The Best Rodeos to Hit the Stadium this Summer

RodeoNothing gets the folks here at EventD8 riled up like a rodeo! Whether we’re watching mutton busting or steer roping, we’re on the edge of our seats. Rodeo is the only professional sport that sprung from an industry and a way of life, and has become a real west tradition. There are too many rodeos across America to count, and while we can’t list them all here we can tell you about some annual, can’t-miss rodeos spanning all across the West.

Our top picks take place year-round, so we’ll start with the northwestern rodeos and work our way down. Washington state’s Ellensburg Rodeo has taken place for over 75 years and is second in size only to Alberta’s Calgary Stampede. This leading rodeo festival of over 600 contestants and $400k in cash prizes takes place over Labor Day weekend. Just one state east, the five-day Caldwell Night Rodeo takes place in mid-August in the Boise, ID metro area. Fans can get their bulldogging on at the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the ten largest rodeos in the world. Events take place in mid-September in Pendleton, OR—or the “The Real West”, as the town motto reads. Cowboys and girls can watch bronc and bull riding against a stunning backdrop of the sun setting over the Rockies at the Yellowstone Rodeo, where kids can also safely compete in the calf scramble.

The granddaddy of rodeos, Cheyenne Frontier Days, is an absolute must see. The annual events attract almost 200,000 guests who can enjoy rodeo events, track acts, and free pancakes! Denver’s National Western Stock Show is the second largest rodeo in the US and has been around over a century. The event boasts many kid-friendly activities, as does the Rocky Mountain Stampede, where rodeo meets fireworks, art displays, music concerts, and barbecue. Nebraskaland Days in North Platte was first established by Buffalo Bill, who considered the city his hometown. Midwestern fans also flock to Kansas’ Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, a ten day event where championship cowboys and cowgirls compete in front of 100,000 fans for cash payouts of over $200k.

At some point, all rodeo fans make their way to National Finals Rodeo—the “Super Bowl of Rodeo”. During this ten day, Las Vegas event, the country’s top 15 cowboys and cowgirls compete for the World Championships. Nevada also hosts the smaller Laughlin River Stampede, the Reno Rodeo, billed as the “wildest and richest rodeo in the West”, and Miss Rodeo America, an annual pageant where contestants compete in horsemanship, appearance, and personality. In Arizona, fans can enjoy the world’s oldest rodeo at Prescott Frontier Days and the world’s oldest, continuous junior rodeo, the Florence Junior Parada. The pageantry-lover will appreciate Tucson’s La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and the Southwest Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo both take place in Fort Worth, TX and are billed as the birthplace of bulldogging and the original indoor rodeo, respectively. Finally, don’t miss the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock show at Rodeo Houston, which takes place in Houston’s 1,900,000 square foot Reliant Stadium.

Whether you’re birthing a new rodeo or running an established one, EventD8 can fully outfit your admission needs with tickets, wrist bands, passes, and more. In addition to the best prices, zero ticket-back ad fees, and numerous security features, EventD8 tickets are customizable. Vendors and venues can choose from numerous ticket designs, including four rodeo designs that capture the lone west feeling and grit of the sport. Tickets are 2.5×5” and bulk prices start as low as $25. Personalizing tickets on our website is a cinch, and each design comes in six different colors for events that span multiple days. Ticket back features include the option to include Spanish and/or English disclaimers (or to waive a disclaimer), and the option to place an ad or upload original artwork or text.

Our Top Rodeo Picks List:

Ellensburg Rodeo– Ellensburg, WA, labor day weekend
Caldwell Night Rodeo – Boise metro area, mid-August
Pendleton Round-Up – Pendleton, OR (“The Real West”), mid-September
Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo – West Yellowstone, Montana, June through September
Cheyenne Frontier Days– Cheyenne, WY, last full week of July
National Western Stock Show– Denver, CO, last two weeks in January
Rocky Mountain Stampede – Greeley, CO, late June to early July
Nebraskaland Days– North Platte, NE, mid-June
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo – Dodge City, KS, late July to early August
National Finals Rodeo– Las Vegas, NV, first full week of December
Miss Rodeo America– Las Vegas, NV
Laughlin River Stampede– Laughlin, NV
Reno Rodeo– Reno, NV
Prescott Frontier Days– Prescott, AZ
Florence Junior Parada– Florence, AZ
La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros– Tucson, AZ
Southwest Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo– Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Fort Worth, TX
Rodeo Houston– Houston, TX