Don’t let storm clouds or some warm temperatures ruin a day at the fair.
Whether a downpour rolls through the area or you find yourself at the fair on a day when temperatures are balmier than usual, that’s no reason to leave the State Fair of Texas. There are dozens of activities to do and things to see indoors at the fair.
Keep this list handy to ensure your day at the fair is good one -- no matter what the weather is like.
Watch dogs stunt their stuff in the Pan Am Arena
The All-Star Stunt Dog Show will feature dogs performing all sorts of tricks including jump roping, barrel racing, and juggling. This isn’t the dogs’ first rodeo; they’ve performed across the country and even appeared on TV with Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.
Feed some animals in the Coliseum
Find pigs, goats and other creatures at the Children’s Health Barnyard. You’ll be able to feed some, and the younger ones will be on display to ooh and aww at.
Catch the Wild West Pet Palooza in the Band Shell
A cast of cats, dogs, pigs and porcupines comes together for some comedic skits. The animals are led by Joel Slaven and his staff of trainers. The animals were all once homeless pets, making this a true comeback performance.
Cheer on the pig races in the Pan Am Arena
What’s more exciting than watching piglets racing each other? It’s an event that’s hard to top, and the best part is that it’s out of the sun or rain. Pick your favorite pig, and watch them race around the track.
Admire the Majesty of the Horse show in the Ranch Arena
Jerry Diaz, a renowned horseman, shows off his horses in a show you won’t want to miss. Catch the presentation in the Ranch Arena next to the barnyard.
Behold the Amazing Archery show in the Amphitheatre
Frank Addington, Jr. can aerial targets behind is back -- shot from midair. Addington learned to shoot a bow and arrow when he was 4, and he has now racked up almost 40 years of experience. The shows begin Oct. 8 and run through the last day of the fair.
Check out this agriculture exhibit in the Errol McKoy Greenhouse
This year the fair honors Texas innovation including a Innovations in Agriculture exhibit. Here you’ll learn about DIY growing systems that you can create for yourself and about how indoor growing works.
See how the pros cook in the Creative Arts building
Watch a celebrity chef cook up an amazing meal. When the chefs are done cooking, they’ll take questions from the crowd and share some advice. Don’t leave early -- there are free samples when the cooking show is over.
Stand in awe of a butter sculpture in the Creative Arts building
Art can take many forms -- including butter. An annual tradition continues at the fair, where a local sculptor will use butter to create a work of art. See what 1,000-plus pounds of butter can look like in a cool space.
Explore Texan innovation in the Hall of State
See what great innovations Texans have produced in the Hall of State’s exhibit. Here you’ll find unique items like one of the first frozen margarita machines -- which was made in Dallas -- and other contributions Texas has made across several industry.
Learn about African American folk art in the African American Museum
Find artifacts that date back to the 1800s in the world of African American folk art. This year the fair will be host to Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, a touring exhibition which features more than 300 objects, artifacts and pieces of art.
Take a walk through the Children’s Aquarium
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Fair Park’s Children’s Aquarium. Check out the interactive exhibits that’ll teach you about aquatic creatures all while staying safe from any rain.
Get in touch with nature at the Texas Discovery Gardens
Stand in awe of thousands of butterflies inside the gardens. In here, you’ll also find birds, bugs and other insects to check out in an enclosed environment.
The State Fair of Texas runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 21 in Fair Park.