Prices for tickets to the State Fair of Texas have gone up since 2019, but discounts are available every day of the week, if you know how to snag them.
Before you cash in those savings — cha-ching! — take a look at what regularly-priced tickets and season passes will cost.
Regular admission to the State Fair of Texas: A one-day ticket to the State Fair of Texas, Monday through Thursday, costs $15 for adults and $10 for kids and seniors. The price goes up to $20 for adults and $15 for kids and seniors on Fridays. It tops out at $25 per adult and $18 for kids and seniors on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Group rates are available for parties of 25 or more.
Season passes: If you think you’ll go more than three or four times during the State Fair’s 24-day run, a $50 season pass is the best deal. The pass comes with perks, like one bring-a-friend-free ticket.
But no one has to pay full price at the fair. Here are all the discounts available at the State Fair of Texas in 2021:
Discounts any day of the week
- Purchase State Fair tickets at Kroger and get $3 off single tickets or $5 off season passes. The deal is available between Sept. 1, 2021 and Oct. 17, 2021.
- At McDonald’s in North Texas, coupons will be on tray liners and inside meal bags. Deals include $5 off on weekday tickets or $7 off on weekends.
- Anyone who gets their first or second COVID-19 shot at the State Fair of Texas gets $20 worth of coupons. Note that these coupons cannot be used for an admission ticket. Anyone who receives the free coupons will have had to enter the fair first.
- Enter at 5 p.m. or later any day and you’ll pay the price of a child’s ticket. Kids tickets cost $10 to $18, depending on the day.
Opening day — Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
Tickets cost $10 for adults, children and seniors if you bring two jars of peanut butter as a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Available at the gate only; don’t buy tickets online if you want this deal.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, children and seniors if you sign up to become a Big Tex Insider. Details here. Tickets have to be purchased online with a promo code. (Note that this promotion is part of the annual Dr Pepper Value Days discount, but because of COVID-19 precautions, the fair is not asking guests to bring empty Dr Pepper cans.)
Bring five canned goods for the North Texas Food Bank and get $5 admission for adults, children and seniors.
$5 or $10 Thursdays
Tickets cost $10 for adults and children if you sign up to become a Big Tex Insider. Details here. Tickets have to be purchased online with a promo code. (No empty Dr Pepper can needed this year.)
Seniors — which is anyone over the age of 60 — pay $5 every Thursday. Note that the fair previously allowed a senior discount every day. In 2021, it’s Thursdays only.
Deals for military members and first responders 7 days a week
Tickets are $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends for military members, their spouse and their children under the age of 18. Proof of military ID is required. The same deal applies for first responders and their families, with a limit of three family-member discount tickets.
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The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 17 in Dallas. Tickets can be purchased online, at Kroger or in person at the fair.