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Your Guide To Low Cost And No Cost Fun At The State Fair Of Texas

Thousands of Longhorns and Sooners are already streaming into town for Texas-OU weekend. The Red River Showdown kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday.

If you can’t afford a ticket to the Cotton Bowl, clever folks at the State Fair of Texas can still have a lot of fun on the cheap.

To save on parking, you can take DART. And once you’re inside the gates, there’s a shocking amount of free.

Free Shows And Attractions Include...

Long Star Horse Spectacular

Zuzu African Acrobats

Wild West Pet Palooza

Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show

Pig Races

Free Exhibitions Include...

Mundo Latino “Guitarras de Mexico”

Auto show

Big Texas Music exhibit

State Fair Food Deals

Water and soft drinks for $1 at Mundo Latino and Dart museum.

Samples at Food and Fiber Pavillion          

Soda Refill stations (water 2 coupons, soft drinks 4 coupons)

Beer for $3 at Ice House on the Midway

Thrifty Thursday (food deals)

You can bring your own food and drinks to the Fair, but not alcohol, metal knives or glass. Click here for information on discount admission.

Courtney Collins has been working as a broadcast journalist since graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before coming to KERA in 2011, Courtney worked as a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. While there she covered daily news and reported for the station’s weekly news magazine, Metro Connection.