When: Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Directions: Interstate 30 East or West, then follow signs to Fair Park.
The State Fair of Texas is the big end-of-summer event that takes place in Dallas each year. It is the largest state fair by total attendance in the United States, with an estimated three million or more people attending annually. The fair usually runs for 24 days, typically starting on the last Friday in September and ending some time in October.
This year, the fair opens on Friday, September 29 and runs until Sunday, October 22, 2017.
The very first Texas state fair was held in 1886. Not long after that, the fair became the first, and still the only state fair with a full blown auto show, which continues to be a huge attraction for fair goers.
There is also Big Tex, a talking fifty-two foot tall cowboy who symbolizes the Texas State Fair in many ways.
First introduced in 1952, Big Tex stood for decades welcoming visitors to the fair until a fire destroyed the much-beloved figure in 2012. Amid much fanfare, Big Tex was restored just in time for the 2013 fair.
There is also a ferris wheel that was (and still remains) the largest of its kind after it was introduced
in 1985 standing at 212 feet tall.
2016 Texas State Fair concert lineup
This year, the Texas Fair big entertainment venue was announced in June as tickets went on sale, available at the official State Fair of Texas website online at bigtex.com. Concerts are free at the Chevy Main Stage and included when you pay admission at the gate.
La Mafia, Wilson Phillips, For King & Country, and
Charlie Daniels Band headline the 2017 Texas State Fair.
The 2017 Texas State Fair concert lineup includes:
Friday, September 29 - Maren Morris, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 - Flo Rida with Macy Kate, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 1 - La Mafia, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 5 - Israel Houghton & New Breed, 8:45 p.m.
Friday, October 6 - The Peterson Brothers, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 - Ro James, 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 8 - The Spazmatics, 2 p.m and 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 8 - Wilson Phillips, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 10 - Tristan McIntosh, 5:45 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13 - Prophets & Outlaws, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14 - Pat Green, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 15 - Charlie Daniels Band, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 20 - Waterloo Revival, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 - For King & Country, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 - Los Traileros del Norte 3:00 p.m.
Deep Fried Texas State Fair
Big Tex, the Texas Fair icon, was destroyed in a fire in 2012.
The "even bigger and better" version
debuted on opening day 2013.
In more recent years, the Texas State Fair has branded itself as a place to sample a huge variety of deep-fried foods including the original corny dog, first introduced at the fair in the 1940's.
Today, some of the more outlandish deep fried treats include deep fried pork ribs, deep fried peanut butter-jelly-and-banana sandwiches, deep fried cheesecake, and even deep fried Coke!
Meanwhile, the Texas State Fair also features a wide variety of more traditional state fair attractions including livestock shows, a huge variety of competitions, carnival rides, nightly free music concerts, and plenty of exhibitors for the tons of visitors who flock to the fair during its more than three-week run.
And, this being oil-rich Texas,why not also have a a full-fledged auto show?
Every year, car makers show off their latest model featuring interactive activities and live entertainment in the Centennial and Automotile buildings and in the Truck Zone.
More about the Texas State Fair around the Web:
2017 Texas State Fair - Check out the official site with information on admission and ticket prices, concert line up, food concessions, kid-friendly attractions, directions, map, photos.
State Fair of Texas - Wikipedia overview including photos, historical facts and related resources.