New at the State Fair of Texas 2019: shipping-container art, chocolate tastings and ‘Mighty Mike Show’

The Texas Star, the Midway, the Texas Skyway and the Cotton Bowl, as seen from the Texas Skyway at The State Fair of Texas on Tuesday, October 12, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

State Fair 2019 highlights:

The World of Birds show returns after six years away. Event organizers promise “an all-new, high-flying adventure” that will include bird releases from the Texas Star Ferris wheel. Takes place daily during the State Fair at the Band Shell.

Mighty Mike will bend horseshoes and throw sledgehammers at the State Fair of Texas in 2019.
Mighty Mike will bend horseshoes and throw sledgehammers at the State Fair of Texas in 2019.(T.A. Nowik / Courtesy of the State Fair of Texas)

The “Mighty Mike Show” will contain “questionable dance routines,” says a press release, but this is not to be confused with Magic Mike, folks. Mighty Mike’s moves are displays of “strongman strength techniques dating back to the 1920s,” says the release: juggling bowling balls, bending horseshoes and the like. Takes place daily during the State Fair at the Coliseum Terrace.

Contain Yourself(ie) is a display of 10 shipping containers painted by Texas artists. Selfies welcome. No set times; stroll through the Lagoon anytime during the State Fair.

A new show called “Fiestas de Marionetas!” is a display of marionettes, dancing. Attendees can take a backstage tour and do a craft after each show. Takes place daily at the McDonald’s Amphitheater on First Avenue during the State Fair. 

Splashdance!” is a new performance meant to entertain people of all ages. Takes place daily at the Esplanade fountains. 

Other artsy installations include the Texas Cinema exhibit at the Hall of State and “Fair Focus: The Photography of Kevin Brown” at the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center. The African American Museum will host The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, a lookback at black American history since 1595. “Considered one of the most comprehensive surveys of African American history and culture outside the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition will feature over 150 of the shared treasures amassed by Shirley and Bernard Kinsey during their five decades of marriage,” says a press release.

See the full list on Dallas News


9:43 AM on Jun 18, 2019

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