State Fair of Texas Ticket Discounts and Deals!


Yee-haw!  The State Fair of Texas is a ton of fun, but it can also be a huge drain on your budget. And if you’re taking your entire crew, you can easily drop nearly $100 before you even walk through the gates!

Looking for Ways to Save at the State Fair of Texas???


Thrifty Thursdays is back again this year and fair food fanatics will love the deep discounts on signature menu items, like the classics, cotton candy and funnel cakes, and other popular items like Frito pie, tornado taters, Fletcher’s Bird Dog and many more.

My must-do deal…

Full Size Fletcher’s Turkey Dog
Regularly: 10 Coupons 
Special Price: 6 Coupons

Go HERE for a complete list of discounted Thrifty Thursdays items.

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SAVE at Texas State Fair When You Buy Tickets Online

You can save time and money by buying your tickets before you arrive at the gate. Online tickets are $1.50 less than tickets purchased at the State Fair gate.

You can also order coupons in $50 sheets online and receive a voucher to pick them up at the Hospitality Centers located inside the park.

Also, sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and you’ll receive ticket discounts, merchandise promotions, and a special message from the big guy on your birthday!

Texas State Fair Deals Ticket Discounts


Here’s the list of all daily deals and discounts available for Texas State Fair admission tickets:

Dasani – Opening Day, Sept. 29th
Bring an unopened 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get a coupon for HALF PRICE admission ($9 for adults, $7 for kids) on opening day.

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Military Appreciation Day, Sept. 29th
On Opening Day, Friday, September 30th,  all active military, retired military and veterans receive FREE admission when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate. Spouses and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive FREE admission.


First Responders Day – Friday, October 13th. FREE admission to for all first responders when they present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization, plus up to three admission tickets for their family members. Valid documentation must be presented at the gate. Offer and ticket valid only Friday, October 13th.

How to Save Money at the Texas State Fair


NorthPark Center – Any Day Discount
NorthPark Center continues its partnership with the State Fair of Texas to offer discounted general admission tickets to the Fair with proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army Texas and American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.

NorthPark invites the Dallas-Fort Worth community to support South Texas by purchasing advanced tickets to the Fair for $15 ($3 off the price of admission at the gate) and $5 from each ticket will be given directly to relief efforts. Tickets are available now through Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the NorthPark Concierge, located on Level One near Neiman Marcus.

Dickies – With any $50 purchase at the Ft. Worth, TX retail location, customers receive (2) FREE admission tickets. While supplies last, limited to one offer per transaction. The passes do not include parking, and customers receive the passes at the time of purchase. Offer not valid online.

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Kroger – Advanced General Admission / Season Passes
General Admission tickets are $16.50. A Season Pass is $34.95. They may be purchased at the check-out counter or at the service desk. The season pass includes a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday).

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DART GoPass – Any Day Discount
You’ll get $2 off each ticket State Fair of Texas admission ticket from your DART GoPass app. That’ll make adult tickets $16 and child/senior tickets $12.  You can also buy a DART pass to the Fair and avoid paying $15 for parking {gulp}! Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone ready to be scanned at the gates. Go here for more info.

Plus, with the DART GoPass, you’ll have a special entrance and can by-pass the long line of people waiting to purchase their tickets and go through the gate!



McDonald’s – Any Day Discount
McDonald’s is offering $5 off general admission tickets or HALF OFF a children’s tickets (with purchase of general admission) any day of the Fair. Look for the coupon on tray liner or bag stuffer.



Walgreen’s– Any Day Discount
Purchase advance General Admission tickets for $16.50 at the check-out counter or at the service desk at any local Walgreen.


Can Food Drive – Any Wednesday
Bring 4 cans of food for donation to the North Texas Food Bank any Wednesday of the Fair and receive a coupon for a $4 admission ticket. Enjoy the Fair for just $4 and help stock the North Texas Food Bank. One (4 can) donation per person. Discount may not be combined with any other offers.


Senior Day  – Any Thursday
Senior Citizens 60 years and older get in to the State Fair FREE each Thursday.

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Dr Pepper $6 – Any Tuesday
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $6.  Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are discounted on Tuesday, too!

Dr Pepper Half Price after 5 – Any day after 5 p.m.
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $9 after 5 p.m.

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Coca-Cola – Coke $7 Thursday
Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.


KISS-FM Fridays – Any Friday
Download and print the coupon from the KISS-FM website to get $5 off admission..making it $13!  Discount is off of general admission only – when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon.

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***BEWARE** Monday, Oct. 9th is FAIR DAY for area students. It’s a school holiday and all school-aged kids will receive FREE admission tickets from their schools. THIS IS USUALLY A VERY BUSY DAY, SO AVOID IT IF YOU DON’T HAVE KIDS! 

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The fairgrounds are over 400 acres!  Little legs will be zapped in no time, so don’t forget a stroller or wagon.  Plus, you’ll have a place to store all your goodies. Wagons and strollers are available to rent for $10-$15, but there are limited quantities and reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance.

Here are my boys over TEN years ago (sniff, sniff). There’s no way I would’ve ever taken on the massive fair without a stroller!

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Be sure to check out the Food and Fiber building where you’ll find FREE samples of smoothies, pickles, ice cream, and Davis Mountain Nut Company.

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Watch my Good Morning Texas segment from last year….the discounts are basically the same:



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