Rodeo Houston Fun

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"Only one boy made it into the top-ten round," Greer says. "Both group winners were girls."

The event is free. First-round competition is on March 5, with the final round on March 12.

RodeoHouston® offers up a diverse musical lineup.

Good news for country music fans: Jason Aldean, holder of the single-night attendance record at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is back, as most notably is legend George Strait, making his goodbye bows. Also on hand in this year's entertainer lineup of country and sort-of country favorites: The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, The Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton. But the rodeo is covering its bases even further, with Miami singer/rapper Pitbull, pop/soul/R&B from Bruno Mars, classic rock from Styx, and 'tween fave pop rockers Demi Lovato and Kevin Mahone.

Here's the lineup:

February 25: Toby Keith

February 26: Gary Allan

February 27: Alan Jackson

February 28: Zac Brown Band

March 1: Mary J. Blige

March 2: Brantley Gilbert

March 3: Demi Lovato

March 3: Austin Mahone

March 4: Styx

March 5: Lady Antebellum

March 6: Dierks Bentley

March 7: Bruno Mars

March 8: Tim McGraw

March 9: The Band Perry

March 10: Julion Alvarez

March 10: Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon

March 11: Jason Aldean

March 12: Kenny Chesney

March 13: Jake Owen

March 14: Pitbull

March 15: Blake Shelton

March 16: Luke Bryan

March 17: George Strait

March 17: Martina McBride

March 17: Randy Rogers Band

Monday through Friday Performances: RodeoHouston® start time is 6:45 p.m. with the performers typically taking the stage between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, March 10, Performances: RodeoHouston® start time is 3:45 p.m. with the performers typically taking the stage between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, and Saturday, March 16, Performances: RodeoHouston® start time is 3:30 p.m. with the performers typically taking the stage between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 17, Performances: RodeoHouston® start time is 6:30 p.m. (concert-only performance, no rodeo)


(February 25-March 17 unless otherwise noted.)

The New Bull @100.3 Carnival

February 21-March 17

Although now under a new name, the carnival still brings the same great exhibits and rides that families love to experience again and again, including the Ferris wheel, live carousels, roller coasters and the bull-riding machine. Tasty food will be in abundance, although healthy food might take some searching, and games that can confound or please are just waiting for someone to step up with tickets. The carnival is open from the afternoon to midnight on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Capital One Bank AGVENTURE

An educational place for anyone who wants to learn more about the flora and fauna that go into making the Rodeo what it is, this large and lively exhibit can be found in Reliant Center. Visitors of all ages can see livestock being born or standing up for the first time, bees busily buzzing about, and all manner of machinery and workmanship that might be found on a farm. Entry is free to all exhibits.

Champion Wine Garden

An enduring fixture of the fair, this garden is located on Carruth Plaza and open from afternoon or early evening to 11 p.m. It has singular landscaping guaranteed to draw the eyes of weary passers-by, and is sure to offer a moment of comfort and fine wine to anyone who enters. Wine from this year's competition will be available for purchase by both the glass and the bottle, as well as for tasting.

The Hideout

The Hideout is a special little musical corner of the grounds meant for country and western lovers above the age of 21. Open from 6 p.m., this tent will be home to plenty of performers with a bent for the simple life.

Kids Country

A kid-friendly section of the rodeo set aside just for the smaller cowboys and cowgirls, this pint-sized carnival includes events such as the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, Mutton Bustin' and Pig Races. It will also have certain staples, including a petting zoo; an old-fashioned carousel; pony rides; camel rides; a zip line for those kids who want a high-flying view of the fair; the educational "fun on the farm" exhibit; and a stage devoted to their entertainment (courtesy of Radio Disney) that will be hosting the amateur singing contest called RodeoRockstar. This part of the carnival closes an hour earlier than the rest.

Kids Pedal Tractor Pull

Presented in Kids Country, this event is open to kids from four to 12 years of age and allows them to participate in a pedal-powered tractor pull. It takes place several times a day, weekdays and weekends alike.

Mutton Bustin'

This fluffy little event gives groups of five- and six-year-olds the opportunity to try their hand at braving the bucking of a bouncing sheep. As a safer and cuter alternative to the adult version, it will be available every hour to all who swing by Kids Country during the day and every night to those who see the Rodeo itself.

Pig Races

Watch tiny pigs with punny names compete against each other in full racing colors for the chance to win special treats. The races are staged in Kids Country and take place all day, every day on a half-hourly basis.


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Elvia Guzman
Elvia Guzman

How do you get tickets for the military appreciation day? My husband got out the military this past October and has been feeling pretty down, because he was unemployed until last week. We've been unable to take the kids out and would really enjoy going to that event. Thanks.


How do you get tickets to go to the military appreciaion day? My husband just got out the military this past October and had been unemployed until last week. We haven't been able to really go out because of the situation we're in, so this would be really nice.