LIST: How Save Money at the State Fair of Texas 2022 Edition


Opening Day

Opening day only, bring two jars of peanut butter to donate to the North Texas Food Bank and receive $10 admission at the gate. This discount is only available in person, at the gate, because donating peanut butter through your computer is incredibly messy.

Fletcher’s Corny Dogs – FREE CORNY DOGS! Yes, this year at the fair, every Friday the first 80 customers at all of their 7 locations at the fair will get a free corny dog as they celebrate their 80th anniversary. There will also be something called the “Golden Stick” so when you finish your corny dog make sure you look at the ticket, it is says “80 Years” on it, take it bag to Fletcher’s for a goodie bag, free corny dogs and more.

Every Day

The State Fair of Texas offers free admission every day of the fair for children ages two and younger. 

Everyone pays kid’s admission price after 5 p.m. If you can wait until 5:01 p.m., you can get a ticket to the fair for the same price as your kid. Any night of the week, all visitors receive reduced general admission after 5 p.m., thanks to Oncor.

First responder discount: The State Fair is thanking first responders with a discount honoring active and retired public law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency services agencies. All first responders can save $5 off on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and $7 off on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) when they present a valid badge or ID card from their department or organization at the gate or online, plus up to three discounted admission tickets for their family members.

Military appreciation discount: All active military, retired military, and veterans save $5 off on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and $7 off on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) when they present valid documentation of military service at the gate or online. Spouses of service men and women with a valid military spouse ID and accompanying children under the age of 18 also receive discounted admission.

McDonald’s “hero” discount: Do you regularly eat Big Macs, like a real American? If you know the number of the combo you order by heart and ask for it with no substitutions, the State Fair is here to honor you with the same discount they’re giving first responders and veterans. Discount coupons are available at participating McDonald’s locations throughout North Texas on tray liners and inside their meal bags. With this coupon, any fairgoer can save $5 off on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and $7 off on weekends (Saturday-Sunday.)

Go with 24 friends, and you can get discounted group tickets for as low as $13 per person. The State Fair of Texas offers discounted group tickets starting for groups as small as 25.

Season pass is cheaper than buying a day pass2022 season passes are now available for only $50, which includes 24-day admission as well as a variety of special VIP benefits.

Premium admission two-pack combo for $98. Head to for more information.

Big Tex InsiderSign up to become a Big Tex Insider and get the latest ticket discounts emailed to you, including super-exclusive savings on tickets released each week of the fair. Insiders also receive first access to pre-sales, information on every show and State Fair attraction, discounted merchandise from the Big Tex store, and a special message from Big Tex on your birthday.


Monday through Thursday, adult daily one-day admission tickets are only $15, and child daily one-day admission tickets are only $10. (But keep reading, because this is a good deal for Mondays, but you’ll find better deals for Tuesday through Thursday below.)


Thrilling Tuesdays: Most rides are offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays, so you can barf up a fried charcuterie board for less. You’re welcome.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday during the fair when you can purchase your admission ticket online for a reduced price of only $10. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code, so sign up now at


$5 Wednesdays: Big Tex will let you in the door to his fried food wonderland for just $5 every Wednesday if you bring him five canned food items for the North Texas Food Bank. And don’t forget, every Wednesday morning at the fair is sensory-friendly.


Senior Citizens: Every Thursday, senior citizens 60 years and older receive half-price admission to the fair and get admission for only $5.

Thrifty Thursdays: Once you’re inside the fair, participating food vendors offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price every Thursday, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items. This is also where some of the concessionaires will try out a new menu idea for next year to see if it sticks. Here’s a handy map and a list of 85 foods you can get at a discount on every Thrifty Thursday at the fair.

Other ways to save:

BYO food and (non-alcoholic) beverages. Do you have dietary restrictions? Or, would you pretend you have dietary restrictions in order to save yourself from having to spend $40 on a Big Tex-branded bottle of water? You can bring your own food. It’s totally fine. You can even bring a cooler or an ice chest. Just don’t bring any alcohol, glass containers, and metal knives and forks. It’s the fair, not a seven-course dinner.

Take the DART. For the love of everything holy, take the DART to the fair and save yourself a ton of money and time.

Ride your bike! Bicycle racks are located inside Gates 5, 6, and 11.

Hit the ATM before you arrive. Sure, the fair has ATMs, but the service fees are as high as the ones at The Lodge. Nobody makes that mistake twice. Get your cash out before you show up. (Personal checks cannot be cashed on the fairgrounds, Grandma.)

Enjoy the fair, y’all. We hope you make out with a corny dog and smile whilst puking on the tilt-a-whirl, just like you always dreamed.