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2023 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Guide

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It is time again for one of the country’s biggest celebrations of Western culture. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo spans nearly three weeks beginning Feb. 28 and ending March 19 at NRG Park, which is also home to the National Football League’s Houston Texans. 

See incredible athletic displays inside the arena during the 20-day RODEOHOUSTON Super Series or catch a concert from your favorite country acts. This one-of-a-kind event has something for everyone and this 2023 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo guide will help you make the most of your time there.


RODEOHOUSTON is the marquee event of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. It is an official Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) event with earnings counting toward National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and PRCA World Standings. Events are organized into five three-day Super Series with two Semifinal rounds, two Wild Card rounds and a Championship round. 

After 20 days, champions are crowned on the men’s side in bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and team roping. Women compete in barrel racing and breakaway roping. Women’s breakaway debuted at RODEOHOUSTON in 2022. 

The Championship features 10 athletes competing in each event with four advancing to the Championship Shootout Round. There is a total payout of $2,178,000, with each champion taking home $50,000 in addition to their previous round winnings. They are also awarded a custom-made saddle and belt buckle. The Championship is scheduled for March 19 and country superstar Luke Bryan will perform after the winners are recognized. 

What’s Included In My Ticket?

A season pass grants you access to the entire 20-day slate of rodeo competitions and concerts. Individual rodeo and concert tickets are also available if you prefer to plan ahead for a single-day adventure and catch your favorite artist take the stage. Consider picking up a single-day parking pass too, which can save you time when you arrive. 

Who Is Performing At The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo?

The 2023 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo features a diverse lineup of artists from genres ranging from country and Latin to pop and even rap. Legendary acts like Brooks & Dunn (March 1), Kenny Chesney (March 15) and Brad Paisley (March 18) will all play at this year’s event. Other crowd favorites like Walker Hayes (March 4), Zac Brown Band (March 5), Jason Aldean (March 6) and Chris Stapleton (March 16) will also bring their country hits to the stage. 

Pop music fans may want to grab tickets to hear New Kids on the Block (March 7) or The Chainsmokers (March 10), who are currently in residency in Las Vegas, and rap fans can find Machine Gun Kelly (March 14) on the lineup too. 

On the Stars Over Texas Stage, you can also find rising stars from Houston in the Rodeo Rockstar competition. It is free to enter and is open to non-professional singers between the ages of six and 21. The winner takes home a $1,000 cash prize and secures a day in a professional recording studio.

Is The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Good for Families?

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is fit for all ages with food, music and rodeo competition. The event is also free for children aged two and under. 

At NRG Park, The Junction is where you will find most of the family-friendly entertainment. There will be agricultural exhibits there like Mutton Bustin’ and Pig Races as well as The Junction Carnival. AGVENTURE is another great option at the NRG Center. It brings education to the forefront with live animals ranging from cows and ponies to rabbits and even parakeets. 

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Tickets

Whether you are a rodeo regular or are branching out for a different kind of entertainment, start planning your adventure with Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo tickets. If you are visiting from out of town, check TravelPlanner for exclusive travel deals in Houston.