The fair opens September 30 and runs through October 23, 2011. We try to go every year as a family but with five people, that gets to be pretty expensive so I’m always on the lookout for discounts to help fit this experience in our budget. Here is a list of ways you can save this year too, if you’re flexible on when you can go, they have some pretty good weekday discounts. If you have school-aged children and weekends are your only option, shoot for Sundays, Frisco and Dallas ISDs (and probably everyone else too) give free student tickets. The trick is making sure your student keeps track of it until it makes it into your hands. The free tickets are valid Sundays only and also come with a dollar off coupon that you can use on the adult tickets.
Advance Ticket Sales on-line
Get a ticket on-line now, for $13.95. Kids and Seniors are $10.95 advance. You can even order sheets of food coupons in advance too!
Opening Day Sept. 30
Bring a 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 $5 per (per donation) per person.
DART Combo Ticket
Available at Kroger Food Stores. $17 buys 1 general admission to 2011 State Fair of Texas & round-trip transportation on DART the day of your visit. The Green Line drops off at front gate and a second station is located within easy walking distance to the MLK entrance. Advance ticket is $14.50 at Kroger without the DART pass.
DART Fair Pass (transportation only)
You can also pre-purchase just a DART pass for $4 to use on either Saturday October 1 or Saturday October 8 here.
Kroger/Cinemark Season Pass
Get a season pass at Kroger for $29.95, and it includes unlimited visits for the pass holder, one buddy pass for one visit Monday thru Friday only, and a Cinemark Movie pass good Sunday thru Thursday that must be used by October 31st.
Dr Pepper $4Tuesdays
Every Tuesday, bring an empty Dr Pepper can and enter for $4. Most rides on those Tuesdays (excluding the Thrillway, Texas Star & selected other attractions) are 5 coupons.
Dr Pepper $5 after 5 p.m.
Bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate after 5 p.m. and enter for $5.
Kroger “Three for $2” Wednesdays
Admission is $2 for each visitor bringing 3 cans of food on Wednesday only, for area food banks.
Coke $5 Thursdays
Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $5 admission on Thursdays.
Seniors Day sponsored by DRIVE4COPD
FREE Thursdays for Senior Citizens 60 years and older.
Thursday, October 6th, wear and show your Dickies logo clothing item at the staffed tent outside the gate and receive a voucher. The voucher is for FREE admission on Thursday October 6th only.
Any Day McDonald’s Deal
McDonald’s offers $4 off General Admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffers) any day of the Fair. A free child ticket (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s. Offer may not be combined with any other offer.
Museum of Nature & Science Members
FREE Admission for you! Members receive a voucher this week (I got mine last week) good for free admission for two adults and up to 4 children. Voucher is good on any week day of the fair. You’re not a member? Join now silly and get your voucher!
West Side Story at the Music Hall
If you buy a ticket to the West Side Story performance at the Music Hall at Fair Park, it will include a same-day fair admission.
I can taste the funnel cake and corn dogs now. Yummy!