7 Must-See Attractions at Rodeo Houston

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (a.k.a. Rodeo Houston) got underway Feb. 27 for 20 days of fun at NRG Stadium. One of the largest and most prestigious rodeo events in the world, it attracts thousands each year. If you’ve never been, here are seven attractions you won’t want to miss:

Fan Zones

You’ll see the superstars of rodeo competing in the arena during the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series. Superfans can meet the cowboys and cowgirls at the Fan Zones on the main concourse. You can also take home a piece of RODEOHOUSTON with an autographed back number replica from all-star athletes. A Rodeo ticket is required for entry into NRG Stadium, and the Fan Zones are located on the main concourse in sections 103 and 124.

The Star Stage

Music legends take The Star Stage, 9 p.m. weekdays and 5 p.m. weekends. This year’s line-up includes Blake Shelton, Carley Pearce, For King + Country, 50 Cent, Hardy, Ivan Cornejeo, Hank Williams Jr., Oliver Anthony, Jelly Roll, Luke Bryan, Major Lazer, Lainey Wilson, Los Tigres Del Norte, Whiskey Myers, Bun B, Nickelback, Zac Brown Band, Jonas Brothers, Brad Paisley, and Eric Church. If you don’t have a ticket for one of these shows, live music can also be heard at The Hideout, Champion Wine Garden, Corral Clubs, and The Junction.

The Birthing Center

Want your children to experience the miracle of birth? Take them to The Birthing Center. You can see animals being born, watch babies take their first steps and see how their mothers take care of them. The center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

La Grande XL


Don’t just ride the Ferris Wheel, ride it in style. The La Grande XL Ferris wheel featuring 36 air-conditioned cabins complete with padded leather seats and 360-degree views of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s one of the many thrilling rides, games, and attractions at the carnival.

The Drone Show

Things really light up after dark on the weekends with a drone light show followed by fireworks. More than 400 drones will take flight with dazzling displays that capture the essence of Western heritage. Displays are different each week so plan two visits.

Mutton Bustin’

Mutton Bustin’ takes place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every hour at The Junction. If you aren’t familiar, Mutton Bustin’ is where five- and six-year-olds try to hold on to a sheep for 8 seconds. Participants must be between the ages of 5 and six and not weigh more than 55 pounds. The cost is $20.

Fun on the Farm

Another attraction kids love, Fun on the Farm, allows them to explore the world of agriculture by doing farm chores like gathering eggs, planting, and harvesting crops, and milking a cow. The farm is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All photos courtesy of Rodeo Houston.