BIG TEX + BIG SAVINGS


2021 State Fair of Texas | Friday, September 24, 2021 – Sunday, October 17, 2021

Y’all, it’s fall – which to North Texans means pumpkin spice everything, football and the return of The State Fair of Texas! The time-honored tradition kicks off in all its Lone Star glory on Friday, September 24. 

Big Tex + Big Savings = Texas-Sized Fun. We’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of discount opportunities so you can save on admission (which could mean more corn dogs!). Check out the list below to see the many ways Fair Fans can save BIG this year!

STATE FAIR SAVINGS

BIG TEX INSIDER PROMO CODES – Sign up to become a Big Tex Insider and receive exclusive State Fair ticket and merchandise discounts and promo codes straight to your email inbox. Each Monday during the Fair, a special promo code will be released that provides Big Tex Insiders special access to $10 tickets good for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SEASON PASSES – Trying to get the full State Fair experience can be quite hard to do in one day. With the season pass, however, you can enjoy a full 24 days of admission as well as VIP benefits for just $50.

GROUP TICKETS – Enjoy fun times at the fair with all of your friends or coworkers! When purchased in advance, groups of 25 or more can attend the State Fair for as little as $16 per person. Don’t forget to preload Midway game cards and food and ride coupons to any group ticket order. For assistance in purchasing group tickets, call in advance, 214-565-2979. 

HOMETOWN HEROES

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY IS EVERY DAY – All active military, retired military, and veterans save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends 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. For information on how to obtain your Military ID Card before your visit to the Fair, contact your military branch or go to www.cac.mil.

FIRST RESPONDERS DAY IS EVERY DAY – All first responders can save $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends 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. 

ANY-DAY DISCOUNTS

KROGER – Get $3 off premium one-day admission or $5 off season passes when you buy tickets in advance from your local Kroger. Purchases can be made at the checkout counter or service desk until October 17, 2021.

MCDONALD’S – Discount coupons can be found at any participating McDonald’s locations in the North Texas area. Present these coupons at the fair gates to save $5 off general admission tickets on weekdays and $7 off on weekends. One coupon per person. McDonald’s discounts may not be combined with any other offers. 

AFTER 5 P.M. – No matter your age, all adults pay child’s prices at the State Fair of Texas after 5 p.m. SAVE up to $7 on adult tickets when you arrive after 5 p.m. any day of the week.

DISCOUNTS OF THE DAY

FRIDAY | SEPTEMBER 24

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK OPENING DAY – On opening day, bring two jars of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank and enjoy a discounted admission price of $10 at the gate. 

TUESDAYS | SEPTEMBER 28 & OCTOBER 5 & 12

THRILLING TUESDAYS – Most rides are offered at a reduced price on Tuesdays.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider

WEDNESDAYS | SEPTEMBER 29 & OCTOBER 6 & 13

NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK, FEED THE NEED WEDNESDAYS – By bringing five canned food items, fairgoers will receive admission for only $5. All canned donations go to the North Texas Food Bank, which helps feed members of the community. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Wednesdays with a canned-food donation.  

THURSDAYS | SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 7 & 14

THRIFTY THURSDAY FOOD SPECIALS – Thursdays are the best day of the week for foodies, thrifty families, or anyone who can’t get enough fair food! Featured items include State Fair classics like corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Participating food vendors also offer one of their signature menu items at a reduced price, ranging from mini versions to regular-size items.

DR PEPPER VALUE DAYS – Dr Pepper Value Days are every Tuesday and Thursday and $10 tickets can only be purchased online. Only Big Tex Insiders receive the promotion code for this exclusive savings so be sure to sign up now at BigTex.com/Insider.

SENIOR DAYS – Every Thursday, anyone age 60 and older gets into the Fair for only $5. $5 admission tickets can only be purchased at the gate on Thursdays. Seniors must present ID to receive the discount.

For more information on this year’s State Fair of Texas, visit bigtex.com. All discounts for the State Fair of Texas will be posted to BigTex.com/discounts.

Special thanks to Ebby Halliday Companies Core Services Team for providing the research for this post.

Photo credits: Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures


 

Heading into fall and winter means more time spent indoors and less of the warm sunshine Dallas is known for.

 

Make the indoors more fun and stylish with these five trendy lighting fixtures.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

David Drebin “I Am You and You Are Me” | $25,000

New York-based artist David Drevin creates a neon art installation in “I Am You and You Are Me.” The piece, currently being displayed in the Oliver Cole Gallery in Miami, is part of a limited-edition set.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Brass Captain Flint Floor Lamp | $1,495

 

This elegant floor lamp features two lighting options in its conical brass shade, which rotates from an uplight to a reading light in one swivel. A Carrara marble base steadily holds the sleek and slim structure.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Restoration Hardware Robeson Sconce | $699

 

Restoration Hardware’s Robeson sconce infuses two trends in one piece. The burnished brass case frames the bulb made of solid K9 glass, which displays the wiry threads of the lighting apparatus.

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Lumio Wood Book Lamp | $200

 

Booklovers of all ages will delight in this design created by architect and designer Max Gunawan. The outer hardcover features a walnut or maple wood finish when closed. Upon opening, a soft glow emits from the pages of the book.

 

5 Trendy Lighting Fixtures

Shades of Light Industrial Vintage Warehouse Pendant | $149

 

Caged lighting brings rugged industrialism to juxtapose immaculate interior design. Place this pendant above kitchen counters or in a dining room for an eclectic touch.

 

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10 Pools for the End of Summer


 

The calendar may be prompting you to start bundling up and sip on pumpkin spice lattes, but the weather may say otherwise.

 

Extend the end of summer into autumn with these 10 pools to cool you off during those unseasonably warm afternoons.

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

4545 San Gabriel Drive | North Dallas | $2,695,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

3504 Marquette Street | University Park | $1,899,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

7003 Delrose Drive | Lakewood | $1,695,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

7702 Bryn Mawr Drive | Caruth Hills | $1,499,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

5722 Meadowcrest Drive | North Dallas | $1,295,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

10823 Pagewood Place | North Dallas | $1,170,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

434 Francie Way | Allen | $795,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

9702 Trail Hill Drive | Lake Highlands | $715,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

7332 Rustic Valley Drive | Prestonwood | $549,000

 

10 Pools for the End of Summer

5029 Calloway Drive | Addison | $499,500

 

For more spectacular homes, visit daveperrymiller.com.

 

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Transition Your Home Decor for Fall


 

Transition Your Home Decor for Fall

 

With autumn just around the corner, it’s time to prepare your home for the new season.

 

Rich, warm hues and the coziest textiles are just some of the items you’ll be yearning for this fall.

 

Read our list below to ensure your home is autumn-ready.

 

Change your Palette

 

Step into the fall mindset by first changing your home’s color palette, whether it’s in small accessories or textiles. Even if the summer sun continues to go strong through mid-November, it can still feel like fall in your home if you’re surrounded by rich hues of burgundy and mustard.

 

For further depth, add in a festive plaid or exotic animal print in a pillowcase or blanket.

 

Layer Textiles

 

While faux fur throws may have to wait for now, there is still an opportunity to layer in the early North Texas autumn.

 

Exchange more summery pillows for darker velvet accents.

 

Add linen blankets in dark grays or forest greens while it’s still warm. When the weather gets more chilly, create more texture in your home by layering cashmere and faux fur throws.

 

Create a Spark

 

Fall is the ultimate time to light a candle. Not only do they create the perfect cozy ambience, candles can evoke the season quickly through scent.

 

Light candles with muskier scents, such as a classic pumpkin spice or woody scent, to get you in the mood for cooler weather.

 

Play with Food

 

For the easiest transition into fall decor, display seasonal fruits.

 

Not only do fresh fruits bring life and vibrancy into the home, they add Mother Nature’s favorite seasonal colors.

 

Showcase crisp apples and pears in an earthenware bowl or wicker basket, then, when you’re ready, incorporate them into a delicious apple pie.

 

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