Yes! It is finally beginning to feel like autumn in Texas and that means it is time for the annual Texas State Fair! If you are seeking to take your family at the lowest cost possible, be sure and check out our savings guide below. We can help you save a bundle and if you plan it right, you might be able to attend for FREE!
Texas State Fair Events Begin Friday, September 26
(Runs September 26 to October 19, 2014)
This year’s line up of events is as extensive as ever. Free concerts (with admission) include: The Swon Brothers — finalists of NBC’s “The Voice”, Fantasia, Lucy Hale, Kool & The Gang, and more great bands. There is so much to see and do. Check out the line up of concerts here, the list of celebrity chef demonstrations here (including Keith Hicks – Buttons), and the full schedule of events here.
Lots of Ways to Save on Tickets
General admission fair tickets are normally $17/person. Plan ahead, and you can enjoy your day at a deep discount (or even attend for FREE) with one of the many ways to save on your tickets. Following is a roundup of discount options:
1. Kroger Grocery Store is the official site for advanced discount ticket purchases. We do recommend calling the Kroger service desk before stopping by to purchase tickets, as not all locations offer these tickets:
Advance General Admission: $15.50 Valid for any one-day admission.
Advance Season Pass: $34.95. This is only sold at Kroger, and not available at the State Fair admission gates. This is a great deal if you are going to make multiple visits during the fair. This season pass includes: unlimited visits for 2014 and a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday).
2. September 26, Opening Day $6 Admission with a Food Donation to the North Texas Food Bank ~ Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates and get in for $6 per (per donation) per person.
3. Tuesdays, Dr Pepper Day: $5 Admission & 6 Coupon Rides ~ On Tuesdays, bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the admission gate and enter for $5. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are 6 coupons as well.
4. Wednesdays, Kroger Food Drive Day: 3 Cans for $3 Admission ~ When you bring 3 cans of food (per person) for area food banks, get admission for $3.
5. Thursdays, Coke Day: $6 Admission ~ Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.
6. Thursdays, Seniors Day: FREE Admission ~ Senior Citizens 60 years and older get into the State Fair FREE each Thursday.
7. Fridays, $5 OFF with KISS-FM coupon ~ Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM website (here) to get $12 admission with the coupon. Discount is off of general admission only, when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon
8. Fridays – Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings: Buy One Get One FREE ~ Present the coupon found inside Friday’s Star-Telegram AND your valid Press Pass Card when purchasing a General Admission Ticket at any State Fair of Texas® ticket booth at the regular price of $17.00 AND receive a second ticket free.
9. Friday, October 3, Fort Worth Star Telegram Gold Press Pass Savings: 2 FREE ADMISSION Tickets ~ Present the coupon found inside Friday’s Star-Telegram AND your valid GOLD Press Pass Card at any State Fair of Texas ticket booth to receive two free General Admission tickets, valid Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 only.
10. After 5pm any day, Dr Pepper Day: $8 Admission ~ After 5pm, admission is $8 when you bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate.
11. Any Day $2 Off, Dart GoPass ~ Buy discounted tickets to the State Fair right from your DART GoPass app. Adult tickets are just $15 and child/senior tickets are $11. You can also buy a DART pass to the Fair. Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone and scanned at the gates.
12. Any Day $3 Off with McDonald’s coupon ~ 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. A $6 child ticket (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s.
13. Any Day $3 Off with Sonic promo code ~ Enter the promo code “Sonic” when you order your State Fair tickets online, to get $3 off any ticket through October 13.
14. FREE Admission From Dickies ~ Make a purchase of $75 or more worth of items from the the Dickies clothing store in Fort Worth through October 6 and you will receive two free tickets to the State Fair.
Offers may not be combined together.
:: Learn more about the State Fair of Texas here.
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