South Dallas

Explore the history and future of Dallas all in one place. South Dallas is also home to the State Fair of Texas, a 24-day frenzy of crazy fried food creations, concerts and family-friendly fun on the Midway.
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Fair Park

Home of the State Fair of Texas and the world's largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, the 277-acre complex hosts more than 1,200 activities every year. From festivals and concerts to sporting and gardening activities, Fair Park has somethings for everyone. On nearby Exposition and Parry avenues, across from the light rail station, a cluster of bars and restaurants bring nights to life for a little post-park adventure. 

Things to Do

The Music Hall at Fair Park

Enjoy a Broadway musical or simply admire the Spanish Baroque and Moorish architecture of the newly renovated Music Hall.

The Cotton Bowl Stadium

Since 1932, this recently renovated, 92,100-seat venue has played host to some of the biggest football rivalries in Texas, as well as music acts from around the world.

Texas Discovery Gardens

Explore the butterfly habitat, native wildlife pond and multiple gardens at this year-round urban oasis.

Hall of State

Walk through the Great Hall and the Hall of Heroes at this shrine to the history of Texas.

African American Museum

Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of African American culture, this museum features one of the largest African American folk art collections in the nation.

Starplex Pavilion

The Starplex Pavilion brings over 30 live-music events to Dallas every year. This outdoor music amphitheater allows you to get a seat close to the stage or sit out in the lawn on cool summer nights listening to your favorite bands perform. Musical acts of all genres have played here including, Elton John, Oasis, Coldplay and the Zac Brown Band.

Children's Aquarium

Designed with kids in mind, The Children's Aquarium offers interactive zones, over 50 exhibits to explore and 256 species to learn about.

 

Dallas Firefighters Museum

This fire station- turned museum showcases the history and memory of the Dallas Fire Department. Explore the various exhibits of artifacts and photos. The museum also serves as an institution for educating kids on fire and life safety.

Food & Drink

Elaine's Kitchen

Dine on Caribbean staples at this gourmet Jamaican restaurant. Enjoy your jerk chicken and curry goat with a side of live music.

Henderson Chicken

Get your fried chicken fix at Henderson's Chicken where their saying is, "Once you've tasted our chicken, you'll want more!"

 

Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters

This local coffee shop is dedicated to sustainability, fair trade and focuses on brewing quality cups of coffee to the community. You can also pick up fresh whole bean coffee in their shop or order online.

Pizza Lounge

The Pizza Lounge offers a relaxing environment and full bar for people to chill and enjoy a tasty pie. They also serve vegan pies, savory sandwiches and sweet desserts.

 

Old Mill Inn Restaurant

Just footsteps away from The Music Hall and The Hall of State, this restaurant and bar is a Dallas landmark that dates back to the World's Fair of 1936. The Old Mill also hosts interactive mystery murder dinners in its new performance room for an evening of diabolical entertainment.

Two Podner's

This South Dallas spot has satisfied taste buds for years with their mouthwatering BBQ, seafood and southern favorites. Try the combo plate and their peach cobbler!

 

Eight Bells Alehouse

Eight Bells Alehouse offers a unique dining experience and a fully stocked bar. On Friday nights, the kitchen will make special meals that are perfect for your next food adventure or date night.

Sandaga 813

Enjoy jazz and blues bands every Tuesday and Thursday. The club also brings in a DJ to spin everything from hip hop to reggae on the weekends.

 

Expo Bar

Located right across from Fair Park, Expo Bar is a Prohibition-themed dive bar open Sunday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The bar consistently ranks in best-of-Dallas lists for their lively karaoke set up.