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:
New This Year: Kick Open The Chutes – Party On The Dirt!
Rodeo Austin’s brand new event, Kick Open the Chutes, takes place March 15th at 6:30pm and officially kicks off the 2019 Rodeo season! This party on the dirt features live music concerts by Wade Bowen and Sam Riggs, rodeo eats, a cash bar, rodeo-inspired games, and silent auction – all on the arena floor! Your $20 ticket provides a sneak peek into rodeo action with a behind-the-scenes experience for true rodeo fans and there’s FREE parking!
Rodeo Austin Music:
Rodeo Austin has nearly 100 live performances throughout the month of March.
There are performances at the E2open Outdoor Stage, the 100X Dance Hall, and at the ProRodeo & Concert.
2019 ProRodeo Performances include:
- March 16: Aaron Watson
- March 17: Dia Del Vaquero with La Adictiva
- March 18: Flo Rida
- March 19: Midland
- March 20: Chris Janson
- March 21: The Struts
- March 22: Randy Rogers Band
- March 23: Josh Turner
- March 24: Ronnie Milsap
- March 25: Walker Hayes
- March 26: Martina McBride
- March 27: The Jacksons
- March 28: Dustin Lynch
- March 29: Parker McCollum
- March 30: Kevin Fowler
New to the Fairgrounds:
On the Southside of the Fairgrounds, Rodeo Austin is excited to bring more entertainment that can be enjoyed by all! Watch feathered friends race to the finish line at the turkey races, enjoy excitement and laughter at the comedy stunt show, play in the sea of bubbles at the Bubble Bayou or sit back and relax at the Coors Cactus Saloon.
Rodeo Austin Carnival/Attraction Facts:
Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest Carnival. Rodeo Austin 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 Beer and Wine Garden, Butterfly and Parakeet Encounter and rotating food trucks to a petting zoo, pony rides, Swifty Swine pig races and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone!
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! Sign your children up online or on-site at the Wild West Tent.
The Wild West Tent will also feature Tricked Out. The well-known Kimzey family has teamed up to bring an equestrian act that is so daring and fast-paced, it is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! The tricks will keep you in suspense while they bring the “Wild West” back to life.
Rodeo Austin has over 8,000 entries for this year’s 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.
Avenue of Breeds:
The 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.
Visit the Hank The Cowdog exhibit to learn about ranching and Texas heritage through the eyes of a loveable dog, Hank!
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.
100X Dance Hall:
After the ProRodeo and main stage concert, head over to the 100X Dance Hall for even more live music as you dance the night away at Rodeo Austin’s exclusive after-hours honky-tonk. 100X Dance Hall opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays for dancing, drinks and live music! Open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with live music all day!
A new addition 100X Dance Hall is Jack’s Front Porch, where you can enjoy an evening on the front porch under the stars.
Get half-off ProRodeo & Concert tickets March 25-27.
Carnival Wristband Spring Break Special – March 18-21, 11 a.m. –5 p.m.
$2 Tuesday – $2 Fairgrounds admission and $2 carnival rides