Music at the Fair

State Fair of Texas 2018 free concert lineup boasts quirky big name acts

State Fair of Texas 2018 free concert lineup boasts big name acts

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Morris Day & The Time will be the headliner on opening weekend of the 2018 State Fair of Texas. Photo courtesy of Zombie Ball

The State Fair of Texas, taking place in Dallas on September 28-October 21, has announced the headliners for its free weekend concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage — a lineup that will include up-and-comers, tribute bands, and classic performers.

Each weekend follows the same general pattern, with a tribute band performing on Fridays, big name acts taking the stage on Saturday nights, and rising stars on Sundays.

The first weekend of the Fair will be highlighted by an evening performance on Saturday, September 29 by legendary funk band Morris Day & the Time. Other performers on opening weekend will be Elvis Presley tribute artist Kraig Parker on Friday, September 28; rising R&B star Sevyn Streeter in the afternoon on Saturday, September 29; and two-time Latin Grammy winner Michael Salgado on Sunday, September 30.

The second weekend will bring two performances by Resurrection — A Journey Tribute on Friday, October 5; country music star Aaron Watson on Saturday, October 6; and pop singer and 22-year-old heartthrob Austin Mahone on Sunday, October 7.

Hip hop icon Chris “Ludacris” Bridges leads the way on the third weekend, performing on Saturday, October 13. There will also be two performances by popular '80s tribute band The Molly Ringwalds on Friday, October 12, with country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes taking the stage on Sunday, October 14.

The final weekend will be dominated by Latin music, with performances by Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda on Friday, October 19 and Mexican Latin group Banda Carnaval on Sunday, October 21. They'll bookend a performance by the Christian band Casting Crowns on Saturday, October 20.

In addition to the Chevrolet Main Stage, the Fair offers daily live music performances on multiple other stages throughout the grounds. Performers on those stages will include Coffey Anderson, Branch & Dean, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Big City Outlaws, Vocal Trash, Rock Bottom Boys, Blane Howard, and Sound Exchange.

All concerts are included with the price of admission.