It’s almost time to rodeo, Houston!
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (also known as Rodeo Houston) is one of the largest of its kind in the world, a two-week extravaganza that has a myriad of entertainment that attracts visitors from all over the world. Starting in 1932, Rodeo Houston has become the city’s premier event and an economic driver in Texas' largest city.
So, whether you’re here for the concerts or the food, or the actual rodeo, here’s your complete guide to having the time of your life at Rodeo Houston.
So, who are the big names performing this year?
Over the past decade, Rodeo Houston has booked a number of high profile acts, and not just from the country arena, either. This year, huge acts such as Cardi B, Prince Royce, and Camila Cabello will rock the Rodeo stage. Oh, and country music will be in the building as well, with Kacey Musgraves, Turnpike Troubadours, and Kane Brown, as well as a host of other acts, rocking the stage in Houston. Click here for the full lineup.
What are the food options at Rodeo Houston?
Houston is a foodie paradise. Not only has the city come into its own food wise, but it has cuisine for every appetite. Since this is Texas, it will be worth one’s while to try some great Texas barbecue, and one will be in luck as there will be a barbecue contest as part of the festivities. Also, there will be plenty of rodeo food scattered all over NRG park, so visitors will definitely not go hungry. Make sure to click here for a full rundown of food vendors at the Rodeo.
So, how in the world do I get to Rodeo Houston? I know traffic is going to be a pain!
Yep, it sure is!
Traffic in Houston is not for the faint of heart, and it would be in your best interest to use public transportation to get to NRG Park, the site of Rodeo Houston. Thankfully, Houston’s public transit agency, METRO, has a number of lines that go past the park, including light rail. You can take the Red Line to the Stadium/Astrodome station, or, if you’re more of a bus person, you can take Route 84, which runs along Kirby Drive and will take you to the park.
Being one of the main entertainment areas of Houston, there are a ton of hotels that surround the area. Most are centered along the South Loop (I-610) and to the north near the intersection of Kirby Drive and Old Spanish Trail, which will make you commute to NRG Park a little bit more tolerable.
Thanks! Hey, while I still have you, what will the weather be like?
Well, you’re in Southeast Texas, so the weather will be pretty mild. You will be indoors most of the time, so the weather won’t affect anyone too much; but, it is nice to know that you won’t need to don a heavy jacket during Rodeo.
Other than concerts, the rodeo, and food, what else is there to do?
There’s Agventure, where visitors can learn all about agriculture. Then, there’s the carnival, with a plethora of rides and games on the Texas-sized midway that will promise thrills and fun for the whole family! Have little ones in tow? Take them to The Junction, and play area with rides, games, and super cool exhibits, just for the kiddos. Need to get a new hat or a pair of cowboys boots? Well, there’s plenty of shopping to be had inside and outside the rodeo!
And for wine lovers, Rodeo Houston will have a wine garden with all of the best wines from the Lone Star State and beyond.
Nice! OK, one more question: Which acts are you most excited to see?
Well, Cardi B is always an E-ticket attraction. So is Camila Cabello, so those would be the two I’m most excited to see! Also, the myriad of country and Latin acts are always entertaining. Frankly, there’s so much to see and do at Rodeo Houston, it’s impossible to pick certain experiences.
See you at the Rodeo!