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Your Guide to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2020

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Yeehaw! It’s that time of year again. Kick up your heels, grab those cowboy hats and head out to Houston’s biggest and most anticipated event of the year: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Raise your hand if you’re ready for three weeks filled with livestock shows, concerts, carnival games, loads of food, and tons of fun. There’s honestly nothing quite like this experience. Everything truly is bigger in Texas! 

If you’re new to the city and haven’t yet been to the Houston Rodeo, do yourself a favor and go this year! We’re here to help you out and break down the best and newest stuff to do. 

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What is the Houston Rodeo all about?

Like every year, the Houston Rodeo rolls into town and literally takes the city starting at the end of February! There’s no better way to kick off the SZN than with their exciting pre-rodeo events like the Bar-B-Que Contest, Best Bites Competition, Go Texan Day, Rodeo Run and Wine Show & Auction

The Houston Rodeo 2020 begins on March 3rd and will last for three weeks until March 22nd. It’s the largest rodeo and livestock exhibition in the world and is held in the NRG Park!

More than two million people attend the show, participate in the events, and even get a chance to get rewarded with an educational scholarship.

The Basics: Know Before You Go

Location

📍1 NRG Park Houston, Texas 77054

The Rodeo is located at NRG Park (right inside Loop 610 between Kirby & Fannin.) Click here for driving directions and to print out a map.

Parking/Transportation

This can be a bit tricky to navigate, so check out the Parking & Transportation info when planning your trip. Depending on where you’re coming from, there are lots of great options (METRORail, Park & Ride, Uber/LYFT, etc.) to make traveling a lot easier and stress-free!

Public parking on-site is available for $20. You can park in the Yellow Lot, which you can enter off of Main Street, the 610 lot (where Astroworld used to be), and the Miller Lite teal lot off Murworth.

Handicapped parking and drop off/pickup is available in the yellow and blue lots.

Public passenger drop-off
Drop off guests at Gate 9 off Kirby Drive.

Lyft & ride sharing
Drop-offs and pick-ups are in the Green Lot.

Park and ride
For a cheaper way to park without the stress of fighting for a close parking space, use the Rodeo Express Shuttles in remote lots or METRO Park and Ride. There are locations all over town.

Parking is free at all of the lots, except in the OST Lot, which is $20. The shuttle costs range from $4 to $7 per person.

Scheduled Events

Events and activities change each day, so be sure to check out the Daily Event Schedule. If you’re planning your visit around a performance, note that weekday performances begin at 6:45PM and weekend performances begin at 3:45PM.

Each RODEOHOUSTON® performance begins with rodeo competition. Once the dust settles, the entertainer takes the stage. Check out the full list of concerts here!

Carnival, Rodeo, and Concert Tickets

  • Grounds Adult Day Pass $15

    Allows access to all events on NRG Park, EXCEPT for the rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium.

  • Grounds Children Day Pass $5

    Allows access to all events on NRG Park, EXCEPT for the rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium.

  • Grounds Season Pass (adult & children) $35

    Allows access to all events on NRG Park, EXCEPT for the rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium.

  • Rodeo & Concert Individual Performances $20 - $350

    A rodeo and concert ticket includes all features as a grounds pass, PLUS admission to NRG Stadium.

  • Rodeo & Concert Premium Seating $125 - $7,620

    A rodeo and concert ticket includes all features as a grounds pass, PLUS admission to NRG Stadium.

  • Rodeo & Concert Season Tickets $400 - $7,00

    A rodeo and concert ticket includes all features as a grounds pass, PLUS admission to NRG Stadium.

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What’s New at the 2020 Houston Rodeo?

Mooooove over cows and horses. The Houston Rodeo has added tons of new activities and attractions.

This year is guaranteed to be bigger, better, and maybe the best one yet!

What’s for Dinner?

When you go to the rodeo, bring an empty stomach and leave your diet at home! This year, there will be even more treats to indulge in. The three new fried foods include mac and cheese egg rolls, black gold truffles and Cheetos cheese pickles. Check out the list of new food vendors below.

American
Handmade Burgers — NRG Park The Junction
Jasper’s Rattlesnake Round-Up — NRG Arena
The Tot Spot & Mac Shack — NRG Park The Junction

International
Island Noodles — NRG Park The Junction

Mexican
El Patio Restaurant — NRG Park Rodeo Plaza

Snacks
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels — NRG Park Circle Drive

Sweets
Casa de Yummy — NRG Park The Junction
Fredericksburg Mini-Donut Co. — NRG Park Circle Drive

Animal Attractions

Born to Buck
Showcasing generations of bucking horses and celebrates their importance to the sport. The new Born to Buck exhibit gives visitors a chance to see the beautiful athletes up close and learn more about their lives inside and outside the rodeo arena. Born to Buck is located outdoors in The Junction.

Extreme Dogs
Man’s best friend will show off some skills this year at the Extreme Dogs show. It features rescue dogs in events including agility, dock diving, high jump, weave pole racing, and more. The Extreme Dogs show will also be in The Junction.

Parakeet Encounter
Another new animal will be winging its way to ADVENTURE park located in the NRG Center. The parakeet encounter gives rodeo-goers the opportunity to interact and feed the friendly little birds.

New rides and games

New York New York — New York New York is a family-friendly funhouse featuring two levels with a New York-themed concept.

Bottle Up — An old favorite that tests the skills and ability of the player to balance and stand up on a sloped platform.

Top Glo —A group game that allows a player and 13 friends to compete against each other by spraying a water gun at a target, racing to the top

Step Right Up!

Sensory Friendly Experience
The sights and sounds of the huge carnival can be a challenge for anyone with sensory sensitivities. To offer them a positive experience, the HLSR will host its first-ever Sensory-Friendly Carnival Experience on Thursday, March 5 from 10AM–1PM. During this time, there will be minimal lights and sounds permitted in certain areas of The Junction and the main carnival. More than 40 rides will be included in the Sensory Friendly Experience.

The Social Spur
The Rodeo’s new social lounge will add an interactive social media experience for Rodeo fans. The Social Spur, located near the McNee entrance, will feature music, TVs, photo opportunities, and seating areas to help attendees relax and recharge.  It will also offer phone charging stations and water refill stations.

Insta-worthy 
Do for the gram! Capture your 2020 #RODEOHOUSTON experience in a big way with a 3-D photo opportunity. Rodeo guests can round up their friends for a snap in front of oversized letters that spell out R-O-D-E-O.

Balloon mural 
Rodeo-goers can check out the new balloon art display located in ADVENTURE, as an artist creates a balloon-filled mural featuring a scene that will evolve during the run of the Rodeo.

Rodeo Houston

For more info be sure to check out the UNATION app or the Rodeo Website!

Don’t forget to tag us @StuffToDoInHouston in all your Rodeo adventures! We love keeping up with you guys and you may even get featured on our page.

We’ll see you there, Houston fam!

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Kelci Wallace

Kelci Wallace

Kelci is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the  Stuff to Do in Houston blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Houston area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinHouston on Instagram and Facebook..

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