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17th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair | City of Dallas

23 Jul

Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart present the 2013 Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas Fair Park’s Automobile and Centennial Buildings. On August 1st the City of Dallas, Dallas area schools, public-health departments, non-profits, DFW corporations and hundreds of volunteers will collaborate to get kids in Dallas off to strong school year! The 17th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair at Fair Park supports economically disadvantaged children with so many of their school necessities. The Dallas Mayor Back to School Bash FREE and open to the public!


DATE & TIME: Thursday, August 1st – 8:00AM – 2:00PM

Students Eligible for FREE school supplies:

  • How To Avoid long lines for school supplies at the fair: PRE-REGISTER!! Click here to pre-register by mail, or click here to get pre-registered at one of the pre-registration events.

    Photo from dfw. cbslocal.com

    Photo from dfw. cbslocal.com

    Click here to be a Volunteer

    Click here to be an Exhibitor

    An estimated 40,000 attendees are expected at the 2013 Mayors Back to School Fair in Dallas!


  • Taste of Dallas 2013

    7 Jul

    Oh taste and see that Dallas is Good! The 27th Annual Taste of Dallas festival presented by Ford is served up hot and fresh for 3 straight days at Fair Park Dallas. North Texas’ featured culinary event occurs every summer during the month of July.

    The 2013 Taste of Dallas is July 12-14 and features more than 60 restaurants in DFW. Some of the best chefs get the largest platform to showcase their cooking skills.

    The new home of Taste of Dallas is Fair Park, so the spot where this popular North Texas food festival takes place is centered among 277 acres of Dallas Museums, history and art performance. Admission to TOD is $10 for adults and parking is $5 on the Fair grounds. Kids ages 5 and under, accompanied by a guardian, get in for FREE.

    Samplings can cost between $1 and $3, but free tastes are also available throughout the festival. A plethora of foods, cooking demonstrations and taste tests can be found inside the culinary area found in the automobile building all weekend. Enjoy your indoor tasting experience at Taste of Dallas’ culinary marketplace, Taste Tavern and The Sweet Factory. Stroll the park and get a bite of the BIG D! For more information on this year’s 3-day Foodie Fest known as TOD (Taste of Dallas) visit the official website at www.tasteofdallas.org.

    Please note the hours of Taste of Dallas 2013: Friday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm | Saturday: 11:00am to 11:00pm | Sunday: 11:00am to 8:00pm


    6th Annual Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl – April 7

    31 Mar

    This coming Sunday Dallas is adding more Bark to Fair Park! The 2013 Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl, sponsored by Friends of Fair Park, is a FREE pup-friendly event open to all! Between 1:00pm and 5:00pm on April 7th canines, pet owners and dog lovers will take over the Cotton Bowl and make it their own “Dog Bowl”. However, this particular bowl won’t be filled with a can of Kibbles ‘n Bits. There will be splash pools, a pet/owner look-alike contest, an agility course and much more fun activities for you and your furry friends! It’s an entire afternoon dedicated to DFW dog lovers!

    In its 6th year of existence the Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl event will also feature pooch portraits, live music, exhibits and free giveaways! Enjoy specially priced microchipping and vaccinations for your furry family member.dog-bowl Cool organizations will be in attendance like Operation Kindness and the Human Society of Dallas County with adorable dogs up for adoption. You can find these pups who are looking for a loving home, located right outside the Cotton Bowl entrance gate at the Woofstock “Tail” gating zone.

    “Man’s Best Friend” will have the time of his (or her) life at Fair Park splashing around the misting ponds, munching on doggie treats, playing with other local pooches and seeing helpful veterinarians. Here any Dallas dog lover can learn the latest tips and trends from both trainers and pet product vendors.

    Parking may be $10 on the park grounds, but Admission is FREE so bring “Fido” and his buds for a riveting time at Fair Park Dallas where Dog Bowl at the Cotton Bowl becomes your 5-hour playground. After adding your own “Bark” to Fair Park, your doggie is sure to show you some love and wag his tail the entire way home after a full day of excitement.


    APRIL 7 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
    Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park
    3750 Cotton Bowl Circle, Dallas 75210

    Top 10 Reasons to Visit the State Fair of Texas 2012

    1 Oct

    The largest state fair in the country, the State Fair of Texas is back for 24 days of spectacular fun with everything you could imagine at a state fair – plus so much more! Fair Park Dallas opens their gates to visitors from across the country from September 28 – October 21. The variety of deep-fried delicacies may be one of the main attractions for those adventurous enough to try such treats as fried bubble gum, fried peanut butter & jelly, fried frito-pie, fried ice cream and more. Others are after the traditional corn dogs, nachos, cotton candy and turkey legs. If you’re still deciding what the draw is to this 2012 State Fair of Texas and how to make the most out of your visit we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of our TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS.

    1) Deep Fried Jambalaya (and other fried foods)
    The Texas State Fair is known to be the fried food capital. This year the deep fried jambalaya won Big Tex Choice Award, while the fried bacon cinnamon roll won Most Creative. The food, whether fried or not, is a treat for those tastebuds just because it’s fair food and it’s good! Click here to see a list of some of the many fried foods and past Big Tex winners!

    2) Daily Deals
    A special discount is offered almost every day of the week for admission to the fair. Students and teachers are given complimentary tickets from their schools, but everyone doesn’t work for the school system. You don’t HAVE to pay $16 at the gate. Here are a few ways to save:

    • Go Online – $13.95 when purchased online ($10.95 for kids/seniors)
    • Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll culturemap.com

    • Kroger Ticket – $14.50
    • Kroger/Cinemark Season Pass – For $34.95 get unlimited visits to the fair, a buddy for one visit between Mon & Fri and a Cinemark movie pass
    • Kroger DART Combo – For $17 get one admission and one RoundTrip on the DART rail to avoid parking
    • Dr Pepper $5 Tuesdays – Bring an empty Dr. Pepper can every Tuesday and get in for $5
    • After 5pm Dr. Pepper Deal – Bring an empty Dr. Pepper can after 5pm and get in for $8
    • 3 for $2 Wednesdays with NTFB – Bring 3 cans of food on Wednesday for the North Texas Food Bank and receive $2 admission
    • Coke $6 Thursdays – Bring an empty 20oz bottle of Coca-Cola and enter the fair for $6 every Thursday
    • Dickies Day – On Thursday, Oct 11th wear/show Dickies logo clothing item and receive a FREE voucher for admission to the fair (ONLY ON 10/11)
    • McDonald’s Deal – Check your tray liner or look for bag stuffers when dining at McDonalds and get $3 off general admission. Half priced child tickets are also sometimes distributed.
    • Fried Jumbalaya paperblog.com

    • Museum of Nature & Science Members – Free admission for all members! Museum members will receive a voucher good for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
    • Senior Thursdays – Senior citizens 60 and over get in for Free every Thursday. ($12 on regular days)
    • KISS FM $5 FridaysClick here for the Kiss FM coupon allowing $5 off the gate price on Fridays
    • The Addams Family at Music Hall – Receive a same-day fair admission when buying a ticket to the Addams Family performance at Fair Park’s Music Hall.

      Click here to buy tickets & coupons online.

    3) BIG TEX’s 60th Birthday
    Big Tex turns 60 this year! At 52 feet high Big Tex is the world’s largest talking cowboy figure. By the way, All Seniors 60 and over get free admission on Thursdays & discounted admission for $12 any other day.

    4) Chinese Lantern Festival
    For the first time this ancient Chinese tradition will be on display in the American Southwest with a collection of authentic Chinese art, a 110 yard long dragon made of 15,000 porcelain dishes, a Chinese marketplace, live shows, souvenirs and it all lights up at night. Open daily

    5) State Fair Photo Contest
    Capture the best angles and focal points during your visit to the fair and if you’re a skilled enough photographer you could win an iPad or $500 gift card!
    Click here for details and where to submit your pics!

    6) Auto Show
    Big Tex stands over the only state fair to feature such a major automobile show as a yearly attraction. Two buildings and an outdoor truck area contain more than 400 new cars and trucks presented by manufacturers. Click below to see some of the new 2013 models and featured manufacturers taking up 350,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space this year! Auto Gallery

    7) Free Chevrolet Concerts
    See musical guests like Le Freak, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Kevin Fowler, Rebirth Brass Band and The Commodores perform live from the Chevrolet main stage. Click here for a complete main stage lineup and schedule of the featured performing artists

    8) Garden Expo
    The State Fair Garden Exhibition continues to grow each year. Locate the Greenhouse on the Midway where Southern Living Lecture Series every Saturday and Sunday. Professional landscaping and sculptures by artists are featured in the Fall Garden Expo. Click here to view the speakers and garden exhibition artists.

    9) Legendary College Football Rivalries
    Our fair is the only one to host legendary college football rivalry games as an annual event.

    Saturday, Oct 6th – Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic
    Grambling State vs Prairie View A&M (Kickoff: 6pm)

    Saturday, Oct 13th – AT&T Red River Rivalry
    Oklahoma vs Texas (Kickoff: TBA)

    10) It’s good for the economy!!
    The longest running state fair in the U.S., TX state fair earns an estimated $350 million making a major economic impact on the DFW economy.

    Hope these 10 reasons are good enough to convince you to attend! We could only choose 10, but there are plenty more where that came from! The thrilling rides, nearby museums, Chevrolet Test track, livestock and Illumination sensation show are other great attractions of the State Fair of Texas. Happy 60th to BIG TEX! This year we’re celebrating BIG at the 126th Annual State Fair of Texas.

    Exhibit Hours:
    Friday & Saturday 10am – 10pm
    Sunday – Thursday 10am – 9pm

    Taste of Dallas 2012

    10 Jul

    Put your finger where you fork is, and your palette where Fair Park is, cause Taste of Dallas is back with sensational samples, flavorful dishes and charismatic culinary experts! If your tastebuds say “Yes” but your summer diet says “no” that’s no problem. You’re sure to find a healthy dish or the means to prepare your own with the many chef demonstrations taking place. Plus you would’ve walked off most of the tastes wandering the large Fair Park vicinity.

    The 26th Annual Taste of Dallas returns to bring Dallas food lovers the biggest taste test of North Dallas outside of the Texas State Fair. It’s getting there with more than 60 restaurants featuring sought after delicacies and the top chefs of Dallas. From Friday, July 13th to Sunday, July 15th Taste of Dallas takes over Fair Park’s 277 acres of fair grounds to place chef demonstrations, cook book signings, a big marketplace, wine/beer tastings and live music all in one location.

    Admission to Taste of Dallas is $8.00 and children get in free! Tickets are also available for $5.00 at Albertsons. TOD tastings ranges from $1-$3 each. Parking may also cost you for about $10-$12 or hop the DART Green Line.

    Sue Ellen manages to quench JR’s thirst in this TRUE TASTE OF DALLAS!

    (Click Below)

    Some participating Restaurants
    Blue Goose Cantina
    Blue Mesa Grill
    The Cake Ball Company
    Dick’s Last Resort
    Digg’s Taco Shop
    Joe’s Crabshake
    Marble Slab Creamery
    PHO Colonial
    Texas De Brazil
    Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse
    Tiff’s Treats
    and more!!

    Taste of Dallas 2012

    4:00pm – 11:00pm
    11:00am – 11:00pm
    11:00am – 9:00pm

    City Arts Festival 2012

    20 May

    Things are heating up at Fair Park with the 2012 City Arts Festival this Memorial Day weekend! For three days in a row North Texans will enjoy one of the largest outdoor art exhibits in Dallas, along with tons of family activities, food truck treats and music. The festival is FREE to get in with Fair Park parking about $10. May 25 – May 27 are the select dates for CityArts 2012. Also, included at the CityArts Festival is ArtFest, a showcase of original pieces by nearly 150 renowned national and Texan artists. The popular juried art show is put on by The 500 Inc., who for over 40 years has used ArtFest to help raise funding for cultural arts organizations in Dallas.
    Some of you might remember when the festival was held downtown in the arts district, but big the large outdoor event that it is, two years ago CityArts was moved to the more spacious Home of our State Fair to provide ample space and help place emphasis on some of the city’s coolest museums.

    The 2012 CityArts Festival is presented by Big City Crushed Concrete, which is a company that helps reduce landfilled concrete waste by usting crushed concrete products. They have provided the construction industry significant economic and environmental benefits by recycling clean concrete rubble into TXDOT Grade rock materials for over 23 years.

    The City Arts Festival of Dallas is FREE and open to the entire public. Check out the main features of this artsy fartsy fest:

    Art Classes
    Art Cars
    Musical performances
    Chef Demonstrations
    2 Outdoor Films
    (Friday & Saturday)
    Kid’s Activities

    Come Memorial Day weekend the fairgrounds will be drenched in color with so much to offer visitors. Anyone attending the festival will receive reduced admission to the museums of Fair Park at select times. The Magnolia Art Lounge will offer art classes for adults and teens. “Cartists” display some of their best work and creativity on automobiles. See how creative they can get using vehicles as a “canvas”. A mix of both musical and dance acts will take stage while food trucks roll up offering some of Dallas’ best meals on wheels. Keep on eye on the Esplanade Fountain for “dancing water” shows throughout the weekend!

    Art will be jumping out at North Texans from all areas in all aspects, whether it’s the culinary arts, dance, paint, music, graphic design, architecture, sketch, street arts and whatever else you can think of. If it’s art-related, it’s at CityArts. Don’t bother looking for tickets because this festival is FREE!


    Friday 5/25
    6PM – 10PM

    SATURDAY 5/26
    11AM – 10PM

    SUNDAY 5/27
    11AM – 6PM

    Fair Park
    1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
    Dallas 75210

    MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday 2011

    14 Nov

    On November 26th the Fair Park gates are open to all those celebrating the Christmas season at MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday!! The FREE holiday festival, great for the entire fam, will feature shopping at the Holiday Gift Market, crafts at Santa’s Workshop, the official City of Dallas tree lighting, dancing water shows and more. What’s a DFW event without some fireworks? Fair Park can’t have a big program without them, so enjoy rooftop fireworks (sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers) at Fair Park Holiday as well! Thousands of sparkly LED lights will surround the Esplanade Fountain where a beautiful “dancing water” show will take place choreographed to Christmas music and popular classics. In addition to that you can enjoy Free OR reduced admission to all of the participating museums at select times.

    Fair Park Holiday 2011, hosted by Friends of Fair Park, will be open from 11:00am to 7:30pm. Check below for a schedule for the day. What makes Fair Park Holiday so great is that it’s FREE to all the public! There’s no admission fee and you get to see so much cool stuff. This year the festival has been moved to Thanksgiving weekend, so as soon as you’re done eating some turkey leftovers, skip on over to Fair Park for free fun and Yuletide joy.

    Some of the participating museums you may want to visit at a reduced price or “F0 FREEE” include:

    The African American Museum
    Children’s Aquarium
    Museum of Nature & Science
    Museum of the American Railroad
    Texas Discovery Gardens
    The Hall of State
    The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future

    Get some Xmas shopping done inside the Centennial Bldg

    The kids will love crafts and activities in Santa’s Workshop, pictures with Santa and live entertainment at the Centennial Building. Saint Nicholas is going to stick around from noon to 5:30pm so get a snapshot with your own camera or purchase a photo button for $5! You’ll also find the Holiday Gift Market inside with an assortment of merchandise including holiday decorations and tasty treats. Holiday concessions will also be available for sale.

    While admission is free, parking is likely not. Bring a $10 bill to park inside of the gates or venture out and use the Green Line (DART) to Fair Park Station.
    Join the Friends of Fair Park for MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday November 26th for a jolly good time!

    A Christmas in the Park you won't forget!


    11:00AM – 6:00PM
    Free or reduced admission to participating museums
    Dancing water shows at Esplanade Fountain
    12:00PM – 5:30PM
    Free Visits with Santa
    5:15PM – 6:15PM
    Dallas Wind Symphony Quartet performance
    Official City of Dallas Tree-Lighting Ceremony
    Esplanade Fountain dancing water show
    Fireworks Finale
    Fair Park Holiday Festival Ends

    Fair Park
    1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.
    Dallas, 75210