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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition

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State Fair of Texas Bigger Than Ever

The nonprofit State Fair of Texas, which runs from September 29 through October 22 at Fair Park, is always a mammoth undertaking, and this year it gets a little bigger to accommodate the pent-up demand generated by recent restrictions on crowded events. The 2023 fair includes literally hundreds of activities throughout the fairgrounds during all 24 days, all free with admission. Celebrating all things Texan is central to the fair’s mission and providing entertainment for all kinds of fairgoers.

Three live music stages present more than 90 acts. The Chevrolet Main Stage will host headlining performances from Ceelo Green, Bowling For Soup, Craig Morgan, The War & Treaty, Yahritza Y Su Esencia and others. The Bud Light Stage and Yuengling Stage highlight local and regional acts on the rise, as well as live stand-up as part of Deep Fried Comedy on at 8 p.m. Fridays.

The Ram TRX Thrill Ride will thrill and the Creative Arts Building will impress with the Little Lone Stars’ Craft Corral and educational exhibits. Just some of the highlights among new additions include 10 life-sized Dinosaurs at the Lagoon, with Dr. Diggie-bones for Dino Tales, an interactive story time focused on archeological digs and prehistoric creatures.

The expanded Fringe Stage adds three new acts—Acrobuffos brings an epic water balloon fight; contortionist Sara Twister displays her archery skills; and the Street Circus showcases acrobatics, hula hoops, handstands and comedy. The Soap Bubble Circus performs Guinness World Record-breaking feats.

Every Friday through Sunday, the State Fair of Texas Rodeo spotlights the best of the best in the ring, including the year-end finale of the United Professional Rodeo Association  at the Coliseum. The African American Museum is home to one of the largest collections of African American folk art in the United States, with fine art, traditional art and historical artifacts dating back to the 1800s.

The Hall of State is one of the most historic buildings in Texas. Two new exhibits—The Texas Tech Centennial and the Texas Ranger Bicentennial will educate visitors about many important historical events.

Texas Discovery Gardens and Jackson's Home and Garden and Christmas Décor encourage planning ahead with their Home For The Holidays Christmas décor showcase. Explore the vast fairgrounds at will or get a convenient map online that points out the locations of the All-Star Stunt Dog Show, Big Tex’s Discovery Farm, Majesty Of The Horse, the Kroger Starlight Parade and so much more.

Location: Fair Park, Dallas. For more information, visit BigTex.com.

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