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The Insiders’ Guide to Rodeo Houston

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Since its debut in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has grown to become the world’s largest event of its kind. Many things have changed over the years, but the Rodeo continues “to host a three-week experience that promotes agriculture, celebrates Western heritage, entertains millions, and, in the end, supports Texas youth and education with an annual commitment of $27 million,” says Rodeo President and CEO Joel Cowley. Thanks to 20 nights of live entertainment from stars of all music genres, it’s always the most highly anticipated event of the year. 

GUIDE TO THE GROUNDS:  

NRG Stadium – RODEOHOUSTON® Competition and Concert Performance 

NRG Arena – Livestock & Horse Show Competitions and Livestock Auctions 

NRG Center – AGVENTURE, Livestock Show Competitions, Shopping and Food 

The Junction  Petting Zoo, Mutton Bustin’, Stars Over Texas Stage, Fun on the Farm, Pig Races 

NRG Park – Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden, Lone Star Market, Carnival and The Hideout  

Tickets – General Grounds Admission is $5 for children (ages 3-12), $15 for adults and gives you access to all events at NRG Park. Individual Rodeo Tickets start at $20, and allow you to enjoy the grounds, plus the rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium. Season Grounds Passes are $35 and include daily admission to the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest and the Rodeo grounds. Family Friendly Wednesday includes free NRG Park Admission for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under) until noon.  

The Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden is a wine lover’s paradise tucked inside NRG Park. Before the Rodeo kickoff each year, the Rodeo hosts one of the largest wine competitions in the world. The 2020 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition featured 3,528 entries from more than 19 countries, with 489 entries from the Lone Star State. You’ll have plenty of award-winning wines to sample at the Champion Wine Garden, all while enjoying live music from local artists.

Headed to the Rodeo with your family? The grounds are packed with Family-Friendly Fun. The classic Rodeo activity Mutton Bustin’ lets kids (5-6) attempt to ride a sheep. There’s genuinely nothing cuter, and you can get a video of their ride, too. At AGVENTURE, you’ll find a petting zoo, a birthing center and loads of animal and agriculture education. Spanning almost 850,000 square feet, the Carnival is packed with rides and games, both new and classic, and the best carnival food your heart could desire. New this year is The Social Spur, a social lounge, with interactive social media experience. Located near the McNee entrance, there will be music, TVs, photo opportunities and engaging activations, along with – phone charging stations, a water refill station and seating areas. 

 Checklist:  To make sure you experience RODEOHOUSTON like a local, snap a photo of this checklist and try to check off as many experiences as you can!  

  • Enjoy the Carnival Classic: Funnel Cake  
  • Try Steak Dinner on a Stick 
  • Indulge in Fried Oreos  
  • Purchase a Pair of Boots  
  • Say Hello to the Animals at AGVENTURE 
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel 
  • Sip Syrah at the Champion Wine Garden
  • Catch Sight of an 8-Second Ride
  • Watch Horse Show 
  • Take in the Cuteness of Muttin’ Bustin
  • Drop by The Hideout for a Drink (21+)
  • Be Social, take photos of it all and use #RodeoHouston 

Enjoy these events and many more from March 3 to March 22Stay up to date with the RODEOHOUSTON Mobile App. It will provide you with all of the information you could ever need, including the concert lineup, maps and schedule updates. Be sure to follow, mention and tag @RODEOHOUSTON.

As of 3/11/2020 The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been cancelled due to public health concerns. 


All Photos Courtesy of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 

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