Texas-Sized Savings for the Texas State Fair!

I can almost smell the fried turkey legs now.  Texas State Fair is right around the corner, starting on September 25th.  While we are all eager to see Big Tex, we’re not so thrilled about the cost of going to see him.  To that end, I have compiled a list of all the ways you can save on admission.  Why pay full price if you don’t have to?!

  • A full bottle of Dasani (or other Coca-Cola) product will get you in for half price on Opening Day, plus the bottles will be donated to North Texas Food Bank!
  • Get a digital ticket any day via the DART app for $2 less than the gate price.  No need to print, they’ll scan your phone at the gate.  Get a DART day pass while you’re in the app, too.  Riding the DART saves the $15 parking fee.


  • Wait for school tickets.  Your children always get a free child admission ticket from school.
  • Empty Dr. Pepper cans will get you in for $5 on Tuesdays.  A lot of the rides and attractions are discounted on Tuesday as well.
    • An empty can of DP will also get you half price admission any day after 5 PM.
  • McDonald’s has discounts every day of the fair.  Look in your bag or on your tray liner for a coupon for $5 off general admission or half off a child fare.
  • Senior citizens, over the age of 60, get in free on Thursdays!  Go any other day, and you’ll still save $4 off admission.
  • On Wednesdays, bring 4 cans of food for donation to the North Texas Food Bank and you’ll pay just $4 admission.
  • On Thursdays, bring an empty 20 oz Coca-Cola bottle for $6 admission.
    • Thursdays also have special pricing on food, courtesy of Silverleaf resorts.
  • On Fridays, you can download this printable coupon from KISS FM to save $5 off admission at the gate.


  • Buy tickets along with Food & Ride coupons online. It’ll save you a few dollars, plus a wait in line.  If you know you’ll be going more than once, consider a season pass for $34.95.
    • If you’re interested in a season pass, you might want to make a stop at Sonic to find out how to save $10.  You should get a sticker on your receipt.
    • Season Pass ticketholders get all of the following:
      • 24-day admission to the 2015 State Fair of Texas
        • New in 2015! Collectible State Fair theme art season pass hard card
      • One FREE single-day Bring-a-Friend ticket (M-F only)
      • 14 FREE Chevrolet Main Stage headliner concerts
      • FREE State Fair of Texas reusable bag (first 7,500 Season Pass holders)
      • FREE Medium Slush from Sonic
      • FREE commemorative Big Tex photo (sent to you after the Fair)
      • Exclusive season pass holder events
        • Season Pass Perks Party (September 20)
        • Guided Photo Tour (October 3)
      • 10% OFF all State Fair gear at official merchandise stores

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