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2025 Rodeo Houston
Fast Facts

When: Tuesday, March 4 - Sunday, March 23.
Where: NRG Park, Houston TX

World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest:
Thursday, Feb. 27 - Saturday, March 1
Go Texan Day: Friday, Feb. 28

Getting There:
Reliant Park Station, MetroRail

Rodeo Houston will be celebrating its 93rd anniversary in 2025!

Watch as Rodeo Houston returns to NRG Park from Tuesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 23. 2025 with all the usual attractions, great food, and a star-studded concert lineup.


Make plans for 2025

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

And who could forget the carnival food?

2024 saw the debut of the rattle snake corn dog, chocolate-covered bacon on a stick, Cheeto cheese pickle pizza, along with the Barbalicious float made with bubblegum soda topped with cotton candy, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a pink and white lollipop!

This year? Stay tuned!

also see -> 2025 Texas Independence Day


Rodeo Houston concert lineup

Just up ahead, check out the 2025 concert lineup when it is announced in January, with tickets sales almost immediately folloiwing.


Lainey Wilson, 50 Cent, Brad Paisley and
Luke Bryan are only a part of the stellar lineup
at last year's Rodeo Houston concert series.

Ticket sales, as usual, will come in waves so as not to overwhelm the ticket office!

But act fast. Tickets go on sale immediately following the announcement at rodeohouston.com, and all Ticketmaster locations.


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 Rodeo Houston is announced with a big parade 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 Rodeo Houston

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 RodeoHouston.com each day.


DID YOU KNOW? Rodeo Houston fun facts


A 25-cent souvenir program
for Rodeo Houston in 1944

• Rodeo Houston dates back to 1932. 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 Houston 2024 - 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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