Save Big at the State Fair


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The State Fair of Texas kicks off this weekend! For those planning a trip (or a few trips), these money-saving opportunities are available Friday, September 27 to Sunday, October 20.

 

State Fair Savings

Online Tickets
Save time and money by purchasing tickets online. Online tickets are $1.50 less than tickets purchased in person.

Season Passes
Going to the State Fair of Texas for one day is definitely not enough time to get the full experience. Get a season pass, enjoy all the attractions and save money. Season passes are now available for $45, which includes 24-day admission and a variety of special VIP benefits.

Discounted Group Tickets
Going to the fair with a group of friends or coworkers? Well you’re in luck! Groups as small as 20 can get through the gates for as low as $10 per person (a savings of more than 55%).

 

Any Day Discounts

Dart GoPass
Through the Dart GoPass app, you can buy discounted tickets to the State Fair of Texas. General admission tickets are $16, while child and senior tickets are $12.

Kroger
Get your tickets in advance at your local Kroger. General admission is $16.50 and season passes are $39.95. Tickets can be purchased at the checkout counter or service desk up until October 20, 2019.

Dr Pepper
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the State Fair gates after 5 p.m. any day of the week and get general admission for half price.

McDonald’s
Discount coupons are available at participating McDonald’s locations throughout North Texas. Bring your coupon to the State Fair gate any day and save $5 off general admission or half off a children’s ticket (with purchase of general admission).

 

Opening Day – Friday, September 27

Military Appreciation Day
All active military, retired military, and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID, as well as children under the age of 18, also receive free admission.

Dasani
Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any 20 oz. Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get in for $9 on Opening Day.

 

Every Tuesday – October 1, 8 & 15

Dr Pepper
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can any Tuesday and receive $9 admission.

Thrilling Tuesdays
Discounts extended to the Midway with most rides offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays.

 

Every Wednesday – October 2, 9 & 16

North Texas Food Bank
Bring four cans of food as a donation to the North Texas Food Bank and receive $4 admission.

 

Every Thursday – October 3, 10 & 17

Senior Days
Senior citizens 60 years and better get into the fair for free.

Coca-Cola Half-Price
Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product and receive $9 admission.

Coca-Cola Thrifty Thursdays
Every Thursday of the fair you can save while snacking with participating food vendors offering one of their signature menu items at a reduced price.

 

Friday, October 11

First Responders Day
All first responders, including active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service agencies, will receive free admission when they present a valid badge or ID from their department or organization. In addition, up to three admission tickets will be available for their family members.

 

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit bigtex.com.

 

July Fourth Fireworks and Fun


fireworks for a national holiday in Dallas

 

The Fourth of July is almost here, and no matter where in North Texas you’re planning to be for Independence Day, there’s a way to celebrate. From Addison to Waxahachie, there is no shortage of events to toast our nation’s birth.

 

Addison Kaboom Town: July 3

Arlington 4th of July Parade : July 4

Bedford 4th Fest Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Burleson Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Celebrate Coppell – Party in the Park: June 29

Celina Splash & Blast: June 29

Cleburne 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Dallas Fair Park Fourth: July 4

Denison Fourth of July Fireworks: July 4

Denton Fourth of July Jubilee: July 4

DeSoto Old Fashioned Fourth Fireworks Celebration: July 4

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration: July 3

Flower Mound Independence Fest: July 3

Fort Worth 4th of July Celebration: July 4

Frisco Freedom Fest: July 4

Grand Prairie Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks: July 4 & 5

Granbury’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July: July 3 & 4

Grapevine Lake July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4

Heath’s Independence Day Parade and Celebration: July 4

Highland Park 4th of July Parade: July 4

Irving’s Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Lake Highlands Fourth of July Parade: July 4

Lake Texoma Fireworks at Roosevelt Bridge: July 5

Lewisville Sounds of Red, White & Lewisville: July 4

Little Elm July Jubilee: July 4

Mansfield Rockin 4th of July: July 3

McKinney Red, White and Boom: July 4

Midlothian Independence Day Fireworks: July 3

Plano’s Freedom Celebration: July 4

Pottsboro’s 4th of July Fireworks at Highport Marina: July 6

Prosper’s Pride in the Sky: July 3

Richardson’s Family 4th Celebration: July 4

Rockwall’s 4th of July Parade & Fireworks: July 4

Royse City’s Celebrating Freedom Fireworks: June 28

Rowlett Fireworks on Main: July 4

Sherman Lights on the Lake: July 3

Southlake Stars & Stripes: July 3

Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Festival & Parade: July 3 & 4

Don’t Miss These State Fair Headliners


The Texas State Fair Ferris wheel at night

 

The State Fair of Texas is finally here — one of our state’s most beloved events of the year. While there is notable debate over the best part of the fair, there’s no doubt the free concert series draws a large crowd every time. Here’s a list of who you can (and should) see live on the Chevrolet Main Stage this year.

 

Friday, October 5

Resurrection – A Journey Tribute – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 6

Aaron Watson – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 7

Austin Mahone – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 12

The Molly Ringwalds – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 13

Ludacris – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 14

Hunter Hayes – 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 19

Bidi Bidi Banda – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 20

Casting Crowns – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 21

Banda Carnaval – 3 p.m.

 

In addition to the headlining acts performing each weekend of the fair, regional bands and musicians will play during weekdays. View the full concert schedule for more details.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

 

Y’all, get ready to swoon over the food and beverage events being served up with week in D-FW. From Texas BBQ Week and cooking classes, to a bar crawl and a wine tasting, there’s something for everyone to get excited about on this edition of Food & Beverage News.

 

Flying Saucer BeerFeast 2014: Tickets go on sale today, Wednesday, July 16, for the 9th annual Flying Saucer BeerFeast, which will kick off in Fort Worth on October 11. The event will feature more than 40 brewers and 60 craft beers, live music, and food.

 

Food Truck Schedule: Click to find where your favorite meals on wheels will be all week long.

 

Tap Takeover at Goodfriend: Rabbit Hole Brewing is doing a tap takeover of the Lakewood beer and burger joint on Thursday, July 17. Special menu items and beer cocktails will also be available.

 

Wine 101 at Cork: Thursday from 7 to 9pm, get a lesson in the basics of wine including how to identify smells and tastes, how to pair wine with meals, how to read a wine label, and how to spot defects. Wine and cheese from Molto Formaggio are provided with you ticket purchase.

 

Food Truck Frenzy: Friday, July 18, you can find 8 of your favorite food trucks, including Gandolfo’s Deli, Little Greek Food Truck, What’s Da Scoop?, and Flatlanders Taco Company, at Esplanade at Fair Park from 11am to 2pm. Admission and parking are free, plus there will be live music.

 

Camp Bowie Neighborhood Bar Crawl: From 5 to 9pm on Friday you can hit some of the best neighborhood bars in Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie District. Stops include Showdown Saloon, Sarah’s Place, and Mule Pub. Rahr & Sons will provide beer along the way and Lee’s Grilled Cheese and Sauzy’s food trucks will serve up fresh food.

 

Dallas Farmer’s Market Cooking Classes: Learn from the chefs of the market every Saturday through August 9 from 11:30am to 1pm. This weekend’s demonstration will be held by Chef Jeff Moschetti of Jasper’s Restaurant and will cover summer grilling.

 

Bishop Cider Company Grand Opening: If you’re a fan of hard cider you’ll want to be a part of the inaugural keg tapping of Dallas’ newest cider company on Saturday. For the price of admission, just $22, you’ll get a branded growler, a sample flight, a slice of Zoli’s pizza, and live music.

 

Texas BBQ Week 2014: Texas Monthly and Shiner Beers are teaming up to celebrate fabulous barbecue state-wide, with 54 restaurants joining this year’s movement. You can enjoy some of the best that D-FW has to offer at special prices at the following locations until this Saturday: Cousin’s Bar-B-QHutchins BBQLockhart SmokehousePecan LodgePeggy Sue BBQ, and Smoke.

 

Phil’s Philly Grill Opening: After 10 years of serving up delicious cheesesteaks and chicken phillies in malls across DFW, San Antonio, and Austin, the first standalone location is set to open in Prestonwood Town Center by the end of this month.

 

Image via tmbbq.com

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This week in DFW food & beverage news

Looking for the latest events and gossip surrounding the D-FW restaurant scene? Look no further. This week enjoy art, outdoor celebrations, and welcome new restaurant hires and locations. Plus, a Fort Worth chef will be hosting an all-new reality TV series.

 

Events:

Komali Food & Art: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served Wednesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the first in a series of art exhibits displayed at Komali.

 

Asador’s Summer Harvest Dinner: The second of three dinners in this series takes place this Friday, July 11. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm. and will include five courses served family-style with wine and cocktails.

 

Taste of Dallas at Fair Park: This weekend, Fri. July 11 to Sun. July 13, dine on some of the best food that Dallas-area restaurants have to offer. There will be more than 70 restaurants represented, with 20 of them set up inside so you can beat the heat. There will also be live music, food trucks, and dancing.

 

Grace Clam Bake: The Fort Worth restaurant will host its first-ever clam bake featuring Chef Blain’s all-seafood summer menu on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

Tei-An Rooftop Celebration: Celebrate Asahi Brewery’s Gold Award in the 2014 World Beer Cup with brews, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, and a view of Downtown Dallas from the rooftop on Saturday, July 2, from 9 to 11 p.m.

 

Weekly Food Truck Schedule: See where you favorite mobile bites will be every day this week.

 

News:

New Pastry Chef at LARK on the Park: Ann Parravano has taken a new job recreating the dessert menu at the popular restaurant near Klyde Warren Park after three years with Stephan Pyles and Stampede 66. New dishes include her signature Avocado White Chocolate Bavarian as well as the Sweet Corn Ice Cream Cake, Valrhona Dark Chocolate Frozen Soufflé (pictured above), and Butterscotch Blondie Coup.

 

New Alamo Drafthouse Location: This time next year Downtown Dallas will have its very own, two-story movie theater on the southwest corner of Cadiz St. and S. Lamar St. Get ready to enjoy great beer, great food, and great movies on eight screens in the heart of Dallas.

 

Fort Worth Chef on Reality TV: Chef and restaurant operator Tim Love has landed a hosting position on the new show “Restaurant Startup,” a reality series that pairs restaurant innovators with investors. Pitches will be made, test restaurants will be opened, and, hopefully, all of someone’s dream will come true starting tonight, July 8 at 9 p.m.

 

US Open Beer Championship: Last week, Rahr & Sons Brewing, Peticolas Brewing, and Lakewood Brewing were named to the list of Top 10 Breweries in 2014. These three D-FW breweries, along with Community Beer Company, also took home various other awards for their Texas-made creations.

 

Photo via LARK on the Park Facebook