Every spring, we can count on some good old-fashioned Texas fun when Rodeo Austin takes over the Travis County Expo Center! With a huge variety of events — from the carnival to concerts to traditional rodeo competitions — it can take a bit of planning to ensure you’re experiencing all the best of it with your family. So read on below for an overview of everything you can expect at Rodeo Austin, and enter to win tickets, too!

Rodeo Austin will take place from from March 10-24, but there’s a variety of kick-off events happening beforehand. Mark your calendars for these annual festivities:

Cowboy Breakfast @ Long Center Lawn
Friday, March 2, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
The Cowboy Breakfast is a FREE super-sized Texas breakfast that annually kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Head out early to enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more at this free event that also includes live music, a trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons.

BBQ Austin @ Travis County Expo Center
Friday, March 2  & Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
BBQ Austin is a two day event featuring a BBQ cook-off competition (with food samples!), live music and carnival fun. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids under age 2. (The carnival ride tickets require additional fees). Get your BBQ Austin tickets online here.

Rodeo Rumble Kids’ 1K Fun Run @ Luedecke Arena
Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This adorable fun run is a FREE event for children ages 12 & under where kids get to race on the dirt where the cowboys and cowgirls compete each night! Registration begins onsite at 9 a.m. (you can fill in the form online here), and the first heat of runners begin at 9:30 a.m.

So Much Fun for Families at the Rodeo:
From March 10-24, you and the kids can can enjoy Austin’s largest carnival at the fairgrounds, check out the KidsTown petting zoo, see animals in the livestock show, enjoy a wide-variety of tasty fair foods, watch barrel racing, bull riding, mutton bustin’, attend a concert —  and so much more.

The carnival has tons of rides & games to choose from. Click here for carnival tickets. And take note of these great specials:

  • $2 Tuesday, March 20 — Save big on this discounted day! Enjoy $2 fairgrounds admission for both adult and child tickets, and carnival rides and games are all just $2 all day.
  • Spring Break Special — The Unlimited Ride half day wristband is offered at a discounted rate of $20 from March 13 – 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (These discounted tickets are sold only at the gate.)

Live Concerts:
Did you know that Rodeo Austin hosts a variety of world-class concerts with everything from Texas country to punk rock? Click here to see the line-up of this year’s performers, including Dwight Yoakam, Josh Turner, Ludacris, Gladys Knight, Young the Giant and more. Click here for tickets. And take note that you can snag seats at 50% off on concerts from March 19-21!
$36 seats are priced at $18 on these select dates!For more information, visit the Rodeo Austin website where you can find FAQs and much more.

–> Giveaway: We have a two great prize packs to giveaway! Each includes a family 4-pack of fairground tickets & carnival wristbands for Monday, March 19. Enter below. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best Austin family events each week.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to Felicia!