It’s rodeo time again here in the great state of Texas and we couldn’t be any more excited! With bull riding, calf roping, and carnivals (oh my!), the Texas rodeo scene is chock-full of activities and events to entertain people of all ages. So dust off your boots, break out your cowboy hat, and get ready for the Texas Rodeo season. Though rodeos often take place in almost every Texas town, here are some of the main rodeos happening this year in our 2015 Texas Rodeo Roundup.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – January 16 – February 7, 2015
As the oldest, continuously running event of its kind in the country, The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo started back in 1896 and has continued to grow now attracting over a million visitors annually. The festivities kicked off with the “All Western Parade” on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. in downtown Fort Worth. This 23-day long extravaganza features six rodeo events, renowned livestock shows, live music, carnival/midway, delicious food, and child-friendly exhibits!
Tickets: Prices vary by event.
Address: 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Since its inception back in 1950, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown into one of the biggest and most prominent events in San Antonio, with over a million visitors that attend each year. It provides great entertainment for the whole family. Just start with all of the exciting rodeo competitions like bull riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling, and then head outside the arena to find plenty of activities like pony rides, a petting zoo, and a carnival.
To get into the rodeo spirit, check out the 7th Annual Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive that takes place on February 7th. Viewers will watch as “Drovers,” like those from the Old West, will drive a herd of Longhorn cattle down historic Houston Street and then be followed by other authentic displays.
Tickets: Rodeo Admission: $14-$32 based on seating. Grounds Admission: Varies based on days of the week.
Address: 3201 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78219
This incredibly popular livestock show and rodeo is considered to be one of the largest in the world! For 20 days, visitors can enjoy championship rodeo competitions that include bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, calf scrambles, and the ever-loving mutton bustin’, just to name a few! Not to mention at the end of each rodeo competition, there is a live concert from popular recording artists like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Pitbull, and Ariana Grande.
In addition to the rodeo, there’s the carnival and midway, livestock shows, pig races, and all sorts of wonderful dining options. If you do find yourself attending this livestock show and rodeo then make a note to order the infamous turkey leg…and the funnel cake. In my opinion calories don’t count at rodeos. So enjoy!
Tickets: Rodeo Admission – Upper Level Seats – $18. Click here for other ticket options. Grounds Admission – Adults – $10, Children – $5
Address: 8334 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77054
Austin is home to one of America’s top 10 Pro Rodeos, and it is filled with rodeo fun featuring extreme competition, bull fighting, and of course some mutton bustin’. Stay after the rodeo to enjoy live music from greats such as Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakham, and Eli Young Band!
Help kick off the Fair and Rodeo with a Texas-sized breakfast at the Cowboy Breakfast. The admission is FREE and includes pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, western-themed entertainment, and live music. It’s open and fun for the people of all ages.
Tickets: Rodeo Tickets – Range from $20-$175 depending on the seats so click here for more information. Grounds Tickets: Adults – $8, Children – $5, Children under 2 – FREE
Address: 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724
Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo – June 2015
This El Paso rodeo has all the traditional competitions like bronco riding and steer roping for spectators to enjoy. Plus there’s a unique event called the mini-bull riding competition that you do not want to miss! It’s geared for youths where they can ride specially bred bulls that are approximately about 40 inches tall! There’s also a carnival, parade, mutton bustin’, and more!
Tickets: Not available until website is updated for 2015
Address: 4100 East Paisano Drive, El Paso, TX 79924
Whew – that’s a lot of rodeos in Texas! Which ones will you visit this year? Which ones have you visited in the past? Share your favorite rodeo stories in the comments!