State Fair 101
Make the most of your time at the annual State Fair of Texas (Sept. 30-Oct. 23) with these local insights and essential tips.
Navigate the annual State Fair of Texas like a pro with our know-before-you-go guide.
Corny Dogs and Carnival Rides
A Texas tradition since 1886, the State Fair of Texas is much more than just a locally-loved event. Annual attractions include carnival rides and games at the Midway, parades, concerts, cultural performances, livestock shows, a petting zoo, football games and more.
Of course, one’s State Fair experience isn’t complete without three things: a‘Howdy’ from State Fair spokesperson Big Tex (and a picture to prove it!); a ride on the iconic Texas Star Ferris wheel; and a Fletcher’s corny dog, a Dallas original credited as the first purveyor of the classic carnival snack. (Pro tip: Purchase food, drink and ride tickets online or upon arrival to avoid lines or multiple trips to ticket vendors.)
Texas Star Ferris wheel