Fly high and see 360 degree views of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ on the La Grande XL. Soaring to heights of 130 feet, the Rodeo’s luxurious Ferris wheel features 36 air-conditioned cabins complete with padded leather seats, and enough room for you and three friends! Just steps away, all the best foods, including turkey legs, corn dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy, are within easy reach at the carnival.


Carnival admission is included with the purchase of an NRG Park Admission ticket or a Rodeo/Concert Ticket. NRG Park Admission ticket sales end at 9:30 p.m. each day. In addition to the carnival, NRG Park Admission tickets allow visitors access to NRG Arena and NRG Center. A Rodeo/Concert ticket allows access to the same areas as a Grounds Pass, plus NRG Stadium for the rodeo and concert performance.

Fast Pass

Purchase a FastPass and use the FastPass lanes to avoid long lines! A limited quantity is sold each day.

  • Price: $25
  • Available at any onsite RCS ticket box office.
  • Only valid day of purchase.
  • Can be used for any ride (including The Junction).
  • Rider must present FastPass and be wearing the FastPass wristband.

Carnival Tickets

Carnival Tickets are valid for both rides and games and can be purchased at the carnival for 50 cents each. Most rides require four to 20 tickets. Rides and games require multiple tickets. We do not sell wristbands at the Carnival.

Carnival Rides & Games

Check out the Rides and Games available at the Rodeo! There is something for everyone at the Rodeo Carnival Midway.

New for 2022

New Carnival Rides

Atlantis Funhouse: Atlantis is a custom built, multi-leveled funhouse, themed from the lost city of Atlantis.

Dragon Family Coaster: Dragon Family Coaster is a family-friendly roller coaster suitable for all ages, themed with spectacular fantasy dragons and multicolored LED lighting.

Liberty Wheel: The Liberty Wheel is a family-friendly Ferris wheel that is fun for all ages.

Moonraker: Moonraker is a super spectacular ride from Europe that is not for the fainthearted, with high-speed twisting and rotating in all directions.

Winky the Whale: Winky the Whale is a new children’s ride, where kids ride inside a whale that rotates around, up and down, while splashing in the water.

Rules and Height Requirements

Carnival Food

Don't forget to enjoy the sweet and savory foods at the carnival!

New for 2022

Bacon Wrapped Pork Belly on a Stick: A bacon lover’s dream, with thick cut pork belly, marinated with rosemary, thyme, garlic and special salt seasonings, and then wrapped with 2 feet of extra thick, honey smoked bacon. It’s slow cooked for two hours and then finished over a char grill. Available at Biggy’s II.

Donut Chicken Sandwich: Deep-fried chicken between two fresh glazed donuts. Available at Get Fried.

Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Pickles: An extra thick, crinkle-cut pickle chip, topped with hot melted cheddar cheese and topped again with crushed up Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Available at Biggy’s II.

Hot Cheetos Float Drink: A Crunchy Hot Cheeto-infused soda float, topped with whip cream and topped again with Crunchy Hot Cheetos and Cheeto Dust. Available at Candy Factory.

Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Bowl: A hollowed-out half pineapple filled with charbroiled chicken, glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with steamy white rice and pineapple chunks, topped with green onions and sesame seeds. Available at Get Fried.

Watermelon Dole Whip Taco: Thick sliced watermelon, filled with Dole whip and served taco style. Available at Nitro Dole Whip Treats.


 Hours subject to weather conditions.
Tickets will not be refunded due to weather closures.