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2021 Rodeo Houston
Fast Facts

When: Canceled for 2021
Where: NRG Park, Houston TX
Getting There: Reliant Park Station, MetroRail

NOTE: Although organizers were optimistic that they could pull off the multimedia extravaganza this year in February they announced the cancellation of the 2021 Rodeo Houston due to continuing health concerns.

Instead of the usual date in March, this year's Rodeo Houston was to kick off on Tuesday, May 4 and continue for 3 weeks until Monday, May 24, 2021.

Meanwhile, keep it here for updates and official announcements when next year's Rodeo Houston returns bigger and better than ever in 2022!

Make plans for 2022

Also known as Rodeo Houston, the Houston Rodeo is so much more...

The three-week whoop-de-doo also offers one the country's largest barbecue cook-offs, an annual parade and entertainment spectaculars featuring the country's most popular country music stars.

During weekdays, rodeos start at 6:45 p.m followed by a major concert beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. Weekend rodeos start at 3:45 p.m., and concerts begin approximately 5:45 p.m.

Rodeo Houston concert lineup

Every year, the Rodeo Houston concert lineup promises to be a real crowd pleaser. Again, safety protocols will dictate the extent of this year's concert lineup, but keep it here for more upates when they are announced. And act fast! Tickets go on sale immediately following the announcement at, and all Ticketmaster locations.

An A-list of mega stars made up the 2020 Houston Rodeo and included
Gwen Stefani, Lizzo, Brad Paisley, Becky G, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan.

All about Rodeo Houston

Of course, the main event remains Rodeo Houston -- offering chills and thrills at riding competitions, steer wrestling and roping, and daredevil bull-riding exhibitions.

Houston's population of 2 million also becomes part of the show, as they get into the the spirit of "Go Texan Day". So get ready to don your best western wear, cowboy hats and boots for the once-a-year celebration.

Hungry for some Texas barbecue? Another major part of the pre-festivities is the World Championship Barb-B-Que Contest kicking off that same weekend.

On Saturday, things really kick off as the grand opening of the 2021 Rodeo Houston is announced with a big parade on Saturday, in downtown Houston. The parade route begins at Bagby and Walker Streets, travels from Travis to Bell Street, and from Bell Street to Louisiana Street, before turning on Lamar Street, and ends at Lamar and Bagby.

Getting to the rodeo

With visitors coming in from cities coast to coast, Houstoners are joined by thousands of tourists from more than 80 countries who want an authentic taste of "the real America."

As a result, during the month of March the city becomes a united nations of visitors encouraged to take METRORail public transportation to the center of all the action, NRG Park.

For those traveling by gas guzzler to the event (hey, this is oil-rich Texas, after all!) park and ride lots are available with express service to and from the Rodeo.

Houston Rodeo on TV

For those who can't get to the festivities, local TV coverage is the next best thing. For an event this big and grand, local station FOX Southwest goes all out with television specials, and live coverage of top rodeo competitions, Also look for news roundups each night on air, as well as video recaps online featured at each day.

DID YOU KNOW? Rodeo Houston fun facts

A 25-cent souvenir program
for Rodeo Houston in 1944

• Rodeo Houston dates back to 1931. The very first exhibition actually lost money during its five-day debut that only drew a crowd of 2,000. Since then, rodeo attendance has grown to more than 2 million.

• The first downtown parade took place in 1938. The first entertainer was "The Singing Cowboy" Gene Autry, who appeared on stage in 1942.

• Texas barbecue is always a popular favorite. But some of the more 'exotic' treats along the midway today include chocolate-covered jalapeños, pickle-stuffed corn dogs, and bacon-wrapped deep-fried Oreos!

• Go Tejano Day is a traditional part of the Rodeo Houston concert lineup. It's also one of the most popular in terms of attendance. On March 13, 2016, 75,508 fans showed up to see Banda Los Recoditos and Los Huracanes Del Norte, setting a Go Tejano Day record.

• Most recently, the overall Rodeo Houston concert record was set by 75,577 raving fans who attended the Garth Brooks concert in 2018.

also see in Texas Travel -> Texas Independence Day | Texas State Fair | Austin Tourist Attractions

More about the Houston Rodeo around the Web:

Rodeo - The official site with ticket information, rodeo and entertainment schedule, photos, FAQ and historical information.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Wikipedia - Great overview of the event with photos, information and lists of performers who have appeared throughout the years, along with lots of related references and resources.

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