Fall is here, and in Texas that means a lot of things. For one, it means the blistering 100-degree days of summer are behind us. It also means we have football to look forward to every weekend. But perhaps one of the highlights for many North Texans in the fall is going to the State Fair of Texas.
If you’ve never been, you should understand that this isn’t some little county fair. This is the State Fair of Texas and it’s a big deal. It’s the largest in the country, and it's so important, in fact, that some school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area designate Fair Days to give students a day off from school to go to the fair, and most of those school districts even provide students with a free ticket.
Every year, millions of people attend the fair. Some go once, others go a few times, and some people try to go literally as many days as they can. Last year 2.25 million people walked through the gates of the State Fair. Whether you were one of those people last year, you’ve never been, or it’s been awhile, here’s everything you need to know about the State Fair of Texas.
When is the fair?
The State Fair of Texas begins on Friday, September 28 and runs through the Sunday, October 21. The gates open bright and early every day 7am, but most exhibits and concessions don’t open until 10am.
Sundays through Thursdays the exhibits and concessions close at 9pm, but on Fridays and Saturdays they stay open until 10pm. The Midway games and the museum hours vary by day.
Which events should I look forward to?
Every single day at the fair comes packed with new and exciting events and specific attractions. Some of the can't-miss ones left at the tail end of the fair's run include a performances by Ludacris on October 13; Hunter Hayes on October 14; a show from Casting Crowns on October 20; and several other musicians in between. Also, whatever you do, do not miss one of the many, many pig races. For a full schedule, refer to the official daily rundown packed with events every half hour.