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

What to Look for When Ordering Tickets for Your Next Festival or Show

TicketsWhen planning your next concert or show, you can benefit from knowing what to look for in admission tickets and choosing the right tickets for your event. We offer bulk, customizable tickets, passes, and wristbands at affordable prices – giving you a lot of different options when it comes to planning your event. So, you may be wondering, what’s so special about our tickets?

First our prices beat the competition: we do not charge service fees, back ad charges, or additional security charges. There are no hidden costs, the cost simply covers the price of tickets plus tax and shipping, and customers receive free shipping after $50. Tickets are sequentially numbered (you choose your starting number) and stacked in order so you can easily track the number sold. Sound good so far? There’s more! All of our tickets include gold foil security shields, and you can choose from several full-color designs to express the feel and personality of the music that will be highlighted at the festival. When ordering tickets and choosing a design, you can select from six colors for multiple day shows which makes ordering for multiple day festivals or concerts a cinch. Ticket back features include the option to include Spanish and English disclaimers (or to waive a disclaimer) and best of all musicians can upload their own artwork to the back of the ticket! This makes it truly possible to offer fans a personalized keepsake with their admission purchase. Even if you choose to forgo adding artwork to the back of the ticket, our prices include the opportunity to place an ad on the back. Just remember when you submit your order you will receive a proof of the front and back of your ticket to approve, you must do so within 24 hours to ensure that your ticket is printed perfectly.

At EventD8, our mission is to help you sell more tickets and get more exposure. Our tickets are priced very competitively to help you stay within your budget, retain fans, and attract future audiences. We are true music-lovers and are here to help you make your dreams come true! Our designers work hard to provide a creative variety of concert ticket designs and our design library can expand just for you if you need it to. To learn more, ask a question, or purchase tickets, please visit our website. Get started and stay on budget with tickets your fans are sure to love.

Give Your Audience a Keepsake as Unique as the Music You Play

All that Jazz

Like many music lovers, I have a collection of concert ticket stubs that covers over a decade of some of the best years of my life. These simple souvenirs hold some amazing memories for me—especially the ones with a unique design, color scheme, or image to jog my memory. These particular keepsakes—the personalized ones—made me feel special. Even though the bands I was going to hear are well-known musicians, the songs would never be played exactly like they were the night I was there. Just being there in the moment, make the event about much more than just the music, it was an experience.

Take our Jazz Fire theme tickets, for example. Jazz is music unlike any other: there’s improvisation, a cascading range of vocal instrumentals, and of course that warm, gold brass. Even popular songs take on a hot, fresh sound in a jazz lounge. The fire theme embodies the passion and intensity of live jazz. And who doesn’t love the intimacy and romance of a darkened jazz club? One tiny ticket stub ushers in a host of happy memories of nights spent in brassy nightclubs sipping wine with someone special.

Whether you’re an emerging, indie band playing at dives or a well-known pop artist filling huge stadiums, your fans are your fans because your music speaks to them in a unique way. If you are an artist who will be performing in a small, intimate venue, you can order as few as 100 customized tickets for $25. Large jazz festivals can order 3000 tickets for $150 and it’s easy to order 2 lots of tickets, one color for general admission tickets and another for VIP tickets. Show your fans you recognize how special they are by putting in a little extra effort into creating customized tickets for your next concert or tour.

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How Advertising on the Back of Music Festival Tickets Can Benefit Your Business

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Music festivals have become much more than cultural events where attendees share common interests and identities, they have become increasingly popular among many companies’ key marketing demographic of young adults. By advertising on the back of tickets for festivals like Coachella, sponsors can easily gain exposure to a million or more target clients at one event. With the cost of advertising on festival tickets averaging just pennies per ticket, the small investment in marketing is well worth it, especially considering that many concert-goers keep tickets stubs as sentimental keepsakes long after the event.

Even if your business isn’t large enough to sponsor tickets at a super event like Coachella, you can apply this idea to a smaller business as well. At EventD8, we offer blank, bulk music festival tickets that can be personalized with your unique message. With rates as low as $.05 per ticket, the cost to local businesses such a restaurants and stores bear very little cost in exchange for reaching hundreds or thousands of potential customers, especially when working in conjunction with us to personalize the tickets. Utilizing the back of the music festival ticket is one of the easiest ways to promote your business and to a great way to get your brand directly into the hands of your target market. Our tickets are 2″ x 5.5” and the otherwise unused space on the back of the tickets can serve as a mini-billboard for your business.

With summer approaching, tourism will soon be in full swing and your town’s calendar is sure to be brimming with music festivals. Start planning your ticket marketing campaign now, we can help you find the venue or target market you want to reach and reap the rewards!