The State Fair of Texas will return in fall 2023 with a music lineup that includes more than 90 artists performing live on three stages. Headliners include Lonestar, Ceelo Green, and 38 Special, as well as a tribute to Selena Quintanilla Pérez, Experience Selena.
Other acts kicking off opening weekend September 29 to October 1 include Chrisette Michele, Lil Jon, Hairball, and Bowling for Soup.
For the first time, the State Fair of Texas has partnered with Romeo Entertainment Group, who are producing the entire music lineup for 2023.
Based in Nashville, Romeo boasts 65-plus years of experience and a long list of clients. Romeo president & CEO R.J. Romeo says in a statement that “it's an honor to bring music to the Fair that is as expansive and varied as the great state of Texas itself. I am proud of our team, led by Lacey Hayes, for programming such an outstanding lineup."
According to fair spokesperson Karissa Condoianis, Romeo replaces Glenn Smith Productions, who retired after more than 30 years. In 2018, the State Fair team also began working with Dallas-based record label State Fair Records to book other free live music stages throughout the fairgrounds, which might help explain why the local bands selected are so good.
Fairgoers can experience all different kinds of live music – country to R&B, Norteño to electro-pop – across the fairgrounds during all 24 days of the 2023 State Fair of Texas, all included with their admission ticket.
The Chevrolet Main Stage is an outdoor venue with a huge festival-type stage and experience, as well as an ADA-compliant area for guests needing special assistance. Featuring headlining and regional acts, the Chevrolet Main Stage is located next to the Craft Pavilion, near the Hall of State.
- September 29: Lonestar
- September 30: Ceelo Green/ Chrisette Michele
- October 1: La Zenda Nortena
- October 2: UNT Four O'Clock Lab Band
- October 3: Bowling For Soup
- October 6: Hairball/ Matt Hillyer
- October 7: Lil John
- October 8: 38 Special
- October 9: Little Mermen
- October 13: X Ambassadors
- October 14: Craig Morgan
- October 15: Shane Smith & The Saints
- October 20: Forever Motown / The War & Treaty
- October 21: Charlotte Sands / Red Jumpsuit Apparatus / We the Kings
- October 22: Yahritzia Y Su Esencia
The Bud Light Stage, located in the heart of Cotton Bowl Plaza, showcases local and regional talent all 24 days of the Fair.
Highlights include many of Dallas' and Texas' best and brightest acts such as the State Fair Records All Star Band, John Pedigo's Magic Pilsner, Matt Tedder, Brave Combo, Rosie Flores, Ginny Mac, The O's, Max Stalling, and DJ Mark Ridlen.
The Yuengling Flight Stage, located outside the Go Texan Pavilion, features a Friday night comedy series, titled “Deep Fried Comedy,” along with live music throughout the week.
Highlights include: Shelley Carrol, Charming Gardeners, Katrina Cain, Lorena Leigh, Ceci Ceci, Min, Saborcito Puro, Vanita Leo, Garrett Owen, and a showcase by Spinster Records.
The full schedule of acts with dates and times can be found online.
The 2023 State Fair of Texas will open on September 29 and run through October 22.