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State Fair of Texas now open in Dallas

A photo of the ferris wheel at the State Fair of Texas
Can't beat the views from the top. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

The State Fair of Texas is in full swing until Oct. 23, so get your Fletcher's corny dogs, live shows and Big Tex selfie while you can.

The intrigue: Our fair is the country's longest-running fair, and one of the biggest.

Cowboys game day: Where to tailgate, park and more

Data: Bookies.com; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Data: Bookies.com; Table: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Football is back, and we've got you covered if you are heading to AT&T Stadium this season.

  • Here's what you need to know to be game day ready.

Things to do in Dallas for Labor Day Weekend

Illustration of neon signs with the days of the week. Lights go out one by one and "weekend" flashes.
Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

πŸŒ– Honor the moon. Take your family to the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is considered the second most important holiday tradition in Asia.

  • Friday through Sunday, at the Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie. Admission is free.

A Texan visits the Twin Cities

A photo of the Minnesota Twins ballpark
Surprisingly delightful ballpark with a view. Photo: Tasha Tsiaperas/Axios

Visit Minneapolis to see what it's like when a city has clean streets and sidewalks … and widespread composting. Here are some non-expert tips from a Texan's visit:

Catch a game. We went for baseball at Target Field, but Target Center β€” home to Minnesota's NBA and WNBA team β€” is just across the street. Plus, the Vikings play downtown too, and it's easily accessible on public transit.

State Fair of Texas reveals new food options

A pile of meat and cheese and peppers on chicharron
The Chicharron Explosion Nachos. Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas

It's that time of year again β€” when we learn about the insanely calorie-tastic culinary inventions coming to the State Fair of Texas, which runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 23.

Driving the news: The 18th Big Tex Choice Awards will take place this Sunday in the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center arena at Fair Park.

Lyda Hill donation brings Dallas closer to opening Parkdale Lake park

A rendering of a park with boardwalks
The new park could look something like this. Illustration courtesy of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department

The City of Dallas received a donation that will pay for the master planning required to turn Parkdale Lake β€” and the entire 110-acre plot given to the city by Oncor last December β€” into a public park.

Driving the news: Philanthropist Lyda Hill donated the money, which will expedite planning, park board president Arun Agarwal tells Axios.

4 fun things to do this weekend in and around Dallas

Illustration of a latte with "weekend" written in the foam.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

πŸŒ† Hit the downtown streets. Hosted by Downtown Dallas Inc., tonight's Underground Market will feature over 40 vendors, a DJ and splash areas for children.

  • 6pm today at Main Street Garden. Admission is free.

How to drive like a North Texan

Illustration of a pattern of cars in varying green colors
Illustration: AΓ―da Amer/Axios

Newbies to North Texas often accuse our drivers of being too reckless.

Reality check: Hate to break it to the haters but once you move here, you become one of us.

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