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houston rodeoGet ready for the biggest party in Texas, attracting almost 2 million visitors a year to the world's largest rodeo and livestock exhibition.

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

The three-week whoop-de-doo -- scheduled this year from Tuesday, February 27 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Reliant Park -- also offers one the country's largest barbecue cook-offs, a colorful parade (this year scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018), and entertainment spectaculars featuring the country's most popular music stars.

Houston Rodeo concert lineup
Country legend Garth Brooks opens and closes
Rodeo Houston 2018 on Feb. 27 and March 18.

How to get 2018 Houston Rodeo Tickets

Tickets go on sale in mid-January, and are available at the Reliant Park Box office and online at Tickets cover the cost of admission to Reliant Stadium, Reliant Arena, Reliant Center and the carnival with kids under two years of age admitted free.

Ticket prices usually range from $300 for the chute area (located directly behind the bucking chutes) — to the popular action seats affording up-close views at about $100 — to the far more affordable $18 "nosebleeds" in the upper level (bring binoculars!)

2018 Houston Rodeo Star Concert Lineup & Schedule

The 2018 concert lineup promises to be a real crowd pleaser, with a hot ticket lineup that includes dates and performances by this year's A-list of rock, pop and country stars. The complete lineup for the 2018 Houston Rodeo was unveiled in January, when tickets went on sale at, and all Ticketmaster locations. Announced earlier was a superstar appearance by Garth Brooks who will open and close Rodeo Houston February 27 and March 18.

Here's the complete Houston Rodeo lineup which includes a who's who of country stars including live concerts by the likes of Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley:

Tues. February 27, 2018 - Garth Brooks, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Wed., February 28, 2018 - Little Big Town, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Thurs., March 1, 2018 - Blake Shelton, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Fri., March 2, 2018 - Leon Bridges, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Sat., March 3, 2018 - Kelsea Ballerini, NRG Stadium 3:45PM
Sun., March 4, 2018 - Alessia Cara, NRG Stadium 3:45PM
Mon., March 5, 2018 - Rascal Flatta, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Tues., March 6, 2018 - Jason Aldean, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Wed., March 7, 2018 - Thomas Rhett, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Thurs., March 8, 2018 - Luke Bryan, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Fri., March 9, 2018 - Chris Young, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Sat., March 10. 2018 - Cody Johnson, NRG Stadium 3:45PM
Sun., March 11, 2018 - Calibre 50, NRG Stadium 3:45PM
Mon., March 12, 2018 - Zac Brown Band, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Tues, March 13, 2018 - J Balvin, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Wed., March 14, 2018 - One Republic, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Thurs., March 15, 2018 - Keith Urban, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Fri., March 16, 2018 - Chris Stapleton, NRG Stadium 6:45PM
Sat., March 17, 2018 - Brad Paisley, NRG Stadium 3:45PM
Sun., March 18, 2018 - Garth Brooks, NRG Stadium 3:45PM

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" (this year it falls on Friday, February 23, 2018), donning their best western wear, cowboy hats, and boots for the once-a-year celebration.

Another major part of the pre-festivities is the World Championship Barb-B-Que Contest kicking off at Reliant Park that same weekend.

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, Reliant 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.

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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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