Let’s Go, Rodeo: A Houston Guide

While we are thankful for our partnership with Reliant Energy, our thoughts and pure excitement for the rodeo are our own.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

Houston, Let's rodeo! A houston moms guide to the rodeo. Logo: Houston moms and Reliant. A photograph of a child wearing a helmet and holding on to the back of a sheep. Photo courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

YEE-HAW! It’s back, y’all! After two long years without delicious and adventurous food, animals, rides and some of the best concerts around, Houstonians are finally getting to put on their boots, spurs and cowboy hats and enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo again!

The year’s must-see concert line-up is bound to be the best one yet! Does it get much better than Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Kane Brown, Khalid, Gwen Stefani, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley? I think not!

With more than 30,000 livestock and Mutton Bustin’ to carnival rides for kids of all ages and the nightly entertainment, this is exactly what Houston needs!

Before you dust off your boots to celebrate the 90th anniversary, be sure to catch up on these tips and tricks below to enjoy the rodeo to its fullest!

Pro Tip: Take your littles on a weekday right when they open at 9 am to enjoy the AgVenture barn without crowds.

Hang on just a boot-scootin’ minute, because Reliant and the Rodeo go together like spurs and belt buckles!

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Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Details:

Dates: February 28th – March 20th

Location: NRG Park {right inside Loop 610 between Kirby & Fannin}. Click here for driving directions and to print out a map.

Schedule of 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 6:45 pm with the entertainer making stage at about 8:45 pm and weekend performances begin at 3:45 pm with the entertainer getting on approximately 5:45 pm with these exceptions:

  • The March 19, 2022 Rodeo performance will begin an hour earlier, at 2:45 p.m.
  • The March 20, 2022 George Strait concert-only performance will begin at 7 p.m., with special guest Ashley McBryde. Strait will take the stage at approximately 8 p.m. and will perform a full-length concert.

Parking & Transportation: To avoid any headaches, 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, etc.} to make it a bit easier! The METRORail is a great go-to because kids love riding on the train and strollers ARE allowed!

Tickets: There are three different options when looking to purchase tickets to the rodeo or carnival.

1} You can purchase a Grounds Pass which allows you to check out everything at NRG Park, except for the rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium.

2} For $5 more, you can purchase a Rodeo/Concert ticket which gives you access to everything at NRG Park AND entry into NRG Stadium for the rodeo and concert.  {Bonus: Children age 2 and under are free and do not require a ticket!}

3} You can purchase a season pass for $35, which is worth it if you plan to visit at least three times. This option does not include the rodeo and concert.

Security: In an effort to keep the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo as safe as possible, be prepared for a quick wand and bag check. While it may add a few minutes to getting in those gates, everyone’s safety is well worth it!

Special Accommodations: The entire grounds are filled with HLSR staff and committee members there to help.  If you need any special accommodations or have any particular questions, simply ask someone with a badge!

Need to bing a stroller for your little ones? Not a problem! Strollers and wagons are allowed, and NRG Stadium offers “parking areas” on all four corners of the stadium to park your your wheels while you enjoy the fun.

COVID Precautions: While masks, a negative COVID-19 test and/or proof of vaccination are not required to attend, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo recommends all guests follow the CDC’s health and safety guidelines and take precautions, whether that’s getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including the COVID-19 booster, or wearing a face covering.

Anyone who is feeling ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to stay home. Those who live with someone who has COVID are also encouraged to stay home.

In an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has a list of implemented health protocols and actions for the 2022 Rodeo.

What’s New in 2022?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year!

The Rodeo will kick off the celebration with Texas native and fan-favorite Cody Johnson, and will close with a special, concert-only performance with George Strait.

Follow along with RODEOHOUSTON on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about the latest historical information about the Rodeo. Tag your favorite Rodeo memories with #Since1932.

Commemorative Mural Downtown: Check out the new 90th anniversary Rodeo mural in downtown Houston, located at One Market Square Garage, at the intersection of Prairie St. and Travis St. This mural reaches nine stories tall and represents the city-wide celebration of Western heritage that brings all Houstonians together. The mural is designed by Houston native, GONZO247, along with several other local artists.

HUGE Photo Opp: New this year, the Rock n’ Rodeo backdrop in NRG Center at Hall C gives rodeo-goers the chance to live out their dreams and step onto a star stage replica or saddle up on a life-size bull, then share their rodeo moment on social media via captured image.

90th Anniversary Gear: You definitely don’t want to miss out on 90th anniversary merchandise collection that includes commemorative Rodeo-inspired threads and limited-edition collectibles, from jackets and pins to tote bags and buckles! Commemorative tickets for all 2022 performances are also available for purchase to celebrate this year’s milestone.

New Food Items: The Rodeo menu includes some fun, creative eats you MUST try. 2022 will introduce guests to:

-Deep Fried Jambalaya Roll: Juicy chicken and sausage come together with rice and Cajun seasonings to create a golden brown, dippable treat!

-Pickle Pizza: Whodathunkit?! Pickles on pizza? This new twist features a dill cream sauce topped with cheese, spices and dill pickles. You definitely can’t knock it ’til you try it!

-Southern Fried Chicken Alfredo Ball: Comfort food at its finest! Filled with fettuccini alfredo, chicken and mozzerella cheese, this deep-fried ball with homemade alfredo sauce is sure to be a hit!

-Island Slaw: YUM! A creamy coleslaw with mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, snap peas, topped with teriyaki chicken, sriracha glaze, and sprinkled with crushed macadamia nuts… hometown feel meets island thrill!


Test Your Ranch Skills: Rodeo guests can test their roping skills at Rodeo Plaza, compete against friends in “Ducks in a Row’deo,” and toss some cowboy boots to win prizes at the Reliant Showdown Saloon, located next to the Reliant Big Boot.

Top 10 Things You Don’t Want To Miss at the Rodeo

1. Awesome Entertainment

This year’s lineup features some of your favorite country and pop stars, and there is truly a concert that piques everyone’s interest.

With Cody Johnson opening and George Strait closing this year’s rodeo, the lineup is not one to miss! There are still plenty of concert tickets available.

RodeoHouston has added the VIP Champions Club, a private entertainment space in NRG Stadium to enjoy the rodeo and concert! Tickets are $175 per person and includes upscale food and an open bar. {Don’t forget to check out The Hideout if you’re sans kids too! The Hideout is for 21 and up only, and it’s a great chance to hear some amazing local musicians for just the cost of NRG Park admission. Yes, please! 

2.  The Miracle of Birth

Yep, birth! Animals are actually being born at the rodeo in The Birthing Center. Be sure to stop by and visit the baby animals, watch as they take their first steps, and see how their sweet mamas nurse and nurture them.  All exhibits are open from 9 am – 9 pm. Don’t miss the miracle! {And be sure to check out the milking parlor as well!}

3. The Wine Garden

If you’re in need of a little pick-me up while at the Rodeo, don’t forget about the Champion Wine Garden, located in Carruth Plaza and in between NRG Stadium and the Astrodome. This little oasis with more than 70 wines to choose from is the perfect place to kick your boots up and relax.

4. Shop-‘Til-You-Drop

Shop at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! With more than 300 vendors, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Let your impulses go with the countless retail vendors. The best in Western wear and décor, and something of the most interesting finds are down every shopping row.

5. The Junction

What’s not to love about an area just for kids, open from 9 am – 9 pm daily?  The Junction includes the ever-popular Mutton Bustin’ where 5 and 6 year old’s try to hold on to a sheep for 8 seconds {it’s a thing!}, as well as a petting zoo, pig races, camel and pony rides, and a classic carnival with rides and games. Don’t forget to stop by the farm-to-market exhibit, Fun on the Farm, for an entertaining and educational experience for all.

6. Livestock Show

Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has encouraged and promoted the breeding, raising, and marketing of the livestock industry in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Thousands of exhibitors come from all parts of the world and across the state of Texas to exhibit their livestock, and only the best of the best leave the green-shavings arena with the elite title of Houston Champion.

7.  The Actual Rodeo!

From team roping to steer wrestling to bull riding, the best of the best rodeo athletes come together each year for RODEOHOUSTON. Be sure to find your seat early as the stunning Grand Entry performance is something that you {and your kids} won’t want to miss, and then settle in and watch the events.  There’s something for everyone … even rodeo clowns for a little comic relief!

8. The Perfect Rodeo Photo

To commemorate getting back to all things rodeo, Reliant is powering our photo game with great spots to grab that Instagram-worthy pic. From their new “Rock ‘n Rodeo” backdrop mentioned earlier or the Reliant Big Boot on Rodeo Plaza (which has become iconic in its own right!), there are plenty of places to snap a pic with your people. 

9. Free Family Wednesdays

Free Family Wednesdays are an amazing deal! Get free NRG Park Admission for seniors, 60 and over, and children, 12 and under, until noon. This does not include rodeo/concert admission. You can also enjoy $2 rides and games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with a $2 food or drink item at select food stands in the Junction Carnival.

10. Charging Stations

Is there anything worse than your phone running out of battery when you’re surrounded by adorable photo ops and/or you need to stay connected with friends and family? To keep Rodeo visitors connected, Reliant is offering free first-day rentals on portable power packs at nearly two dozen Reliant Charging Stations across NRG Park, including at NRG Stadium, NRG Center, NRG Arena, and the Champion Wine Garden.

 

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Houston, Let's Rodeo! A houston moms guide to the rodeo. A photograph of a child wearing a helmet and holding on to the back of a sheep. Photo courtesy of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Logo: Houston moms and Reliant.

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