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 16-30, 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 8, 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 8 from 4-11 p.m. & Saturday, March 9 from 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). New for 2019, this event will feature a handful of fairground favorites, pony rides, a petting zoo, photo ops with a saddled longhorn, and even a fireworks show at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, March 8! Get your BBQ Austin tickets online here.
— Kick Open the Chutes: Party on the Dirt @ Travis County Expo Center
March 15, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
Get a sneak peek into rodeo action with a behind-the-scenes experience for true rodeo fans the night before the rodeo officially opens its gates. Tickets are $20 and grant access to select behind-the-scenes areas of the main rodeo arena, as well as a silent auction and live music from Sam Riggs and Wade Bowen. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. Note that the carnival will not be open during this event.
— Rodeo Rumble Kids’ 1K Fun Run @ Luedecke Arena
Saturday, March 16, 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 16-30, 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 26 — 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, March 18 – 21— The Unlimited Ride half day wristband is offered at a discounted rate of $20 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (These discounted tickets are sold only at the gate.)
- After School Special, March 25 – 28 — Unlimited ride wristband offered at a discounted rate of $15 for school age children from 4 p.m. to close. Wristband includes Fairgrounds admission.(These discounted tickets are sold only at the gate.)
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 Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Midland, The Jacksons, and more. Click here for tickets. And take note that you can snag seats at 50% off on concerts from March 25, 26 & 27. $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. Enter below. Good luck!