The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning to go, below are great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sept. 29 – Oct. 22. Just think of all the extra mouth-watering treats you can indulge in after your savings!
Buying in advance (and printing yourself) will save you a couple of bucks on general admission. You can also purchase tickets through the DART GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket, any day and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.
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Coca-Cola $7 Thursdays
Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19) and enter the Fair for only $7.
Dr Pepper $6 Tuesdays
Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on any Tuesday during the Fair (Oct. 3, 10 and 17) and pay only $6 for general admission.
Dr Pepper Half Price After 5 p.m.
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can after 5 p.m. each day and admission is half price!
Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the auto show, and always stay for the Starlight Parade. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket. For a complete schedule of events, click here.
First Responders Day
All active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency services agencies will receive free admission to the fair when they present a valid badge or ID card, plus up to three admission tickets for their family, on October 13.
For groups of 20 or more, the Fair has a deal for you. The Fair can get your group through the gates for as low as $12/person, saving you 33 percent overall.
106.1 KISS-FM Fridays
Visit the radio station’s website on Fridays to download a coupon for $5 off general admission. You can’t get this deal at the gate, so remember to download and print before you go.
Military Appreciation Day
On opening day, all active military, retired military, and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before you visit the fair, click here.
When you’re done eating those tasty nuggets, be sure to grab the coupons from your tray liner or to-go bag. They’ll save you $5 on general admission or half the price of a kid’s admission on any day.
North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays
Bring in four cans of food for donation on any Wednesday during the Fair (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) and enter the Fair for only $4.
Bring a sealed 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sept. 29) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
Chances are your kid(s) will be given a free Fair ticket from whichever North Texas school they attend. Take the opportunity to treat them. Or, save them for another day.
Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and includes 100 food/ride tickets. Also, all season passes come with a free bag of Fair goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.
Senior citizens (60 years and better) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19).
Thrifty Thursdays are back! Special food pricing is available every Thursday during the Fair. Featured items include corny dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. Download the Thrifty Thursday map here.
For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit BigTex.com.