Texas State Fair 2021: Here’s What to Know About the Epic Food Scene

by Katie Maloney
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The Texas State Fair is back!

2020 left Texans hungry. Yes, they had access to regular food. But they missed out on all the delicious eats from the Texas State Fair.

The Texas State Fair is known as one of the most beloved events in the state. It’s also considered the largest annual fair of its kind in the US. It all started in 1886 and has only grown since then. Unfortunately, organizers had to cancel last year’s festivities and Texans were denied all the live music and festival food they deserve. Luckily, the Texas State Fair is back in action this year. And adorably, the fair’s theme this year is “Howdy Folks!” The theme is meant to welcome back all the festival-goers after a year’s hiatus. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your day at the fair this year.

When, Where and What’s Included?

After a year away, the Texas State Fair is back and ready for guests. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about trying to schedule one exact day for the fair. The festival runs from September 25 through October 17, 2021. So you have plenty of days to choose from. The weeks-long event takes place in Dallas, Texas at Fair Park.

So, what can you expect to see at the historic Texas State Fair? The better question is what won’t you see?! There truly is something for everyone at the fair including museums, an aquarium, stores, art shows, farm and livestock arenas, car shows, six music stages, cooking contests, food, and more. And expect to be impressed by the selection of food at the fair. After all, everything’s bigger in Texas! Fair attendees can expect Texas classics including barbecue, Tex-Mex, and desserts. However, there are some innovative newcomers to the fair food as well this year. Fair-goers can try goodies like Cajun crab bombs, stuffed waffles, fried chicken cordon bleu, champagne JELL-O hotshots, cotton candy burritos, and fried potato salad.

How Do You Get Tickets?

You can purchase tickets at the gate. However, it’s always better to plan for a day as epic as a Texas State Fair visit. So, tickets are also available for purchase online. You can purchase daily admission tickets online or at the gate for around $15-$20. If you know you’ll want to visit the fair several times, you can purchase a season pass online or at the gate for $50. And, if you know you’ll be attending the fair but you’re not sure which day works best for you, you can purchase a premium ticket for $24. Premium tickets can be used on one day of your choice.

For more information about the fair, including a map to the festivities and parking information, visit the Texas State Fair website.