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.

 

Don’t Miss These State Fair Headliners


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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.

16 State Fair Headliners You Don’t Want to Miss


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The State Fair of Texas is finally here — our state’s most beloved event of the year. While there is notable debate over what the best part of the Fair is, there’s no doubt the free concert series draws a large crowd every time.

 

Below is who you can (and should) see live on the Chevy Main Stage this year:

 

Friday, September 30

Kacey Musgraves – 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 1

Jazmine Sullivan – 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 2

Chriz Perez Project – 3 p.m.

A.B. Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia King All Starz – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 7

Prophets & Outlaws – 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 8

Cody Johnson – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 9

Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots – 3 p.m.

 

Monday, October 10

Ben Rector – 5:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 11

Bart Crow – 11:30 a.m.

 

Friday, October 14

The Peterson Brothers – 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 15

Nelly – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 16

Le Freak – 3 and 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 21

The Quebe Sisters – 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 22

Colton Dixon – 6 p.m.

Skillet – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 23

La Energía Norteña – 3 p.m.

 

In addition to the 16 headlining acts who will perform each weekend over the course of the Fair, another set of regional bands and musicians will play this year during weekdays on the Chevrolet Main Stage. To see their schedule, click here.

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.

 

McDonald’s

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 BigTex.com.

State Fair of Texas: Steals and Deals


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The State Fair of Texas is finally here! For those planning on going (and why wouldn’t you?), below are some great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from Sep. 25 – Oct. 18. Just think of all the extra fried food you can indulge in after your savings! And, if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to attend, check out our quick video thats shows some of the fun to expect this year.

 

 

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 and allows you to access them right from your phone. Lastly, add tickets to your Kroger shopping list: $16.50 for general admission.

 

Canned Food

Bring in four cans to exchange for $4 general admission any day of the Fair.

 

Coca-Cola

Bring a 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for only $6.

 

Dr Pepper

Don’t throw away those empty Dr Pepper cans! Bring one in on a Tuesday or any day after 5 p.m. and pay only $5 for general admission (Tuesdays) or half off (any day after 5 p.m.).

 

Free Attractions

Listen to the various free concerts scattered throughout the grounds, catch one (or more) of the daily shows, visit the car show, and always stay late for the free light show. Sticking to these attractions will keep a few extra bucks in your pocket.

 

Group Tickets

For groups of 20 people or more, the Fair has a deal for you. Depending on how large your party is, tickets range from $9 to $13.50 each.

 

106.1 KISS-FM

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.

 

McDonald’s

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 any day.

 

Opening Day

Bring a sealed bottle of Dasani water or any other Coca-Cola product to the gate on opening day (Sep. 25) 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 Pass

Who doesn’t go to the Fair multiple times? For around $40, the season pass will grant you access every single day and comes along with a free bag of goodies. Season passes can also be purchased at Kroger for $34.95.

 

Senior Thursdays

Senior citizens (age 60 and up) receive free admission every Thursday during the Fair (Oct. 1, 8 and 15).

 

Thrifty Thursdays

Aside from the free admission for senior citizens and the discounted admission with a 20 oz. bottle of any Coca-Cola product (see above), this year the Fair has announced a new discount promotion taking place every Thursday – Thrifty Thursdays. This tasty program offers special pricing on signature menu items. To see the full menu of discounted items, click here.

 

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

State Fair of Texas — ’15 Concert Series


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It’s never too early to get excited about the State Fair of Texas — our state’s most beloved event of the year. While there is notable debate over what the best part of the fair is, there’s no doubt the free concert series draws a large crowd every time.

 

Below is who you can see live on the Chevy Main Stage this year:

 

Friday, September 25

Craig Wayne Boyd — 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 26

Lyfe Jennings — 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 27

Pesado — 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 2

Country Showdown — 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 3

Lecrae — 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 4

Cam — 3 p.m.

 

Kelsea Ballerini — 5:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 6

Brandon Rhyder — 12:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 9

Prophets and Outlaws — 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 10

Kevin Fowler — 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 11

The Beach Boys — 5:30 p.m.

 

Monday, October 12

Francesco Yates — 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 16

Trio Grande — 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 17

MercyMe — 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 18

Jay Perez — 1 p.m.

 

Emilio — 3 p.m.

 

Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas.

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/25-9/28)


There’s no doubt, the return of the State Fair of Texas and the Sunday night game between the Cowboys and the Saints are the major highlights this weekend in DFW. But, when you have time to squeeze in some more fun, check out the live music, theater, and social events that are also taking place during this beautiful fall weekend.

 

Samurai Collection Happy Hour: If you’ve ever ventured up the stairs at Saint Ann, you’ve noticed the mini museum and samurai collection. If you’ve ever wanted a look beyond the glass, tonight’s your lucky night. The restaurant is hosting a guided tour and happy hour from 6 to 7pm.

 

Music Thursday: This week Klyde Warren Park continues to feature emerging stars in Jazz, with Spenser Lizst & Sky Window. Catch them tonight live on the lawn.

 

Rocky Horror Show: Four decades after its Broadway premiere, this hilarious show has taken the city by storm at Wyly Theater. The production promises to be wickedly wayward and will run through October 19.

 

Rapunzel Rapunzel: Dallas Children’s Theater is putting a country-pop spin on the classic tale that will delight guests of all ages. Check out the production, which has afternoon and night shows, until October 26.

 

Index Fest: If you’re a fan of Indie music, Deep Ellum is the place to be from Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28. More than 90 bands will perform over the weekend on indoor and outdoor stages. There will be a mix of well-known and up-and-coming bands like Local Natives, Ryan Bingham, Mutemath, Dawes and more.

 

State Fair of Texas: It’s back tomorrow! Take on signature corn dogs, this year’s fried foods, and everything else amazing that comes along with the State Fair experience from Sept. 26 to Oct. 19. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: These rock legends are nearing their 40th anniversary as a band! They’ll be at American Airlines Center on Friday to treat you to all of the classic favorites including “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” Special guest Steve Winwood will also be there.

 

Sara Evans: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents one of country’s most popular singers in a special concert at Bass Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. She’s made her mark over the past 20 years with hits like “Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket.”

 

Fort Worth Day in the District: On Saturday, nine cultural destinations will offer free admission and many of Fort Worth’s cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination. This is the 9th annual Day in the District and it will run from 10am to 5pm with free transportation provided.

 

Fall Light Farms: Celebrate the beginning of fall with a day of family fun at Celina’s Light Farms on Saturday. Beginning at 4pm, there will be lawn games, burgers, and live music. You can even tour the model homes in the community.

 

Good Morning, Vietnam: In honor of the recent passing of comedian/actor/star Robert Williams, there will be a free Sunset Screening of Good Morning, Vietnam, arguably one of his greatest performances, at Annette Strauss Square on Sunday.

 

Cowboys vs. Saints: In week four, the ‘boys will take on the New Orleans Saints in a Sunday night game at home at 7:30pm. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmers Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.

 

If you’re looking for food & beverage events to fill your weekend, click here

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/18-9/21)


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This weekend is a big one for the arts! We have everything from the Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk to the Funny or Die Comedy Tour to Shakespeare in the Park. If you’re looking for daytime activities or live music, there are plenty of options for those, too!

 

North Texas Giving Day: Today is North Texas Giving Day! Donate to your favorite local non-profit before midnight to help raise money. All donations over $25 will be matched.

 

Music Thursday and Klyde Warren Park: This week’s event features a JazzMasters Set with the Mark Lettieri Group (Grammy Award Member of Snarky Puppy). Grab a blanket and a friend and enjoy the nice, cooler weather.

 

Shakespeare in the Park: Shakespeare Dallas begins the fall season with Antony and Cleopatra, a great story of love, loyalty and power. The show will play at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater through Sept. 27 and then at Addison Circle Park October 1-12.

 

35th Annual Plano Balloon Festival: The festival in the Balloon Capital of Texas is back from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21. Saturday is the day to be there, with live music, activities for kids, and a balloon glow and fireworks at night.

 

Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Some of comedy’s biggest names, including Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, will perform stand up at Gexa on Friday night.

 

Limp Bizkit: Though the band hit their peak in the early 2000’s, they’re still producing new music. Friday, they’ll be at the South Side Ballroom promoting their new album with Machine Gun Kelly as their opening act.

 

Til Midnight at the Nasher: Friday’s free event features a 7 o’clock live outdoor concert by Goodnight Ned and a screening of The Great Gatsby in the Garden at 9pm.

 

16th annual Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 2-8pm, experience all your favorite galleries in Deep Ellum and Expo Park. This event is free and open to the public and provides the perfect break from the Salsa Fest nearby at Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. This year’s galleries include 500x Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Beefhaus, CentralTrak, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Kettle Art Gallery, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Mokah Gallery, The Power Station, The Public Trust, Rachel Nash Gallery, and WAAS Gallery.

 

Luke Bryan: Country music sensation, Luke Bryan makes his stop in Dallas on Saturday at Gexa with openers Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, each of whom are stars in their own right.

 

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday in celebration of the beginning of Fall. There will also be a hay bale maze and scavenger hunts. You can enjoy all this fun through November 26.

 

Cowboys at Rams: In week three, the ‘boys will take on the St. Louis Rams in an away game at 12pm CDT on Sunday. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

State Fair of Texas: only 8 days left! See how to get the best tickets deals for this year’s Fair before it starts next Friday.

 

If you’re looking for events that are more food-and-drink-centric, click here for this week’s list!

 

Image via Dallas Arboretum

2014 State Fair Steals


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The 2014 State Fair of Texas is here! For those planning on going, and why wouldn’t you be, here are some great money-saving opportunities you can take advantage of from September 26 through October 19. Just think of all the fried food you’ll be able to buy with your savings!

 

Advance Tickets: Buying in advance and printing yourself will save you $2 on general admissions and $1 on senior and child tickets. Your second option is to buy through DART’s GoPass app, which will save you $2 on every ticket and allow you to access them right on your phone. The third choice is to buy an advance ticket at any local Kroger, which will save you $1.50 on general admission.

Season Pass: For $39.95 you can attend all 24 days of the Fair and experience something new with every visit. If you buy a season pass in advance at Kroger you can get it for $34.95. The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket Monday-Friday.

Group Tickets: Save up to 30% on general admission tickets when you buy tickets within a party of 20 or more.

North Texas Food Bank Deal: Opening day, bring a full 20 oz. Coca-Cola product for donation and get admission for $6.

Any Day: McDonald’s offers $3 off general admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffer) any day of the Fair. You’ll also find coupons for a $6 children’s ticket when you purchase one full-price general admission ticket.

Dr Pepper $8 after 5: Any day after 5 p.m., bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $8 after 5 p.m.

Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays: Every Tuesday during the 2014 season, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5.

Can Food Wednesdays: Any Wednesday, admission is $3 for each visitor who brings three cans of food to donate to North Texas Food Bank.

Coca-Cola $6 Thursdays: Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6.

Senior Thursdays: Senior citizens (age 60 and over) get in free every Thursday during the Fair: October 2, 9, and 16.

KISS-FM Fridays: Print a coupon off the KISS-FM website and get $12 general admission on Fridays. This special does not apply to senior or children’s tickets.

Free School Ticket Days: DISD elementary school kids get in free on October 10 and DISD secondary school kids get in free on October 17.

Normal ticket prices are as follows:

-General Admission: $17

-Child (under 48″ in height): $13

-Children 2 and under: Free

-Senior (60+): $13

For full details on the 2014 State Fair of Texas, visit the official website, BigTex.com.

State Fair ’14 Concert Series


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Is it ever too early to get excited about the State Fair of Texas? Absolutely not. While there is notable debate over what’s the best part of the fair, there is no doubt that the free weekend concert series draws big crowds every year. Here’s who you can see live on the Chevy Main Stage this year:

 

Opening weekend (Sept. 26-Sept. 28): The Swon Brothers, finalists on “The Voice” will kick off the weekend on Friday night. Fantasia, an “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner, with play Saturday at 2 p.m. Finally, “Pretty Little Liars” actor, four-time Teen Choice Award winner, and now up-and-coming country star, Lucy Hale will wrap up the weekend on Sunday.

 

Saturday, Oct. 4, & Sunday, Oct. 5: Saturday will be a “celebration” with Kool & The Gang playing many of their 25 Top Ten hits starting at 8:30 p.m. Then, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., get into some Latin flare with Siggno, who has a single that’s one of the top downloads on iTunes’ Latin store.

 

Saturday, Oct. 11, & Sunday Oct. 12: The Red River Music Fest will take over the stage all day on Saturday with shows starting at 2:30 p.m. Ray Porter, the lead singer of Asleep At The Wheel (the band that opened for George Strait’s recent legendary final concert in Dallas) will host the various concerts, which include Deryl Dodd, Cody Canada & The Departed, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and the Casey Donahew Band. Sunday, boogie on down with “the Greatest Disco Band in the World,” Le Freak.

 

Columbus Day, Mon. Oct. 12: Becky G., who has opened for Katy Perry, will be wrap up the long weekend.

 

Closing Weekend (Oct. 18 & Oct. 19): Collective Soul, who has 7 Number One Hits and is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, will play Saturday. Closing Day, La Maquinara Norteña, a Mexican quintet, will close out the concert series.

 

Additional bands and headliners will be announced later this summer in August.

 

All images via bigtex.com