Friends of Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210 (214) 426-3400

City of Dallas Fair Park Administration

A Bright Future for Fair Park

Four 2017 bond campaign-funded projects already underway

The 2017 Dallas Bond Program, approved by Dallas voters last November, provides generous funding – over a billion dollars – for extensive improvements to the city's infrastructure, parks, and facilities.

Proposition C of the Bond Program included $50 million dollars to fund a variety of needed projects at 12 historic facilities at Fair Park: Music Hall at Fair Park, The Hall of State, African American Museum, the Coliseum, Tower Building, the Centennial Building, Texas Discovery Garden, Food and Fiber Building, Pan American Complex, the Science Place, the Aquarium Annex, and the Magnolia Lounge.

Four projects are already underway at the African American Museum, the Aquarium Annex, the Hall of State, and the Music Hall. Renovation projects such as roof repairs, mechanical and electrical improvements, plumbing and fire alarm systems upgrades, interior finishes, restoration of exterior walls, plaza restoration, architectural repairs, security and telecommunication system installations, and more.

For a complete overview of the entire Bond Program – and specifically Fair Park – with detailed information, statistics, charts, and financials, please visit the City of Dallas 2017 Bond Campaign website.

These improvements open doors to a bright future for Fair Park. We hope you will study the project details and see what is ahead.

We look forward to seeing you here soon.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600

A bright future for Fair Park

July is Park and Recreation Month

Long summer days and evenings invite us to find ways to stay active and entertained.

July is National Park & Recreation Month so we invite you to explore the many opportunities for lively recreation, creative leisure, innovative health and wellness activities, community festivals and special events, and much more through programs and services provided by the Dallas Park & Recreation Department.

This month at Fair Park, we will host our annual Fourth of July event (July 4, 2018) with food booths, live music, and an exciting fireworks display. There will be water inflatables, face painters, and a zipline on the Esplanade. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. live music will be performed at the Leonhard Lagoon with country musician Imaj and patriotic music by Dallas Winds. See all the times and locations for the 4th events.

The Fifth Annual Battle in Big D Boxing Tournament will take place at Fair Park, July 13 through 15, at the historic Centennial Hall. Get information on competition times and admission prices.

The long summer days and evenings invite us to find ways to stay active and entertained. We have a variety of new and ongoing events that offer families and individuals a fun and enjoyable way to spend their summer free time. There are three remaining free art in park and movies during July that include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Coco, and Cars 3.

Celebrate National Park & Recreation Month with us at Fair Park and discover all there is to see and do.

We will look forward to seeing you soon!

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600

July is Park and Recreation Month

Bring Dad (and the whole family) to Fair Park

Looking for fun times with fathers and grandfathers in June? Come see us at Fair Park!

Father's Day, June 17, is a fun time to visit Fair Park. The park is active with a number of special events during the month of June that families can enjoy.

The Lion King opens Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Hall, and runs through Saturday, July 7. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, the popular musical has been seen by more than 90 million fans around the world. The entire Serengeti—with its giraffes, birds, and of course lions—comes to life on the stage with soaring music and amazing visual artistry.

But you don't have to be here just on Father’s Day. There are a variety of other events to bring Dad to that the whole family can enjoy.

The Summer Jam Comedy R&B Tour is happening Friday, June 1, 8:00 p.m., at the Music Hall.

Coffee & Politics meets at the African American Museum, Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Fair Park Sparks, a family fun time for all ages, will be held at the Automobile Building and at Big Tex Circle, Saturday, June 9, 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This annual event provides a fireworks display, food booths, children’s games, and more. It is always a great summer event.

World Oceans Day will be celebrated at the Children’s Aquarium, Sunday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more details about these events and more, visit our calendar.

If you and your family are looking for fun times with fathers and grandfathers, memorable experiences, great food, and the beauty of the largest park in Dallas, then come see us at Fair Park.

We will be looking for you!

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600

Father's Day in Fair Park

Job Opening

Friends of Fair Park Executive Director

Applications are being accepted until Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Friends of Fair Park (FFP)
Executive Director Job Description

Friends of Fair Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote Fair Park's year-round use, support Fair Park's museums, preserve Fair Park's buildings, art, sculpture and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial, and thoughtfully plan for Fair Park's future.

The Executive Director is hired by and reports to Executive Board of Directors for FFP.


  • Represent FFP to the community
  • Actively Fundraise to support the Mission
  • Monitor all City Hall activities affecting Fair Park
  • Propose to the Board of Directors policies and major program ideas
  • Implement or assist Board committees in implementing, approved policies and programs, including arranging for the necessary administrative and clerical support
  • Oversee accuracy and quality of all communications distributed by FFP
  • Determine needs for additional staff and budget for that need
  • Work with Nominating and Board Development committee to continuously enhance Board
  • Organize Board and Executive Committee meetings
  • Oversee quality of preservation work in Fair Park
  • Coordinate liaison work with museum community
  • Ultimate fiscal responsibility for FFP
  • Ultimate personnel responsibility for FFP
  • Attend relevant events and meetings as FFP representative
  • Flexible time commitment required
  • Determine possible Grant for FFP and lead the effort to apply for Grants (Grant writing experience a plus)
  • Continuously refresh local knowledge of the people, places and things in the surrounding Fair Park area
  • Create and implement a Membership Management strategy with goal of growing membership
  • Create and maintain relationships and knowledge of City of Dallas governance
  • Encourage organization members and community members to volunteer at events

Primary responsibilities on FFP committees and other possible community committees include but not limited to:

  • Business that requires gaining consensus and cooperation from Fair Park tenants.
  • Park planning and development.
  • Neighborhood liaison.
  • Fair Park site supervision of preservation work.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications are being accepted until Saturday, June 16. Please submit resume to Chairman of the Board, Fred Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Friends of Fair Park

Fair Park Event Concessions

Here is how you can be considered for food and/or beverage vendor openings in Fair Park

There are two different paths to be a food and/or beverage vendor.

Fair Park is owned by the City of Dallas and currently managed by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

There are two different opportunities to be a food and/or beverage vendor. One is specific to State Fair of Texas, which has its own contract with the city. The other path is for every other Fair Park event that takes place during the year.



There are specific City of Dallas procedures for food and beverage services in city-owned facilities. The city contracts with Master Concessionaires to coordinate all Fair Park food and beverage services and supplies. In instances of events contracted or produced by the city, a Master Concessionaire issues a request for proposals (RFP) for additional food and beverage service needs.

To receive information about these opportunities, you will want to sign up through the City of Dallas website here:

Once registered you will receive all RFPs related to food and beverage for the services for which you sign up.

We also recommend you call the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department's Fair Park office by phone to clarify any questions you may have about the Fair Park process and opportunities:

(214) 670-8400



As a separately contracted annual event with the City of Dallas, the State Fair of Texas has its own procedures for food and beverage vendors. The State Fair provides guidelines and applications for its food and beverage service vendors at:

The web page information also includes requirements for those who wish to participate in the State Fair's Big Tex Choice Awards.

If you have any questions not answered by the State Fair website about food and beverage concessions opportunities during the State Fair of Texas, contact:

(214) 565-9931

Fair Park Event Concessions