Everything you need to know about the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is just around the corner. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know as you prepare your trek to NRG Stadium, including new food to try, concert and event times, information on parking and other helpful tips.

New food to try

  • Fried barbecue brisket balls (Yoakum Packing Company)
  • Fried pecan pie (Sills Concessions)
  • Fried cream-style corn poppers (Sills Concessions)
  • Cookie dough in a cone (Aunt Edmoes Cookies)
  • Cookie dough on a stick rolled in crispy bacon (Aunt Edmoes Cookies)
  • Baklava pastries (Greek Grill)
  • Footlong corn dog (Greek Grill)
  • Falafel on a stick (Greek Grill)
  • Gourmet popsicles (Frio’s Gourmet Pops)
  • Rack of lamb with twice baked potato fries (The Finer Diner)
  • Harlon’s turkey leg potato (Harlon’s BBQ

Concert Lineup

Major entertainers such as Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan, Alicia Keys and Zac Brown Band have been announced as headlining performers for this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off March 7 and ends March 26. Tickets are on sale at www.axs.com/rodeohouston_registration.

These musicians begin their sets after the final rodeo event is complete each evening. Start times vary, but weekday entertainers take the stage around 8:45 p.m., and weekend performers start around 5:45 p.m.

March 7: Aaron Watson

March 8: Cody Johnson

March 9: Chris Stapleton

March 10: Alicia Keys

March 11: Alan Jackson

March 12: The Chainsmokers

March 13: Sam Hunt

March 14: Demi Lovato

March 15: Thomas Rhett

March 16: Luke Bryan

March 17: Fifth Harmony

March 18: Willie Nelson

March 19: Banda El Recodo and Siggno

March 20: Florida Georgia Line

March 21: ZZ Top

March 22: Chris Young

March 23: Blink 182

March 24: Dierks Bentley

March 25: Brad Paisley

March 26: Zac Brown Band

The Hideout

Weekday performers begin at 10:15 p.m. Weekend performers begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free with a Rodeo Houston ticket or NRG Park admission for attendees age 21 and older.

March 7: Wade Andrew Smith

March 8: Mike and the Moonpies

March 9: The Strayhearts

March 10: Keith Frank

March 11: Josh Ward

March 12: DJ Red Ritch

March 13: Texas Renegade

March 14: Bri Bagwell

March 15: Curtis Grimes

March 16: Cameran Nelson

March 17: Jason James

March 18: Randy Brown

March 19: Negami

March 20: John Baumann

March 21: No Dry County

March 22: Max Stalling

March 23: Connor

March 24: Darrin Morris Band

March 25: Flatland Cavalry

March 26: Hoss Mayfield & Silverado

Rodeo events

Riders compete in five three-day series brackets for cash prizes and a chance to make it to the Super Shootout championship round. The competition includes traditional rodeo events, such as bareback horse riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronco riding, steer wrestling and cattle roping.

Super Series I

Round 1: March 7, 6:45 p.m.

Round 2: March 8, 6:45 p.m.

Championship round: March 9, 6:45 p.m.

Super Series II

Round 1: March 10, 6:45 p.m.

Round 2: March 11, 3:45 p.m.

Round 3/championship round: March 12, 3:45 p.m

Super Series III

Round 1: March 13, 6:45 p.m.

Round 2: March 14, 6:45 p.m.

Round 3/championship round: March 15, 6:45 p.m.

Super Series IV

Round 1: March 16, 6:45 p.m.

Round 2: March 17, 6:45 p.m.

Round 3/championship round: March 18, 3:45 p.m.

Super Series V

Round 1: March 19, 3:45 p.m.

Round 2: March 20, 6:45 p.m.

Round 3/championship round: March 21, 6:45 p.m.

Semifinal 1: March 22, 6:45 p.m.

Semifinal 2: March 23, 6:45 p.m.

Wild Card: March 24, 6:45 p.m.

Rodeo Houston Super Series Championship: March 25, 3:45 p.m.

RodeoHouston Super Shootout: March 26, 3:45 p.m.

Daily children’s activities

Rodeo Houston has a number of family friendly activities every day.

  • The Junction Carnival: Weekdays from 11 a.m. to midnight. Weekends at 10 a.m. to midnight.
  • Camel rides: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Fun on the farm: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Kids tractor pull: Weekdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. Weekends at 11 am.m, 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Petting zoo: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Pig races: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
  • Pony rides: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Parking information

Rodeo Houston has three designated public parking lots, each costing $20.

  1. 610 Lot: Located on the 610 Loop West between Kirby Drive and Fannin Street, the lot opens daily at 9 a.m.
  2. Yelow Lot: Located along Main Street near McNee Road, the lot opens daily at 6 a.m.
  3. OST 1 Lot: Located at the intersection of South Braeswood Boulevard and Greenbriar Drive, the lot is located about 1.2 miles from the NRG Stadium, however attendees will be able to travel by bus for free, or by METRORail for $2.50 per person.

Pricing and Helpful info

General admission for NRG park and Rodeo grounds range from $5 for children to $10 for adults. This price allows access to the carnival, but does not include admission for concerts or events.

Tickets for rodeo events range from $18 for upper level seats to $350 for seats located directly behind the cattle chutes. For more information on tickets and seating, visit www.axs.com/RODEOHOUSTON

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has three first-aid stations:

  • NRG Center Room 109 and Hall C lobby
  • The front of the NRG Arena and inside the main door, facing the carnival
  • Southeast entrance of NRG stadium

Entrance gate security prohibits the following items:

  • Air horns
  • Banners with offensive language or advertising
  • Beach balls
  • Firearms
  • Footballs
  • Frisbees
  • Hoverboards
  • Laser pointers
  • Remotely controlled devices, including air drones
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons, including the open carry of handguns
  • Whistles

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Wendy Cawthon
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Cawthon has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and joined The Woodlands edition in 2017.
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