BIG TEX + BIG SAVINGS


2021 State Fair of Texas | Friday, September 24, 2021 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Y’all, it’s fall – which to North Texans means pumpkin spice everything, football and the return of The State Fair of Texas! The time-honored tradition kicks off in all its Lone Star glory on Friday, September 24. 

Big Tex + Big Savings = Texas-Sized Fun. We’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of discount opportunities so you can save on admission (which could mean more corn dogs!). Check out the list below to see the many ways Fair Fans can save BIG this year!

STATE FAIR SAVINGS

BIG TEX INSIDER PROMO CODES – Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and receive exclusive State Fair ticket and merchandise discounts and promo codes straight to your email inbox. Each Monday during the Fair, a special promo code will be released that provides Big Tex Insiders special access to $10 tickets good for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SEASON PASSES – Trying to get the full State Fair experience can be quite hard to do in one day. With the season pass, however, you can enjoy a full 24 days of admission as well as VIP benefits for just $50.

GROUP TICKETS – Enjoy fun times at the fair with all of your friends or coworkers! When purchased in advance, groups of 25 or more can attend the State Fair for as little as $16 per person. Don’t forget to preload Midway game cards and food and ride coupons to any group ticket order. For assistance in purchasing group tickets, call in advance, 214-565-2979. 

HOMETOWN HEROES

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY IS EVERY DAY – All active military, retired military, and veterans save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate or online. Spouses of service men and women with a valid Military Spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive discounted admission. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before your visit to the Fair, contact your military branch or go to www.cac.mil.

FIRST RESPONDERS DAY IS EVERY DAY – All first responders can save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends when they present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization at the gate or online, plus up to three discounted admission tickets for their family members. 

ANY-DAY DISCOUNTS

KROGER – Get $3 off premium one-day admission or $5 off season passes when you buy tickets in advance from your local Kroger. Purchases can be made at the checkout counter or service desk until October 17, 2021.

MCDONALD’S – Discount coupons can be found at any participating McDonald’s locations in the North Texas area. Present these coupons at the fair gates to save $5 off general admission tickets on weekdays and $7 off on weekends. One coupon per person. McDonald’s discounts may not be combined with any other offers. 

AFTER 5 P.M. – No matter your age, all adults pay child’s prices at the State Fair of Texas after 5 p.m. SAVE up to $7 on adult tickets when you arrive after 5 p.m. any day of the week.

DISCOUNTS OF THE DAY

FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 24

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK OPENING DAY – On opening day, bring two jars of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank and enjoy a discounted admission price of $10 at the gate. 

TUESDAYS | SEPTEMBER 28 & OCTOBER 5 & 12

THRILLING TUESDAYS – Most rides are offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider

WEDNESDAYS | SEPTEMBER 29 & OCTOBER 6 & 13

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK, FEED THE NEED WEDNESDAYS – By bringing five canned food items, fairgoers will receive admission for only $5. All canned donations go to the North Texas Food Bank, which helps feed members of the community. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Wednesdays with a canned-food donation.  

THURSDAYS | SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 7 & 14

THRIFTY THURSDAY FOOD SPECIALS – Thursdays are the best day of the week for foodies, thrifty families, or anyone who can’t get enough fair food! Featured items include State Fair classics like corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Participating food vendors also offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider.

SENIOR DAYS – Every Thursday, anyone age 60 and older gets into the Fair for only $5. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Thursdays. Seniors must present ID to receive the discount.

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit bigtex.com. All discounts for the State Fair of Texas will be posted to BigTex.com/discounts.

Special thanks to Ebby Halliday Companies Core Services Team for providing the research for this post.

Photo credits: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

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.

The State Fair of Texas’ Food: ‘Batter’ Than Ever


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Chances are, if you have heard of the State Fair of Texas, you have heard about the — always outrageous, always delicious — food. Each year, State Fair concessionaires debut their latest edible innovations to the public in hopes of winning the Big Tex Choice Awards.
 
The judges have spoken. Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award Winners.
 
Best Taste-Savory/Most Creative
 
Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
 
Best Taste-Sweet
 
Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
 
Here are your 2017 Big Tex Choice Award finalists competing for the titles of “Best Taste – Sweet,” “Best Taste – Savory,” and “Most Creative.”
 
Savory Finalists
 
Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick
 
Texas Fajita Fries
 
The Tamale Donut
 
Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat
 
Sweet Finalists
 
Deep Fried Froot Loops
 
Pinot Noir Popcorn
 
Fried Texas Sheet Cake
 
Fat Smooth
 
Tickets to the 2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Judging/Tasting are now on sale. It’s never too early to make a list of your must-try unique foods!

State Fair Headliners You Don’t Want to Miss


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It’s time 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 a list of who you can (and should) see live on the Chevrolet Main Stage this year:
 
Thursday, October 5

Israel Houghton & New Breed – 8:45 p.m.

 

Friday, October 6

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

 

Saturday, October 7

Ro James – 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 8

The Spazmatics– 2 & 4 p.m.

Wilson Phillips – 5:30 p.m.

 

Monday, October 9

Temecula Road – 4 p.m.

Daya – 5:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 10

Tristan McIntosh – 11:30 a.m., 5:45 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 13

Prophets & Outlaws – 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 14

Pat Green – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 15

Charlie Daniels Band – 5:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 20

Waterloo Revival – 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 21

For King & Country – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 22

Los Traileros Del Norte – 3 p.m.

 

In addition to the 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.

Savvy Savings for the State Fair of Texas


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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!

 

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 2017 State Fair of Texas, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a happy birthday message from Big Tex on your birthday!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Opening Day

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.

 

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. 5, 12 and 19).

 

Thrifty Thursdays

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.

 

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.