Everything You Need to Know About the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2018


The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was originally put together in order to serve charitable, scientific and educational purposes.  The aim was to promote and encourage the furthering of better livestock and farm products at fairs and to promote educational programs within that same livestock industry.  

Each year, there are pre-rodeo event, a livestock and horse show, some amazing music and concerts, a whole host of fun attractions and activities, and of course, the main event, the rodeo itself.

When can you check it out?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be in action from February 27th to March 18th, 2018.  Weekday performances will begin at 6:45 p.m., while weekend performances will begin at 3:45 p.m.  Each day will begin with a rodeo competition, and then after all of the dust has cleared the air, that day’s entertainment will take the stage.

This Year’s Amazing Lineup! 

There are some absolutely fantastic performers slated to entertain you this year. You really do not want to miss this one.  The lineup includes:

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With names like those slated to appear, and with Garth Brooks on both the first and the last night, tickets are going to sell out fast, so you may want to get yours as soon as possible!

Other Events You Don’t Want to Miss

There are some other amazing events that you don’t want to miss. Find schedule and details below:

The 2018 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest February 22nd through 24th, 2018
Best Bites Competition February 18th, 2018
Go Texan Day Where: City wide
When: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Rodeo Roundup Where: City Hall, downtown Houston
When: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. FREE!
Rodeo Run February 24th, 2018
Parade February 24th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. downtown
Trail Rides Friday. Feb. 23, 2018
11 a.m.: Trail Rides begin entering Memorial Park
4 p.m.: All Trail Rides in place at Memorial Park
5 p.m.: Awards ceremony at Memorial Park
Saturday. Feb. 24, 2018
10 a.m.: Trail Rides participate in Downtown Rodeo Parade
3 p.m.: Trail Rides leave Memorial Park

What about Food?

What would a rodeo be without talking about the food? Well, of course, there will be hundreds of food and shopping options available to you.  While at the time of this writing the specific vendor listing has not yet been published, some highlights from 2017 included:

Best Dessert

Fried What


Best New Flavor

Mad Hatter Funnel Cake #2

Chocolate Dipped Oatmeal Cream Pie

Classic Fair Food

Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll with Icing

Best Food-on-a-Stick


Shrimp Diablo

Best Value Food


Loaded Baked Potato

Best Fried Food


Crispy Shrimp Taco

Most Creative Food

Cowboy Kettle Cor

Nitro Pop

Best Breakfast Food

Stubby’s Cinnamon Roll

The Works Cinnamon Roll


The Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show is more than a little bull riding and prized pigs. So as you can see, no matter what interests you may be feeding by attending this event, there really is something on the agenda for everyone.  Whether you want to learn about livestock and farming, or just check out the beautiful animals, watch the amazing rodeo, or listen to the music and check out the attractions and eat a variety of fair foods, you are certain to have a great time at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year.