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Giddy-Up! The Ultimate Guide to Rodeo Season in Houston

  • February 23, 2023
  • | 17:08 PM

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Explore everything the Houston Rodeo has to offer!

Helpful Tips 👌

Check out everything you need to know before you go.

Getting there 🚙

The METRORail is just $2.50 a ride and offers three rails lines to make it easy for guests to get to and from the Rodeo. This is ideal if you are traveling from Downtown Houston, the Museum District, or Texas Medical Center.

Residents and visitors of The Woodlands and surrounding areas can utilize The Woodlands Express, which will offer service to NRG Stadium on weekends during the rodeo. Cost is  just $13 for a round-trip ticket.

Uber and Lyft is also available with drop-off and pick-up locations in the Miller Lite Yellow Lot 38. There is a specific area where all the ride shares line up.

Rather drive? NRG Park has five large lots on the property for your convenience, with trams running to and from the rodeo grounds until midnight every night. Just remember to take a picture of where you parked before you leave your car. Trust us, we’ve gotten lost a few times. 😂

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Ground Tickets 🎟

NRG Park Admissions

Adult (13 & over: $20) | Child (3-12: $10) | age 2 and under are free

  • Access to all public activities at NRG Park; NRG Center & NRG Arena
  • Access to Horse Show & events in NRG Arena
  • Admission to Carnival (NOT valid for rides or games)
  • NOT INCLUDED: Rodeo & concert in NRG Stadium

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Grounds Season Pass

  • Daily admission to World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contest
  • Daily admission during the run of the Show, with access to all public activities at NRG Park; NRG Center & NRG Arena
  • Admission to Carnival (NOT valid for rides or games)
  • NOT INCLUDED: Rodeo & concert in NRG Stadium, Rodeo Uncorked! events

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Carnival + Food Deals 😉

$10 CARNIVAL PACK – $50 VALUE

VALUE

22 tickets (valid for rides and games) $11
Buy One, Get One FREE – Game (some games exempt) $6
Buy One, Get One FREE – Funhouse Ride (Clown Glasshouse, Rockin Rodeo, Surf Shack, Silly Seas, Monster Mash, or New York New York) $5
Spend $25 at RCS Food Stand, Get One FREE Regular Size Drink $5
Spend $20 at RCS Food Stand, Get One FREE Soft Serve Cone $7
Buy One Giant Pretzel Get One FREE Small Nut Bag $8
Buy One Cowboy Kettle Corn Get One FREE Regular Size Kettle Corn $8
TOTAL $50

 

$50 CARNIVAL PACK – $159.50 VALUE

VALUE

150 Carnival Tickets (valid for rides and games) $75
Buy One, Get One FREE – Game (some games exempt) $6
Buy One, Get One FREE – Game (some games exempt) $6
Buy One, Get One FREE – Game (some games exempt) $6
Buy One, Get One FREE – Funhouse (Clown Glasshouse, Rockin Rodeo, Surf Shack, Silly Seas, Monster Mash or New York New York) $5
Buy One, Get One FREE – Ferris Wheel (Big Wheel, Grand Wheel, Liberty Wheel – Excludes La Grande Wheel XL) $7.50
FREE RCS Souvenir Cup Refill $4
Buy One Bucket of Cookies Get One FREE Small Milk $4
Buy 2 Slices of Pizza Get One FREE Small Lemonade $5
Buy 2 Corn Dogs Get One FREE Regular Size Drink $5
Buy One, Get One FREE Regular Size Drink $5
Buy 2 Jumbo Size Cotton Candy Get One FREE Regular Size Popcorn $7
Buy 2 Fried Treats Get One FREE at Fried a Fair 1 & 2 or Sweet Cheeks 1 & 2 $8
Spend $20 at RCS Food Stand Get One FREE Souvenir Cup $8
Spend $25 at RCS Food Stand Get One FREE Regular Size RCS F $8
TOTAL $159.50

 

CARNIVAL FOOD CARD
($30 VALUE OR $75 VALUE)

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  • $30 of food and beverage for only $20
    $75 of food and beverage for only $50
  • Valid only at food and beverage stands in carnival area (look for RCS flag)
  • Not valid at food and beverage stands operated by Aramark or Show commercial exhibitors
  • Not valid with any other promotions or coupons, including the Half-Price Carnival Packs
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What's New❗️

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023: Opening Day presented by Texas Capital Bank

There will be special giveaways that include custom-made Howdy Bobbleheads for the first 10,000 paying guests, beginning at 10 a.m. at select NRG Park gates. Enjoy a variety of activities planned throughout the day for guests of all ages, including an Opening Day Parade on the grounds of NRG Park starting at noon. Join us for a Glow Party in the Champion Wine Garden, presented by Frost Bank starting at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023: Community Day presented by TC Energy

There will be free admission for all guests until noon as well as buy one, get one rides and games in the Junction Carnival area until 4 p.m. You can also enjoy discounted food and beverage offerings in the Junction Carnival area until 4 p.m.

Women’s Breakaway Roping

Women’s breakaway roping will now be held all 20 nights of RODEOHOUSTON®, Feb. 28 – March 19, 2023. Women’s breakaway roping, sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) debuted at RODEOHOUSTON in 2022, and was previously held for seven performances.

Drone Show

Take part in the first ever drone light show at RODEOHOUSTON as we celebrate our western heritage! The 200 drones will soar through the sky in different formations, creating impressive visuals that embody what the Rodeo stands for. The glowing technological display will start at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, over NRG Arena. We look forward to this one-of-a-kind show as we light up the sky!

Brunch at the Champion Wine Garden presented by Frost Bank

The Champion Wine Garden presented by Frost Bank, will host a themed brunch each Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon, with special entertainment and culinary brunch-style delights. Our NEW Bubble Flights, a half pour of 4 different sparkling wines from around the world – Italy, California, Tasmania and Champagne, will be offered exclusively during Sunday brunch. Taste the nuances from the specific terroir of each unique area, then choose your favorite from the flight and stay for a bottle with your friends!

Special Occasion Buttons

Visit any merchandise stand on NRG Park grounds or a Guest Services Booth inside NRG Stadium to pick up a “My First Rodeo” button or “Birthday” button to celebrate your special occasion! For our Spanish speaking guests, look for our volunteers with the “Hablo Español” button for assistance!

 

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Special Days 💥

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February 28: Opening Day

Giveaways, variety of activities, and an Opening Day Parade on the…

March 1: Armed Forces Appreciation Day

Free Admission on this day for the following: actively serving military…

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March 2: Sensory Friendly Day

During this time, there will be minimal lights and sounds permitted in…

March 3: Black Heritage Day

Day-long festivities include live entertainment, historical and…

March 6: First Responders Day

Free NRG Park admission for all first responders with a badge, plus four…

March 8: Community Day

Buy one get one rides and games, discounted food and beverage offerings…

March 12: Go Tejano Day

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