State Fair 2023Seasonal Guide

The State Fair of Texas is returning to historic Fair Park, and visitors from near and far are excited. From Fletcher’s corny dogs to car shows and rides, the annual event is fun for all. The State Fair begins on Friday, September 29 and will run until Sunday, October 22.

7 Can’t Miss Rodeo Shows

It wouldn’t be the Fair without the rodeo! Each evening, the Fair hosts celebrate with a different rodeo event that is as diverse as our great state of Texas. The best part? Each rodeo is FREE with your admission ticket! Check out the 7 different rodeo events that will have us at the edge of our seats. 

UPRA Big Tex Rodeo Series Championships Sept. 29-30
Texas vs Oklahoma Rodeo Showdown Oct. 6-7
State Fair of Texas Youth Rodeo Finals Oct. 8
Mexican Rodeo Fiesta Oct. 12
Cowboys of Color Rodeo Oct. 13-14
State Fair of Texas Ranch Rodeo Oct. 15
United Professional Rodeo Association (UPRA) World Finals Oct. 19-22


#6 On the Fair Map

With your Fair admission, don’t miss out on FREE concerts with featured bands and artists that capture Texans love for country, Tejano, rock, hip-hop, and more! Check out the Chevrolet’s Main Stage schedule here.

5 Midway Featured Rides

This year’s theme is “Explore the Midway” where you can choose your own adventure whether you are stepping into rides, playing games, or taking in the smells of Fletcher’s famous Corny Dogs. State Fairgoers best enjoy Midway at night with its vibrant and eye-striking colors! Don’t miss out on this year’s featured attractions

4 DART Lines to State Fair

All roads lead to the State Fair. Download the GoPass App from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and score discounts for Fair admission for riding the DART!  

Photo Credit: Dallas DART

3 Big Tex Choice Awards

Some just go to the fair for the food, and we’re here for it. You can find the full list of 2023 Big Tex Choice award winners here. Come hungry and leave happy, and remember, calories don’t count while you’re at the State Fair of Texas!


2 Big Games

Some of the most iconic college football classics meet at the Cotton Bowl Stadium during the Fair season. Get your tickets and learn more about these historic rivalries.

Prairie View vs. Grambling State Sept. 30
All State Red River Rivalry Oct. 7

State Fair of Texas

1 Big Fair

Whether you’re a seasoned fairgoer or a newbie attending for the first time, it’s the essential stamp on your Texas passport. Learn more about the history of Big Tex and how the State Fair gives back to the community. See y’all at the Fair! For tickets, schedules, and more details on the Fair click here