Grab your hats and saddle up at the Houston Rodeo!
Spring brings to mind beach trips, rain showers, blooming flowers, and — at least in Texas — the Houston Rodeo. With hundreds of exhibits and activities, A-list performers, a carnival, fair food, a Texas-sized bar-b-que contest, auctions, and livestock shows, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss your opportunity to cut a rug (that means dance the night away). So grab your hats and saddle up at the Houston Rodeo! Tickets are on sale now for the “World’s Biggest Rodeo Show” that runs March 7-26 this year.
Houston Rodeo Carnival
As you make your way toward NRG Park, you can see the carnival rides and smell the deep fried delicacies. You can purchase carnival tickets at the many booths that dot the parking lot, and ride anything from Ferris wheels to zip line drops. There are also rides that are more suitable for the little ones such as mini roller coasters and the airplane teacups.
Further down are the food booths that will satisfy any appetite. The fried treats include the old time standards: corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs. But just as unique as the Houston Rodeo is, the treats are also as exciting and diverse! You might find fried Nutella, fried butter, elote (grilled corn on the cob), or a taco stand. The fare available at the carnival is sure to please even the pickiest family members!
Houston Rodeo Events
If you have never been to a rodeo, the livestock and horse show is the typical image you see on TV and in movies. There are a variety of rodeo events to see. Many of these events are exciting to watch and easy to follow. Bronc riding and bull riding both involve a participant riding an unbroken horse or bull. Riders are scored on the length of time they stay astride as well as their form. Barrel racers ride their highly trained horses through a set course of barrels in a timed ride.
One of our favorite parts of the Houston Rodeo is the highly-trained professional bull fighters. While they provide the comedic relief, they also put themselves between the angry bull and the rider to reduce the risk of injury to the cowboy. But being a bull fighter is a dangerous job. It requires specific safety and performance training. Most fighters spend years practicing to hone the trade. They are as talented and amazing to watch as the other rodeo performers.
Houston Rodeo Concerts
Artists vary each year, but the lineup at the Houston Rodeo is always one to notice. With a variety of music genres represented, tickets are a hot commodity. Though some performances sell out, there are also a limited number of tickets available for standing room only. Concerts begin after the final rodeo event of the day ends. Weekday performances usually begin around 6:45 pm and weekend performances around 3:45 pm.
Whatever your rodeo plans, grab your friends and family and enjoy the Houston Rodeo and its big-as-Texas style!
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Know Before You Go
- Houston is known for its haunted sites. Allen’s Landing is especially popular since it dates to 1836 and is the birthplace of Houston’s business district.
- One of Houston’s most remarkable features is the Downtown Tunnels, where you can find a long path of restaurants and places to shop.
- The Houston Museum of Natural Science is an excellent place for entertainment. Don’t skip a stop at the Butterfly Center!