When it comes to rodeos, there is no place like Texas. From small-town rodeos to the internationally known Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Texas offers something for everyone.scape verse Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a thrilling adventure, a Texas rodeo is sure to fit the bill.

Rodeos are like apple pie to Texans and each year, there are hundreds of rodeos held throughout Texas. In fact, rodeos are the official state sport Texas!

You’ll find rodeos every month of the year from El Paso to Amarillo and east to Fort Worth and Texarkana and south to Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and several rodeos in the Rio Grande Valley. Each rodeo has some combination of bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, barrel races, and of course the rodeo clowns plus BBQ cook offs, carnivals, live music and lots of kids activities. As such there is bound to be a Texas Rodeo near you – so put on your cowboy hat and boots and head out to attend a rodeo this year.

The Best, Biggest, and Most Popular Rodeos in Texas

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo

This is a fantastic rodeo with competitive events, carnival, and lots more. It’s a West Texas classic rodeo event.

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

The San Antonio Stock Show is an 18 day Texas rodeo event that has been voted “Large Rodeo of the Year” for over a decade.

West of the Pecos Rodeo

Held in Pecos since 1883, professional rodeo contestants consider this rodeo to be one of the best large outdoor rodeos in the country.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

This is the big one! Over 2.4 million people attend this Texas rodeo each year which makes it the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo.

Rodeo in Fort Worth Texas
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 

The FWSSR has been going on since 1896, and this is the oldest continuously running Texas livestock show and rodeo. It’s several weeks long in the winter time, and a great “off season” rodeo event.

Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo 

Bryan has the most rodeos per capita of any town or city in Texas, and this Texas rodeo event has livestock shows, lots of kids activities, rodeo competitions, carnivals, concerts, and more.

Coors Cowboy Club Ranch Rodeo 

This Texas rodeo promotes our rich history and the western life by featuring competition between real cowboys from real working ranches in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and New Mexico.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo 

You’ll find professional rodeo, themed events, and family oriented events throughout most of the year.

Rodeo Austin 

Rated as one of America’s top 10 best, with standard competitive events plus special events like pig races, a youth art show, a carnival, concerts, and a barbecue cook-off.

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show 

Ranks as one of the top ten rodeos in Texas and people from all over come to enjoy the many activities including a parade, rodeos, competitive livestock events and the many attractions.

Bull Riding
Bull Riding
Champion Steer
Texas Rodeo Bull
Kids mutton Riding
Mutton Bustin’

Here are some other great resources about Texas rodeos that you might find informative:

  • Rodeo USA – A comprehensive list of all of the rodeos in Texas
  • Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame – Historical museum in Fort Worth which honors those men and women who have shown excellence in the rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas
  • National Cowgirl Hall of Fame & Museum – This Fort Worth museum honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West
  • Rodeo Facts & Information – 17 little known interesting facts about rodeo
Simon Trask
Author: Simon Trask

Simon loves Texas and the Great Outdoors. From East Texas pines to West Texas mountains, he calls North Texas home but is always ready to float a river in Hill Country or go fishing on the Gulf Coast. Simon loves camping and road trips as well, whether it's cruising Highway 287, 82, 69 or 281, that's the true way to see what Texas is all about!

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