A Texas tradition by definition, the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is a three-week event featuring livestock contests, cowboy competitions, interactive exhibits, live-music performances from headliners including Curtis Grimes, Rich O'Toole and Foreigner, kids’ activities, carnival rides and more. If you’re new to Cowtown—or the rodeo scene—read our essential know-before-you-go guide to the 124th Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, then dive into the fun.
When: Jan. 17-Feb. 8, grounds open daily from 8 am-10:30 pm
Cost: General admission $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-16 (children under 6 free) for access to livestock events, educational programs, commercial exhibits and the carnival/midway. Other special events are ticketed separately.
Visitors to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo can purchase general-admission or special-event tickets at the Rodeo Ticket Box Office upon arrival.
Tickets for rodeo performances, the All Western Parade and other special events (many of which sell out in advance) are available online. All tickets include grounds admission on the date of the performance. Tickets to the rodeos can also be purchased at the Stock Show Rodeo Ticket Office at 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. in front of the Will Rogers Memorial Center or at the Dickies Arena Ticket Office at 1911 Montgomery Avenue.
The Stock Show grounds include access to:
- Daily cattle, livestock and horse-riding shows
- Educational classes and programs
- Commercial exhibits
- The carnival/midway
- Children’s activities and exhibits
Get the most bang for your buck by taking advantage of special discount days and offers listed below.
Fridays, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7: Senior Citizen General Admission Discount Days Admission for seniors 65 and older is $5.
Tuesday, Jan. 21: Dickies Day Wear Dickies-brand apparel to receive free Stock Show grounds admission at the gate.
Thursday, Jan. 30: TCU Day Show your spirit for Fort Worth’s Texas Christian University by wearing any TCU Horned Frogs gear to receive free general admission to the Stock Show grounds. Rodeo tickets with grounds admission on Jan. 30 are also discounted (just $15) for TCU students with a valid ID.
Monday, Feb. 3: Military Appreciation Day Active and retired military members and their immediate families receive free admission to either the 2 pm or 7:30 pm rodeo performances by showing a valid military ID at the box office.
Can't-Miss Activities and Events
If you’ve only seen bull-riding, livestock-corralling, bronco-bucking and calf-scrambling on TV or in the movies, now’s your chance to see what the fuss is all about. Get tickets ahead of time to ensure a spot, as these events sell out quickly!
- Jan. 17-19, 7:30 pm: Now in its 19th year, the annual "Best of the West" Ranch Rodeo features authentic ranch cowboys competing in events that display aspects of traditional ranch work. Ranch vet, double mugging, stock sorting, bronc riding, ranch girls barrel racing and wild cow milking are all in a day's work for these cowboys. Come see the ranches compete to be named Champion Ranch, Top Horse and Top Hand.
- Jan. 19, 7:30 pm: The Best of Mexico Celebración features trick riders, mariachis, folklórico dancers and more.
- Jan. 20, 2 pm: Held in honor of MLK Day, the Cowboys of Color Rodeo offers an action-packed event lineup that highlights the rich diversity and culture of rodeo and the western way of life. See traditional rodeo contests like bareback riding and bull riding, as well as performances by internationally renowned vaquero Jerry Diaz and a ladies side-saddle riding team.
- Jan. 21-22, 7:30 pm: The rules are simple: Forty bull riders, eight seconds and "the rankest bulls around" make for the Bulls' Night Out rodeo, a perennial favorite that never skimps on action or excitement.
- Jan. 23, 7:30 pm: The Rodeo X Exteme Team Competition pits Fort Worth against Austin, Calgary, Cheyenne, Denver, Houston, San Angelo and San Antonio in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding.
- Jan. 24-Feb. 8, multiple showtimes: The FWSSR PRORODEO Tournament is composed of 8 events: bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, barrel racing, women's breakaway roping, team roping and bull riding. The 56 contestants vie for the $1.1 million purse, culminating in the finals on Feb. 8.
All Western Parade
Drawing more than 100,000 spectators each year, the All Western Parade is held on the first Saturday of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Experience this unique Cowtown tradition starting at 11 am on Jan. 18 as parade participants in wagons and on horseback—that’s right, no motorized vehicles allowed—ride through downtown while face painters and balloon artists entertain kids in Sundance Square Plaza.
Attendees must purchase tickets to the parade in advance, as tickets will not be available on-site. Choose from seats at Sundance Square Plaza ($25) and the Convention Center ($15) to ensure you have the best seats in the house to watch the wagons and buggies go by. (Pro tip: If you're feeling lucky, try to find a spot on Houston or Main streets along the parade route at no cost.)
Parade tickets are also good for general admission to the Stock Show grounds on any one day during the event's 23-day run.
The carnival/midway offers 6 acres of excitement, from old-fashioned amusement park rides to breathtaking thrill rides. Funnel cakes. Turkey legs. A Ferris wheel. Carnival games. The largest traveling slide in North America. Need we say more?
On most nights during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, the Bud Light Roadhouse features the finest in regional entertainment and keeps the party going late (until 1 am on some nights) with nonstop music from house DJs and noteworthy headliners. The hottest spot for two-steppers and country-music fans, the Roadhouse remains a local favorite for its true Texas vibe and schedule of performing artists, which includes headlining acts Wynn Williams on Jan. 18, Curtis Grimes on Jan. 31, Foreigner and Tim Rushlow on Feb. 5 and Rich O'Toole on Feb. 8.
Find educational fun for the whole family with special activities and exhibits throughout the Stock Show grounds. For animal lovers, top attractions include the petting zoo adn pony rides (open 9 am-7:30 pm daily, located north of the Coliseum); the FFA Children’s Barnyard, which features animals like newborn calves and chicks, mama pigs and their piglets, baby lambs and more (open 9 am-7 pm daily); and the milking parlor, which hosts live demonstrations daily from 10 am-6 pm.
At Planet Agriculture, also open daily from 9 am-7 pm, visitors can walk through an interactive display providing an up-close look at Texas' farming and ranching industries. Watch cotton being ginned or chat with experts to deepen the learning experience.
Returning this year, the FWSSR Moo-seum Experience offers admission to the Cattle Raisers Museum, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with the purchase of a general-admission grounds ticket anytime during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit these nearby world-class museums for free from Jan. 17-Feb. 8.
Food and Retail Vendors
Find nearly 4 acres of local food, vendors and classic Western-wear retailers at the Stock Show grounds. Commemorate the rodeo experience and your trip to the Lone Star state with handmade boots from M.L. Leddy’s, authentic cowboy hats from Texas outfitters and official FWSSR souvenirs and gear. New this year is The Corkyard wine tent on the Simmons Bank Plaza at Dickies Arena, where visitors can enjoy wines by the glass weekdays 5:30 pm until one hour after the rodeo performance, and on weekend from noon until one hour after the rodeo performance.
Highlights & Tips:
- Rodeo shows sell out quickly, so check for availability prior to arrival and purchase show-specific tickets ahead of time online.
- Purchase carnival coupons ahead of time online to save money and time at the carnival/midway.
- Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using the #FWSSR hashtag.