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Where is Fair Park?

Fair Park is located in South Dallas, just minutes east of Downtown. Offices for Fair Park First and Spectra, managers of Fair Park, are located at 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210.

What is Fair Park?

Fair Park is a 277-acre recreational, educational, and entertainment complex located in Dallas, Texas. Fair Park is registered as a Dallas Landmark and a National Historic Landmark that is the home of the State Fair of Texas, museums, Cotton Bowl Stadium, an outdoor amphitheater, the Music Hall at Fair Park (Broadway shows, ballet, opera), and over one thousand events each year. Many of the buildings were constructed for the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. For more history about Fair Park, please visit the timeline on the history page.

When was it founded?

Fair Park opened in 1886 with what was called the Dallas State Fair and became a world-known park in 1936 when it hosted the Texas Centennial Exposition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Texas Republic. 

How do I get to Fair Park?

There are plenty of ways to get to Fair Park! For a full list of ways and directions on getting to Fair Park, please visit the Directions page.

What is Fair Park First?

Fair Park First is a non-profit organization created to oversee the management and stewardship of Fair Park. As part of its mission, Fair Park First, through its Board Members and monthly Board meetings, will serve as the Manager responsible for preserving and revitalizing Fair Park. As an organization, Fair Park First’s primary goals are to improve this world-class park, entertainment and cultural campus, and the community’s access to it. To learn more about Fair Park First, head to fairparkfirst.org.

Are there jobs available at Fair Park?

We are always looking for hard-working, smiling faces to join our Fair Park staff! For current openings, please visit the employment page.

What are the hours?

Fair Park is open from 6a - 9p. Please enter through gate 5. Visit this page for our full update on COVID-19 safety measures and precautions at Fair Park. No fishing is allowed in Leonhardt Lagoon. Restrooms are closed at this time. Feel free to ask us any questions here.

Is the Park free?

Fair Park is free to the general public. If you are coming to the park for a specific event, please refer to the event page for additional costs and details as it may vary. 

Is parking free?

Parking is free to the general public on non-event days. Parking prices for specific events at Fair Park may vary, please refer to the event page for parking cost and details. Download our parking map here.

Where do I buy tickets to an event at Fair Park?

Tickets locations vary by event. Please visit the event page for ticket information. 

Is Fair Park ADA accessible?

For a list of ADA Accessible areas inside the park, please visit the ADA/Accessibility page

Is there security?

Yes, there is 24/7 security at Fair Park.

What items are prohibited at Fair Park?

With the exception of drones, there are no restrictions for entry into Fair Park. Restricted items may be in effect for specific events within Fair Park, please check the event page for guidelines on prohibited items.

Are there public restrooms?

Due to COVID-19, our public restrooms are closed at this time.

Is Wi-Fi available?

There is no public Wi-Fi available at Fair Park. 

Is there a lost and found?

If you think you may have lost something at the park, please call 214-670-8400 or fill out the contact form.

Can I host an event at Fair Park?

Yes! We work with a variety of clients to host events year-round. To inquire about hosting your event at Fair Park, please fill out and submit our Host an Event form.

How can I support Fair Park?

Preserve and enhance Fair Park by donating to Fair Park First. Your donation is an investment in the future of Fair Park. We’re here to make sure your gift is put to good work. Donations can be made here

What are the COVID-19/vaccine policies at Fair Park?

The safety and well-being of our guests, employees, and partners remain our top priority. As outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we encourage all guests to wear a face mask and practice social distancing while visiting Fair Park, its resident institutions, and events. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Site: 

In light of the COVID surge related to Omicron, the State Fair and Dallas County are partnering to offer testing and vaccination at Fair Park. Testing will take place six days a week, Mon-Sat from 7:30 am - 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm with appointments strongly encouraged (hours may extend if demand continues to be high). Please enter off of Fitzhugh at Gate 13. Please click here for more information.  

Fair Park COVID-19 Alert

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures to protect our guests. However, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.  By entering Fair Park grounds, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and all Fair Park venues disclaim any liability related thereto.

By the guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and local health officials, we respectfully request that the following guests not attend this event:

  • Guests who are feeling sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (including fever, coughing, and shortness of breath); 
  • Guests who have been diagnosed with, or believe to have contracted, COVID-19, unless you have had no fever for 72 hours (without the use of medicine) and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
  • Guests who have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 10 days; and 
  • Guests who have traveled internationally in the past 10 days.

Vaccination cards are not a requirement when visiting or touring Fair Park's outdoor parks, campus, or architecture. However, each resident institution may have different COVID-19 policies and guidelines to which guests must adhere. Additionally, each event held at Fair Park may have specific COVID-19 policies and guidelines for that specific event which you can find on their Event page.  

For more information about COVID-19 in Dallas County, click here.

For more information about COVID-19 in Texas, click here.

For more information from the CDC, click here.