North Texas Fair & Rodeo
The North Texas Fair & Rodeo is an annual nine-day fair and rodeo held in August and is located off of Carroll Blvd. in Denton, TX. The North Texas State Fair & Rodeo offers activities for all ages including: live concerts, horse & livestock shows, contests, cook-offs, food, fun, games and more.
The North Texas State Fair Association is a volunteer supported, 501 (c) (3) non-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.
Season pass: $120
4-Day Pass: $60
Saturday-Sunday $15 Early Admission (before 6 pm)
Thursday-Sunday $20 General Admission
Tickets available for purchase:
Discover Denton Welcome Center
111 W Hickory St. Denton, TX 76201
Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.
North Texas Fair & Rodeo Office
2217 N Carroll Blvd.
Denton, TX 76201
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ages 6 and under: FREE
Ages 7-12: $5
Purchase reduced-price tickets at participating DFW O’Reilly Auto Parts.
Every night at the North Texas Fair & Rodeo features a rodeo! Get to the rodeo arena and grab your seat before 7:30 p.m. and see some of the finest cowboys this side of the Pecos! And the best part is: rodeo admission is included with your gate fee!
Friday, Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 18: PRCA Rodeo
See the pro cowboys do their thing the first weekend of the fair! Events include:
- Bareback Riding
- Steer Wrestling
- Saddle Bronc Riding
- Calf Roping
- Calf Scramble
- Team Roping
- Barrel Racing
- Bull Riding
Monday, Aug. 19: Invitational Ranch Rodeo
Real-life ranch hands take the arena on Monday night for this unique team competition! Teams compete in the following events:
- Team Branding
- Team Doctoring
- Maverick Catch-In
- Team Sorting
- Bronc Riding
Tuesday, Aug. 20-Wednesday, Aug. 21: 21 and Under Rodeo
This Is Where Legends Begin: Don’t miss these two nights of rip-roaring rodeo action in these events:
- Girls breakaway roping
- Bareback riding
- Saddle bronc riding
- Tie down roping
- Team roping
- Girls goat tying
- Barrel racing
- Bull riding
Thursday, Aug. 22-Saturday, Aug. 24: Bull Blowout
Cowboys do it, fans love it, and bull riding is rodeo’s most popular event! Many consider it as the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports. Hold on to your hats, you’re in for a wild ride!
Cowboy Protection Match
The Cowboy Protection Match is a platform for rodeo bullfighters to showcase their skills at protecting the bull riders, once they have been thrown from the bull or have dismounted. Teams are scored on how well they work together, how they execute the fundamentals of cowboy protection, and how they handle the different situations that may arise.
Also included in your gate admission is the nightly concerts! The North Texas Fair & Rodeo has at least 2 concerts every night, with most nights featuring 3 concerts spread out between the Budweiser and Bud Light Stages!
Concerts at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: Parker McCollum
Saturday, Aug. 17: Easton Corbin
Sunday, Aug. 18: La Zenda Norteña (Vaquero Night)
Monday, Aug. 19: Jake Hooker & the Outsiders
Tuesday, Aug. 20: Kody West
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Ned LeDoux
Thursday, Aug. 22: Flatland Cavalry
Friday, Aug. 23: Pat Green
Saturday, Aug. 24: Tracy Lawrence
Concerts at 6 & 11 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: Trent Cowie, Dustin Massey, Trey Rose (6 pm), Micky & the Motorcars (11 pm)
Saturday, Aug. 17: Claudia Hoyser (6 & 11 pm)
Sunday, Aug. 18: Los Tremendos Leon (6 pm only)
Monday, Aug. 19: Sonny Burgess, Jolie Holliday, Brian Houser (6 pm only)
Tuesday, Aug. 20: Cameron Hobbs, Jared Thomas, Wade Bagley (6 pm only)
Wednesday, Aug. 21: The Hamiltons (6 pm), Jarrod Morris Band (11 pm)
Thursday, Aug. 22: Lucas Ebert, Troy Murph, Gates Houghton (6 pm), Josh Ward (11 pm)
Friday, Aug. 23: Sonny Burgess, Jolie Holliday, Brian Houser (6 pm), Mike & the Moonpies (11 pm)
Saturday, Aug. 24: Jimmy Bluffett (6 & 11 pm)
Open to Kid Ages 3 – 7 as of Sept. 1st
Entry Fee: $35.00 per night.
Limit of 1 entry per night.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 8/19/19
Registrations are only accepted through the Online Registration Tab on the Mutton Bustin’ page.
Entries will NOT be accepted by mail, email, fax, telephone or day of the contest.
A copy of the ONLINE ENTRY RECEIPT and required RELEASE FORMS (2) – found on website/Mutton Bustin’ Page, should be brought to the contest and presented upon check-in.
Entries will be taken and lined-up in the order they are received.
Kids will be allowed to sign up Tuesday & Wednesday, but will be required to pay an entry fee for each night.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Tuesday & Wednesday night rides will be held in the Livestock Barn. TIME: 6:00 pm.
Check-In will be between 5-6 pm in Livestock Office.
Contestant names will be on a list at all entrance gates. Two (2) adults will get in with each contestant entered that night at no charge. Contestant list will be at each gate for each nights ride.
Parking is NOT INCLUDED.
FINALS: (NO Entry Fees required)
To be held in Rodeo Arena during rodeo. Top 10 from Tuesday night will come back on Thursday night. Top 10 from Wednesday night will come back on Friday night. Top 5 from Thursday & Top 5 from Friday will come back on Saturday night for the Grand Final.
Top Ten returning Saturday night will receive “Mutton Bustin’ Finalist Banners”
NEW THIS YEAR! CHAMPION AND RESERVE CHAMPION MUTTON BUSTER WILL RECEIVE A TROPHY BELT BUCKLE.
Dangerous objects! Perilous stunts! Feats of strength and balance! Jason D’Vaude, self-taught one-man multiple-adjectived circus sensation, brings his comedic juggling, fire, and clowning shows to audiences around the world, delighting them with his charming humor and distinct but refined awkwardness. After seeing Jason juggle sharp objects, climb up precariously-balanced objects, ride an extra-tall unicycle, or manipulate fire like a master, audiences are left speechless except to say “that was AWESOME!”
Monday-Friday, 7 pm & 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 3 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm
If you’ve never been to a pig race, you’re in for a real treat! Swifty and his friends don’t do it for the money, what they really want is that oreo cookie, waiting on a silver platter at the finish line! They run as fast as their little legs can take ’em and then it’s back to nap time to be ready for the next race!
Monday-Friday, 6 pm & 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
The Kid Tractor Pull presented by Jagoe Public is a free event offered each day of the Fair. Make sure to bring your kiddos out to enjoy the fun and excitement while putting their best foot forward. Don’t forget your camera because you will want to capture some the cutest facial expressions around!
Monday & Tuesday – 6:30pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – 6:30pm & 7:30pm
Saturday- 2pm, 4pm, 6pm & 8pm
Sunday – 2pm, 5pm, 7pm & 8pm
Some of our more popular major rides include the Kamikaze, Scorpion and Starship 2000. For those too young for the big rides, we carry a variety of kiddie and family rides such as the Carousel, Raiders, Go-Gator, and more! Don’t forget about our tasty fair food and challenging midway games.
Armbands (unlimited rides) $35
DISCOUNTED ARM BAND NIGHT TUESDAY 8/20 ($5 OFF WRISTBAND)
Coupons available at Boot Barn in Denton.
As we continue to strive to enhance our guests’ experiences and make your visit more enjoyable, we would like to introduce you to MAGIC MONEY. The North Texas Fair & Rodeo will be using one currency throughout our grounds, except for purchases made in the commercial exhibits building. Fair patrons may purchase Magic Money cards from our Magic Money booths that are located throughout our fairgrounds or pay through the Magic Money mobile app. Magic Money can be used to purchase food, drinks, carnival rides, petting zoo, games, dunking booth and fair wear.
Magic Money is simply Digital Tickets and the Magic Money App is of simple ease and convenience. So, make sure to download the Magic Money App before you arrive. Scan the code on your device or your Magic Money card and you are ready to go.
THE MAGIC MONEY APP ON YOUR APPLE OR ANDROID SMART DEVICE CAN RELOAD ADDITIONAL FUNDS OR TRACK YOUR FUNDS USAGE. YOU CAN ALSO PAUSE THE MAGIC MONEY CARD DIRECTLY FROM THE APP IF IT IS LOST OR STOLEN.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are Magic Money cards for?
Magic Money is the new and improved way to enjoy the carnival. It is a reusable, reloadable RFID card that is used as payment for carnival rides, games and more. Magic Money is accepted at all food and beverage locations on the fairgrounds. Magic Money can also be used for pony rides, feed at the petting zoo, dunking booth and fair wear booths.
How do I buy Magic Money ?
Insider Tip: There are also several vending machines and manned carnival ticket booths throughout the fairgrounds where guests can purchase Magic Money.
What type of cards can I buy?
You can buy a daily unlimited ride card, or a pre-loaded card with credits. You may also add credits to your unlimited ride card. Unlimited ride cards nontransferable or one for one, meaning only one (1) guest may use the card. The initial purchase of the card includes a $2 fee. Reloads are free! Cards that are loaded with credits are transferable, meaning multiple guests may use the same wristband.
Insider Tip: If you have small children, please note that children must be 36” or taller to ride many of the rides, including children’s rides. Parents with children under 48″ should pay special attention to height requirements before buying unlimited ride wristbands.
How do I reload my card or check how many credits I have left?
Can I use my card next year?
What should I do if I lose my card?
Go for the blue ribbon in one of the fair contests!
Beauty Pageant, presented by Comfort Dental
Entry fee: $40, Deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 14
Click here for rules and divisions
Creative Arts, presented by 380 Guide
Enter in one of many categories, for both adults and youth, in divisions including needlework, clothing, canned goods and antiques.
Click here for rules, categories and to register
Youth Art, presented by the Denton Record-Chronicle
Open to children ages 5 through 12. This year’s theme is “My Day at the Fair” and should be reflected in the artwork. Categories include painting, mixed media, drawing and collage and entries will be accepted Thursday, Aug. 15 from 4-6 p.m.
Click here for rules and entry form
Photography, presented by the Denton Record-Chronicle
Photos can be in color or black and white and are categorized by age and photo subject. Entries accepted on Monday, Aug. 12 and Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Click here for entry form
Contestants vying for top baker can present a treat in a variety of styles. Divisions are divided by age and type of baking and contestants are limited to amateur bakers.
Click here for info on registration
Don’t stress about the traffic on both Saturdays of the fair! FREE shuttles will take fair-goers from the First Baptist Church of Denton right to the fair.
Shuttles will run from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
Denton, TX 76201
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center is a pet-friendly hotel that is conveniently located next to an assortment of restaurants, shops, and more. They have an on-site restaurant, swimming pool, and fitness center. Single and double occupancy rooms are available.