Special Days

Each year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ welcomes millions of visitors from all different backgrounds to NRG Park. To celebrate the diversity of the Houston community, and the Lone Star State, Special Days are offered during the Rodeo.

Uniting agriculture and education, the Rodeo celebrates universities in Texas on University Days . Show your school spirit and proudly wear your alma matter’s colors around the Rodeo grounds and in NRG Stadium at RODEOHOUSTON®!



Armed Forces Appreciation Day

Armed Forces Appreciation Day, presented by BHP, honors the brave men and women for their service in the U.S. military. Visitors are encouraged to come out, dress in red, white, and blue, and show appreciation for the troops, past and present.

Free NRG Park Admission on Armed Forces Appreciation Day for the following:

  • actively-serving service members in uniform and with a current military ID
  • spouses of actively-serving service personnel with a current military spouse ID, and children under the age of 18
  • admission provided at the NRG Park entrances on Armed Forces Appreciation Day only (Rodeo tickets sold separately)




Go Tejano Day

Go Tejano Day festivities include live entertainment on the Stars Over Texas Stage and in the Champion Wine Garden, and the Mariachi Invitational Semifinals in The Hideout. Enjoy Fiesta Charra in the NRG Center Main Arena, a colorful exhibition of traditional Mexican folk dance, music and horseback riding.




First Responders Day

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ salutes the various public law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and other emergency services agencies in the Houston Metropolitan Area on First Responders Day, presented by BP.

  • free NRG Park admission to the grounds for all first responders with a badge, plus four of their family members (admission provided at the NRG Park entrances on First Responders Day only)
  • special equipment and services displays
  • recognition of first responders during the Rodeo performance (Rodeo ticket sold separately)




Black Heritage Day

Day-long festivities include live entertainment on the Stars Over Texas Stage from Houston's finest  bands, choirs, dance teams, cheerleader teams, and fine arts groups; special entertainment at the Champion Wine Garden and in The Hideout; and historical and educational displays around the grounds of NRG Park.