy show brings jaw-dropping hoop skills and high-flying acrobatics to the court. The talented troupe will be performing daily in the Xtreme Sports Zone.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located in Chevrolet Park 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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Big Tex’s Farmyard

Old McDonald himself would be impressed by what’s happening over on Big Tex’s Farmyard.  The Farmyard provides an educational experience through interactive exhibits as well as live animal displays. This area of the Fair is an excellent way for fairgoers of all ages to learn about agriculture and livestock’s impact on our daily lives.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location

Located near the Band Shell and the lagoon.

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Sponsored By:

Telemundo

Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pulls

Kids ages 4 through 12 are invited to test both their tractor driving skills and their leg power as they compete to win prizes, while the crowd cheers. Each vintage pedal tractor is weighted so the further you pedal, the harder it is to reach the finish line.

Suitable for ages four to 12 years old.

Location

Located between the Swine Barn and the Horse Barn.

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Children’s Health Barnyard

Get up close and personal with a variety of farm friends, from pigs to goats and practically everything in between. While you’re there, make sure and visit the nursery where sows, ewes, nanny goats, and their young are on display.

Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located inside the Coliseum.

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Sponsored By:

Children's Health

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 Children’s Health Barnyard and the Swine Barn.

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Starlight Parade

Family fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Each night at 7:15 p.m. the State Fair presents the Starlight Parade, a lighted procession featuring spectacular floats, lively music, dazzling costumes, and a fun assortment of characters.

Every night at 7:15 p.m.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located throughout the grounds.

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Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation

The Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation lights up the Esplanade reflecting pool every night at 8 p.m. with a water and laser show featuring sparkling fireworks, liquid-fire fountains, dancing waters, and colorful music.

Every night at 8 p.m.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located on the Esplanade.

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XPogo Extreme Sports

Get 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.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located in Chevrolet Park Plaza.

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Wild West Pet Palooza – Presented by Kroger

The 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.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located in the Band Shell.

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Pig Races

Here 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 while fairgoers cheer them on.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located in the Pan Am Arena.

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Sponsored By:

Hunt OilRenewal by Andersen

ZuZu African Acrobats

Performing on the 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.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located on the Esplanade.

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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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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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Majesty of the Horse

Join renowned horseman Jerry Diaz for an intimate presentation displaying the majesty and beauty of the horse.

Suitable for all ages.

Location

Located in the Ranch Arena next to the Children’s Health Barnyard.

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