Welcome to the world’s largest livestock exhibition and the world’s largest Rodeo event! The 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off March 1st and runs through March 20th, and last year's attendance of 2,483,193 visitors - which required over 22,000 volunteers!
Going 20 days strong, Rodeo Houston is held at NRG Stadium, and features bull riding, parades, carnivals, BBQ, wine tasting competitions, and loads of shopping! The Houston Livestock and Rodeo will feature cattle auctions and cattle judging. Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and finish in Houston, precede the rodeo.
One of the newer traditions, Black Heritage Day is scheduled for March 9, 2016. Per the Houston Rodeo, the show spotlights the contributions of Black pioneers to the cultural achievement and heritage of the city of Houston and the state of Texas with a full day of fun and excitement.
Go Texan Day is scheduled for March 18th while Go Tejano Day is scheduled for March 10th. The world-famous World Championship BBQ Contest is scheduled for March 1-3 and with last year’s contest having a decrease of 15,000 attendees significantly less than the 2013 all-time record of 264,132 with a total of 232,380 tasting the best of Texas BBQ. -->
Another tradition is the Rodeo Parade that kicks off the event. Be sure to check out the parade stats: 15 trail riders, 20 floats, 15 commercial wagons, 15 university and high school marching bands, dignitaries on horseback, and lots of balloons, all heading down Memorial into Texas Avenue! This year’s Downtown Rodeo Parade will be on February 28th.
One of the headlining rodeo events is the super popular Calf Scramble, featuring 14 calves and 28 students trying to harness them and place them in the winners square. Students care for and prepare their prize calves, and the winner returns the following year with a $250 bonus!
Most notable in Rodeo Houston are the celebs and concert performances in Stand-Up, Rock, Tejano, Blues, and Hip-hop. In fact, the rodeo has drawn the world’s biggest music legends – does Elvis Presley ring a bell? Yup, he was a Houston Rodeo Performer! And 2016 will not disappoint. Stars such as Toby Keith, George Strait, Martina McBride, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Randy Rogers Band, to name but a few, will make an appearance this year. These stars and others make the Houston Rodeo Tickets a serious must have! Join the party, and let’s Rodeo, Houston!