State Fair of Texas: Steals and Deals

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The countdown to the State Fair of Texas has begun! For those planning to go (and why wouldn’t you?), below are great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sep. 30 – Oct. 23. Just think of all the extra mouth-watering treats you can indulge in after your savings!


Advance Tickets

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.


Big Tex Insider

Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts delivered right to your inbox as they’re announced. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and attraction at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a happy birthday message from Big Tex on your birthday!


Coca-Cola $6 Thursdays

Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product on any Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 6, 13 and 20) and enter the Fair for only $6.


Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on any Tuesday during the Fair (Oct. 4, 11 and 18) and pay only $5 for general admission.


Free Attractions

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.


Group Tickets

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.



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 and half the price of a kid’s admission on any day.


North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays

Bring in 4 cans of food for donation on any Wednesday during the Fair (Oct. 5, 12 and 19) and enter the Fair for only $4.


Opening Day

Bring a sealed 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sep. 30) and snag half-price tickets. Donated products benefit the North Texas Food Bank.


School Tickets

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.


Season Passes

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 Thursdays

Senior citizens (60 years and better) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 6, 13 and 20).


Thrifty Thursdays

Thrifty Thursdays are back! Special food pricing is available every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 6, 13 and 20). 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

Dallas Arboretum Welcomes ‘Cool Thursdays’

Food-Trucks111The Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays concert series is back and will continue each week through fall.


The series features a variety of singers each Thursday and will allow guests to relax on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn, all while enjoying the beautiful scenery of White Rock Lake. Guests are also encouraged to bring picnic baskets, ice chests and coolers with their choice of favorite snacks and drinks. And, some of Dallas’ favorite food trucks will also be on site.


To purchase tickets for any concert, visit here.


Spring/Summer Concerts


April 28: The La Bamba (Tribute to Richie Valens)


May 5: Fast Lane (Tribute to the Eagles) – SOLD OUT


May 12: The Molly Ringwalds (World’s Greatest 80s Tribute Band)


May 19: Bruce in the USA (World’s No. 1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band)


May 26: All Funk Radio Show Band (Dallas’ Own High Energy Motown, R&B and Authentic Funk Cover Band)


June 2: Walk to the Line (Authentic Johnny Cash)


June 9: The McCartney Project (Paul McCartney, Wings and Beatle Tribute)


June 16: Satisfaction (The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show)


June 23: Supernatural (The Ultimate Tribute to Santana)


June 30: The Dallas Winds (A Patriotic Tribute to America)


Fall Concerts


Sept. 1: Paisley Craze (60s Music Anthology Band)


Sept. 8: The Limelight Band (Dallas’ Hottest New Party Band)


Sept. 15: Sting Police (A Tribute to Sting and the Police)


Sept. 22: Memphis Soul (Premier Motown Band)


Sept. 29: The Prince Experience (Prince Tribute Band)


Oct. 6: Emerald City (Dallas’ Favorite Variety Band)


Oct. 13: Turnstiles (The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band)


Oct. 20: A Hard Night’s Day (A Tribute to the Beatles)


Oct. 27: Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson Tribute)


Photos courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden