Where: The State Fair of Texas in central Dallas
Earn your stamp: At the longest-running fair in the country, grab a hand-dipped corn dog from Fletcher’s Corny Dogs (said to have invented the treat in 1942), look out from the newly installed Top o’ Texas tower ride, and have your picture made with Big Tex, restored to his 52-foot-tall glory after burning down this past fall.
When to go: In October, for the UT-OU Red River Rivalry (date TBD).
Plan it now: September 27 - October 20; $17. bigtex.com