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Your 2015 State Fair of Texas Guide to Discount Tickets, Food and Other Savings — September 25 to October 18

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Woohoo — it is almost time for the annual State Fair of Texas! If you want to take your family at the lowest cost possible, be sure and check out our savings guide below.  We share the inside scoop on how to save a bundle on admission, rides, food and more!

Texas State Fair Events Begin This Friday, September 25
(Runs September 25 to October 18, 2015)

This year’s line up of events and talent is as extensive as ever. 24 free concerts (with admission) include: Craig Wayne Boyd – finalist of NBC’s “The Voice”, The Beach Boys, Lecrae, Mercy Me, and more great bands. There is so much to see and do.  Check out the line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here (including one of our favorites this Saturday — Chef Keith Hicks of Buttons), and the full schedule of events here

Save with Daily Specials on Tickets, Food, Rides, and More
General admission fair tickets are normally $18/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 admission tickets, rides, and food. Please note, discounts may not be combined with any offers. 

Here’s a roundup of our TOP 15 daily discounts for 2015’s fair:

2015 State Fair Discounts

1. September 25, Opening Day $9 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 HALF PRICE on opening day (September 25, 2015). One donation per person. Discount may not be combined with any offers. 

2.  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 discounted to 6 coupons as well. One can per person.

3.  Wednesdays, North Texas Food Bank Food Drive: 4 Cans for $4 Admission ~ Bring 4 cans of food for donation to the N. 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.

4.  Thursdays, Coke Day: $6 AdmissionBring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and receive a coupon for a $6 admission ticket to the State Fair.  One bottle per person.

5.  Thursdays, Seniors Day: FREE Admission ~ Senior Citizens 60 years and older get into the State Fair FREE each Thursday.

6. Thursdays, NEW “Thrifty Thursdays” Discounted Food ~ Participating food vendors are offering special pricing on signature menu items with Thrifty Thursdays! Featured items include State Fair classics like cotton candy and funnel cakes, plus many more. Special pricing available each Thursday of the 2015 Fair. Find a list of all the Thrifty Thursday food specials here.

7.  Fridays, $5 OFF with KISS-FM coupon ~ Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM  website  (here) to get $13 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, 50% OFF Tickets with Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings ~ Present the special State Fair of Texas coupon (found in the Star-Telegram on 9/18, 9/20, 9/25, 10/02, 10/09, 10/16) and your valid Press Pass at any State Fair of Texas ticket booth to receive a 50% discount off the regular general admission price of $18. Valid for up to two discounted admissions per cardholder. Offer good any Friday during the 2015 State Fair of Texas and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

9. Friday, October 2, Fort Worth Star Telegram Gold Press Pass Savings: 2 FREE ADMISSION TicketsPresent the special State Fair of Texas coupon (found in the Star-Telegram on 9/18, 9/20, 9/25, 10/02, 10/09, 10/16) and your valid GOLD Press Pass at any State Fair of Texas ticket booth to receive up to two (2) FREE general admission tickets. Offer good on Friday, October 2 only during the 2015 State Fair of Texas and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer expires October 2, 2015.

10. Any Day After 5pm, Dr Pepper Day: $9 Admission ~ Bring an empty Dr Pepper can 5 p.m. each day to get half price admission ($9). One can per person.

11. Any Day $2 Off, Dart GoPass ~ Buy discounted tickets to the State Fair right from your DART GoPass app. Adult tickets are just $16 and child/senior tickets are $12.  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,  Ticket Discounts at Kroger ~ Kroger 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$16.50  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 2015 and a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday).

14. Any Day, $10 Off a Season Pass with Sonic Promo Code ~ Stop by Sonic  for complete details on how to SAVE $10 off a Season Pass. Valid online through 10/11/2015.

15.  Save up to 30% With the State Fair’s Season Passes or Ticket & Coupon Combo Packages (Only available to prepurchase online here):  If you plan on attending multiple times or plan to bring a family, this is an easy way to save a nice bundle.  This year’s ticket and coupon packages include:

Ticket / Coupon Package Type Price Savings
2 Season Passes and 120 Coupons $99 30% OFF
4 General Admission Tickets and 100 Coupons $99 19% OFF
4 General Admission Tickets and 320 Coupons $199 15% OFF
2 General Admission Tickets and 100 Coupons $69 20% OFF

:: Learn more about the State Fair of Texas here.

 

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2014 State Fair of Texas Discount Tickets Savings Guide — September 26 to October 19

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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 herethe 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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Texas Tax FREE Holiday for Energy Star Appliances — Memorial Day Weekend 2014

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Please pass along to anyone in the new home appliance (or dorm-sized refrigerator) market…

  

Good News! This Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26), Texas shoppers get a break from sales tax for purchases of most energy-star appliances and energy-efficient products like refrigerators and clothes washers ~ even energy-star rated college-dorm-sized refrigerators and light bulbs qualify!  This is a great way to get an extra “discount” and save on future energy costs if you are in the market for any of these items.

The energy-star products qualifying in 2014 include:

  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Energy Star Labeled Programmable thermostats
  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less

The 2014 sales tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 24, and ends on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend).

ENERGY STAR logo

Qualifying products will need to display the ENERGY STAR logo. The discount can also apply to delivery and installation fees and  there is no limit to the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday.

To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

P.S.  Be sure to check out this extra savings tip:  Pop over to Amazon’s Energy Star Appliance Rebate finder page (go here & look for the Energy Star Logo link in the left column)They have an easy to search database of Energy Star rebates on qualified products. 

   

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2013 State Fair of Texas Discount Tickets Savings Guide ~ September 27 to October 20

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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 can even attend for FREE!

Texas State Fair Events Begin Today, September 27
(Runs September 27-October 20, 2013)

This year’s line up of events is as extensive as ever.  Free Concerts (with admission) include: Casting Crowns, Asleep at the Wheel, Blondie, Molly Ringwald,  and more great bands. There is so much to see and do.  Check out the line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here, 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$16  (compared to $17 at gates).  Valid for any one-day admission.
  • Advance Season Pass: $34.95 (Only sold at Kroger, and not sold at 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 2013, a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday) and one Cinemark movie ticket.

2. September 27, 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 to get in for $6 per person, per donation.

3.  October 3, Dickies Day FREE Admission ~ Anyone wearing a Dickies logo clothing item will receive a free voucher for admission to the Fair on same day.

4. 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.

5.  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.

6.  Thursdays, Coke Day: $6 Admission ~ Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.

7.  Thursdays, Seniors Day: FREE Admission ~ Senior Citizens 60 years and older get into the State Fair FREE each Thursday.

8.  Thursdays, Cinemark: FREE AdmissionPresent a Cinemark Movie Theater ticket stub and receive a free admission (one person per ticket stub) on any Thursday.

9.  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

10. Fridays, Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings: Buy One Get One FREE ~ With your valid Press Pass card and State Fair of Texas coupon printed in the Star-Telegram (Friday’s DFW.com section) you receive a second ticket free when you purchase a general admission ticket at any State Fair of Texas ticket booth (at regular price of $17.00). Offer expires October 18, 2013.

11. Fridays, Fort Worth Star Telegram Gold Press Pass Savings: 2 FREE General Admission Tickets for October 4th ~ Present your valid Gold Press Pass card and State Fair of Texas coupon printed in the Star-Telegram (Friday’s DFW.com section) and you receive two free general admission tickets to the State Fair of Texas. Offer valid only on Friday, October 4 and offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

12. 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.

13. Any Day $3 Off, McDonald’s ~ McDonald’s offers $3 off General Admission any day of the Fair, with one of their State Fair coupons (available on the tray liner or as a bag stuffer).  A half price child with purchase of general admission coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s.

Offers may not be combined together.

:: Learn more about the State Fair of Texas here.

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FREE Nate Kipp Outdoor Country Music Concert in Roanoke ~ Thursday, July 18

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Roanoke Texas Free Evening Concert Series

Pop over to historic downtown Roanoke on Thursday evening and enjoy a fun and relaxing time at this week’s Evenings on Oak Street  FREE concert. Part of Roanoke’s twice-a-month free concert series, Thursday’s event (July 18 from 7-8pm) will feature local country favorite, Nate Kipp.  Be sure to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy your time on the plaza.

Evenings on Oak Street Concert Series Lineup

  • July 18 ~ Nate Kipp (Americana/Country)
  • July 25 ~ BluPrint (R&B/Rock/Jazz)
  • August 8 ~ Bone Doggie (Gypsy Americana/Blues)
  • August 22 ~ Russ Dorsey & the Musicmakers (Swing)
  • September 12 ~ Empty Pockets (Country)
  • September 26 ~ Whitehouse Harmony   (Bluegrass)
  • October 24 ~ Brave Combo (Rock/Polka)

Details, details
What:  Learn more about Roanoke’s Evenings
on Oak Street
concert series here.
When:  July 18, 7:00-8:00pm
Where:  Austin Street Plaza in Downtown Roanoke, 221 N. Oak St.
Cost: FREE!

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More Starbucks Deals & FREE Offers ~ Mmmmm!

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It’s apparently an “I need a Starbucks” kind of a day.  : ) Just in time for the summer heat blues, Starbucks has a couple of more great offers to cool you off!

:: Buy three Frappuccinos at Starbucks inside Target and get a FREE handcrafted Refreshers beverage In case you need to know, the Target store locator  indicates which of their stores include a Starbucks inside.  This offer is good through July 13 and you can find more details here.

:: Get HALF-OFF any handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers beverage from 3 to 5pm at Starbuck’s Wake Up Call.  This offer is good through June 29 at participating stores.  Get more info here.

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2013 Dates For Texas Tax Exemption Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend

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Be sure to mark the 2013 back-to-school Texas tax-free weekend on your calendar to save on clothes, school supplies, and more.  The tax exemption weekend will take place August 9-11, 2013.  Note:  this is a week earlier than normal this year.

Texas residents can receive tax-free shopping benefits August 9-11, 2013 on the following categories:

  • Clothing (under $100)
  • Shoes (under $100)
  • Backpacks and messenger/book bags for elementary
    and secondary students (under $100 )
  • School supplies under $100 such as binders, crayons,
    paper, and more (see complete list of qualifying school
    supplies here)

To find out more, go to the Texas comptroller’s site, here.

 

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