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Brand new activities keep Big Tex young

Brand new activities keep Big Tex young
Photos by Alejandra Rosas — Illustration by Jonathan Wences

Every fall, the State Fair provides fun for people all over the Metroplex.

This year, enjoy fair favorites like a ride on the Ferris wheel or a look at the newest cars in the auto show while taking advantage of the newest additions such as the Beer Haven and the Big Texas Music concert series.

Even the most devoted fairgoers will find something new and exciting this time around.

— Compiled by Parker Ward and Andrea Carrizales

Beer Haven

This outdoor bar on wheels offers 60 different draft taps every day. Primarily serving local craft brews, it offers special Texas- and fair-themed drinks such as the Community Beer Co.’s Funnel Cake Ale, a finalist in last year’s Big Tex Choice Awards.

The Beer Haven will be at the fair through Oct. 18. During the weekends, the bar hosts live music and entertainment at the base of the Texas Star Ferris wheel. On Saturdays, local brewmasters offer tours showcasing their work.

On the last weekend of the fair, the trucks will move into the Cotton Bowl for the Texas Craft Beer Festival, where more than 70 state breweries will talk to beer newbies and connoisseurs alike.


Big Texas Music

From pop to classical and country music, the Big Texas Music series of concerts has something for everyone every day of the fair, featuring notable musicians from all over the state. Entrance fees are included with fair admission.

To see the full schedule of performances, visit
Thrifty Thursdays
Save money and enjoy select food items at a discount every Thursday. From funnel cakes to corny dogs, this is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the State Fair while on a student budget.
fair-3Mundo Latino — Guitarras de Mexico

Adding a distinct Latin flair just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Guitarras de Mexico features performances from guitarists and ensembles.

Guitar makers from Paracho, Michoacan — the “guitar capital of Mexico” — will demonstrate their knowledge and craftsmanship to visitors.

This exhibit is part of the annual series of Mundo Latino events and will be open daily in the Women’s Museum.
Mattress Firm Illumination Sensation
The revamped Fair Park fountain system will put on a nightly water and light show with dancers, acrobats and pop music to complement the art deco architecture. The 16-minute show will start at 8 p.m. every night in the Esplanade.
Photos by Alejandra Rosas — Illustration by Jonathan Wences

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