2021 Rodeo

Dec. 8, 2020

Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced its plans for the 2021 Rodeo. Originally scheduled for March 2 – 21, RODEOHOUSTON® competitions, concerts and entertainment, carnival and other attractions and activities are now scheduled for May 4 – 23, 2021, pending COVID-19 health status. The Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions will still be held in March, as previously announced.

Pre-Rodeo events, typically held in January and February, are scheduled to move as well to coincide with the May Rodeo. These events include the Downtown Rodeo Parade, Rodeo Run, Trail Ride activities, the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. Details for these events will be announced once available.

“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is truly a community event that Rodeo fans look forward to each and every year,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO. “With the evolving health situation, we have made the decision to move the 2021 Rodeo from March to May, with the exception of our Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions, to be held as planned in March. We remain dedicated to fulfilling our mission to support Texas youth and hosting a long-time Houston tradition.”

There are no guarantees in the current environment but moving the dates of the 2021 Rodeo out by two months provides a better opportunity to host the events. Additional details surrounding the 2021 Rodeo will be shared by early March, as well as the full health and safety guidelines.

2021 FAQs

Established Multiple Task Forces

Since June, Rodeo staff and volunteers have been working on several task forces regarding 2021 planning. In particular, the Health and Well-Being Task Force has been focused on developing, reviewing and recommending Rodeo policies and procedures related to the health and wellness of our community, guests, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, partners, athletes and staff. Members include local health officials, medical and veterinary experts, NRG Park and Rodeo leadership, among others.

Work With Medical Experts and Local Officials

We have been working closely with medical experts and local officials on planning the 2021 Rodeo.

Engage Community Stakeholders

We will also engage a group of key community stakeholders, with representation from the public and private sector, and local community leaders across multiple industries, to garner their input and perspectives on key issues that could impact the 2021 Rodeo.

Collaborate with Local Sports Teams and Venues

  • Participating in Houston Clean allows us to collaborate with local sports teams, venues, special events and management groups to suggest health and safety guidelines for each of these groups.

  • Leveraging NRG Park and the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation’s partnership with CAA ICON, the industry-leading strategic consulting firm for sports and entertainment facility owners and operations, professional franchise and leagues. CAA ICON reviewed NRG Park's reopening plan and evaluated best practices across 50 leagues and venues. As other venues reopen, we – along with CAA ICON and NRG Park – will continue to monitor, evaluate, update and implement best practices.

Solicit Community Feedback

Through Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation and NRG Park, CAA ICON distributed a survey to fans and ticket buyers with more than 6,600 responses, with 4,400 of those from Rodeo fans. Additionally, a survey was sent to NRG Park employees. These survey results, coupled with our continued partnership with medical experts and local officials, will help influence and guide the health and safety measures for the 2021 Rodeo.

#StaySafeForRodeo Pledge

Our #StaySafeForRodeo Pledge encourages the community to do their part: wear a mask, continue to social distance, and follow local, state and national health officials’ guidelines.

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