If you love horses, barbecue, and live music, one of the world’s largest livestock shows and rodeos, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is happening from Feb. 27 to March 18 at NRG Park.
event, which began in 1932, welcomed more than 2.61 million visitors
last year. According to Joel Cowley, the president and chief executive
of the event, visiting the grounds
is a fun experience for all, with plenty to offer to people who aren’t
traditionally interested in agriculture or rodeo events.
from little kids to great-grandparents can have a good time because
there is such a diverse lineup of activities,” he said.
to the 300-acre event grounds is $15 per day for adults and $5 for
children between the ages of three and 12. Admission to the daily rodeo
and concert in NRG Stadium, one of the park’s main venues, starts at $18
and includes entry into all other activities on the grounds. Admission
is free for children two and under.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the show’s website. Here’s a sample of what visitors can look forward to.
Daily Rodeo Performances
Cowley said that the daily rodeo performances in NRG Stadium, which
seats more than 72,000, are the highlight of each day. Over 300 cowboys
and cowgirls from around the world compete in a series of rodeo sports
including bull riding, where competitors attempt to ride a bull for
eight seconds and barrel racing, a speed event where women ride on a
horse around a barrel pattern.
two-hour rodeo performance is followed by a one-hour concert from a
notable band or musician. This year, country musicians Garth Brooks,
Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and the pop band OneRepublic are among the
The Livestock Show
day, all day, NRG Center, a 1.3 million square foot building adjacent
to the stadium, will host a livestock show. Visitors can see about a
dozen species of animals including cattle, pigs, llamas and sheep, and
there’s an area where they can watch chickens hatch and calves, lambs
and baby pigs being born.
building also has a retail area where vendors from around the world sell
Western-themed goods such as clothes, boots, jewelry, furniture and
Arena will also host several horse shows a day. "These are fast paced
events that are thrilling to watch,” Mr. Cowley said. Onlookers can
expect multiple events demonstrating each rider’s prowess and the
stamina and strength of the horses. One example is mounted shooting,
where cowboys and cowgirls ride past balloons lined up on a stick and
shoot into them with a blank rifle. The winner is the person who shoots
the most number of balloons in the least time.
The Wine Garden
event also features a wine garden, which will be open daily. Visitors
here will be able to buy small tastes, full glasses and bottles of
around 50 wines from around the world and can imbibe while listening to
live music performances from local bands.
an attraction for children, the carnival, open all-day, has more than
50 rides including an observation wheel, two Ferris wheels and several
roller coasters. When you (or the kids) get hungry, hit the many food
vendors selling fried foods on a stick such as smoked and fried turkey
legs or fried cheesecake.
properties in Houston offer packages themed to the livestock and rodeo,
ideal for out-of-towners or locals looking to make a vacation out of
near the city’s Uptown entertainment district and seven miles from the
livestock show and rodeo, has an All Roped In Package inclusive of
accommodations, a Southern inspired breakfast, valet parking and a
welcome amenity of locally smoked beef jerky and a jar of honey roasted
Texas pecans. Prices from $159 a night.
Another option is the Rodeo Houstonian Style package at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa,
situated in the heart of the city and about a 20-minute drive from the
event; it includes accommodations, two Texas-themed cocktails at the
hotel’s bar, a welcome amenity of a charcuterie board, a $50 Uber gift
card, valet parking and a boot shine. Prices from $289 a night.