While we have had many fairgoers enjoying the State Fair of Texas today, due to inclement weather this evening, the State Fair of Texas will close operations at 8:30 p.m., with admissions ending at 7:45 p.m. The Fair normally closes at 10 p.m. on weeknights.
The safety of fairgoers and employees is our number one priority. With the strong likelihood of rainy and cold conditions continuing this evening, the Fair will close early as a precaution. Operations will continue as scheduled at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17. Parking lots open at 7 a.m.
We plan to finish out the Fair in true State Fair of Texas fashion – rain or shine we invite everyone to come out and enjoy the last week of the Fair. We will continue to monitor weather conditions to ensure the safety of our fairgoers, vendors, and employees, and keep everyone informed.
In addition to all the great food locations, there are A LOT of indoor activities at the Fair. From the Pig Races and All-Star Stunt Dog Show to shopping at several locations throughout the grounds – get your holiday shopping done early. Go check out the Livestock Birthing Barn to learn more about the miracle of life and take a walk through Home on the Range in the Coliseum to feed and pet the animals while the little ones enjoy Little Hands on the Farm – a farm-to-market activity. You can step in GO TEXAN Pavilion at the Food & Fiber Building to learn more about Texas agriculture and shop for items from throughout the Lone Star State. And don’t forget the free ice cream cone you can get at the GO TEXAN Pavilion. Check out this year’s Butter Sculpture, Cooking Competitions, and Celebrity Chef Kitchen at the Creative Arts Building. While you are there see if any of your neighbors won ribbons in their year’s Creative Arts Competitions and head to Oak Farms Theater to watch the World of Magic show and Backyard Circus – both perfect for all ages. You can walk through the incredible museums and cultural facilities at the Fair – the Celebrating Texas Innovation and Dallas in the Time of MLK exhibits in the Hall of State, the Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty exhibit in the African American Museum, the Our Founding Fathers exhibit in the DAR House, the Cuba – A Country Trapped in Time exhibit at the Women’s Museum, or pet the stingrays at the Children’s Aquarium, or take a walk through the Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens. Don’t forget about the Texas Auto Show. It’s mostly indoors and been at the Fair since 1913. Even a good portion of our Midway games are covered with canopies. There’s really so many things to do in all types of weather at the State Fair of Texas.