It’s Houston Rodeo Time!
How to go big as Texas, and still go home with money left in your pocket.
It’s that very exciting time of year when the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is here. Things kicked off last weekend with pre-show favorites like the annual Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, Rodeo Run, Go Texan Day & Rodeo Roundup, and of course the parade. The Show is open this year from March 7-26, and there are so many great events, shows, artists, and exhibits to check out. Join us as we explore some of the awesome things taking place, as well as the best ways to experience the rodeo without busting your wallet.
If you’ve been thinking of hitting the rodeo but aren’t quite sure about spending the money, Value Wednesdays are the perfect opportunity to take part in all the great activities at a fraction of the price. On these days, upper-level Rodeo and concert tickets are only $10, which also includes NRG Park admission. Separately, NRG Park Admission is only $5 for adults 13 and over and free for seniors (60+) and children under 12.
The two remaining Value Wednesday dates are March 15th and 22nd, so be sure to take advantage while you can. The main performers for those nights will be Thomas Rett on the 15th and Chris Young on the 22nd. Other Value specials include:
● $5 off any purchase of $25 or more from any official rodeo merchandise booth;
● $2 ride tickets, games, and select food items in Junction Carnival between 11 am to 4 pm; and
● Additional food and merchandise specials at various vendors.
NRG Box Office
A way to save another few extra bucks is to swing by the NRG box office instead of purchasing your tickets online. It can save you between $1 to $3.50 per ticket. While this is not much of a discount for one person, for a group it could really add up, and leave you with more to spend on other parts of the show.
Grounds Pass and AGventure
Even on a normal entry day, grounds passes are only $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Most exhibits are free to grounds pass holders, so it is definitely an economical way to experience the rodeo, especially for the whole family. Here are just a few of the great exhibits available in AGventure.
● Milking Parlor — At this exhibit, live demonstrations take place M-F from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm, or on the weekends from 10 am to 6 pm.
● Petting Zoo — Come here to see and pet both exotic and more typical farm animals.
● Tour of Texas — Here you can “visit” the different regions of Texas, from the Gulf Coast to Big Bend. The exhibit focuses on how each area contributes to agriculture.
● Fisheries — This exhibit explores commercial fishing and aquaculture and even has a Touch Tank that lets you get a closer look.
The Carnival and Junction Carnival
March 13-17 is Spring Break Stampede, during which time The Carnival will be open earlier from noon to midnight. Tickets are 50 cents each and rides require anywhere from 4-20 tickets. Rides include classics like tea cups, mini bumper cars, and a haunted mansion as well as some exciting new rides.
The Junction Carnival is more kid-centric with rides, games, and exhibits—and most exhibits are free. It’s open from 11 am to midnight during the week and 10 am to midnight on the weekends. Don’t forget, this section of the grounds has some great Value Wednesday deals! Check out some of the coolest free Junction exhibits below.
● Fun on the Farm — Here children can learn about the farm-to-market process, helping with chores like gathering eggs, planting crops, and even milking a cow.
● Pedal Tractor Pull —At this attraction, kids ages 4 to 12 can compete in a pedal-powered tractor pull race.
● Pig Races — Watch little piglets dash out of the starting gate and around a 150-foot track.
● Stars Over Texas Stage — A number of fun events take place at this stage, from sing-alongs, animal acts, music, and more.
Ranching & Wildlife Expo
Until Saturday, March 11th, the Ranching and Wildlife Expo will be operating on the second floor of the NRG center. Open from 9 am to 8:30 pm daily, the expo is home to a variety of hunting, fishing, and camping seminars and educational programs (all of which are free and open to the public). There will also be an auction on March 10th beginning at 2 pm, which includes hunting, fishing, and other outdoor trips. There will also be opportunities to see 4-H and FFA Poster contests.
Texas Wine Celebration Day
And lastly, something just for the adults. The Champion Wine Garden is a great place to relax and unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of the rodeo grounds. On Thursday, March 9th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm enjoy free tastings of delicious wines in honor of Texas Wine Celebration Day. Texas Wineries will be pouring their own labels and dropping some knowledge about the Texas wine industry and vineyards across our great state. Plus there’s live music.
We hope you enjoy exploring the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Let us know in the comments which exhibit, performer, or show you loved seeing the most!