Posts Tagged ‘Fair Park’

The Texas State Fair Starts this Weekend and Big Tex Returns!

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm


It’s that time of year again people, Texas State Fair time! Yes the fried food, fair rides and entertainment is back to make us full and happy again. But this weekend doesn’t just mark the beginning of the 2013 Texas State Fair, it also marks the return of our beloved Big Tex! Since his untimely (but not ultimate) demise last October Texas State Fair officials have been working tirelessly to return Big Tex to his rightful place at the front of the fair, greeting visitors with a howdy and that endearingly creepy smile.

This Friday, September 27th, Big Tex will be reintroduced to the world and all will be right with the Texas State Fair as we stroll through the attractions munching on deep fried chocolate chip burritos (yes everyone that’s a new item on the State Fair food list, prepare yourself). Also don’t miss the Opening Day Parade going on at noon that day. Here you can enjoy drill teams,  colorful floats and all types of parade stuff to get you into the fair going spirit.


The 31st Annual North Texas Irish Festival Kicks Off Today

Posted by    |    March 1st, 2013 at 3:09 pm

North Texas Irish Festival

It wouldn’t officially be March without the largest Celtic gathering in the South: The North Texas Irish Festival. Held in Fair Park for over 30 years, the NTIF is held Friday March 1 to Sunday March 3 with everything from Scottish Clans to a Celtic Village, Deloreans to chalk artists.

Presented by the Southwest Celtic Music Association, the weekend’s performers include world famous bands and performers like Grand Dérangement, Patrick Ball, FullSet, The Elders, Arvel Bird, and many more true Irish and Celtic performs. Other stages will feature traditional Irish Step dancing from groups like The Fèis while professional chefs serve up traditional Irish cuisine as well as some familiar dishes with a new twist. Bring on the bangers and mash!


Big Tex in Flames This Morning – Texas Mourns the Loss of an Icon

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2012 at 11:11 am

big tex in flames

photo courtesy of Lynda Kingsley

Today we say farewell to one of Dallas’ favorite icons, Big Tex. The 60-year-old Texan went up in flames Friday morning at Fair Park due to what the fair’s vice president of marketing believes to be the result of an electrical short.

Tex’s hands are the only casualties of the fire that engulfed the 70-foot figure within 5 minutes. Big Tex has been the star of the State Fair of Texas since his first appearance in 1952.

The fairgrounds remain open but it will be a strange and solemn day indeed without a warm greeting from the tallest man in Dallas.

Video Coverage from KWTX


Val Kilmer Hosts Dallas Film Society’s ‘The Art of Film’

Posted by    |    October 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

On November 16, The Dallas Film Society will host its annual celebration of fine dining and film. This year, The Art of Film will be hosted by one of film’s most respected actors, Val Kilmer. The actor, producer, and editor, known for his roles in Top Gun, Bad Lieutenant, and Heat, has worked with movie icons such as Oliver Stone, Nicolas Cage, and Sharon Stone. Val has recently completed principal photography on the new Francis Ford Coppola movie Twixt Now and Sunrise. 

art of film val kilmer

The Art of Film will be held at the newly renovated Hall of State building in Fair Park and is co-chaired by Jennifer Houser, Kate Rose Marquez and Mersina Stubbs with honorary chairman, Ruth O’Donnell Mutch.

Reserve your spot at this elegant gathering and be sure to dress accordingly.  The cocktail attire event will feature conversation with Kilmer followed by a seated dinner in the Great Hall.

For more information, go to

The Addams Family Comes To Fair Park

Posted by    |    October 1st, 2012 at 1:07 pm

The State Fair of Texas is one of Dallas’ favorite fall hallmarks and a sign that Halloween is quickly approaching. What better way to get eerily excited than with the weird and wonderful production of The Addams Family at Fair Park. The musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its North Texas premiere October 2-21, 2012 presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall.

It’s a whole new story for the familiar family and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday is all grown up and has fallen for a (gasp!) “normal” boy. Now the ultimate princess of darkness’ family must host a dinner party for her new beau and his parents. Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Little Shop of Horrrors) and Sara Gettelfinger (A Free Man of Color, Nine) will star as Gomez and Morticia in a cast that includes Tony Award Nominees and Broadway veterans.

For the Dallas engagement only, the role of Lurch will be played by Zachary James (Corum Boy, South Pacific) who originated the role on Broadway.


Ticket Information:

Single tickets, priced from $15-$75, are on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in the Preston/Royal Shopping Center in Dallas. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-ARTS or online at For groups of 15 or more, please call 214-426-GROUP.

Show Dates & Times:  

Tuesday, October 2  – 8pm
Wednesday, October 3  – 8pm
Thursday, October 4  – 8pm
Friday, October 5  – 8pm
Saturday, October 6  – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 7  – 2pm & 8pm
No show on Monday
Tuesday, October 9 – 8pm
Wednesday, October 10  – 8pm
Thursday, October 11 – 8pm
Friday, October 12 – 8pm
Saturday, October 13 – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 14 – 2pm & 8pm
No show on Monday
Tuesday, October 16 – 8pm
Wednesday, October 17  – 8pm
Thursday, October 18 – 2pm & 8pm
Friday, October 19 – 8pm
Saturday, October 20 – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, October 21 – 2pm & 8pm

Photography by Jeremy Daniel

Jason Boland & the Stragglers to Play Mardis Gras Bash in Fair Park

Posted by    |    February 17th, 2012 at 6:00 am

There’s no better holiday than one that is based on eating and drinking (mostly drinking). This weekend, Fair Park will host its 11th Annual Mardis Gras Bash in an attempt to save Dallasites the grueling nine-hour drive from the Big D to NOLA (which I have previously done, and acquired a ticket in the process).

The perks to keeping your car parked at your own home this weekend, as opposed to the flooded-with-people Bourbon Street, will be the music. Mardis Gras Bash is boasting twenty-eight bands on five stages on one day, Saturday, Feb.18th. Instead of classic New Orleans Jazz, Fair Park will host traditional bands more our speed, such as country band Jason Boland & the Stragglers, who will play at 8:45pm on the Coors Light Stage, promoting their sixth studio album, Rancho Alto (produced by Llyod Maines). The band has received accolades from CMT and the Wall Street Journal, so be sure to wear your beads and check them out.

The line up also includes Josh Abbott Band, Reckless Kelly and the Eli Young Band, among others. The rest of the bands can be found here.

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Widespread Panic at Gexa Energy Pavilion 6.17.11