Since 1938, Rodeo Austin has been the place “Where Weird Meets Western.” From Austin’s largest carnival and funnel cakes, to mutton bustin’ and amazing live music, there is something for everyone. Because the attractions and big-name acts seem to grow exponentially every year, we’ve compiled this rundown of everything you need to know about the rodeo before you go.
Put on your ten-gallon hat, and all the denim and turquoise you own—it’s time for the best time in Texas. Here’s the deal:
Rodeo Austin Ticket Prices:
Rodeo tickets range from $20 to $175.
Parking is $15 cash only at the gate.
Children (2 & under) One Day Admission – FREE
Children (3-12 years) One Day Admission – $5.00
Adult One Day Admission – $8.00
Children Season Admission – $15.00
Adult Season Admission – $25.00
Fairgrounds & Carnival:
SPRING BREAK SPECIAL – March 12-15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$2 Tuesday: $2 Fairgrounds admission, $2 carnival rides
Carnival wristbands available at gate.
Rodeo Austin Music:
Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout March.
There are performances at the Outdoor Stage, 100X Dance Hally, Bullet Proof, and at the ProRodeo & Concert.
ProRodeo Performances include:
- March 10: Josh Turner
- March 11: Dia Del Vaquero with Duelo
- March 12: Ludacris
- March 13: Cody Johnson
- March 14: Chris Janson
- March 15: Young the Giant
- March 16: Josh Abbott Band
- March 17: Justin Moore
- March 18: Tracy Lawrence
- March 19: LANCO
- March 20: Gladys Knight
- March 21: Lee Brice
- March 22: Dwight Yoakam
- March 23: Turnpike Troubadours
- March 24: Kevin Fowler
Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:
Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Crabtree Amusements brings great entertainment to the Fairgrounds each year with over 80 rides, games and other amusements.
In addition to the carnival, the Fairgrounds offer a variety of things to do. From a new and expanded Craft Beer and Wine Garden, Butterfly and Parakeet Exhibit, and rotating food trucks to a petting zoo, pony rides, pig races and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone!
The public can take a FREE tour and see a “Behind the Chutes” look at Rodeo Austin!
Gives the public an opportunity to see inside the 100X Dance Hall, Founders Club, Avenue of Breeds, Vendors, the Arena, and more!
Every day at noon and 4:30 p.m. (No 4:30 p.m. tours on Sunday’s)
WILD WEST TENT:
Rodeo Austin’s Wild West Tent will feature Tomás Garcilazo – The Charro, a world-renowned, traditional Mexican Charro whose rope artistry and horsemanship skills are among the best in the world. Also appearing in the Wild West tent Every Saturday at 3:00, is Mutton Bustin’ Mania, presented by H-E-B! Sign your children up online or on-site at the Wild West Tent.
Fairgrounds for Kids
North Fairgrounds is open daily 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and includes the Great American Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and the Southwest Dairy Milking Show.
You can learn about milking a cow during the Southwest Dairy Milking show. Daily Show Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. After the show, take a ride on a real pony at the pony rides and enjoy feeding and petting baby deer, goats, llamas, and wallabies in the petting zoo!
AVENUE OF BREEDS
Animal Science Center features the Avenue of Breeds, an educational exhibit showcasing a variety of animals found in Texas that originated from various places across the globe.
The first week, Row of Champions will be empty however, the second week, Row of Champions will display the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2018 Junior Livestock Show.
SWIFTY SWINE PIG RACES, Presented by H-E-B
Pig races occur daily and feature the swiftest swine in the business! Catch the porky speedster’s race around Pork Chop Downs International Speedway toward the prize of an Oreo cookie.
Daily show times: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Join Rodeo Austin March 23 – 24, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. as they close out the Rodeo Season at the Bullet Proof Blowout! This exclusive two-day event featuring great live music entertainment, food and drinks is a great way to show groups of friends and clients a good time!
Contributor package options available for purchase below. No sales available at the door. Packages must be purchased in advance. https://rodeoaustin.com/get-involved/donate/bullet-proof/
Funds generated at the event support the Rodeo Austin mission of Promoting Youth Education – Preserving Western Heritage. Rodeo Austin would like to recognize and thank the presenting sponsor of Bullet Proof, Greater Austin Development.
100X Dance Hall, Presented by PlainsCaptial Bank and Jack Daniel’s
Wind down after the ProRodeo and Concert at the 100X Dance Hall! This Exclusive club offers hospitality on the Rodeo Grounds with live entertainment each night. Members and their guests can enjoy live music and a closed-circuit coverage of Rodeo Austin. The public may enter the club with a $5 cover charge.
Rodeo Austin has over 7,000 entries for this year’ competitive events, which includes the Junior Livestock Shows, Open Livestock Shows, Horse Show, Gold Stirrup Horse Show, Longhorn Open and Youth Show, and Ultimate Scramble Championship.