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A Lively Roundup for All

Posted February 6, 2018 5:35 p.m. EST

If you love horses, barbecue and live music, one of the world’s largest livestock shows and rodeos, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is happening from Feb. 27 to March 18 at NRG Park.

The event, which began in 1932, welcomed more than 2.61 million visitors last year.

“Anyone from little kids to great-grandparents can have a good time because there is such a diverse lineup of activities,” said Joel Cowley, the president and chief of the event.

Admission to the 300-acre event grounds is $15 per day for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Admission to the daily rodeo and concert in NRG Stadium, one of the park’s main venues, starts at $18 and includes entry into all other activities on the grounds. Admission is free for children 2 and younger.

Cowley said that the daily rodeos in NRG Stadium are the highlight of each day. Over 300 competitors from around the world take part.

The two-hour rodeo performance is followed by a one-hour concert from a notable band or musician. This year, country musicians Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and the pop band OneRepublic are among the performers.

Each day, the NRG Center will host a livestock show, where visitors can see cattle, pigs, llamas and sheep, and there’s an area where they can see chickens hatch and watch the birthing of calves, lambs and pigs.

The building also has a retail area where vendors from around the world sell Western-themed goods such as clothes, boots, jewelry, furniture and art.

NRG Arena will also host several horse shows a day. Onlookers can expect multiple events demonstrating each rider’s prowess and the stamina and strength of the horses.

The event also features a wine garden, which will be open daily. Visitors here will be able to buy small tastes, full glasses and bottles of around 50 wines from around the world and can imbibe while listening to live music performances from local bands.

Another attraction is a carnival, which is open all day and has more than 50 rides.

Several properties in Houston offer packages themed to the livestock show and rodeo.

Hotel Derek, near the city’s Uptown entertainment district and seven miles from the livestock show and rodeo, has an All Roped In Package inclusive of accommodations, a Southern inspired breakfast, valet parking and a welcome amenity of locally smoked beef jerky and a jar of honey-roasted Texas pecans. Prices from $159 a night.

Another option is the Rodeo Houstonian Style package at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in the heart of the city and about a 20-minute drive from the event. It includes accommodations, two Texas-themed cocktails at the hotel’s bar, a welcome amenity of a charcuterie board, a $50 Uber gift card, valet parking and a boot shine. Prices from $289 a night.