Texas might be the biggest and liveliest rodeo state in the country. The livestock industry is engrained in the cultural daily life and the number of rodeos is a direct reflection of the rich ranching heritage. Several rodeos and livestock auctions are massive events that draw visitors from around the country but the small town rodeos are just as much fun and action packed. Many rodeo grounds have RV facilities available, making it a great way to spend a few days between fishing trips and beach days in Rockport.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The scale of this event is hard to imagine until you’ve attended. It draws millions of visitors and lasts for nearly a month. The rodeo is a major draw but this is much bigger than just the rodeo events. Big concerts, a carnival and live events between rodeo sessions provide an incredible amount of entertainment. The concerts alone are a major attraction with serious star power and the likes of Beyonce performing live. This is hardly a small town rodeo but the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world are competing here. Do your research on RV parking well in advance because spaces fill up quickly. Houston is a large city with plenty of options but advance bookings can place you much closer to the rodeo grounds and the events.
West of the Pecos Rodeo
This is another big event and while it’s not quite on the scale of the Houston Livestock Show, the rodeo is the main event here. It’s also a traditional rodeo that has been running since 1883 and typically runs in June. This rodeo is a big event in a small town and it brings some serious energy to the arena.
Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo
Located in Bryan-College Station, this is their biggest rodeo of the year. The town has a ton of other rodeos running throughout the year as well however and you can scan the local calendar and schedule a visit just about anytime that will coincide with a rodeo. The Brazos Valley Fair event is more than a rodeo however and concerts, a major fair and family friendly events and entertainment are all on display. It’s a great trip for folks wanting to watch a rodeo and enjoy the extra entertainment while still having the small town Texas feel.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
This event is similar to the Houston rodeo and it’s been running since the late 1800’s. Many of the best rodeo athletes attend and compete for the big prize money. It’s a high stakes rodeo and the performances are thrilling. It runs over three weeks with livestock shows and auctions operating alongside the rodeo. Live concerts and a carnival are also a major part of the event.
Looking for something closer to home? Corpus Christi is an easy day trip from Rockport and it has a great rodeo and fair during Buc Days. This Pro Rodeo tour event is loaded with talent and many of the best bull riders, steer wrestlers and rodeo athletes in the state and from around the country are competing. The concert series that runs after rodeo events is also fantastic with big country stars like Clay Walker. They also have a kids corral and festival that is fun for families and individuals of all ages.
Big Bend Ranch Rodeo
If you want something that is truly authentic, attend this small town rodeo. It’s run by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association and the competitors are actual working cowboys that show off the skills they use in everyday work. The performances are truly impressive and new visitors are amazed at the horsemanship and skills showcased here. If you want to leave the big events behind and learn more about working cowboys and cowgirls, this is one unique rodeo to attend.
Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo
Located in Stephenville, this is a great rodeo and is a major lead-in to the National Finals Rodeo. Just south of Fort Worth, the best rodeo athletes are in attendance and working to peak and qualify for the finals. This is also a great event because the dates fall in September. Many of the big rodeos are summer events and this one occurs when the weather is idyllic and there are fewer events competing for your time. The area has plenty of RV friendly campgrounds and making a visit for a few days or even a week is a great getaway that puts you front and center with a major rodeo event.