State Fair of Texas~ Discounts and New Attractions in 2016

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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Are you looking for State Fair of Texas 2016 Discounts & Deals? You’ve found the right place!

The State Fair of Texas is an annual festival event held at Fair Park in Dallas. It’s food, it’s farm animals, it’s fun for all ages. In 2016, the State Fair of Texas runs from September 30th through October 23rd.

You’ll spend money on the great food, rides or games but don’t forget that there are a lot of fun things to do at the fair that are free. Concerts, livestock shows, the car show and more attractions don’t cost any money. Pick up a visitor’s guide when you enter the fair so you don’t miss a thing. BRING A COOLER to save money too!

Hours: The Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Exhibit buildings open at 10 a.m. daily and close at 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursdays. Buildings remain open until 10 p.m. each Friday and Saturday.
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You can save time and money by buying your tickets before you arrive at the gate.

Below are four of the most popular online discounts and how you save with each of them.

Purchase your admission tickets and ride coupons online and have them printed immediately or sent through the mail. Note: All ticket and coupon purchases being sent by mail require five to seven days for delivery.

  • Online Tickets are $2 less than tickets purchased at the State Fair gate.
  • Season Pass Combo Packs (includes 2 Season Passes and 100 food & ride coupons) are just $95 – that is a $35 savings.
  • $99 Family 4-Pack (includes 4 general admission tickets and 100 food & ride coupons) is a 26% savings.
  • Attending the Fair with 20 or more of your closest friends? Buy discounted group tickets online andsave up to $7 per ticket.

New for 2016 – Coupons Delivered to Your Mailbox

Purchase $50 worth of food/ride coupon packages online through Sept. 25 and have them delivered to your home. You can purchase general admission tickets online and print them from home, or you can keep electronic tickets on your phone to have the barcode scanned at the gate.

Discounted Group Tickets 

Want to get a group of friends or your company together for a day at the 2016 State Fair of Texas? There are  discounted group tickets starting for groups as small as 20. You can get your group through the gates for as low as $12 per person, saving you 33% overall.

Ticket Costs

Season Pass

24 days of food, fun and Big Tex!

$39.95 $39.95 Buy Now
General Admission

Save $2 when you buy online

$18 $16 Buy Now
Child Ticket

(under 48″ in height)

$14 $12 Buy Now
Child Ticket

(Ages 2 and under)

FREE Not Available Buy Now
Senior Ticket

(Ages 60 and better)*

$14 $12 Buy Now
Food & Ride Coupons

Sold in pkgs of 100
(coupons are worth $.50 each)

Sheets of 20 coupons sold for $10
at State Fair booths
$50 packs Buy Now
*Seniors are admitted FREE every Thursday of the Fair

(October 6, 13, & 20, 2016) compliments of Seniorific News.

Opening Day


1 mainOneMain Financial – Military Appreciation Day, Sept. 30

The State Fair is kicking off its 2016 event with Military Appreciation Day, in partnership with OneMain Financial. On Opening Day of the Fair – Friday, September 30, 2016 – all active military, retired military and veterans receive FREE admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive FREE admission.


dasanitDasani – HALF-PRICE Opening Day, Sept. 30

Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any 20 oz. Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank to State Fair gates and get a coupon for HALF PRICE admission on opening day (September 30, 2016). One donation per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

On Friday, September 30 fairgoers can bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water, or any 20 oz. Coca-Cola product, for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and receive HALF PRICE admission.

Other Discount Tickets

Buy in Advance

Tickets bought in advance through BigTex.com are $2 off — but we recommend waiting until September 12 and buying your ticket through DART’s GoPass app. You still get the $2 savings on individual tickets, but you can also pre-buy DART tickets to get you to the fair. The best part: Your tickets are right there on your phone, ready to be activated whenever you want to use them.

Similar to the season pass combo is a family deal for individual tickets. The Family Four-Pack deal gives you four one-time-only general admission tickets and 100 food/ride coupons for $99. That’s a 26 percent savings over normal ticket prices. If you want more, there’s also a $189 family pack that ups the food/ride coupon number to 300; if you want less, there’s a $69 combo pack that gets you two general admission tickets and 100 food/ride coupons.


DART GoPass – Any Day Discount

Buy discounted tickets to the State Fair of Texas right from your DART GoPass app. General Admission tickets are just $16 and child/senior tickets are $12.  You can also buy a DART pass to the Fair. Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone and scanned at the gates.  Tickets go on sale September 12, 2016.

Group Discounts

Not everyone can take advantage of this discount, but for anyone coming with a big group, you can rack up the savings. Groups of 20-249 people can get in for $12 each, or $6 off regular admission, which equals the best single ticket price you can normally buy. Groups can also pre-purchase food/ride coupons and get special rental spaces.


Kroger – Discounted General Admission / Season Passes

Advance purchase General Admission tickets are $16.50. A Season Pass is $34.95. They may be purchased at the check-out counter or at the service desk. A State Fair season pass includes a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday). Tickets go on sale September 1, 2016.


Walgreens – Discounted General Admission

Advance purchase General Admission tickets are $16.50. They may be purchased at the check-out counter or at the service desk at any of the area Walgreen locations. Tickets go on sale September 1, 2016.

NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center is offering discounted general admission tickets to the State Fair with proceeds benefiting the families of fallen police officers. Customers can purchase advanced tickets to the Fair for $15 ($3 off the price of admission at the door) and $5 from each ticket will be given directly to the Assist the Officer Foundation.
Tickets now available.Special rate available through Sunday, October 23, 2016.

WHERE: NorthPark Center Concierge, located on Level One near Neiman Marcus, NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225

Craft & Growler
This is an unofficial discount, but for a limited time only, Craft & Growler is selling tickets for just $13 while supplies last. Each ticket also includes a coupon good for 10 percent off State Fair gear.

Discounts Good ANY Day of the Fair

Opportunities for half-price admission tickets any day of the week.


drpepperDr Pepper HALF PRICE After 5 – Any day after 5 p.m.

Enjoy all the State Fair has to offer after 5 p.m. and save. Bring an empty Dr Pepper can after 5 p.m. each day and admission is HALF PRICEOne can per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

mcdonadsMcDonald’s – Any Day Discount

Discount coupons are available at McDonald’s locations throughout North Texas on tray liners and bag stuffers.  Bring coupon to the gate and SAVE $5 off general admission tickets or HALF OFF a children’s tickets (with purchase of general admission). One coupon per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

Day-Specific Discounts 

drpepperDr Pepper $5 Tuesdays – Any Tuesday (Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 2016)

Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and receive a coupon for a $5 admission ticket to the State Fair.

One can per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

Tuesday Savings extend to the Midway
Tuesdays are a great day to go to the fair. Not only can you get your $5 Dr Pepper ticket, you can save more inside, when all rides except for thrill rides and the Texas Star are six coupons. If you buy a season pass combo and only go on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’ve found the perfect way to save a bundle.

$4 Admission- Any Wednesday (Oct.5, 12 and 19, 2016)

Bring 4 cans of food for donation to State Fair gates any Wednesday of the Fair and receive a coupon for a $4 admission ticket. Enjoy the Fair for just $4 and help stock the North Texas Food Bank. One (4 can) donation per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

Senior Days FREE Admission – Any Thursday (Oct. 6, 13 and 20, 2016)

Senior citizens 60 years and better get into the Fair FREE every Thursday of the State Fair.  Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 


cokeCoca-Cola $6 Thursdays – Any Thursday (Oct. 6, 13 and 20, 2016)

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and receive a coupon for a $6 admission ticket to the State Fair.  One bottle per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

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Save on great Fair food with the
Thrifty Thursday Program

Participating food vendors are offering special pricing on signature menu items. The new Thrifty Thursdays promotion is perfect for fairgoers who love fair food or families looking for new ways to save while still getting to enjoy tasty treats. Featured items include State Fair classics like cotton candy and funnel cakes, plus many more. Save on everything from cotton candy to funnel cakes.  Most items between two and seven coupons.

KISS-FM Fridays – Any Friday (Oct. 7, 14 and 21, 2016)

SAVE $5 on general admission tickets to the State Fair on Fridays. Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM website.  Bring the coupon to the gate and admission to the Fair is $13. One coupon per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers. 

NEW ATTRACTIONS

After a history-making run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, The Taylor Swift Experience™ is making its way to the Lone Star State with a brand new collection of memorabilia from the superstar’s archive as a featured exhibit at the State Fair of Texas. The famed exhibit takes fans through her journey as a singer, songwriter and global superstar, showcasing memorable performance costumes, tour photos, and instruments. hree other exhibits dedicated to the Lone Star State and its history.

Three other exhibits dedicated to the Lone Star State and its history. “Six Nations over Texas” tells the story of the six countries whose flags have flown over Texas and includes rare artifacts from each nation. Fairgoers can learn all about the American West and its prevalence in Texas culture through the “Ways of the West” exhibit. Guests looking to brush up on their cow herding skills can learn all about the traditional cowboy lifestyle in “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.”

The Lords of Gravity Basketball Slam Dunk Show joins the list as one of the Fair’s new daily shows for 2016. Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, the Lords of Gravity group has become one of the most well known acrobatic basketball teams in Europe. Each high-energy show brings jaw-dropping hoop skills and high-flying acrobatics to the court. The talented troupe will be performing daily in Chevrolet Park Plaza.

The action continues with Xpogo, another extreme sports show coming to the Fair this fall. Fairgoers can catch this action-packed performance daily, featuring two pogo professionals showing off their skills with gravity-defying tricks, flips and spins. Also joining the 2016 lineup is the Lone Star Stampede, an all-new show hosted in the Pan Am Arena. Guests can watch the tale of the American West come alive through this award-winning performance, featuring quintessential Western themes like stagecoaches, horses, cowboys and bandits. This can’t-miss event showcases traditional Native American dancers, sharpshooters and a Texas Longhorn cattle drive.

As a nod to its agricultural roots, the Fair chose “Celebrating Texas Agriculture” as its 2016 theme. With this year’s theme in mind, the State Fair is implementing more agricultural-related activities around the grounds, in addition to the many exhibits and events that have been around for years. Fairgoers can learn all about Texas agriculture and natural resources at “I Spy Texas,” a new interactive exhibit in the Science Place building. City-dwellers can get a glimpse of life on the farm by attending one of the Fair’s daily Milking Demonstrations, moving to an all-new location in front of the Science Place building. Educational opportunities also include Farm Day at the Fair, a TEKS-based program providing in-class lesson plans focused on the importance of agriculture. With additional days offered this year, teachers have their choice of 15 different dates to schedule a classroom trip to the Fair for their students to learn all about agriculture through hands-on activities at the Science Place. Farm Day at the Fair is open to 3rd and 4th graders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and includes a learning excursion to the Fair to build upon their in-classroom lessons. The Livestock 101 Stage marks another new agriculture initiative, offering daily presentations from resident livestock experts. Visitors can head to the Livestock 101 Stage at Ag-Power Plaza to learn about the animals being exhibited in the barns that day, then attend a Guided Livestock Tour to get up close and personal with some furry friends.

Returning for its third year at the State Fair is Canstruction®, a unique exhibition displaying art structures made entirely of canned food items. The exhibit will once again be hosted in the Science Place building, featuring structures that have been created in line with the theme “Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future” which honors the 20th build for Canstruction®. At the end of the competition, all canned food will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

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