State Fair of Texas: Ways to Save on Admission and more

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Updated: 09/14/2014

State Fair of Texas Deals and Discounts

The State Fair of Texas is a fun place to venture around with your friends and family. Doors are open from September 26th til October 19th. The only problem is, if you’re not careful you can break the bank. Ticket prices rise each year and frankly, it’s a waste of money to full price when you can save.  We’ve gathered ways for you to save at the fair from going on certain days of the week to wearing certain clothes. Take advantage of these deals and spread the word. Don’t pay full retail for your ticket.

2014 State Fair of Texas Discounts and Deals

GIVEAWAY: Win a FREE pair of tickets from Greyhound HERE!

Opening Day Savings: On opening day (September 26th) bring a bottle of Dasani water or any coke product to the fair admission gates for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and get in for $6 per donation, per person.

Advanced Ticket Sales Online: Why wait in line or wait til the last minute to purchase your ticket? Buy your ticket in advance online and save a few bucks. (You can even buy Food & Ride Coupons early!) Also, if you plan on visiting the State Fair more than once this year, look into buying a season pass for only $39.95.

Try the new digital ticket option and save $2 off any ticket you buy. The best part is that the ticket is delivered straight to your phone!

School Tickets: Every year, school districts in the area send children home with FREE admission tickets. Be sure to use and take advantage of them. If you know someone who won’t be using theirs, you can always ask for it. 

Dickie’s Day: Unfortunately, there is no ‘Dickies Day’ this year but there is still a promotion tied in with Dickies. Anyone who purchases $75 or more worth of goods at the Dickies retail store in Fort Worth through October 6 will receive two free tickets to the fair.

McDonald’s Deals: McDonald’s offers $6 children’s general admission with their State Fair coupons (you can find these on tray liner or bag stuffers) any day of the fair. A free child ticket (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also sometimes distributed by McDonald’s. 

Ride the Dart: Parking at the State Fair costs $15! Don’t waste your money on parking, that $15 could go towards some yummy fried food!

Senior Citizen Discount: Grab your granny and take her to the State Fair on Thursday! Senior Citizens (anyone 60 and over) get in for FREE on every Thursday that the fair is open. If you can’t make it on a Thursday, they still get a $4 discount every other day, so it’s a win/win!

Dr. Pepper $8 admission after 5pmAny day after 5 p.m. Bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $8.

Dr. Pepper Tuesdays: Every Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $5. Most rides on those Tuesdays (excluding the Thrillway, Texas Star, and selected other attractions) are just 5 coupons.

Canned Food Wednesday:  Make a quick trip to the store (or your pantry) for some canned goods. Each visitor who brings 3 cans of food for the North Texas Food Bank will pay $3 admission.

Coca Cola Thursdays: Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission on Thursdays.

KISS Fridays Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM website. Admission is $12 with the coupon. Discount is off of general admission only – when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon.

Do you attend the Fair with a group of friends? Then take advantage of the State Fair’s group ticket discount program.  Save up to 30% on general admission tickets when you have parties of 20 or more.

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Comments

  1. Dallas_Socials says

    No problem! No reason not to save on admission, especially when there are tons of fried foods to buy inside.

    Btw, I just checked out your blog and LOVE it!

  2. Marcia Hackett says

    A friend passed this info on to me. I know some you already have listed:

    • $3 Tuesdays: Every Tuesday of the Fair, bring in an empty Dr. Pepper and enter for only $3.
    • $2 Wednesdays: For every person that brings 3 cans of food (which is donated to food banks in the area) and enter for only $2.
    • $4 Thursdays: Bring an empty 20 oz bottle of a Coke product and enter for $4.
    • Like movies? Have a ticket stub from Cinemark? Use it to get in Free on Thursdays.
    • Senior citizens over the age of 60 also get in free on Thursdays – sponsored by Mature Texas Magazine.
    • Kiss FM Fridays at the Fair: Hop on over to Kiss FM’s site and print off a coupon for 1/2 price admission and 1/2 price rides after 5pm on Fridays.
    • Members of the Museum of Nature and Science get in FREE. You should have received your vouchers already, if not give them a ring. You can still join to reap the benefits of free admission.
    • Neighbors GO is giving away FREE tickets, all you have to do is register. You’re able to register every day to increase your chances. Each winner will win a family 4-pack valid all days of the fair.
    • Participate in the “Cease The Grease” campaign taking place at Two Podners Restaurant. Drop off 1 liter or more of used grease or oil and receive 2 FREE tickets. (Only the Robert B. Cullum location is participating). – Examiner
    • Every year, school districts in the area send children home with FREE admission tickets. Be sure to use and take advantage of them.

  3. Monika says

    For the Cinemark stub is there any specification as to WHICH type of Cinemark stub will work? The regular priced theatre or the dollar theatre?

  4. says

    I wonder if the DCTA connects with the Dart. If so, that would save on gas and parking. It's been a long time since I went to the fair. Last time I was there the tickets per item were very high.

  5. Jessica says

    Can you please confirm the Dickie’s details? You said Thursday October 3, but Thursday is October 2, and October 3 is a Friday. Thanks!

  6. Frances Moreno says

    Im an educator in deep south Texas and I would like to know where to obtain free admission tickets to the state fair?

  7. shina says

    Hi do u knw of any other way to get adult discount or free tickets? What about purchasing a wristband to ride the rides? Only been in this state for two months… Don’t know to much about this but plan on going with my children on Monday.. Any info would help thxs!!

  8. says

    I contacted Dickies regarding the information about there being no Dickies Day at the 2014 Texas State Fair. They informed me that Dickies Day was actually Thursday, October 2, 2014. Seems like I remember Dickies Day being closer to the end of the fair in previous years, but they did have one this year.

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