Yeeee-haw! It might be your first rodeo, but we can steer you in the right direction (sorry, we had to). Grab your lasso and head to one of these renowned rodeos for a wild time you won’t soon forget.
National Western Stock Show (Denver, CO)
Held each January, this show is all about everything Americana, from horse shows to PBR bull riding. The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale brings works from both well-known and emerging artists to the event. In advance of next year’s show, you can even enter a contest to sing the National Anthem at one of the rodeo performances by submitting a video of yourself performing it.
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (San Antonio, TX)
There’s so much more than horses at this huge Texas event, including a barbecue cook-off, a golf tournament, live music, and even a fancy ball. It draws up to two million spectators each year in February, and this past year’s show introduced an interactive Lego exhibit, a BMX stunt show, and a 40-foot, family-friendly fishing pond.
World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, AZ)
True to its name, this event started way back in 1888, and Yahoo Travel has named it the #1 Event Not to Miss in Arizona. It’s your traditional rodeo, with a mix of judged events like bronco and bull riding, and timed competitions like steer wrestling, team roping, and barrel racing.
Cody Stampede (Cody, WY)
This summer event, which runs through August 31, is held in the Rodeo Capital of the World. There’s a rodeo every evening, a one-night bull-riding event featuring the best competitors in the biz, and even a Wrangler-sponsored Champions Challenge that is broadcast on CBS Sports. What more could you ask for?
Silver Spurs Rodeo (Kissimmee, FL)
Touted as the “Largest rodeo East of the Mississippi,” the Silver Spurs Rodeo has been kickin’ around the Orlando area since 1944. There are your standard events, like bull and bronco riding, along with steer wrestling and team roping. For young’ns, there’s even something called “mutton bustin’,” in which the lil’ competitors must remain on the back of a sheep for six seconds.