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State Fair of Texas Ticket Discounts and Deals

The State Fair of Texas starts this weekend on Friday, September 25th and runs through October 18th. As you may or may not know, the Fair offers so much cool stuff (and you want to buy all of it), a trip to Fair Park this fall can end up costing more than you expected. Here’s a list of discounts that can help you hold on to some of those dollars that could be better spent at the CSTX Shop.

Opening Day Discount

Dasani Water Discount

When: Opening Day, September 25th

Discount: $9 off 

Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani Water or any other Coca-Cola product to the Fair, as a donation to the North Texas Food Bank, and get a half price coupon for opening day. This is not to be confused with the empty Dr Pepper can discount. This one needs to be full.

Every Day State Fair Discounts

Dr Pepper After 5PM

When: Every Day after 5:00 p.m.

Discount: Half Price

Any evening after 5 p.m., bring an empty can of Dr Pepper and receive half off your admission to the fair. The Fair is open until 9 p.m. Sun-Thurs and 10 p.m. Fri-Sat, so there’s still plenty of time.

McDonald’s Discount

When: Every Day

Discount: $5 off adults and half price children

Go to any McDonald’s and get a State Fair of Texas coupon from the tray liners, or you can just ask for them at the counter. They’re good for $5 off any adult ticket and half price for a child’s admission.


When: Every Day

Discount: $2 off

Download the DART GoPass app on your smartphone and purchase tickets directly from the app for $2 off regular admission. You could also use this app to ride the DART Rail or Bus to the Fair and save money on parking.

Tuesday Ticket Discounts

Dr Pepper Tuesdays

When: Every Tuesday

Discount: $13 off

Bring in an empty can of Dr Pepper on any Tuesday of the Fair and get in for just $5! But wait! There’s more! On Tuesdays, most of the Midway rides require half as many tickets to ride. That’s tons of money saved if you go on Tuesdays!

Wednesday Ticket Discounts

North Texas Food Bank Wednesdays

When: Every Wednesday

Discount: $14 off

Every Wednesday of the Fair, bring in four canned food items (that’s 4 cans per person) to donate to the North Texas Food Bank and get into the Fair for only $4! Clean out your pantry and bring the whole family!

Thursday Discounts & Deals

Coca-Cola Thursdays

When: Every Thursday

Discount: $12 off

Get into the Fair for only $6 when you bring in an empty 20 oz. bottle of Coke to the Fair on a Thursday. Remember, not a small can of coke. The 20 oz. plastic bottle.

Thrifty Thursdays

When: Every Thursday

Discount: Discounts vary among vendors

This is one of the Fair’s newest discount options. On Thursdays, food vendors will offer discounts on some of their signature menu items so you can get a heart attack for the best value. This is a great way to try a bunch of Fair fare for a fair price. Yes!

Free Senior Thursdays

When: Every Thursday

Discount: FREE

This one goes out to all you old people out there! Every Thursday, any person 60 years old or older gets into the Fair for $0 cash. Sometimes it pays to party with the blue-hairs.

Friday Discounts

106.1 KISS FM Fridays

When: Every Friday

Discount: $5 off

Get into the Fair for $13 when you download and print this coupon from the KISS-FM website.

General Admission Combo Packs

These combo packs are available at and offer some pretty great savings, especially for a family or group of friends.

Package A

Discount: 19% off

With this package you get 4 general admission tickets and 100 food/ride coupons for $99.

Package B

Discount:  15% off

With this package you get 4 general admission tickets and 320 food/ride coupons for $199.

Package C

Discount: 20% off

With this package you get 2 general admission tickets and 100 food/ride coupons for $69.

State Fair of Texas Season Pass Deals & Discounts

This is the right way to do the State Fair of Texas. You could spend a week at the fair and never see everything you want to see. A season pass gets you into the fair every day it is running for less than the price of two regular admission tickets. Combine it with some of these discounts below and you can save even more. These discounts are available now, so get ‘em quick to take full advantage of the huge discount.


Best Season Pass Combo Package

Discount: $40 off

This one is called “Best Package” because it is the best package. For $99, you get 2 season passes and 120 food/ride coupons. You are going to get those tickets anyway, and this package allows you to save 30% on the whole deal. Do this one!

BIGTEX Promo Code

Discount: $10 off

When purchasing a season pass online at, use the promo code BIGTEX to get a season pass for just $29.95.

Kroger Advance Discount

When: in advance

Discount:  Save $2.50 on General Admission & $5 on season passes

Go to your local Kroger before you go to the Fair and get general admission tickets for $16.50 and season passes for $34.95.

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  1. robin

    On the family four pack deal with 320 tickets do you have to order in advance or can you get it when you actually attend the fair

    • Evan Faram

      Robin, you need to order a few days before you are planning on going because the tickets and coupons will be sent to you in the mail. A bit inconvenient, but still totally worth it.

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