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 are the highlights.
Kick Open The Chutes – Party On The Dirt!
Rodeo Austin’s Kick Open the Chutes, takes place March 11th at 6:30 p.m. and officially kicks off the 2022 Rodeo season! This party on the dirt features live music concerts by Stoney LaRue and Triston Marez! Your $25 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
There are nearly 100 live performances throughout the month of March at the Outdoor Stage, the 100X Dance Hall, and at the ProRodeo & Concerts.
2022 ProRodeo Performances include:
- March 12th: Aaron Watson
- March 13th: Dia Del Vaquero with La Energia Nortena
- March 14th: WALK THE MOON
- March 15th: Ryan Bingham
- March 16th: Melisssa Etheridge
- March 17th: Chris Janson
- March 18th: Josh Ward
- March 19th: Ashley McBryde
- March 20th: Oak Ridge Boys
- March 21st: Josh Abbott Band
- March 22nd: Scotty McCreery
- March 23rd: Boyz II Men
- March 24th: Robert Earl Keen
- March 25th: Carly Pearce
- March 26th: Kevin Fowler
On 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, or sit back and relax at the Coors Cactus Saloon.
Carnival and Attractions
This is Austin’s largest carnival—with over 80 rides, games, and other amusements on the Fairgrounds.
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!
Stop by the H-E-B Texas Favorites tent for a kid-friendly snack that everyone will love and show off your favorite poses in a Texas-themed photo booth!
Wild West Tent
The 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 tent every Saturday at 3 p.m. is Mutton Bustin’ Mania! You can sign your children up on-site.
The tent will also feature Tricked Out, 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.
There are over 8,000 entries for this year’s competitive events, which include the Junior Livestock Shows, Gold Stirrup Horse 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, in the second week, Row of Champions will display the Grand Champion Junior Market animals from the 2022 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 more! It opens at noon on Saturdays and Sundays with live music all day!
A new addition100X Dance Hall is Jack’s Front Porch, where you can enjoy an evening on the front porch under the stars. Come out Saturday, March 19th, for a cornhole tournament!
You can get half-off ProRodeo & Concert tickets on March 21st. They are also doing a Carnival Wristband Spring Break Special from March 14th–17th, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. And on March 22nd, it’s $2 Tuesday, with $2 Fairgrounds admission and $2 carnival rides!