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The State Fair takes place in Fair Park. It is a 277-acre city park just two miles east of downtown Dallas (Maps & Directions). For those using a GPS device for locating Fair Park, use 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75210.
Dates & Hours
September 28, 2012 - October 21, 2012
Gates open on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. Midway hours and Museum hours vary.
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.
General admission $16, Seniors (60 & over) and children (age 3 to 48" tall) $12, children 2 & under are free. Senior Citizen Day (free admission for those 60 & over) is every Thursday during the Fair.
Places to stay
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The State Fair of Texas is easily accessed by public transportation. Take the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) light rail Green Line to either of Fair Park's two stations. Visitors to Dallas have access to more than 15 airports from award winning international and national airports (DFW andLove Field) to regional and private jet facilities. Love Field is located 13 miles from the Fair while DFW is located 24 miles away (midway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth). Click here for details regarding the two airports.
Parking is available on official Fair lots at $15 per space used. Parking spaces for the disabled require a designated license plate or hangtag. Bicycle racks are located inside Gates 5, 6 and 11. First come, first serve basis while supplies last. Throughout the year, DART offers bike racks at each of the two stations servicing Fair Park (Fair Park at Parry Ave. and Martin Luther King Station).
Overnight RV parking is only available during the weekend of the Red River Rivalry. Click here for details.
Wheelchairs, electric carts and baby strollers can be rented from an independent concessionaire at two locations in Fair Park - the Pennsylvania pedestrian gate and the corner of Grand and First. All of the rentals are on a first-come basis, and no advance reservations are accepted. Merritt Interpreting Services, LLC. provides interpretation for selected shows on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Check and store your items in the Checkroom located in the front of Grand Place. All items must be picked up no later than 9:00 p.m. Cost per item applies.
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State Fair coupons
Food, rides, and drinks are purchased with coupons, which are sold for 50 cents each at coupon booths located throughout the grounds. American Express, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted.
Automated Teller Machines
ATMs are located throughout the grounds. Pick up a Visitor Guide as you enter the Fair or from any of our six Information Booths. Personal checks cannot be cashed on the fairgrounds.
Concerts at the Chevrolet Main Stage
All concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage are presented free to State Fair patrons. It is standing room only, so come early for a chance to be up-front and close to your favorite stars. The Chevrolet Main Stage is located at the end of International Boulevard (Grand Avenue) near the Hans Mueller Tent. The concerts are designed for "standing" only. A designated area for persons with disabilities is located at the left front stage area.
Concealed Handgun Policy
A person holding a valid Texas Concealed Handgun License (or valid CHL from a reciprocating state) is permitted to enter onto State Fair property with his/her concealed handgun; provided, however, that CHL holders will not be permitted to carry their concealed handgun inside the Cotton Bowl Stadium, a facility defined under Texas Penal Code 46.035 as "the premises where a high school, collegiate or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place." Note that the Fair does not provide lockers for the storage or checking of weapons for CHL holders, so if you plan to attend a game or event in the Cotton Bowl, please secure your weapon at home or in your vehicle prior to entering the fairgrounds. We want the Fair to be a fun and safe experience.
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