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.

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